Month: July 2014

depression’s gift

 

depression's gift

depression’s gift

Depression/anxiety can be a gift.Sounds like some Pollyanna gibberish at best doesn’t it? It isn’t. But God promises He can take anything meant to harm us and turn it into something good.

Can we agree we’ve all received a gift we didn’t like? (We’ve given a few as well.) But have you received one of those unwanted gifts and then find out you ended up really liking it? I have.

It was a very small spatula. What does one do with a very small spatula? As it turns out, just about everything. In fact, I get very upset if I can’t find it.

Depression has been like that for me. When I originally wrote this article for our church newsletter, I was experiencing my first anxiety attack in a very long time.

But as I typed I knew that every word was true no matter how I was feeling. Did you get what I just said? Feelings, while not to be ignored, are notoriously inaccurate.

However,they do give us a heads up that something is wrong.

 

something is wrong

something is wrong

So I typed on. By the time I finished, I was feeling a little better. I knew that God was shining a light down into my pit. I knew I would find my way out because God is faithful.I also knew that I had to do my part as well. So I did,

My part, that is.

I (1) exercised for thirty minutes, (2) kept my mind distracted, (a great practical tool), (3) tenaciously diverted my thoughts from me and my depression to God and His love, (4) spoke Scripture out loud and (5), kept putting one foot in front of the other.

For me, that’s the gift–the knowledge that depression is manageable, that I have an arsenal of tools I’ve developed that serve me well.

Would I knowingly ever choose depression just for that gift? A resounding, NO!

I often wonder,though, who I’d be otherwise. Depression has certainly humbled me.

God bless and have a good day.

 

greater the sin, deeper the grace

I was watching Andy Stanley this morning and the series is about family. Today’s message really struck me and I wanted to share it with you. Stanley was pointing out that when Jesus came to earth His message actually made the ten commandments appear even more restrictive.

For example, “Do not commit adultery” became “If you even look at a woman with lust, you have committed adultery”.  That pretty much included every man in the audience!

grace

grace

Then Stanley went on to say that even though Jesus made Christian living a harder He promised grace that is even greater.

“The greater the sin, the deeper the grace”, Stanley said. Then he went on to say, “There’s the real, the ideal, and then there’s the gap.”

I’m so glad Jesus knew there was a gap because that’s were I am most of the time-in the gap.:)

But Jesus is there with deeper grace than I would have thought possible. Jesus gave us the “ideal” but He also gives us “grace”-unmerited, undeserved, grace.But grace can never be anticipated. Counted on,yes, anticipated, no. It only comes right when we need it and God is the one who decides that.

grace

grace

Jesus gives us the “ideal” in His Sermon on the Mount, and we should always strive for the ideal. But we fall short. But that doesn’t mean we change the rules to suit our failures. We have to learn to deal with the tension of the “ideal” and the “real”. Sometimes we will get it right but there’s grace and forgiveness when we don’t.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

Turn Toward the Problem

Came across this today and want to share with you. I think it supports what I’ve been writing about and what is coming up.

LIFE: The Daily Teacher

Let’s take away that power, and shine a little light on the problem. Allow ourselves to feel the pain, to feel the fear and still take action. To begin the healing. To begin to create something new and amazing from the ills that have been hiding in the dark.

Turn toward the problem and you turn it into something beautiful.

– From Zen Habits “Turn Toward the Problem” 

An incredibly inspiring post courtesy of Zen Habits!

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depression’s footprints, whose are they?

Today I want to encourage you if you are struggling with depression. Depression is no respecter of age, gender, race, education, income, or beliefs. There is much confusion surrounding the subject of depression, medication being one of them. While medication can clear our “foggy” minds and is necessary sometimes for some, it is seldom the total answer to long-term improvement. We need to work on those issues that have contributed to our illness, not just treat the symptoms like trying to cover a major wound with a flimsy band-aid.

Besides own footprints are usually all over our depression.

footprints

footprints

 

I never experienced a period of depression myself where there wasn’t something I needed to address, somewhere I needed to change. I’ve learned to never sugar coat my own struggles.I try not to put the responsibility for my mood on someone else or some circumstance. While they may contribute, it’s still up to me to do the hard work of getting better.

Depression does not have to defeat us. God was faithful to me during those dark days, doing what only He could do, but He also required me to do what only I could do.

 

What God can't do.

What God can’t do.

You are not alone in your darkness. God is with you, shining a light for you to climb out of your pit. You just need to put one foot in front of the other.

light along our path

light along our path

 

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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