Nadine was almost in tears. She knew she was experiencing the hormonal changes of menopause, and had been coping pretty well for a few years. But recently she found herself unable to deal with even the normal daily frustrations of her job at a Christian school. She had previously been known as a skilled “peacemaker” when conflicts developed between parents, teachers, or students, but now she was more likely to become angry than be helpful.
Her marriage was starting to suffer as well. Her husband was trying to be understanding, but Nadine always seemed to be depressed, tired, angry, or distant. It had been many months since they had been able to have a relaxing evening together, and just talk.
Nadine was worried that something was not right between her and God. She had increased her prayer time, and had read some Bible study books about dealing with anger. She had spoken with her pastor’s wife who had prayed with her, but things didn’t seem to get any better. She felt frustrated and powerless, and struggled to not lose hope.
Nadine is a great example of how every part of your being impacts every other area. There are times you may not immediately understand what the root cause of your distress is; that may be why you’re reading this now. But menopause is one time when physical changes may lead to very real emotional and spiritual problems.