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Depression

Speak the Truth:

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Talk the Talk:

Have you ever felt like hiding, or like you just wanted to be by yourself?  Have you ever felt like life is unbearable? Have you ever wanted to just give up? Well, you are not the only one!  I did a little research and found that 17.5 million Americans suffer from some sort of depression.  This number is rising every day, and is reportedly higher among women than men.  I too have had certain times in my life where I have fought depression.  It is a very lonely feeling.  You feel that no one will understand, and you don’t want to be around anyone, let alone tell anyone that you are struggling.
Would it surprise you to know that there are examples of people suffering from depression even in the Bible? Here are a few examples…
Abraham (Genesis 15), Jonah (Jonah 4),Job (Book of Job), Elijah (1 Kings 19), King Saul (I Samuel 16:14-23, etc.), Jeremiah (Book of Jeremiah), David (Psalms 6, 13, 18, 23, 25, 27, 31, 32, 34, 37-40, 42-43, 46, 51, 55, 62-63, 69, 71, 73, 77, 84, 86, 90-91, 94-95, 103-104, 107, 110, 116, 118, 121, 123-124, 130, 138, 139, 141-143, 146-147)
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Depression is not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of; it is very real, and has been fought for centuries.  Just as any struggle in our lives, if we don’t have others that can help us remember truth, then whatever is causing us to fall will continue to grow and take over our lives.  For some of us, depression is brief, and can be fixed with a chat with a good friend, rest, or diving into scripture.  Passages such as Phillipians 4:8 are always a good reminder to me.  When I focus on what is good and true, then my mind is less likely to feel discouraged and ready to give up. I think this is why the Bible mentions being thankful and grateful so much.  He knew that we would need to keep our minds focused on the good, instead of all the evil in the world.  For others, depression doesn’t just simply go away.  Some people deal with it day in and day out.  If you struggle with depression daily, and have not ever talked with your doctor about it, I would encourage you to take time to do this.  There are lots of medications out there today, specifically designed to help with depression.  Sometimes medication is needed for a lifetime, but other times, medication is only needed until certain seasons of our lives our over.
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Walk the Walk:

Regardless of wether you have mild or severe depression, medicine alone won’t work.  You need to turn it over to the Lord.  Ask Him to help you see things clearly, and to remember that he created you for a purpose. Keeps your eyes focused on Him.  Psalms 34:17-18 is such an awesome promise; it says, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” I love knowing that my God is always right there with me; I just need call out to him. The Lord hears me and is near!!!!!!

Next, let me strongly encourage you to talk with someone you trust about it.  Let them help you. You don’t need to face it alone. In fact, The Bible tells us to lean on each other. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”  I am so thankful for my friends that I know are always there for me, and are ready to help lift me up, whatever is going on in my life; and I love knowing that they will let me help lift them up when they need it too.

 

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Attitude, Health and Wellness

 

The Ticket

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Psalm 56: 3-4

When I am afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
    What can flesh do to me?

Talk the Talk:

My husband was running an errand the other day, and I called to see how it was going.  Then he says, “Shannon, I will have to call you back.  I am getting pulled over.”  My heart sunk in my chest.  Surely, God knows that we can’t afford this right now.  I work part time, and my husband has been going to school since he lost his job over a year ago.  God has been very faithful, and has amazed me in many ways.  However, this particular morning, I cried out to God.  Lord, you know we can’t afford this.  Please let him not get a ticket.  Help me to trust you, no matter what the outcome. Help me to be a loving wife, and not furious with my husband. (This last part was especially important!!!!)  In my mind I was thinking Ok, I’m ready, whats the worst that happens, so he gets a 100+ speeding ticket……. I braced myself, then called him.

$281 dollars!!!!!!!!!!  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!!!! Lord,  I said I would trust You, but I don’t know if I trust You this much…  (Why is it that I put a limit, or a dollar amount on my trust with him?)  Immediately,  God reminded me and filled my soul with peace, “Trust me, Shannon.”  Over the next two days, He showed me things that we could cut to help pay the ticket. They weren’t easy to give up, but they weren’t necessary.  Then he also showed me in very subtle ways that He was there.  One example was when I took my girls to the mall. I needed to get them a few clothes for back to school.  We ended up finding some things on clearance.  As I walked up to the register, God reminded me to check for coupons on the phone, sure enough another 15% off, (even clearance items, which hardly ever happens)!  Then, the lady pulled up my account and informed me of a 10 dollar credit. (I hardly ever shop at this store, not sure why I would have a credit.) I ended up getting $50 worth of stuff for $8, without even trying.  I know it was God because he nudged my heart, and again whispered, “Shannon, I’ve got this.”

