Daily Devotional day 1

Depression: State of Mind

You are what you…CHOOSE

Daily Devotional for Depression ~Day 1~

Just to clarify, Depression is not just ‘feelings’ that you have for a while and they leave. We can have different moods. Depression is not being moody. This is something that affects your life, your family, and your health—it affects every area. That’s why so many people are on medication to try to control their depression. It’s a lucrative business for the drug companies and pharmacies. I’ve seen commercials where you have to take medication to help boost or treat the side effects of another medication. I think, in most cases, medication just masks the problem and people never overcome their depression by medicating themselves. You are not going to overcome Satan with a pill. And that’s a bitter pill to swallow!

DEPRESSION is defined in Webster’s dictionary as a state of feeling sad; a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping; feelings of dejection and hopelessness; and sometimes suicidal tendencies.

God instructed me to write a book while I studied and researched about my depression. He told me to seek out my deliverance. And that’s exactly what I did. 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.”

Matthew 7:7

When you are struggling in an area, you need to research it. Read scriptures about it and books about it. Listen to sermons about it. Pray about it. God is faithful to give you the answers if you look for them and seek them out.

In December 2015, I was asked to give my testimony at a women’s meetings. Fear almost overwhelmed me. I didn’t know if I could do it. I believe that was my test! I had been praying and asking God to use me to help others and to give me words for people and asking Him to lead and direct my path. I was telling God that I trusted Him, but if I said no, then that would be a lie. But, if I said yes, then I would be committing myself to do something that I didn’t know if I could do. I did say yes, and I did get through it. I am not a public speaker, but I gave my testimony out of obedience to God. I believe if God called me to do it, He will get me through it. Revelation 12:11 tells us that we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Revelation 12:11

God is not the author of confusion. If you are constantly battling your thoughts, just know it’s the enemy trying to keep you trapped in a cycle of doubt, hopelessness, confusion, and depression. God gave me two scriptures that I have been speaking over myself to keep my mind clear. One is 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV), “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” The (NIV) says it like this, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” That tells me that I am a woman of power. I am not timid. I am not fearful. I have self-discipline and a sound mind!

The other scripture is Philippians 4:13, (NLT) “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Speak these powerful verses over your life as well and you will soon see changes in your mindset. In ourselves, we are weak, BUT with Jesus, we are strong. We can’t get out of depression on our own. Only with the strength of our Lord and Savior can we overcome our battles.

Philippians 4:13

Everything in life is a choice. Choose to seek out freedom from your depression and your negative mindset. I found my freedom by seeking out my deliverance, and I know you can too. It’s not easy and it will take time, but you will see changes in yourself and your attitude towards life if you don’t give up. Count your blessings and enjoy your life. After all, we only get one-so don’t waste it.

What will you choose?

Pray for your leaders

Today is President’s Day. It was first established in 1885 as a celebration of our founding father and first President, George Washington’s, birthday 02/22/17. It is celebrated on the third Monday in February because of the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act that went into effect in 1971, which gave workers several long weekends per year. 

1 Timothy 2:2 tells us “Pay this way for kings and all who are in authority, so that we can live peacefully and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” We are called to pray for our leaders. If we don’t pray for the leaders of our county, then we could lose our Christian freedoms. We must pray that all darkness be brought to light in the highest places of authority. While we are still on this earth, it is our duty as Christians to step up and demand our rights be protected.

Jeremiah 29:7 says “And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for it’s welfare will determine your welfare.” The welfare of our country depends on God hearing and answering our prayers for our leaders and our country. We are very close to being persecuted for our faith. Christians have compromised with darkness so we wouldn’t be labeled ‘intolerant’, ‘hate filled’ or ‘old fashioned’. We have let the enemy gain too much ground and now we must fight to get it back.

