When Depression Moves In

Depression – if you, or a loved one, struggles with depression, please read Meredith’s words of encouragement.

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What happened to my joy?

The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless.

How I hated mornings. I dreaded facing a new day.

How can I be a good mom when I feel so sad, so weary, so…depressed?

(For the rest of the story, hop over to CBN where I’m sharing today about my walk through depression and the hope I’ve found along the way.)

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and welcome you to join the conversation by leaving a comment below.

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A Tale of Three Doors

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I’m in a season with new doors. Not the opportune kind, I’m talking literal doors here. Gift of a Hand Carved Door Hubby and I bought a new house and to our delight, it came…

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What is trust?

Once again I’m amazed by God’s perfect timing. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Maybe it’ll be perfect for some of my readers too.

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How is it that after many years of having put my trust in God, I still find myself needing to learn to trust him? In scripture, the answer is very simple: “whatever is not from faith is sin,” (Romans 14:23b NKJV). In daily life, many arguments and what-ifs fog the clear path set before us. Each difficult situation we face has its own battery of objections, fears, and save-face actions to deal with. The simplest response to tough situations (trust in the Lord) becomes the hardest in the face of how our peers and family interpret our action or inaction.

Things trust is not or at least not intended to be:

1. Fatalistic. Trusting is not as passive as it may appear to be to others. My resume must be one of the top ones for bizarre. In fact, I remember telling the Lord that very thing once. I was…

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The Caterpillar’s Destiny

If we could see into the future, what would we change?

Would we make better choices about what we eat if we KNEW we were going to get fat, or have a heart attack?
Would we try harder at work, if we KNEW that go-getter would be promoted earlier? Would we worry more? Worry less?

Part of the future we do KNOW. As believers in God and his inerrant word, we can see our world is not the final destination. We know because we’ve been promised a home with Him. We are Heirs/His children.

“And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him,” Romans 8:17(NASB).

We’re created in His image to fulfill His purpose. His purpose of Love, Mercy, Grace, and Glory.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” Genesis 1:27 (NASB).

Have you ever stopped to wonder what a caterpillar would think – if he KNEW what he was destined to become? Every monarch caterpillar is “made in the image” of a monarch butterfly. But, there’s growth, there’s a burial, there’s a resurrection. Not from the dead, but from the pupae.

The next time I begin to worry about what I will face in the future, I’m going to think about the humble, lowly caterpillar. Then, I’m going to reflect on the glorious future which awaits.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB).

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Ponder this – what if the caterpillar knew her destiny?

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Science and Faith: Hand in Hand

 

My friend told me the other day,
“We are Science, and Faith, two sides of the same coin.”

That evening, I thought, “On the one hand is Science
and on the other, Faith –

And then I visualized this

Science and Faith, brought together in
prayer — what wonders God works.

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Book Review – The Business of Coaching with Horses

Formerly an Equine Specialist certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), I was curious about what this author had to say on the topic of using horses in therapy.

Schelli Whitehouse’s enthusiasm for people, coaching, and horses shines through the pages of this book.

If you’ve ever stopped to think about entering the field of having horses as therapy or growth in learning partners, this book can help guide you in the right direction.

Inside, Schelli gives the link to her accompanying workbook providing the full benefit of her coaching.

Schelli’s personable format makes this book a “coaching conversation” rather than a textbook style “how-to”. Very refreshing.

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Who’s Aggravating Whom?

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a prayer for the morning

Let Toni’s words fill your heart.

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Today, Lord God, give me a teachable heart. Let my mind bend and not be fixed and stubborn.

Give me willingness, that I might listen.

Teach me honor. What it means to honor You, my Father in heaven. What is honor to mother and father and family, or those who most closely watch over me?

Your Book is not all honey, it brings light to my faults. May I make changes toward harmony. Search me and show me where to start.

Take the critical and bitterness out. Season the words from my mouth . . . with salt.

Teach me to put other’s interests and ideas above my own. Minute by minute, I can’t do this alone.

Make me to lie down, and discover Your pastures, they are sufficient for me. To Be still and know “true love.” Give me sight that I might “see”

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The Biltmore House

Amusing, yet also sad. How many of us look back and think, “I could have had the Biltmore House.”
Live life according to God’s blueprint. There aren’t any miscalculations or design flaws.

Jennifer H. Bayne

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Before you start, this isn’t really about the Biltmore House.  I’ve been to the Biltmore House.  I think it is gorgeous….but I’m not exactly writing about it.

I’m also not sure how funny this will be.  I’ll try.  I really didn’t want to write this, but since it has been on my mind for the past 3 days, I decided to just do it.   I haven’t written in a long time, because I haven’t felt funny.  Now I feel like I should write this, but I don’t want to get all preachy.  (I try to avoid ANY preachy people like the plague)….this made it difficult for me growing up since I lived with a Baptist minister….who is probably reading this blog just like you are and shaking his head and hopefully laughing. I also lived with the preacher’s wife (my mom) and the preacher’s daughter (the good one…my sister)…you…

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When is Independence Not a Good Thing

“Me do it.” The little girl grabbed the hairbrush from her mother.

“Look Ma, no hands.” The boy peddled his bike past his mother, his hands raised in the air.   

“Don’t worry Dad, I’ve got this.” The college graduate heads out for his job interview.

Independence.

We demand it. We desire it for our children. We even celebrate it.

But, “independently” isn’t always the best way to do things.

Examples –

  • During the battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites, when Moses
    held up his arms the Israelites prevailed. If his arms dropped, the Amalekites were winning. Fatigued, unable to keep his arms up independently, Aaron and Hur came to his aid. With them holding Moses arms up for him, Israel won the battle. 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+17&version=NASB

  • As the Israelites settle into their routine, Moses handled disputes between the people. All of them. In a large group there are many. Too many. Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, tells Moses, “the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” Jethro continues to advise Moses to delegate some of the responsibility and share the workload.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+18&version=NASB

Both these examples refer to a burden that is “too heavy”. Moses’ arms, the task of settling all the disagreements. The scriptures encourage getting others to help. Of not handling things independently.

Support groups exist to help each other. Share common goals. Ease burdens that are too heavy.

As a writer, I’m grateful to have http://lexingtonwordweavers.com/ to help me. To lift me up, provide suggestions, offer correction.

A large reason for the existence of the church is to share each other’s burdens. Provide wise counsel. Lift each other up. “. . .and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near,” Hebrews 10:24-25

This passage in Hebrews came to my mind as I watched the solar eclipse from the horse pasture. When darkness took over the sky, my horses drew near to each other. For safety, for comfort, for reassurance.

Since the day of the Lord draws ever nearer, let’s continue to encourage each other, to draw closer together, share the heavy burdens. But most important is to be in alignment with God’s will. If we do that, then others might be overwhelmingly amazed at His glorious presence. 

And, darkness will be extinguished by the wonderful Light.

 

 

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