Category Archives: Overcoming Depression

From the Shadows

From the Shadows

 

Here in the shadows where I like to hide

Deep in the darkness is where I abide 

 

I look at my sin and recede even more

I’m shamed and in agony right to my core

 

I look to the light unworthy and shamed

I hear the gentlest of whispers calling my name 

 

The sweetest of songs filling my ears

So very sweet, I want to draw near

 

I see a soft light penetrating my cave 

I reach out attempting to somehow be brave 

 

As the light draws nearer I’m bathed in its warmth 

I feel like I’m being wrapped in God’s arms

Wandering Girl

Wandering Girl
Photo by Easter Ellen

 

Wandering Girl

 

Broken and destitute, lost and gone

She wanders her way as she saunters along

 

Ignored and forgotten, who’s child is this

That once was a wee one who adored mother’s kiss

 

She breaks the heart of those she once knew

Then a beautiful girl, now broken and blue

 

What can I do to undo this oppression?

She is ruled by darkness, stuck in depression

 

Where can I turn when life leaves her behind?

Unnoticed, forgotten, spiritually blind

 

I pray for God’s mercy to draw her in tight

I pray that she’ll relent to Him and give up her fight

 

I pray for peace to embrace her poor, tortured soul

I pray for God’s blessing to see her once again whole

His Battle

His Battle

The battle that surrounds you is of spirit, not your own
I told you it is Mine and so it is

Rest in this secret place as you worship Me alone
Give unto Him that which is His

Though demons rage and beasts abound
On Me make your weary eyes gaze

My child you stand on Holy Ground
When with angels, you sing out My praise

My victory lies in weapons fashioned not by hand
The sword of the spirit yet is prayer

The battle of Jericoh was won by a band
The enemy fled as worship filled the air

You continue your worry, concerned for tomorrow
Not trusting in My perfect strength

My children all learn that their own path brings sorrow
I’m their redeemer no matter sin’s length

So stand up equiped to war your enemy’s attack
Be still and pick up your sword

Put on praise, truth and righteousness, to cover your back
This victory won, faith’s reward

The Lost Ones

Version 2

The Lost Ones

 

I reach My hand out to the poor, the needy and the ill

I reach My hand to the broken, to save them’s My will

 

Poor in spirit, faint of heart, I love one and all

My voice a gentile, prodding tone, it is to them I call

 

I ache to save the lost ones who I created with my Hand

I ache to draw them to Me, that their hearts would understand

 

I pour My love out like sweet oil, beckoning with my voice

I pour My heart out for their sake waiting to be their choice

 

I reign on high, I’m Lord of All, I’ve already won the battle

These souls are rightfully mine to take, not abandoned chattel

 

Hidden from Harm

Hidden from Harm

 

You have hidden me under your wings of love

You have given me protection from harm

I sit sheltered from all of life’s misery

Safely I sit in Your arms

 

You pull me out of the schemer’s nest

You rescue me from my foes

You plant me in a place of protection

You care about all of my woes

 

What can I give you to thank you enough?

How can I make Your heart smile?

I will sing of Your love forever more

I will worship You even in trials

 

I bless you my Father, I love you dear Lord

I will never tire of Your ways

You have made a clear path for me

You have blessed me with mercy and grace

Your Sweet Voice

When I’m so far down that I can’t see light

I slip so easily to that pit without fright

When the day disappears and there’s only night

I cry out to hear Your sweet sound

 

When my head is filled with thoughts of despair

When the days disappear and nothing is clear

When I can’t form the words in a calm sweet prayer

I know that Your love will abound

 

You lift me up in your tender wings

Oh so sweetly my spirit sings

I am lifted into the arms of a King

And in Your arms I feel love

 

I let you carry my burden called life

I hand you over my worries and strife

Even the worst which seem so rife

I give thanks to You Father  above

Carry Me Home

Photo by Easter Ellen

To pull yourself out of depression can be daunting. It really feels as if you do need to pull yourself out. Nothing seems to alter depression with the constant strength that it has to drag you further and further in without your permission.

 

“Hear my cry O Lord, attend unto my prayer

From the depths of the earth, do sing out to thee

And when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock

That is higher than I, that is higher than I.”

from one of the Psalms (sorry I do not remember which one)

 

You don’t have to fight back, you just have to hand it over God to carry you in His arms to a safe place where you needn’t feel afraid of slipping further and further down.

 

I am in that place now and God gave me the inspiration to write so that I can remember what I already know… that He is my shepherd and will not let me leave from the place without coming to find me and carry me to safety.

The Blessing in Thanking

The Blessing in Thanking

Lord, two little words make such a difference

Today I’m going to:

Reflect on life and all the blessings I’ve been given

I thank You and the people You use to make my life better to live in

Picture by Easter Ellen

 

We are to be thankful in all, we are taught as You can make all things work for our good, no matter how situations may appear in the onset.