The darkness has crept in quietly and started to take over our land, one ‘right’ at a time. We can’t lay down and let the enemy take over and shut us up. The enemy always tries to stop the truth from being spoken. Acts 4:17-18 (paraphrased) tells us that the leaders (the members of the council) agreed they needed to shut Peter and John up and stop them from speaking in Jesus’ name. That is what’s happening now. There is truly nothing new under the sun. They tried stopping them then and they are trying to stop us now. Why is the name of Jesus so offensive anyway? Isn’t it just a name? Philippians 2:9 says “Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all names.” The enemy HATES the name of Jesus! That’s why he tries to censor it.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” God promises to restore our land if we pray. Jesus also tells the Sadducees in Matthew 22:29 that “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” I believe that my God, the one and only living God, is healing our land and restoring His people. He alone has the power to fix the mess this country is in now. Let’s not forget to pray for our leaders so we will not have to live in tyranny as other Christians do around the world.

Love is why

This week we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2019. This is the day of love. I thought I would write my weekly blog about love since it is the subject everybody is thinking about this week. I have been noticing these little signs that say ‘Love is Why’ in peoples yards around Chattanooga and wondered who was behind this movement. I finally found this link and wanted to share it for this season of “love”. Please watch and find out what this is all about. https://www.loveiswhy.org/

What is love? 1 John 4:8 “But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” This verse of the Bible tells us that God is love. So, love is God. It’s pretty simple. We don’t have love if we don’t have God. He is the measure and the definition of love. You might have feelings or lust, but you don’t have love without God. This is how the enemy steals our lives. He distorts love and convinces us to believe a lie. The enemy puts a twist on scripture so that it sounds nice and appealing to our sinful natures. The truth can hurt sometimes, but the truth will set you free. A lie will leave you in bondage and kill you.

How do we describe love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. The description of love is what every single person on this earth wants, but hardly ever gives. Are we really patient with others? Do we demand to get our own way most of the time, instead of thinking of the other person? Do we hold grudges and never forgive others when they hurt us? Truthfully, we hurt others all the time and expect them to forgive us, without any apology on our part. But, we expect everybody to treat us like kings and queens all the time. We all need to remember that we are surrounded by humans, not perfect beings. Humans make mistakes and we are to be quick to forgive and not hold on to hurts. That’s how we love others.

Why do we show love? 1 John 4:19 “We love each other because he loved us first.” God loved us and had mercy on us, so we must love others and show mercy on them. We’re not really Christians if we don’t. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ”  God loved us so much that he sent His son to die for our sins. Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. That is true love! Do we have that kind of love for others? We are also supposed to love our enemies! You can’t love your enemies if you don’t have the love of Christ in our hearts. It’s easy to love the ones that love you, but to love the unlovable, is a whole different story! Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. “

How do we show love? Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”  First, we must love God and put Him before ourselves. That is the key. We can’t love others if we keep ourselves front and center. Selfishness is a sin. We then should put others before ourselves. Jesus was a servant. He never thought of His comfort or His wants. He always thought of us first. Things start changing when you start putting God, and others, first. You show love when the focus is not all on you and your pleasure and happiness, but making someone else happy for a change. John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Just to be clear, Jesus wants us to know that love is a command, not a feeling.

Love is why! Love is everything.

Spring is in the air

Great news! Punxsutawney Phil predicted that we will have an early spring this year! I’m not really sure how a groundhog can make those kinds of predictions, but apparently, he’s pretty accurate. The past week or so has been very cold for most of the country. The hope of spring is very welcoming to me. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundhog-day-2019-02-02-punxsutawney-phil-shadow-today-live-updates/

A definition of spring that I found on the Merriam Webster website is a time or season of growth or development. Think of this groundhog prediction as a chance to grow or develop your joy. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Living without joy is a very miserable life.

Take control of your mindset in this new season that’s just around the corner. Look up different scriptures about joy in the Bible and speak them over yourself. Write them down on post-it notes and stick them in different places around your house to remind you of the promises of God. This will help you to keep your focus on Him and not on yourself and your problems.

If we take small steps to conquer our depression, we will see changes in our moods. Even non-Christians believe that speaking positive things about yourself can be beneficial.

