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depression

How to manage your moods better

When I started this blog, I always knew that my focus would be faith, and mental health issues, particularly depression/anxiety and how to manage our ever-changing moods better. But let’s face it, it’s hard to write about depression and all the accompanying feelings when it’s a memory, not a current experience.

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But there are enough days when IT (that’s what I always called depression) tries to get a foothold that I acutely remember. Plus, I have all my posts. Then, of course, there are the people I know who struggle with this illness and finally, there is all of you.

Earlier this week I wrote two posts that were very popular It humbled me and reminded me not to forget my true calling.

Before I started blogging I was writing a book about depression. I mean I really worked hard at it. In fact, it’s probably done. But I knew getting it published would probably take years so I felt it was God’s plan that I start a blog and reach out that way.

I often go back and read what I wrote and have yet to disagree with myself. I guess that means I’m either narcissistic or totally delusional. 🙂 But I think it means that I did my homework and faced my depression head-on. That means I didn’t try to call it anything other than what it was and I didn’t lay the blame  on anyone else’s doorstop. In fact, it was when I quit blaming others for my low mood that I started to get better.

I often write about how the responsibility for our overall well-being, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, right on our own shoulders. I hate even writing that because it applies to me and takes away my “cushion” of excuse.

Our moods can fluctuate from day to day and sometimes during the day. This can play havoc on us. Somedays we manage our moods. Somedays, especially if we’re tired and stressed, not so much.

Social scientists have discovered through social experiments that whether or not we like a movie depends on our mood going into the theater. Our moods very often affect our decision-making. When we’re in a low mood we make very different decisions than when we feeling upbeat.

You may or may not feel the Bible is God’s word or has anything to say to you but could you agree the Bible does contain good psychology? And this whole business of how we screw up our own lives is clearly discussed in Romans 7: 14-25: (New living translation.)

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.

In case you haven’t read it, go to my About page to read my history with depression.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

 

You need to read this post about Christmas if you’re feeling “down”

(I apologize if you’re getting this post again. According to WP, just changing a title shouldn’t do that.)

I started this blog for the purpose of helping those who battle depression. Even if you’ve never been diagnosed with clinical depression, just some bad days, you’ll find many of my posts helpful. I stay very current with the newest research which I referred to yesterday.

I am currently updating a lot of my much older posts, adding tags, “tweeking” them, etc.

My purpose in doing so is to provide links to some of my favorite previously published posts about depression. I can’t see re-inventing the wheel and I promised earlier this week that I would address depression for a while.

As I was doing this, I came across this post about Christmas. Even though it centers around Christmas, I think you will find it interesting and helpful if you are facing some depression now. I must forewarn you. It’s a longer post than I usually write.

While I don’t mention depression as such in the first few paragraphs, pay attention to my thought process.

I hope you find it helpful.

God bless and have a good day.

 

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the week in review and “I don’t know how to vote”

What a couple of weeks in the political arena, huh?

But more about that later:

This past week I continued on with my theme of change as well as some other subjects.

Monday I posted a recipe for a Galette. I was so proud. Not only was it great tasting but it was “purdy“, as well.

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While I don’t usually post twice a day, I did post later that day about how to store flammable rags and products. Because of the summer projects so many of us engage in, it’s an important read.

Tuesday I posted about change and how to recognize our resistance to it. Because even those of us who are open to change often get stalemated because of some subtle rebellion to change.

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Wednesday I posted twice, first about the glass ceiling that  been shattered. How I wish it had been by someone else but I still get choked up thinking about it. No matter who it was, it was time for this to happen.

In my regularly scheduled post, I shared my newly coined (and original) phrase “guilt-free zone”. I really, really like this whole concept. If you haven’t read it, I hope you do.

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Thursday, I continued the theme about the guilt-free zone and how everyone needs to craft a zone for themselves.

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Friday I shared some of my favorite candlesticks projects from Pinterest to inspire you. After all, Christmas is only six months away. (Don’t shoot the messenger.)

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I hope you don’t have a political “hangover” from the last two weeks. I’m going to divert my attention away from politics as much as I can for now. However, I am going to read and think more about what God says in his word about all of the issues being discussed. God does address abortion, government allegiance, taxes, crime, law and order, national safety, marriage, helping the poor, etc.

