OVERWHELMED MUCH???

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.

multitasking
How many planners are too many??

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.

Books, Books, and more Books
How many books can I write at one time??

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!

Matthew 7:7
I will seek the Lord and find the answer!

Praise Be To God

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”.

Our motivation for doing good should be for God, and God alone. We should desire the praise of our Heavenly Father, not of other people. Matthew 25:23 NLT tells us, ” “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant…”. This should be what every Christ-follower should be focused on. Sometimes we do things and never get approval from others, but we must keep doing it. God alone deserves praise. Our motives should be only to glorify our God and represent Jesus to others on this earth. Jesus is the only One who is good and sinless, and He is the only One that deserves to be praised. Isaiah 64:6 NLT says it like this, ” We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind”. We are not righteous. Only Jesus is righteous.

The phrase, Praise Be To God, is an expression used to express happiness or relief that something did or did not happen. Anything good is from God, plain and simple. Romans12:2 NLT says, ” Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. We need to let God change the way we think. We can keep dwelling on what others think about us or we can let God change us. All that matters is what God thinks about us.

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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Be Different

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.” Matthew 5:9

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.1 Samuel 17:37

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.Who am I?

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? 

Daily Devotional day 7

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…DO

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 7~

Christians 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!

Christians also need to stop compromising with sin. We need to grow in the fruits of the spirit – Galatians 5:22-23, which are LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF CONTROL.

As Christians, we must walk in love. In John 15:17 NLT, Jesus says, “This is my command, love each other.” It’s not a suggestion, it’s a command.

We also need to walk in forgiveness. Luke 6:37 says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged, do not condemn, and you will not be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven.”

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 testimony!

In Ezekiel 33:6 NIV, the word says, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, the man will be taken away because of his sin; but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” We are the watchmen! We are responsible for the blood of others. That means we must love others enough to tell them the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25 says, “Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.”

It’s our choice how we think, what we believe and hope, what kind of vision we have for our lives and what we do with our lives. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

What are you doing?

Daily Devotional day 6

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…SPEAK

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 6~

Sometimes it’s very hard to speak positively when things are chaotic all around you. I have a big problem in this area. I find myself spewing ‘word vomit’ and cursing my life and my family. It is very important to speak positively and declare what thus saith the Lord, not what thus saith your situation.  James 3:10 NIV tells us, “Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

James 3:10

We won’t have freedom in our lives if we keep speaking negatively or ‘cursing’ ourselves. “I’m fat” or “I’m ugly” or “I can’t do it.” The devil doesn’t have to worry about us getting free when we can’t even control our own tongue. Proverbs 18:21 NIV says, “The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:21

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.

Forbes: Power of positive speech

Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Inc cosmetics has helped many women with her positive speaking. She is one of the founding mothers of makeup and her company became one of the top companies in the world. That’s pretty impressive! “… her mother encouraged her by saying, “You can do it, Mary Kay. You can do it.” As an adult, Mary Kay would pass this spirit on through a remarkable company that would inspire millions of women for generations to come.” This is the kind of power that speaking the right things over our lives can have.

What are you speaking?

Daily Devotional day 5

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…SEE

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 5~

According to merriam-webster.com, when we SEE something we: have experience of; we come to know; we visualize; we understand; we are aware of; we recognize and imagine as a possibility. Proverbs 29:18 KJV says, “Where there is no vision the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.When we have no vision for our lives, we’re like zombies wondering around aimlessly with no direction. We’re only existing, but not living. God wants us to live a good and abundant life, not a life of lack and sickness.

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.

What do you see?

Daily Devotional day 4

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…HOPE

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 4~

The word HOPE has been made so insignificant in our vocabulary. We have made it more like wishing. “Well, I hope it works out” or “I’m hoping and praying it will be ok”.

The definition of HOPE on merriam-webster.com is: to cherish a desire with anticipation; to trust. So, in other words, to hope is to trust.

Ecclesiastes 9:4

There is no worse feeling than hopelessness. I lived in hopelessness for so long. It makes you numb. Ecclesiastes 9:4 NIV says, “Anyone who is among the living has hope -even a live dog is better than a dead lion.” When I read Ecclesiastes when I was going through my depression, it made me laugh. A depressed person knows another depressed person wrote this book. For some reason, God used this book of the Bible to show me that even King Solomon struggled with depression. I’m not alone and there is hope. Romans 5:5 NLT says, “Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”

Romans 5:5

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.

What do you hope?

Daily devotional day 3

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…BELIEVE

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 3~

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.

Matthew 9:28

When Jesus healed the blind men in Matthew 9:28 NIV says, “Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” and they replied, “yes, Lord.” And they were healed. They were healed because they believed they would be healed if Jesus was willing to heal them. They didn’t doubt it and they didn’t waver in their belief.

I have struggled with why some people get healed and some don’t. I believe that Jesus is our healer and that He can heal us. I guess my question is ‘will He’? This is something that I have been dealing with most of my life. God showed me this verse in Matthew 8: 2-3 NIV says, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, “I am willing,” He said, “Be clean.” “Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.” I believe that Jesus is willing and He is able.

What do you believe?

Daily Devotional day 2

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…THINK

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 2~

As I was researching and studying, God showed me several things that I was doing that was keeping me bound to my depression. One way I was sabotaging myself was the way I was thinking. Psalms 23:7 NKJV says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he”. This pretty much sums it up, we actually are what we think we are. If we think we are victims, then we are victims. But, if we think we are overcomers, then we are overcomers.

Philippians 4:8

I have always had a problem with worrying and thinking negatively. I have to fight to be positive. I realized when I was researching my depression that, IT IS A FIGHT. I had to fight for my mind. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”

One thing that really hit my spirit was when I read that King David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:6 KJV says, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” I really started thinking about that. He didn’t need other people to build him up and encourage him. He didn’t need other’s advice or comments of affirmation. He built himself up in the Lord. He found his strength in the Lord. It couldn’t have been easy for him and It’s not easy for me to do, but it is possible. I know because I have done it and I continue to do it on a daily basis. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV tells us, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets its-self up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 10:5

Think about your blessings, not your problems or flaws. Everybody has them and it does no good to dwell on them. Our flaws make us unique and our uniqueness is what God created in us before we were conceived. Jeremiah 1:5 NLT says, ” I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb…” Has anything ever gotten better by letting the bad thoughts control us? No! We must control our minds!

What do you think?