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Christians know that to be true from the Bible. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Choose to feel good and feel great and feel wonderful instead of feeling sad and depressed. Choose joy!

Trick or Treat

Should Christian’s participate in Halloween? This has been a question I have been wondering for a long time. I know that Christians are not worshiping the devil when we celebrate this holiday, right? Could we be deceived about this demonic holiday? This is only a day for scary movies, haunted houses, dressing up, carving faces in pumpkins, giving out treats or getting tricked and having fun with our friends. The Word of God tells us to abstain from every appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22), that might mean ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks, etc. We are to focus and dwell on things that are good and pure and lovely, not dead things (Philippians 4:8).

As Christians, we know that this is a day that the Lord has made and we should all rejoice and be glad in it, so, we try to put a Godly twist on it (Psalm 118:24). But, in all honesty, is doing the same things the witches and other devil worshipers do, actually change the “bad” part of it? Everything that we are doing on Halloween is part of evil rituals to Satan that has been done for centuries all over the world. Could this actually be a way the devil is sneaking in and causing us to open ancient doors that we, as Christians, should never open? John 15:18-19 tells us that we are in this world, but should not be a part of it because God has called us out. Could we be allowing Satan to take our children and our families just by participating in Halloween?

This might seem silly and nobody wants to be known as a ‘radical’ Christian. Nobody wants to take the fun away from their children. Other kids get to celebrate this ‘holiday’ that focuses on ‘children’ and ‘candy’. That’s innocent enough, right? Why can’t Christian children celebrate too?

I just wonder if we might be handing our children over to Satan and his tormenting spirits by joining in on this holiday that the world celebrates (Mark 7:9) These tormenting spirits cause depression, anxiety, fear, suicidal thoughts, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc…etc. Is this what we want for our children? This subject has been on my mind this entire month and I have prayed about it. Why are signs, miracles, and wonders not following Christians (John 14:12)? Why is the Church so powerless? We can’t even help ourselves, much less others. Maybe this has something to do with compromising with the world.  I’m not sure. What do you think?

I’ve been looking at the youth of today and I see, as a whole, a whiny, self-involved, narcissistic, fragile, lazy, worldly generation. We, as Christians, have failed our youth. They are not capable of taking care of themselves or functioning in this society. They scream tolerance and logic but act intolerant and ignorant. We have allowed teachers and professors to indoctrinate them instead of training up our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6), which is to the foot of the cross. Have we given in to the mindset of ‘there’s no harm in letting them have a little fun’ in exchange for their souls? (Matthew 7:21-23) In Matthew, it tells us that even though we think we are living right and doing right, we might actually be out of God’s will, and don’t really know Him. We need to either be hot or cold for Him, not lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16). When we are lukewarm, we don’t really know the Lord, we just think we do.

Here are some Youtube links that you might find interesting. I did. Let me know what you think about Halloween. I would love to hear your feedback.

Perfection v/s Excellence

In going over the final edits in my book, Depression: State of Mind, I have been striving to get everything perfect. That’s very stressful! Then, the Holy Spirit reminded me that nothing is perfect and I need to strive for excellence instead. Jesus was perfect, but I have flaws… and that’s OK. My imperfections make me who I am.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬ http://bible.com/116/rom.3.23.nlt

It’s getting to the point where I am just stalling and nothing is getting done. If I want to get my book out and start helping others, I need to just do the best I can and let God help me. I will never get it perfect.

“But while I was busy doing something else, the prisoner disappeared!” “Well, it’s your own fault,” the king replied. “You have brought the judgment on yourself.”” 1 Kings‬ ‭20:40‬ ‭NL‬‬T http://bible.com/116/1ki.20.40.nlt

The enemy will always try to hinder your progress if God has you doing something for His kingdom. Darkness does not like the light. The devil doesn’t want God’s people free from their bondage, so he will cause distractions to keep you busy doing other things. I believe that being a perfectionist is distracting us from our calling and destiny. Don’t be pulled into hat trap! I wrote my book in 2015 and it’s still not published. That’s distraction at its finest!