What isn’t in detail in Scripture IS there in principle.

That’s how I’m approaching this election. I believe the Bible is the word of God revealed. For me, the Bible is my final authority. That makes me out of sync with a lot of people but I’m OK with that.

Anyway, have a great weekend and God bless each of you.

 

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What to do when God seems to hide

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Would you agree that life can get pretty “messy” at times. The perplexities, the questions, the downright confusion. We have a hard time understanding where God is at times. It’s like he’s hiding.

Do you ever feel that way?

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When really good people get seriously ill, I think, “Why him?”, “Why her?” Shouldn’t illnesses like cancer be reserved for murderers, rapist, terrorists, etc? (Yes, I know how that sounds coming from someone who’s a Christian. I’m just saying what a lot of people think.)

And yet many of these people would be the first to tell you of their faith and why they still believe God loves them.

This prayer from tworiversblog.com says it all:

“God, sometimes it is so easy to believe and sometimes… I know You are good. I KNOW IT, but sometimes… it just gets so hard to see it. You love me. You want the best for me far more than I even want it for myself. Sometimes I just don’t know how You are working good through the mess this life sometimes tosses me. In those times, as I seek understanding, help me to never lose faith.”

We put on a good front, but when no one is around, when it’s just us with our thoughts:

We doubt.

We question.

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So if that’s you today, be assured.

God knows.

God understands.

God bless and have a good day.

How stones can keep us grounded

I’ll have to admit something. I’m a country girl. Every summer my parents went back to their home in Arkansas where both sets of their parents lived on farms.

Probably not the kind of farms you imagine. No big farmhouses. Not sweeping panoramas. Not a lot of cattle roaming the pastures or row upon row of cotton crops.

They were dirt poor farmers, but I loved going there every year.

I loved walking down the dusty gravel roads to the muddy swamps, walking through the neighbor’s corn fields, and listening to the crickets at night.

When Glen Campbell recorded, “Southern Nights”, I was nostalgic with memories.

I didn’t love watching my grandmother wring a chicken’s neck though. Yuck!!! But I loved her fried chicken. I bawled for about two hours every time we left to come back to Michigan. I thought my heart would break.

My other grandmother lived way back in  the woods. Next to their house there were a number of blackberry bushes. Blackberry bushes are loaded with thorns. But no matter how much I got bloodied up, those blackberries the size of a man’s thumb were just too tempting. They were worth every painful scratch. To this day I love blackberry cobbler.

This grandmother made something called chocolate cobbler which I now realize was nothing more than crispy strips of pie crust with a chocolate sauce made of Hershey’s cocoa, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Yum!

All of this is just to say “You can take the girl out of the  country, but  you can’t take the country out of the girl”.

We were at “teeny, tiny, red cabin” last week and my husband took me to a few new spots overlooking rivers, gullies, and pastures. I’m always surprised there is new country to discover. We’ve two-tracked a lot of roads but keep finding unexplored terrain.

We walked along gravel roads picking up stones.

Did I tell you I love stones? There’s something about holding a beautiful stone in my hands that makes me feel, the best word?, “connected”. Connected to God, to the earth, to life eternal.

I’ve collected stones from everywhere I’ve traveled.

Do you realize that stones go back to the beginning of creation?

Here’s some pictures of my collection.

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But the one below is really something. It’s round. I mean as round as a tennis ball. I’ve never seen a totally round stone. It’s about 4″ in circumference.

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Are you wondering what is te difference between a rock and a stone? I found this inforation that might clarify the difference.

Characteristics of Rocks and Stones:

Size:

Rock: A rock is comparatively larger.

Stone: A stone is comparatively small.

Movability:

Rock: A rock is immovable.

Stone: A stone is movable

Material:

Rock: A rock can be either hard or soft.

Stone: A stone is usually hard solid.

There are numerous references to stone and rocks throughout scripture. There is something essentially eternal and about a stone. It implies strength and permanence.

I like visiting big cities and I lived in Chicago for a while before I was married. I did the whole young-woman-on-her-own-living-in the-big-city “thing” for a couple of years. I rode the “L” (elevated train), shopped the stores, visited the museums, etc.

But after walking those gravel roads last week, I realized I haven’t changed all that much. I’m my happiest when I’m walking gravel roads picking up stones.

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God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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