Even though the ticket is still fresh, God has taught me and reminded me again that I can trust Him with EVERYTHING.  Even our finances. I am reminded of James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  I am positive that God saw this as another opportunity to pull me closer to Him.

Walk the Walk:

What is it that God is trying to teach you?  What trial in your life is he using to draw you closer to Him? You aren’t alone, and He has a grand plan.  We might not always understand it, or like it, but I am thankful, we can Lean on Him.  I am thankful that he is there to remind me that I am not alone, and I CAN TRUST HIM!!!!!

 

Yours.

Speak the Truth:

Luke 22:42

saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

Talk the Talk:

Every great story has a climax, the most exciting part of the plot.  All the action climbs to reach one particular point where the protagonist confronts a crucial choice.  The reader is compelled to keep flipping the pages to find out what will happen.  Will it all turn out in the end?  Will the bad guys lose?  Will the protagonist win?  Will the damsel in distress get rescued?  The Bible, the collection of Truth that all builds up to Jesus, is no different.  Everything from Genesis on builds up to Jesus Christ.

Fully God and fully man, His ministry personified the demonstration of truth and love.  He taught, falling in love with the people He created.  He saw the sin laden fallen world and it broke His heart.  He looked past the ugly and into the hearts of the people.  He knew they needed a Savior.  His whole ministry was leading Him to a certain point and like any person, He had a choice.  He had faced temptation before and walked away sinless.  Would He continue to demonstrate obedience and avoid temptation?

My heart begins beating fast when I read this verse.  I close my eyes and try to picture the scene.  Nightfall.  Jesus.  The disciples.  The garden.  The olive trees.  The sounds and smells of the evening.  Not only the seen world causes my imagination to churn, but also the unseen world.  The angelic warriors and saints of old….I can almost hear heaven take a collective breath.  Waiting.  Could they hear the pounding heartbeat of Jesus?  Did they witness the angst?  Did they look on the Father’s face as He watched His beloved Son sweat blood as comprehension dawned into reality?    “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

According to scripture, Jesus was a stone’s throw away from the disciples as He was agonizing.  A stone’s throw away.  The disciples were exhausted, sleeping…..and yet, He was right there, not strategizing with them, not making an escape plan, not trying to control the situation.  No, He urged them to pray to avoid temptation.  He knew the dangers of what was ahead.  They wanted a military leader, one to lead a revolt, one to yield power over the people.  Jesus knew this wasn’t the will of His Holy Father.  Jesus battled on His knees, crying out to God.  He knew another path had been laid from the foundation of the world.  He knew the future of His beloved hung in the crux of His total and complete submission to God.  The God He knew.  The God He trusted.

Fast forward to your life.  Your circumstances…..what you know and what you don’t know.  What you see and what you don’t see.  What you worry about.  Your children’s health, your marriage, your parents, your careers, your health, your money, your………..whatever  you hold near and dear to you, close to your heart….can you pray this prayer over it?  Not my will, but yours.  

Walk the Walk:

My brain hurts when I truly think through all the dynamics of this part of scripture, yet it all played out and resulted in the ultimate sacrifice to ensure my eternal security.  Jesus submitted and took everything on Himself so that we might be reconciled with our Creator for eternity.  I have prayed this prayer over certain situations in my life, and I must tell you it was exhausting.  It is a battle where the Holy Spirit, praise God, reigns supreme.

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for being an example of true submission.  Thank you for knowing me intimately.  Thank you for demonstrating obedience to the Father.  Continue to teach me, Lord Jesus.  Continue to show me how to pray to avoid temptation.  Not my will, but Yours.  Not my will, but Yours.