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬ http://bible.com/116/php.4.8.nlt

No Greater Love

Are Christians walking in the love that we were commissioned to walk in? I really don’t think so. If we were, then the world would notice that we were different. As it is, most people can’t tell if someone is a Christian or not. We must do a better job of standing out and setting ourselves apart from the world.

I want to make a change in this world. I don’t want to die without making somebody’s life better. Whether it’s from something I say or something I write, my heart’s desire is that others will be freed from the bondage that the enemy of our souls tried to kill them with. I want others to know the truth about our Lord and Savior, Jesus. He came so that we might have abundant life. Jesus came here so that we can have a good life here, not just in Heaven.

Let’s love others so much that we tell them the truth about their sins. We can’t just hold their hand and lead them to hell by telling them that everything they’re doing is OK and grace covers all. That’s not the truth. When we knowingly sin against God, we are trampling the blood of Jesus. Why would Jesus tell us to take up our cross and follow him, if we could do and act the way the world does?

If we are truly new creations and born again believers, we would long to do  what Jesus commissioned us to do. I don’t want to let Him down. He has never let me down. I want to be different.  I don’t want to be like the world. The world makes me sad. I look at all the churches we have everywhere around where I live, and very few of them are making a difference in this community! I want to make a bigger difference in my community! Who will join me? John 15:13 (NLT), “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 

 

 

Are you invisible or invincible?

As Christians, we are called to go and preach the good news to all the world. Can we honestly say that we are fulfilling our calling? The Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen. Is it possible that the few that are chosen by God are the ones that actually walk out their calling? Jesus said for his disciples to go and do even greater works than He did. How many of us have done anything in the name of Jesus? We do all kinds of things that please us or make us happy, but do we take up our cross and follow Jesus…ever? We are invisible as Christians. We stand in the crowd and try to fit in and go unnoticed. God set us apart as Christians! When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became a new creation. That means we were set apart from the world. 

We are invincible! Jesus came to this fallen earth as a man to give us a chance to make a difference. Are we making a difference? It looks like the only difference Christians are making is turning people away from the Gospel instead of the other way around. Our lives are supposed to be a living sacrifice, but instead we cower down like we are defeated and won’t fight for the cause of Christ. Paul said in Philippians 1:21, ” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We should be ready to die for what we believe in. How many Christians in other countries are persecuted to the death for their belief? There are many. We are coddled and weak Christians in this country. We have taken for granted the blessings and freedoms that we have received because we are a nation, under God, and we became a useless and powerless Church. If a satanic church can be founded in this Christian country, then we have failed! There is now an alter to Baal in New York City and very few people seem to care. It looks like we have failed miserably!

Invincible is my word for 2018. Merriam-Webster defines Invincible as too powerful to be defeated or overcome. That is what I am claiming for me and for the Christian Church. Psalms 24:18 says, ” Who is the king of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, invincible in battle.” We have Jesus on our side, so we are invincible. He fights our battles. Romans 8:37 says, “No despite all those things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.” We are invincible because, as Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Who is willing to stand up and stand out for Jesus? Are you going to remain invisible and be like the zombies that are only interested in pleasing themselves? Or, are you going to be invincible and fight the good fight of faith! This is a war. It has been waged against us from before we were ever born. The enemy tried to kill us before we took our first breath of oxygen. The devil is after souls, so we should be after souls too. Jesus loves ALL of us. Yes, even sinners. Jesus even loved the ones that drove the nails into his hands and feet. He loved the ones that mocked Him and the ones that cried out “crucify him!”. Jesus understood that they didn’t know what they were doing. He understood that it was the evil one that had deceived them. Let us stop being the powerless, invisible church and step up to be the invincible, mighty Church that Jesus instructed us to be.

