Mid-Week Check UP

How are we doing?

I finally made it out on Monday afternoon to take a one mile walk; that is a first in months.  It felt great to be out in the sunshine and warmth and to allow my legs to generate energy that made its way to my brain which helped to clear out the mental fog.  And in those moments I think,  “Okay, this feels normal, I feel “normal”.  I am on my way to being out of the pit and on with life.”  And then it can be three seconds later, the next morning or afternoon, and the weight descends once again.  “Where did the Light go?!”  “What did I do wrong to be back in this dark place?”

There are so many facets to this depression thing:
-people see us as lepers, not to be touched,  better ignore the situation
-there are no hard and fast answers
-why can’t we just “choose” to be happy
-body needs to move for health; absolutely no energy in the legs
-being productive is so vital to moving forward, but when the mind and body are not working it is an impossibility.
-please feel free to add to this list; what you have experienced

So I ask you, my friends, how do we keep moving forward.  What do we do when we have a good moment and then are thrown back into the darkness?

What I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that those of us suffering with depression/anxiety need a community of support.  Those who will walk along side us no matter how ugly it may get; they love us more than  they fear the disease.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself. ‘I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along,’  You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

So what fears are you staring down?  How can we help you defeat that monster?

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

I am cheering for all of us to take that first step…..and then the next!

Stepping Out in Faith,

Rejoice Always

Jumping (1)

Philippians 4: 4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

For those of us living in the United States one has to wonder if the government is for us or against us; were they elected to serve us or themselves.  Whether you tend to side with the Republicans or the Democrats, I think we can all agree that our government is not working.  It is an unsettling feeling knowing that the fate of your life and all those around you is in the hands of people you will probably never meet and who have no idea who you are, what you do, what you think or desire.  The news is unsettling and I needed a Word from the Lord this morning because I began to entertain the seed of fear.

These words from Philippians came to my mind as I called out to the Lord to clear my mind and put me once again in line with Him.  “Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS!”  No fear, no concern, no doubt, just REJOICE!  “Do not be anxious about ANYTHING!”  Give it ALL to the Lord and PEACE will reign.  Pray, petition, give thanks in EVERY situation.  Congress are you listening?!  Forget the debate……..PRAY!  Kay are you listening?…..forget the fear…..PRAY and REJOICE!

Prayer, Petition, Thanksgiving,