Day: February 13, 2014

spring is here. OOPS!

(I don’t know if I told you but I’ve been writing articles for our church’s monthly newsletter. Though I would start to share on my blog as well.)

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The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The flowers are in bloom. “Oops. I’m daydreaming.”

Spring really is coming. It always does. But if you have fallen victim to depression or a case of the winter blues, spring can’t come soon enough. Your body is craving sunshine. Hope you’re taking vitamin “D”.  (Check out this site for more information http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201307/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-depression . But until then there’s this cloud hanging stubbornly over your head. How do you get it to move?

One way to move that cloud is to learn to challenge your thoughts (last month it was monitoring our thoughts). I practiced this myself just a few days ago when some circumstances caused my mood to plummet. By challenging my thinking I was able to significantly improve how I was feeling.

When we experience low moods (remember, feelings don’t plummet for no reason; our thinking is usually the source), there is a question we can ask ourselves.

 Am I sure that my conclusions are absolutely true? Our thoughts are always filtered through our world view and life experiences; therefore, the conclusions we come to are questionable. Merely questioning our conclusions can bring relief. Thoughts are only thoughts; they may or may not be true.

But what if your conclusions are correct? This is the hard part. Accepting reality is painful but denial delays the healing. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds.  It’s a life-long process but when we face the truth we have taken another step to mental and emotional wholeness.

 God will meet you in that hurtful place. He loves us unconditionally and He “softens’ our reality by offering us H-o-p-e. Holy, Omnipotent, Perfect, and Eternal hope.

 

 

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