I wrote this blog just a few days before Rev. Billy Graham went to be with the Lord at the age of 99. He was an invincible man! He walked the walk and talked the talk. We can’t rely on just one or two to do what needs to be done. Now that he’s gone home, we as the Church need to step out and fulfill our calling.

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for my family. My mom and dad raised me to be the person I am today. I am a fighter – from my mom, and a thinker – from my dad. They were good parents. They never mistreated me and I never went without what I needed. I didn’t have a perfect life, but I am a strong woman today because of the obstacles I faced. There are so many kids that are abused daily, but I feel like I was so blessed to have parents that loved me and tried the best they could for me. Things haven’t been easy for me, but nothing worth having is easy to attain. My kids are amazing and I am a happy wife. My marriage was rocky at first, but we both fought for our marriage. It wasn’t just me and it wasn’t just him, so we made it work and it’s so good now. We didn’t give up on each other. God blessed my family!

Every day this month I have tried to write a memorized scripture, or phrase of hope, on my calendar at work just to help me get through the day. It has really helped me. I will look over at it throughout the day and repeat that daily phrase in my head. Sometimes it’s hard sitting in a box all day. I just want to be doing other stuff, but this one little thing does help me. Think of something that will lift your spirit up each day instead of the chaos and mess that’s going on around you. God is blessing us on our jobs! Philippians 4:8 NIV “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.”

Jonah 2:9

Salvation of the Lord.

In the book of Jonah, he didn’t want the people of Nineveh saved, but he ended up obeying God and doing the one thing that he didn’t want to do. He prophesied to the people and they turned from their evil ways and were all saved. Sometimes our life is not at all like we thought it would be. God uses us in the strangest ways, but it is all for His glory. Jonah did what no other Prophet was able to do in the Bible. He was able to get all the people of Nineveh to repent. How many Preachers and Prophets had spoken to God’s people and they mocked or killed them? Even our own Messiah! Those people in Nineveh were grateful that God loved them enough of them to send His Prophet to warn them, and they took heed. Jonah truly saw the mercy of the Lord in that place. God blesses His people! Jonah 2:9 NIV “But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’”

Obedience is greater than Sacrifice

When I spoke in front of a women’s group for the first time, someone told me afterwards that obedience is greater than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). I hate to speak in public and I am very uncomfortable when all eyes are on me. I did horrible, but I did it! God doesn’t really care about how good we are at something, He just cares about us doing what He has called us to do. He will work everything out. It’s not about us anyway. We can’t change hearts or minds, that is done by the power of the Holy Spirit. We just need to be the vessels of change. I believe that even though I muttered my way through that message, someone needed to hear it and was helped by it. Sometimes people just need to see that you will get up and step out even though it hurts.

I guess God asked me to do something that I know for a fact I couldn’t do without Him. Like I said in my message that day, ‘If God called me to do it, He will get me through it’. He did. I trust Him. I have history with Him and He has NEVER let me down. I look at my kids and know in my heart that God loves me. He actually let me have the opportunity to raise them up. What a privilege and an honor! He let me see a small part of what true love is. We need to also remember that God even loves the unlovable. We generally love people that love us. Jesus loved the people that murdered Him. If you have ever wondered what love is, there’s your sign! 1 John 4:10 NLT, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”

My prayer has always been that God would help me to help others, even if that means speaking in front of a crowd or writing a book. I want others to know that they don’t have to feel depressed or hopeless. John 10:10 KJV,“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus didn’t come for us after we die. He came to help us now, through our life on this fallen earth. He came to give us power and strength to overcome the enemy and his plans.

Will you obey God’s calling even if He asks you to do something hard? You know that street preachers don’t really want to stand out there and be mocked and made fun of. They are answering the call of Jesus even though it’s not fun or easy. Mark 16:15 NLT, “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” To God be all the Glory! It’s all worth it for just one soul to be saved from hell. Jesus came for the 1. He left the 99 for the one that needed Him. Matthew 18:12 NLT,“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” That is beautiful! That’s my God!