A Small Note On Depression

If you have read previous entries from me, you’d know that depression is something that I have battled off and on since 2007. As the holiday season is upon us, it is important that we reach out to our friends and family members that we know are battling. This time of year can be very hard on those dealing with the illness–especially if that person is also bereaved.

It has been my experience that depression either happens or is made worse by a person wallowing in their own thoughts, failures, emotions, fears, and problems. Here are some tips that I came up with to try to help this season.

  1. Get UP, get OUT, and get SOMETHING!!! Sitting in the house dwelling on your life WILL NOT MAKE IT BETTER!! If you are unhappy with your life, it’s up to YOU to correct the problems. Action is the key. I know you don’t “feel” like it, but it can help to get out and move around, be productive.
  2. Find someone you can TRUST and talk to them. I know it’s hard to find people who you can trust in, and it can be even harder to confide in someone. Not everyone who says that they’re in your corner is actually there. This will take some discernment and discretion on your part, but if you are so lucky, you will feel a lot better just getting some of weights off your chest.
  3. KNOW THAT YOU MATTER!!! Sometimes, we become so hurt and so damaged that we actually begin to question every aspects of ourselves. Thoughts of suicide form from thoughts that tell us we don’t matter. No matter who you are, you matter to SOMEONE…trust that. Your life is valuable.

 

There are a few more “tips” that can be added to this list, can you think of any?

The Perils of Fear

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

(2 Tim 1:7)

 

 

Fear does not come from the Father. Fear comes about when we limit God, His power, and His love for us. Life is full of twists and turns, valleys and mountains. Sometimes, it may seem like too much to bear, but God has promised to be with us and to carry us through the storm….this means that we are supposed to come out on the other side stronger and closer to God.

Fear is something that I want to get rid of. Fear has stopped me from doing many things and it has gotten in the way of me feeling like I can live and be free. I have feared just about everything and everyone at some point in my life. At 31, the only fear I want to have, is the fear of the Lord.

Fear brings about anxiety. Anxiety brings about sickness. Sickness brings about death. Fear can be very dangerous to our bodies and to our spirits. The biggest thing about fear is that it is totally unnecessary. Things we cannot control, we shouldn’t worry about for in doing so, we are wasting valuable time that we cannot get back. It is pointless because there is no need for the Children of God to fear anything or anyone.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  (Ps. 23:4)

 

Rants…

I failed. I made a goal to post weekly. I have not posted since  September 6th. Sangin Mommy of 5 is now Sangin and Workin Mommy of 5. Going back to work has had it’s challenges but I am truly grateful to have a job again.

I feel bad because I have absolutely no desire to vote in this “election” this year. Can’t consciously vote for either candidate. I’m not feeling that whole “vote for one so the other one loses is pretty whack to me too. What to do?

A Note On Love…

I want to begin by saying that I want to write more…blog more. I miss writing (it’s been more than a month since I have written my last song😕). I am doing some soul searching and then I may be able to avail myself to writing. 

I have decided that I am going back to school. I also am happy to report that I also have a new job starting in a week so I will be busy. I will, however commit myself to one post per week starting today!

As a person, as a wife & mother, as a friend, and all the other roles and duties I perform on a regular basis, I am so blessed to be in the postion I am in. GOD IS MOVING INSIDE OF ME AND I FEEL IT. While this is exciting, it is also very scary for me as well. My ultimate goal is to have the kind of relationship with God where ALL OF MY ACTIONS are being done out of love and out of obedience to Him. 

This has been a life-long goal of mine for as long as I could remember. I am not there yet, but I feel as though everyday I am getting closer and closer… I Corinthians 16:14 advises us to let everything we do be done in love. This is my goal and I hope it will become your goal as well. Thanks for reading. 

A Small Note of Encouragement

Life’s not easy! I think God gives us new mercies with each new day (Lamentations 3:23) because each day, there are new battles. New problems. New ways (it seems) for satan to infiltrate himself into our minds, thoughts, actions, and ultimately, our fate…but each new day also allow us new opportunities to experience the love of the Lord and new ways and reasons to worship Him. So…here is a quick note to keep you encouraged. So, you didn’t get it right today. Tomorrow, you’ll get a brand new set of mercy. Tomorrow is another chance to get it right. The best thing about Christ walking on Earth as a man is that He knows our struggles, our fears, and our weaknesses. He knows them first-hand. Stay encouraged to keep going. As long as you’re alive, there is an opportunity to be better. 

Life is one decision after another. Stay prayerful about EVERY decision you make and remember that God is never far away. 

My Life’s Plan

At one point or another, we all have or will question the purpose(s) for our lives.Seeing as I believe in a Creator, I believe that I was created for specific reasons and my life is to serve specific purposes. I don’t have it all figured out but I know that the purpose of my life is to illuminate the Glory, the Love, and Healing, the Light of God’s love. 

Now while I have always instinctively known this, it has been proven to me time and time again throughout my life. I look at how people of all types and walks of live have always been drawn to me. When I open myself up, the possibilities are endless. The foundation of my ministry is the believe that what I have just said about myself is true for everyone. 

So, how do I go about this? It starts with me doing every single action throughout every single day—in love. Making the decision to live a certain way (any certain way) is an initial decision and then you continue to make the same decision over and over again. 

One reason I started this blog, was to explore many topics pertaining to women, moms, wives, and women who are on a Christ-centered journey. (You won’t see me refer to myself as a “Christian” much on this blog and my reasons will be explained in my next post)
My main focus, is to let as many people as I humanly can that God loves them. There are so many things going on in our world today and the need for God and holiness is not an obsolete idea, it’s a truth that I am constantly reminded of. 

Be Back Soon,

Lois☺