Amen

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Faith and Spirituality

 

80 days left – Moving from Interest to Involvement

80 days left – Moving from Interest to Involvement.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Friends and Community

 

80 days left – Moving from Interest to Involvement

Amanda Williams:

Please join us as we follow and support this precious family on their journey.

Originally posted on kitefamilyonmission:

Moving from Interest to Involvement

We were introduced to this phrase recently by a good friend who works in the world of raising funds. Our prayer this week is that many folks will begin making the move from being interested in this journey to actually taking steps towards being involved in the journey.

We have had many people tell us that they are planning to join us and many have made the leap. At the same time, we fully understand that some folks will not begin giving until we load up the big moving truck and hit the road. Our hope this week is that God will stir the hearts of His people to go ahead and make the leap. It is our prayer that He does it in such a way that we all are amazed by how He accomplishes His work.

Here is a great report of what…

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

For the Sake of the Call

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Hebrews 12: 1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Talk the Talk:

Memorial Day this year brought up some interesting thoughts that went down a different road.  We honor those military that have given their lives to keep our country free and safe for all.  I totally feel so indebted to them all.  These men and women have served willingly as they received the call, loaded up, and served.  What about those who fought the early battle of the first church?   I got to thinking about the Bible and who wrote it and how dangerous it was for them.  I get that the Holy Spirit gave them the words and messages but did they have to obey?   Think about the journeys of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, Jude and Paul…leave everything and follow me was not part of a story; it was their reality.  All of them must have felt the urgent calling, the burden, the fear, the reverence……..but also the choice to be obedient.

Do we ever think to thank God for them?  I mean really pray and thank God for the journey and the obedience of these saints of old?  This Memorial Day brought a prayer of thanksgiving to my mind that has never been there before.  I hope I never forget the precious gift the Bible is to each and every one of us.  Just think, because of those who have given all, we can read and worship and praise any time we want to.  I thank Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice and I thank God for those who were obedient for the sake of the call.

Walk the Walk:

Colossians 1:9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified youe to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Missions and Discipleship

 

Gossip

Speak the Truth:

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 

Talk the Talk:

Women like to talk!  We talk about everything.  Are we happy?  Are we sad?  Are we frustrated, mad, etc?  It really doesn’t matter.  We can be in most any mood and we still like to talk about our feelings and emotions.  I don’t know about you but I have a smorgasbord of words that bounce around in my head.  I contemplate and entertain many thoughts throughout my day.  And where there are thoughts……there are emotions.  I am once again under God’s conviction.  This time……Gossip!  I think there are degrees of gossip or maybe different kinds of gossip.  I do not divulge secrets or personal information.  That whole ‘talking about someone behind their back’ thing can get nasty and I have been on the receiving end of that type of gossip.  Here is the definition I found, gossip: a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts.  A rumor or report of an intimate nature.  A chatty talk.

Hmmm.  What does God’s Word have to say about gossip?  Proverbs has a lot to say.  A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret (11:13).  The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down to a man’s inmost parts (18:8). A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends (16:28).

I am guilty of sharing with others how I have been offended or how my feelings were hurt or the mean things that have been said or done to me.  What’s the big deal, right?  Everyone needs to vent.  Right.  We are correct in saying we need to get it out and avoid bottling our feelings up inside of us.  Imploding and exploding are no fun.  Think though.  Who are you sharing this stuff with?  You may be fortunate to have a best friend or a real confidant.  You may have a spouse you can really talk to.  I know I am blessed with both.  They will not betray my trust.  I vent.  They listen.  I feel better.  Then what?  They, the spouse, friend, or trusted one, now have a new perception of the offender.  Sigh.

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a confidant, but what I am saying is that oftentimes, we skip right over our God who knows it all, and right to ears who might not need to know.  Pray. Seek discernment.  Vent to Him.  God is more than capable of comforting us, holding us and redirecting our thoughts and feelings.  His opinion and love for you AND your offender are in tact.  His opinion is not swayed.  How awesome is that?

Walk the Walk:

Fact: I am a woman and I like to talk, and that is OK.  I have many things to share but join me in making a commitment to be mindful of what the Holy Spirit wants me to share and who He wants me to share it with.  Continually praising God for His love.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Attitude, Health and Wellness

 
 
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