Yet, I’ve found that there is even more blessing given in thankfulness than just the good that You can use it for in my life.

When someone has gifted me with time, prayer, a material gift or their care, thankfulness is a must. Not because it is society’s ethics and standards, but rather because their is a place in my heart that remains empty feeling if I do not relay the thankfulness that presses from within to be freed to both You and the person who has blessed me.

I’ve found that when we are thankful, a ripple of joy and love is spread. We are automatically connected to God when we are thankful as it is His commandment for us to be so, but we are also filled with the joy of knowing that we have blessed another with the kindness that those two simple words bring that person (or people) and ourselves. We are given the joy of seeing the divine power that those words bring to another when they are said with sincerity and love. We are given the joy of knowing that this person is blessed simply because they gave in some way and we have acknowledged it (although many people feel very humbled when being thanked).

It is not only important to be thankful, but also important to accept the thanks of others as unnecessary humility takes away the joy in thankfulness. I often say “you’re welcome, but the thanks belong to God, not me”. I’ve come to realize, however, that I am taking away the pleasure of the person’s genuine joy in thanking me. My lesson, that has come through years of this overly-humble attitude, is what I want to impart to you today, to enjoy all facets of thankfulness, in giving, receiving and in praying with God about it.

Ps 50:23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honour Me, and to the blameless, I will show my salvation.

 

Fear of Past Sin

Fear of Past Sin

Lord, Can you forgive the greatness of our sins?

Today I’m going to:

Set my eyes forward on Gods path for my life

Pray for courage and strength to overcome strife

Photo by Ruth-E
Photo by Ruth-E

 

Often we focus on how much we have disappointed God; how we have let Him down and in doing so, have let ourselves down. It is so easy to focus on our iniquities rather than the ways that we may have made God smile. We feel unworthy and when we feel as if we’ve failed and it is easy to get caught up to the point where we feel so bad about our weaknesses that we can feel defeated and so discouraged that we do nothing to step forward into God’s plan for us.

We read that God is love; that His son has been sent as an atonement for our sins. We are promised that once we have confessed our sins, God reconciles us to Him through the body and blood that His son gave up for us. This is not only a divine thought, but one that is foreign to our human nature which is finite and emotional. Our human nature finds God’s unconditional love almost too good to believe as we witness our own frailties and those of the people around us.

If you were the parent of a child that refused to try to take another step because they fell once, you would do all within your power to encourage that child to learn to walk again. If the child failed a math test, you would encourage them to study, review, try again until the lesson was learned.

God is our Heavenly Father and loves us infinitely and completely. His patience for us to grasp the magnitude of how unfailing His love is, is as great as His love for us.

God has a purpose all of our lives. Meaning that He has pre-ordained a plan for us to share His love in some way with others. It may be that God has given you a heart to pray for others; it may be that He has called you to leave what you know to serve others in a foreign land. You may be called to write, or to be a loving example to others so that others can, through your presence want more of His love, which all of our spirits long for.

If you feel that you have failed God, failed in life, failed yourself and the others that God has put in your life; seek God’s forgiveness and then move on as if the past was not there. Once we ask forgiveness, God forgives AND forgets. It is gone. He allowed His son to carry our sins unto death to assure our forgiveness.

Any fear that we have is not of God’s world. Fear is not of God. Ask God to rid you of fear and to fill you with His Holy Spirit and to give you the courage to step out of whatever is trapping you away from carrying out His loving plan for you. You will feel the beauty of God’s love wash over you as you move forward.

May you be blessed in your walk and encouraged in your moments of frailty, to step out in the arms of God’s love.

PS 119; 9 – 12

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.

 

Where to Go from Here

Where to Go from Here

Where do I go from here, God?

Today I can..

 

Look to the light You’ve set unto my path

And know that Your love will guide my way along the wide road and the lath

 

Photo by Easter Ellen

 

The future can often feel so daunting, whether in the immediate, or in the far future. Which choices to make along the way. From early decisions such as education, friends we make and relationships that we establish to career choices, family decisions and the ways to cope through life’s many struggles, which way to go is always at our best, an educated decision; a hopeful choice; a path chosen from advice and thought.

 

When we allow God and our faith to lead our choices, the path, although perhaps just as daunting in how it may appear to us, is clear in our Heavenly Father’s eyes. It is one that was laid for us before the beginning of time and one that we can trust as it is the all-knowing, all-seeing God of the universe that has set it for us.

 

We find that He leads us in our path through prayer, through the courage to step out in faith with Him and in His Holy Word.

 

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet; a lamp on my path.