Monday, December 22, 2014

May I come over?

I was tired of being alone for another evening/night.  My grown children were out with friends and my husband was in Africa.  I felt so alone and I decided to do something about it. 
I called a friend and asked if I could come over and work on some Christmas cards for Church.  I felt a little silly telling her I was lonely but that was the truth and I was starting to feel myself going down towards depression.
Many people feel alone especially during the Christmas season.  Some have grown children who live far from home, some have lost their spouses, others have gone through divorce and some just don't have many friends to connect with.
The commercials on Television show happy families and warm friendships.  After watching too many of these one would start wondering what was wrong with them.
The truth is nothing is wrong with you.  You may be one of those people who struggle with depression all year long and around and  time it seems to get worse around Christmas time.
I think the first step to overcoming this depression is to acknowledge it, and then decide to do something about it.  You can go see your therapist and come up with a plan to pull you from the pit, you can come up with a plan with your regular Psychiatrist to increase your medication to get you over the hump, you can call a friend and ask if you can come over and spend time with them.
Remember my friend who I called she said "yes! come on over and we can finish the cards and play a game of scrabble."  I was so happy.
Maybe you are thinking "that is not me"  I can't just call someone and ask to come over.   My question to you is why not?  The enemy of our souls likes to divide and rule so he would love to isolate you and keep you from people.  This will only make you more depressed.  Don't agree to his plan it only leads to more depression. I read an article on depression that stated that suicide is at its highest in the month of December.  So don't ignore how you are feeling.  Take it seriously and do something about it even if it means being vulnerable and admitting your loneliness to a friend.
God created us to need each other and that is why being a member of a community is so healthy.
Pick up the phone and call someone.  Yes, you and do it now, you will be glad you did!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Just one more thing!

Why is this one thing so elusive?  It is not like i don't have a list or have planned but the end of Christmas shopping has not come to an  end!!
I am ready to be done shopping and sit back and enjoy a more relaxed time.  I believe it would be very relaxing to sit and mediate on the Christmas story.  The Bible says that Mary took time to ponder the things she was experiencing.  That is what I would like to do,  I have tried to meditate on Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
 4 For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
 5 Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Verse two has stood out to me.  I am one of those people who have walked in darkness and the Light has come.  When the light comes it disperses darkness.  If you are feeling like you are in a dark season of life invite The Light Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate at Christmas time to come and shine in your darkness. This light has also conquered the shadow of death!!  Jesus is that Light and He has conquered sin and death.  If you know Him the rejoice and enjoy His Presence if you don't know Him call on Him He is only a prayer away.
The amazing thing is that the Light is not in the store or wrapped up under a Christmas tree.  Verse 6 which tells us that a Child is born, a Son is given.  That is what we have been looking for !!  He brings a deep sense of peace,Joy, and contentment and what is more amazing is that He is also looking for us to turn towards Him and His arms are wide open for us to come running Home.
So if you like me have been looking for that one elusive thing look no more Jesus is the Answer.  Rest in Him, remember that Christmas time is a time to celebrate His birth not the finding of the gifts at the mall.  I wrote that to you as much as to myself.
Enjoy Jesus The Prince of Peace!!
Merry Christmas and a Blessed new year