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Help! Someone I Love is Depressed! — Broken People

Please take time to read this blog post by Rob!

“It’s not God’s will you suffer from depression” many have been told. “You just need more faith!” Honestly, some believe we can simply choose not to be depressed, like it’s as easy as deciding to wear tennis shoes instead of boots to the office. Try to sugarcoat it all you want, but depression is a […]

Help! Someone I Love is Depressed! — Broken People
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“It Gets Better”

My senior year of high school was…hell. For lack of a better term. I was downright miserable. I hated everything about life. I wanted to die. Life had no meaning.

21 years later….well I have learned a lot over the years. And I’m grateful to God and my family for not giving up on me.

Dear 17 year old self (circa 2001),

I know its rough right now and I know you think life isn’t worth living….

I’m here to tell you….it IS worth the living. It WILL get better.

That hurt you feel in your heart? That hatred? That numbness?

It gets better.

Life may have knocked you down. You feel as if you can’t get back up. You feel like there is no point in even trying.

It gets better.

The depression? Well, it will still be there but you have discovered how to manage it. (for the most part)

You will come to realize that life really is worth the living no matter how many obstacles that get in the way.

Spend more time with the Lord. Dig deep into His Word and press on. Remember, God will fight your battles.

‘For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ (Deuteronomy 20:4)

It. Will. Get. Better.

Remember that.

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Failure

I came across this quote the other day:

An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

Edwin Land

Failure.

Ah. The dreaded “f” word. (No, not THAT f-word.)

Failure is described as “ a lack of success or the inability to meet an expectation

No one wants to experience it but everyone will experience it at least once in their life. Well…more, if we’re being truly honest.

As writers, we especially hate the word failure. It haunts us every time we sit down to try and bust out the next great American novel. What if….what if they hate my book? My story? My poetry?

We don’t want to feel vulnerable. We don’t want people to realize that we’re not perfect, even though there is no such thing as perfection in this world.

We all want to be successful. #amiright? And success will come! It will! But we must be willing to accept that we will experience failure from time to time. Those rejection letters come. We lose our job. We don’t make the team, etc..

We must be willing to accept that we will fail in life. We must be willing to learn from that failure and strive to work harder in order to put that failed experience behind us. The more we focus on that failure, the more we fall behind.

Avoiding failure is something we all struggle with. And as long as we live in this world….well…it’s something we will always have to deal with.

We’re all afraid of failing. I know I definitely am. Maybe that’s why I don’t set high expectations anymore. I don’t want to keep failing.

Writing has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was 9 years old and wrote my first essay on what I wanted to be when I grew up. Somewhere along the road though I put my passion for writing on the back burner. I lost interest for a little while. Depression set in. My grades in school plummeted. I went from being an honor student to barely scraping by.

But then one day I picked up my pen/pulled up a blank document. And I began writing again.

I picked myself up.

Don’t let failure become the norm in your life. Pick yourself up…brush yourself off and start again.

It WILL get better. Success WILL come.

We must not be afraid to fail.

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No Action, No Change

Romans 12:1 says “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

How we treat our bodies matters.

We live in a world where gluttony is running rapid. We become obsessed with food and drink and we don’t stop for a minute to think about what we are putting into our bodies.

At gluttony’s root is a lack of self-control, and our self-discipline is tested every time we see an advertisement for any product, especially food and drink. 

Martin G. Collins
Forerunner, February 2000

My self discipline is pretty much non existent when it comes to food. I have no willpower when it comes to certain foods, including chocolate. Chocolate is my weakness. According to Dr. Floyd Chilton, “Willpower alone is not enough to bring about this change. Start by realizing that you cannot do this alone.”

We must be willing to change. And we must take action. Because as long as we live this complacent life wishing and hoping things will change without actually doing anything to change then things will never change. And if things never change then things will always, always, stay the same.

We’ll be stuck in a rut.

We must exercise self control. We must turn to the Lord and trust Him in all areas of our life, including gluttony.


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I’m Still Here

Y’all. I haven’t left. It may have seemed like I had but I just needed to take a break.

How was your Thanksgiving? I went to my dad’s in TN. I just got back Thursday. I had a great time! I even brought something home with me!

Bronchitis. I brought home bronchitis. I went to Urgent Care last night and was diagnosed with it. He gave me a strong cough medicine and a nasal spray and hopefully I’m on the mend. My cough has gotten ten times better just from taking a couple of doses of the nasty liquid. *gag*

I’m considering taking a couple classes at my local community college in the spring. I’m looking at taking Creative Writing and Introduction to Literature. I need to speak with an advisor and with financial aid to see if I qualify for aid. If I don’t, then unfortunately I won’t be able to take the classes.

So pray that the financial aid comes through because I would really love to take a course or two!

Sorry this post isn’t very enlightening but I just wanted to post and let y’all know I hadn’t quit on ya!