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Depressed, Christian? How to Snap Out of Your Winter Blues, Part 2

Sing!

Singing helps me chase the blues away.  When I sing, especially worship songs, it seems to “disperse the gloomy clouds of night”.

I borrowed that line from my favorite song to sing this time of year, “O Come, O come, Emmanuel”

Here’s the whole verse….

“O Come Thou Day-spring, Come and cheer

our spirits by thine advent [coming] here

And drive away the shades of night

And pierce the clouds and bring us light!”

That’s describes a SONrise.


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Have you ever waited for the sun to rise, looking intently toward the east for the first rays?

The dark eastern sky lighten to a soft blue, and then pink and then — drum roll!–day springs forth! *orchestra music!*

For Whom or what are you intently looking?

Let’s sing to the One who intently looks for us until we are found…

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

 

Chorus: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

O come, Thou Day-spring,

Come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight!

 

-Chorus-

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depth of hell Thy people save

And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

-Chorus-


-Do you know the Day-spring, the Rod of Jesse, Emmanuel?-

Click the pic below for a quick introduction…

 

sunrise over Boca

 

**Top sunrise photo borrowed from “Eternal Echoes”.**

Depressed, Christian? How to snap out of your winter blues….

sigh…  My mood is falling with the snow. Even on sunny days, I wanna dive back under the covers and hibernate with the bears. 😦


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Relate?

Read on…

Tips for turning…

…this:

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to this:

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1.  Call a friend to pray with you. That’s what I did this morning.  I called, I dumped, she listened, we prayed — all better!

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For is either of them falls, the one will pick up his companion.  And if one can overpower him who is alone (and depression thrives on aloneness) two can resist him.”  ~~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

2. Sometimes Most times, our worst enemy lives right between our ears.
So, refuse grumpy thoughts (my pastor calls it “stinkin’ thinkin”) and replace them with something from this list:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~~ Philippians 4:8

I’ll add some more tips next post, but, in the meantime, what about you? How do you do to beat the winter blahhhhhhs?

Tell us what helps.  Don’t dot another i, Bob Cratchit, till you do!

Oh no! I’m getting grumpy again…

Oh, My Achy-Breaky Heart

Nothing hurts like being hurt by the one, or ones,  you love.

King David loved his son, Absalom.  Absalom’s name means, “papa peace”, but Absalom’s papa didn’t get much peace from him. **

Instead, David’s “most beloved” son betrayed his dad, tried to steal his throne, and forced him to flee for his life. (2 Samuel 15)

Ever had a day like that?

Well, maybe a little like that, anyway, if you’ve ever had someone you love turn on you.

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And when our heart aches from the hurt of it,  it’s easy to wanna throw in the faith towel, and think, “Where are you, God?!  How could you let this happen?!”

Well, take courage from the Psalm King David wrote when he was on the run from his son.

Psalm 3

O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.  Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.”

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head.

I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain.”

Let’s Pray:

You, O Lord, are a shield about me.  You’re my glory.  You’re the lifter of my head.  Help me to remember to “cry to you”, like King David,  when I’m really hurting and my heart’s breaking.

Thank you that I can pour my heart out to You because You care for me. (1 Peter 5:7)

Here’s how my heart is hurting right now, Lord__________________ (if you’re not heart-achy these days, maybe you know someone who is and you can pray for them.)

King David heard you answering him from Your holy temple, it says in the above verses.  Well, we are your temple now, the Bible says, if we’ve believed in You, and invited you into our hearts.  (Colossians 1:27, 1 John 4:4)

So, let me hear Your voice answering me from deep inside my achy-breaky heart.

And please fill me with the knowledge of Your will in this situation(s) with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Colossians 1:9)

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Like Legos? Click the pic below to see “Absalom Overthrows David” told with Legos on “The Brick Testament” website. 🙂 (What will they think of next? hmmm?)

"Absalom Overthrows David"

**http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Absalom.html

Bike Across America, Part IV: Stuck in Van Horn

Stuck in Van Horn! We’ve had to park our bikes this week in Illinois (Dave has to work overtime), so, on our virtual

Ride across America!!! (thunder, lightning crash, epic music)

we’re spending a few extra days in the one-road, desert town of Van Horn, TX:

Van Horn, TX; population 2435. Click pic for source.

Ever been stuck? I’m learning sign language when I’m not biking, and here’s the sign for “stuck

First this...

then this ( from http://www.lifeprint.com)

Looks painful.

It can mean “trapped”, too.

Ever felt stuck or trapped?

Maybe not in a real desert, but sometimes my soul can feel pretty parched and my faith dried up with doubt and worry, like I’m stranded in “a dry and weary land, where no water is.” (Psalm 63)

But there’s ALWAYS God.

And sometimes He speaks to me more in the desert than by a stream.

I hear him more clearly in the heat, than in the shade.

In the dry times, God BECOMES my stream in the desert

Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.  ~~ Isaiah 35:6

Glenn Spring Stream Pool, Chihuahuan Desert, click pic for source

O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; ~~ Psalm 63 KJV

I need you every hour...

Let’s Pray: Oh, Father, I need Thee every hour, every minute.  Thank you for loving me and guiding me through hard times, even carrying me when needed.

Oh, Father, when my soul is burning up with anger and frustration, may the “burning sand become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. [ May] gladness and joy…overtake [me], and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35:7b, 10

In Jesus’ name, Amen!!

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.” ~~ Isaiah 35:1

Feeling stuck?  Click the pic below to meet the great Un-sticker of your soul.

photo credit: Matt Champlin. Click on link below to see more of his awe-inspiring photos of God's awe-inspiring handiwork

Photo above by Matt Champlin ~~ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattchamplin/4565531214/in/set-72057594092009327/

Lessons from Literature: Harry Potter

A Dementor of Askaban

My son’s reading Harry Potter.   I’m not much interested in it myself, but this caught my attention this morning.  Andy was telling me about “the Dementors”.  “What are Dementors?” my fellow non-Harry-Potter-reading friends might ask.  They’re the creepy, dark-cloaked guards at Askaban, a prison in the wizarding world.  They glide about, tormenting the prisoners by causing them to relive their worst memories, and making them feel like they’d “never be cheerful again.” 

Sound familiar?  This is just what Satan tries to do to us, dear Christian.  He locks us up behind bars of guilt and shame, continually reminding us of every bad thing we’ve ever done — things he cheered us along to do in the first place, most likely.  He robs us of any cheerful thought, and feeds off our gloom.

And, of course, the antidote in the book is CHOCOLATE!  The answer for everything…happy sigh.  It counters the effects of the dementors, by warming up the victim, and restoring their emotions.

chocolateOur antidote for the harmful efects of our enemy, is TRUTH.  So, here’s some pieces of truth to warm up your insides:

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them– the Lord, who remains faithful forever.  He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.”   Psalms 146:5-8

Who has come to set the prisoners free?  Jesus!  He’s the light that shines in the darkness… 

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

In His presence, shadows flee~~ “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

  A PRISONER’S PRAYER:

“Oh, Father, You are the Father of Lights.  You wrap Yourself in light as with a Sunrise on Pikes Peak, July 2009, Shumpert ©cloak.  (Psalm 104:2)  You came to set the prisoner’s free. Free me from dark thoughts and despairing sighs.  Fill me with light and truth.  Remind me of what’s good and right and true; of what’s noble and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).  Help me to love Your Word, to understand it when I read it.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Hershey's CocoaDo you know the better-than-chocolate Savior of our Souls?  Click on the Hershey’s Cocoa can for a quick introduction. 🙂