My husband and I recently moved to the beach and started our lives over. We are both from the Tennessee Valley area and decided to make a change. I love, love, love living at the beach! I love living on beach time! Everything seems so much more laid back here and the people are very friendly. Tennessee has great people too, but I knew that I needed a change of pace. I needed a change of scenery. I also needed a career change.
After we moved here, I became a Realtor. There’s a lot to learn! I had no idea that becoming a Real Estate Agent would be so difficult. I love it, but it is definitely not easy. I am currently in training and my mind is blown! As with anything, it will take time to know the process and get a routine down. I get stressed when everything is unorganized and haphazard. I’m not sure how to be organized since I don’t know very much about this business. It will get better when I learn more and see how others do it.
My happy place is the beach. I go there almost every day. I encourage you to visit your happy place and get renewed in your mind and body. You don’t necessarily need to move there, but you do need to get away and have some downtime to regenerate your wellbeing. Life is hard. Life is life. Make time for your happy place. Go to the mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, or to the beach and get your peace back. Life can sometimes deplete us of our lives, but God wants us to have life to the fullest!
As a writer, and someone who must fight daily to keep depression from sneaking up on me again, I understand that it’s very easy for me to get overwhelmed. I find myself doing several things at once and it feels like I have hundreds of ideas swirling around in my head like a jumbled mess. I am trying to find the best way for someone like me to multitask. I currently have a planner for work, a planner for my book(s), and a planner for my social media. I’m not sure if I need just one planner or if I need to keep everything separate. It’s a trial and error process.
I am currently finishing up one of my books, BUT I have also started researching for two other books I want to get done right now AND I have jotted down some ideas about another book series I want to start right now. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I do understand that I have too much going on and I would have a lot less stress if I could focus on just one thing at a time. That’s not easy for me to do.
There is also tons of stuff going on in my life that doesn’t involve writing and I’m just trying to find a good balance to keep my sanity. So, what do I do? Today, I am taking a step back to try to figure it out. Sundays are days to rest. I need to rest in the Lord and rest from my stress. It’s very hard for me to let my mind rest. I always see or think of things that need to be done. Does anyone else have this problem? I can’t be the only one. I need advice. I’m going to take this day to study God’s word and seek out ways to organize these different areas of my life. I’m too blessed to be stressed!
I recently started researching for a new book. So many different things have jumped out at me that I have been struggling with. Sometimes we don’t realize that we let negative stuff enter our minds and hearts until it gets us down. I literally took a break from blogging and writing because I let life and doubt get in the way. The enemy will try to keep us too busy to do what God called us to do. Then it’s easy to start thinking that nobody even notices anyway. Well, God notices. Isn’t that more important?
Even as Christ-followers, we all love to be praised for our deeds. When we do something good and it goes unnoticed, we feel unappreciated. Sometimes, we focus too much on the praise of others on our jobs or when we volunteer our time and energy trying to make positive changes. The question we need to ask ourself is, ‘Am I doing what I’m doing for the praise of others or am I doing it because it’s the right thing to do?‘ If we’re doing it for praise, then our motives are wrong. John 12:43 NLT says, ” For they loved human praise more than the praise of God”.
I will admit that sometimes I think that I’m wasting my time and am not making a difference in anybody’s life with my blogs and books. I doubt myself almost every day and feel like giving up. But, I know that God wants me to tell the good news of Jesus. This is how I can do it. I am not called to save the world, just to tell them about Jesus and His neverending love for us. The praise of others is not my motivation for giving my testimony. My motivation is the fact that Jesus can and will set you free from depression, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, doubt, and confusion, etc. He is the only way. You can’t do it on your own. I tried for years to get myself out of depression, but it never worked until I cried out to God. Matthew 7:7 NIV says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
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Different is defined by merriam-webster.com as partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality : DISSIMILAR : UNUSUAL, SPECIAL
As Christians, we are called to be different. We should not be acting like everybody else. We should stand out from the crowd. Others should know that we are not like them. They might not know why or how, but they should be able to see and feel that we are different. If we are not in the peace making business, then we should be asking ourselves why? Matthew 5:9 NKJV , “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”
David was different and everyone knew it. In 1 Samuel 17:37 NLT , David told Saul about God rescuing him from the bear and the lion, proving that he had a relationship with God. David killed a giant because of those experiences. David knew that his God would rescue him from any adivisary, even if it looked impossible. David stood out from the crowd and didn’t want to fit in with his brothers or the other soldiers.
God made us all unique. We all have different fingerprints and that means God wants us to be ‘one of a kind’.
We are all created in God’s image, but we all have different qualities and personalities that make us who we are. Instead of trying to be like somebody else, we should want to be the person God wants us to be.
We have a purpose on this earth or we wouldn’t be here. Are we fulfilling our purpose by what we are doing? Are we helping others or just trying to gain only for ourselves?
should pray and read the Bible. God speaks though His word. We can’t know God’s
truth if we don’t open up His word. The only way we will break any chains is
through prayer and knowing God’s word.
The word Christian means disciple. Being a disciple means we should be doing the works of Jesus, being ‘Christ-like’. Sharing the good news to the poor. However, when you are depressed, you are poor. Poor in spirit. I am sharing the good news that Jesus can and will make you whole!
I created this devotional so
others will see that there is hope and freedom from depression. God expects us
to help each other; to lift each other up instead of cutting each other down.
I’m here to tell you that you are an overcomer and your test will become your
Even non-Christians know that things change when we speak positively. It’s a universal law, I think. It’s the unofficial law of positive speaking. There are many examples of peoples lives being changed by the power of their words.
We need to see our lives in a positive light. Satan takes so much from us. We need to stop letting him steal our vision and our time. Time is short. We need to keep our eyes on God. Job 7:7 NIV says, “Remember, O’ God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.” Even though Job went through so much heartache, he never cursed God like his wife wanted him to. God ended up giving him back everything he lost, with interest. He got double for his trouble. Everybody has bad days and good days. If your focus is only on the bad, then you will never be able to see the good.
Don’t give up hope. Hope is activating your anticipation of something better. You might not know how or when it will get better, but it will get better. The only way your life will get better is to have hope that it will. When you give up hope, then all hope is gone.
The way you believe will either keep you bound or set you free. If you are a superstitious person and you believe that you will have 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror, then bad things will probably start happening in your life if you break a mirror. There is no such thing as ‘luck’. We are blessed. We are not lucky.