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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Robin William's suicide devastated America. We will miss this talented and gifted man. His suicide has raised awareness, sparked conversation, and opened doors for others to make phone calls to help lines. Many of us have no idea how depression leads to such a place.
We do understand depression can be the result of a chemical imbalance. That alone is difficult to battle, but what happens when depression occurs from a direct result of our thought process, daily struggles, difficult battles in relationships, addictions, and so on?
Though not every person who struggles with depression is facing a spiritual battle - and I'm not one who believes that every bad thing that happens to us is from the devil - I do believe in spiritual attacks. How we battle them, or not, impacts the outcome of our daily walk on this earth.
For those of you who feel your depression might be a spiritual battle, below are a few things we can do when facing the darkness.
#1 - Keep Your Strength Up: The enemy attacks when we are weak. Like Ahithopel said to Absalom when trying to fight against David. choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.
#2 - Be Alert and of Sober Mind: Why? Because “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) It’s easy to let ourselves go – physically, emotionally, and yes spiritually. There are four areas of our life we need to keep working on to make sure we’re healthy: Relationships, Body, Spirit, and Mind. Unfortunately, many of us work really hard on one or two areas and forget about the rest. To conquer and master all four areas is a difficult task and something we cannot do alone. It takes God walking with us, the Holy Spirit pointing out those areas, and our “want to” to make it work.
But if we are to become alert and clearheaded (of sober mind), then we need to step back and look at the areas in our life that need our attention:
- Assess - Asses where you are.
- Action - It's not enough to say, "Hey I'm feeling really crummy right now" We need to take action - move - step - tell someone.
- Alleviate - Lighten your load by taking your medication, seeing a therapist, seeking pastoral counseling, joining a support group, getting involved in a Bible study, attending Celebrate Recovery (which is a great way to have accountability, support, and others facing the same issues as you), and so much more.
Monday, June 16, 2014
This morning, as I opened my Bible, I came across a wrinkled note card. My mind was immediately taken back to those days my son wrestled in middle school. Though I loved the sport, as a mom I was a nervous wreck!
Perhaps my heart would have been more settled if my son's team stood on the mat with him, but that isn't wrestling. Wrestling is when two people face each other and battle it out - just the two of them. With that said, my son was never alone. His entire team stood on the sidelines and shouted words of "You got this! You can do it!"
One day I came across a scripture and decided to write it down for my son. Before his match I read this passage to him. I never thought this scripture would prove to strengthen me as well.
"Get up and get dressed. Go out! For see, today I have made you immune to their attacks. You are strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar, or bronze wall. None of the Kings, officials, priests, or people of Judah will be able to stand against you. They will try, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord have spoken." Jeremiah 1:17-19 (NLT)
Of course I changed the ending of the verse to sound something like this:
"None of your opponents will be able to stand against you. They will try . . ." and my son's response was, "But they will fail."
My son didn't win every match but he stood without fear and overcame difficult challenges. One of his greatest victories came when asked to wrestle up from his weight category in a varsity tournament. As a sixth grader he had never wrestled before this year.
His opponent stood taller and weighed more. But before facing the giant, my son had to work his way up to the big guy. He had to win every match to get to the championship. He dug deep and pulled out strength we didn't know he had. He fought hard. The battles were tough and tiring. But in the end, my son stood tall, undefeated, and with a championship victory medal around his neck.
Life can be very much like that. And there are days we need to say to our self, "Get up! Get dressed! you can do this!" Our strength comes from Christ - but it is also a battle of the mind and heart. If my son didn't believe he could do it, he probably would have failed. Had he feared his opponents, he probably wouldn't have fought as hard as he did.
My encouragement to you today is to rise up in the name of the Lord. Set your thoughts upon Christ's strength. The battle has been won. The enemy has been defeated. The victory is ours. Greater is He [God] who is in you, than he [Satan] who is in the world.
Through Christ, you are stronger than you think . . . and God says, "I will take care of you. I, the Lord have spoken."
- Get in the Word: Come to understand the power of God's strength. We do that by reading about Him and His victories. God is our coach.
- Change your thinking: Believe God created you with purpose and passion. He will turn your pain into something far greater than expected. God will use your pain to change you and others if you will allow it.
- Build Strength: Just like those who work out to build muscle strength, the same could be said for us trying to live in a dangerous world. We need to strengthen our hearts and minds. We do that by memorizing scripture, posting passages around your home, car, and office, and by meditating on God's word. Believe that through Christ you can rise up from a defeated position to a victorious stance.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Excerpt from Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts
Written by: Dena Dyer & Tina Samples
This excerpt was written by Dena Dyer
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Men in abusive relationships dates back farther than we imagine. We’ve all heard of Jezebel and even used her name to describe women in today’s world. Ahab married Jezebel, a controlling, powerful, and abusive woman.
This passage gives us a clear view of the control Jezebel had over others, including Ahab. After Elijah destroyed the false prophets, Ahab ran all the way home and told on Elijah. What was really going on in Ahab’s mind when he did that? “I didn’t do it? I had nothing to do with it? Victims fall into that trap. They can align with the abuser just to feel affirmed and to receive some kind of attention from them.
The good news is, God came along and saved Elijah. God fed, strengthened, and breathed new life into his scared soul. God also showed Elijah that he was not alone. God will do the same for the abused man in today's world.