Archive for the ‘faith’ Category
With mental illness there are times when nothing works. A brisk walk, a hot bath, a caring friend, a good sleep, an ice cream cone are all little pick me ups that give temporary relief sometimes. But other times, not even those little things help. The desperation is unbearable. All seems hopeless and pointless. When I get that low only my faith in God will help me and hold me and prevent me from doing anything foolish.
Why does my faith do that for me? I believe that God loves me so much that he sent his son Jesus to die for me – me! And I believe that that very same son, Jesus, loves me! That is truth to me. And when I remind myself that the king of the world, the one true living God, died for me and loves me, well I am reminded that I must have value. If God values me that much then I must be valuable! Read the rest of this entry »
It is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something about how my faith helps me deal with my life, even with depression. Depression is an illness of the thoughts and some kinds of thoughts are more painful to bear than other kinds of thoughts.
Recently I was reminded about the thoughts of ‘unforgiveness’ and thoughts of anger and of hate. Someone wanted to share with me how they hated someone I knew. I did not want to listen to this at all and eased my way far from that conversation. But the words of hate were spoken and I could feel them having a negative effect on me. Naturally I wish that person had kept their ideas to themselves. My first thought was to tell someone about it, and get it off of my mind and onto theirs. Then I thought again and figured that wasn’t the right thing to do either and it would make me no better than this person who had upset me so. Read the rest of this entry »
Last time on ‘Whimsical Wednesday’ I shared this photo of my granddaughter and of the reflection in her eyes.
I asked you whose reflection would show in your eyes? Who cares for you? Who is rooting for you?
You know who’s reflection I believe you would see in my eyes if you had supernatural powers? God’s reflection.
When you have faith you believe that God loves you even more than a loving parent. You believe that he is right there watching you all the time, cheering you on. Read the rest of this entry »
Often we Christians give the idea that if you just believe in Jesus you will have a perfect life. Not true at all. I don’t think we mean to give that idea but somehow it happens.
Anyways, for me, believing means lots of things. The first and most important is that I will have eternal life in heaven. This earthly life is just a temporary stop to something better. That is a helpful thought when I am having a bad day. Read the rest of this entry »
It is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something about my faith and how it helps me with depression.
I believe that what I believe is true.
Some of the things I think when I am depressed are not true.
It helps my depression to think about things that are true. Read the rest of this entry »
My faith brings me comfort!
If you had a happy childhood as I did, you probably have memories of feeling safe and secure and loved and cared for. When you grow up and leave a home like that, the real world is a bit of a shock. No one out there cares for you the way loving parents do. Read the rest of this entry »
Before I believed in God I was sure that it would be a complicated process to find some faith. But the teeny tiny step I took one day to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior was so simple!
Here is one of my favourite stories which illustrates how simple it can be to just trust in Jesus!
Jim and Jesus
“The story is told of a shabby old gentleman who every day at twelve o’clock would enter the church, stay a few minutes, then leave. The caretaker was concerned for the valuable altar furnishings. Every day he watched to be sure nothing was taken, and every day just at twelve the shabby figure would arrive. One day the caretaker accosted him. “Look here, my friend, what are you up to going to church every day?” Read the rest of this entry »
It is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something of my faith and how it helps me to deal with depression.
I believe in a personal God who walks with me and talks with me and hears my prayers. There is great comfort in having a friend like that. Having faith in a personal God is like having friends in high places! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s ‘Faithful Friday’ again. I love sharing my faith and how it helps me.
Faith is a hard thing to understand for a lot of people, it is a hard thing to get for some people, but for me it has always been easy. Once I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life I always believed. I never wavered.
Have I seen a bunch of great miracles? No, not really. But I have seen many little miracles and to me any miracle is great. Read the rest of this entry »
For this week’s ‘Whimsical Wednesday’ I am sharing a poem with you that I first read on Beyond Meds. This poem inspired me, encouraged me, and reminded me of a truth that ‘no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven’.
Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
Depression is tough. But…what a wonderful thought, that ‘nobody can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven’.
May you be encouraged to lift YOUR HEART towards heaven today.
I am so glad you dropped by today!
Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…
…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.
Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!