I’m so thankful to serve a God Who Is not ORDINARY! I’ll admit that when I decide not to sit in a depressed state and instead choose to spend time with God, listen and allow myself to feel His love for me, I experience the AMAZING!
I’ll admit it, it took a long time to get here. I had to learn to say “NO” to depression. I’m still learning to say no. I’m still learning to choose God over my feelings, choose God over rejection and neglect. I have found that there is nothing better and best of all nothing ORDINARY about how He saves the day.
God has the ability to take the most horrible situations work for my good. He opens up doors that would otherwise be shut. He makes a way when everyone says, “no way”!
God is not ORDINARY! He’s ExtraOrdinary! He’s Amazing! He’s Powerful, Awesome, Magnificent, Wonderful, Strong, Mighty and Loving!
I’m so glad that my God is not ORDINARY!
What are you recording in your mind? What records do you keep stored in your mind? Do you record times that make you happy or that make you sad? Do you store words or encouragement or degradation?
You may record all, a little or a lot of it, but let’s see what God says…think about what’s true, honest, fair, pure, lovely and of a good report. We have to work on what we record and store in our minds. Don’t allow terrible things to replay over and over again. They happen to all of us, but we can control what we hold on to and continue to think about.
The Bible goes on to tell us that if we think about God, Himself, he will keep us in perfect peace. That doesn’t mean that life will feel wonderful all of the time. That means that we will be able to go through the hard times without falling down.
Clean the slate and start recording things differently in your mind. Begin today, begin now. Record all of the wonderful things that God says about you. He loves you, sent His Son, Jesus to die for you. He’s preparing an awesome eternity for you. He thoughts about you are for your success. He wants you to prosper even as your soul prospers. He wants you to have life abundantly and He wants to give you perfect peace.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
I’m saying, “Goodbye”
You’ve fought a good fight
Oh yes, you’ve tried
I’ll admit it,
You almost won,
But almost won’t stop me
From saying, “Goodbye”
When I think of your game,
How you wiggled your way in,
All of the time you spent with me,
Playing a friend,
You spoke to me daily
And never missed a beat
Showing me who hated me
Replaying my defeat
Several times I trusted you,
I believed you with my life
Did as you instructed,
And tried to end my life
Even then you were pitiful.
The pills made me sleep
The drinks made me weak
The marks from cuts were deep
Marks that remind me of your part
In trying to ruin me
You thought that you destroyed me
I thought you did too,
Even when there weren’t attempts
You were in my mind too.
You told me I was worthless,
Rejected and of no use.
I believed that all of my dreams,
Died while listening to you
Yes, I remember every lie that you told
The memory has taught me
To protect my soul
I remember when you said
I never could
And now I consider
How much stronger I am now,
Your pressure and stress
Had me in a mess
A mess that became blessed
Once I withstood the test
I gave God my mess
Yes, right, you guessed
The same mess that you said
Would do me in
I took it all and gave to Him
I gave God my tears,
My fears, my rejection
He took it all freely
And unlike you didn’t say,
It will cost me
Instead He showed me
How He paid the price
For my life
And was only waiting for me
To realize it
Now that I’ve given my life
Back to Him
My hopes, dreams,
And visions are back.
I can see clearly now
I am loved by God
I can do all things through Him
He strengthens me
He cares for me
His love has renewed me
No longer do I feel
Our time together is done
My thoughts about myself are good
I’ve chosen to live and not die
I’ve chosen life over death
For my ashes I now have beauty
My mourning has turned to dancing
Times may get rough
But I am now determined to
With my dreams
In this new life God has given me
So, Suicide…you see
I’m saying Goodbye
I don’t like you and
Don’t need you
Don’t talk to me and
Don’t walk with me
I don’t need you
Good Riddance and
Written by Dona Young 8/13/14
Are you self-medicating yourself to numb the affects of depression?
What are you using to numb the pain of being sad and unhappy? Without denying it, first look at the different forms of “self-medicating” that we’re referring to:
- Unhealthy Relationships
- Food, i.e., over-eating, bulimia, anorexia, etc.
- Obsessive Actions, i.e., shopping, cutting, video game binges, compulsiveness, etc.
- Dangerous Activities, i.e., gang-affiliations, violence, etc.
There are others that aren’t listed here but understand that anything can be used to “self-medicate” the pain that is associated with depression. Many people don’t talk about the things that they use to “self-medicate” themselves. So many hide how they are really feeling. Depression hits more people than we know, every single day. Oftentimes, if the person is not a drug or alcohol abuser, the “self-medicating” aspect can go ignored for very long periods of time.
Sometimes depression isn’t noticed because it is masked by “self-medicating” activities. Do you know someone completely addicted to shopping and they don’t need anything? Have you ever wondered why a person joins a gang? How and why does a person who can’t afford a meal continue to purchase liquor? Why is a person promiscuous? What is the reason for an overwhelming amount of stuff in a persons home? Why does a person stay in an abusive relationship?
At the core of a person’s being (all of us, you and me), there’s a need for happiness. There’s a desire to be loved and accepted. A sense of basic security must be had in order to sleep at night. When the pain of depression has taken its toll and a person gives up hoping that the pain will ever end, there is a tendency to “self-medicate”.
My Truth: I’ve tried just about everything I listed above and a few others. Lots of these “self-medicating” behaviors give you a temporary feel-good moment. After the action wears off, you find yourself dealing with worse emotions than when you started. The problem that has depressed you starts to sit at the bottom of you being upset that you did something else that you shouldn’t have done.
It may not feel like it but God loves you so much that there is another way to deal with whatever you’re facing. There is a better to your situation. You are still alive. You are still breathing. You are able to read this right now. Yes, you’ve seen horrible times and everything hurts but you need to know that there is a better in this situation.
I encourage you to stop doing everything that you believe is “self-medicating”. I encourage you to look for God in the middle of whatever situation you are going through. Email us and ask for prayer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us at Depression No More – Facebook. We’re here to listen and we’re here to pray. Stop the behavior that leaves you feeling worse in the end or simply not feeling any better at all.
…and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
…for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
…and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 31:12b, 13b and 14b
Father, forgive me.
I sent myself down,
Into seas of depression,
Exhausting my nature
Ignoring self-made morals,
In an effort to escape…
That which would make me,
Step into my new horizon…
Into the felicitous atmosphere that awaits me.
Where happiness is typical,
And energy is at its fullest.
Where love and gladness are perpetual,
And gratifying expressions of joy
Have been reserved especially for me.
Forgive me and restore me to:
My Vocation as a Royal Priesthood
My Office as a Prophet
My Destiny as a Conqueror
My Position as a Deliverer
Father perform it by Your Will and…
I will be COMPLETE.
Does the cold weather have you in a slump?
Are January bills starting to pile up?
Have the holidays left you feeling exhausted?
Here’s the answer:
KJV – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
NLT – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
KJV – Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
NLT – This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
Isaiah 55:1 – 3
Isaiah 61:3 (one of my favorites)