Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Living Free

At first reading, these scriptures may not seem to belong here, but when we read all the way down the "life in the Spirit".... isn't that what a life free of depression would be?! A life of Joy? A life of Love?! A life of freedom?

Depression is shortsighted, shallow at best. It can only see what is right in front of it, and it recoils in horror. Depression doesn't love- it only wants to escape- to hide- to cry. Depression falters and fears, but a life in God's Spirit is inexplicably bold. It throws caution to the wind and lives with eyes wide open! Freely. Free.

This is the kind of life I want. Not a life that sits at the back of the bus, staring mournfully out the back window and bewailing the places I've been, as well as the places I'll never be. I want to be up front by the Driver, looking through the windshield expectantly! Where to next? What adventure will we find?

And we can do that when we trust that God loves us through it all. When we trust that NO MATTER WHAT HAS HAPPENED, NO MATTER WHAT WE'VE DONE, He hasn't left us! He will never forsake us.

From Galatians 5

19-21It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.
22-23But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
25-26Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Don Colbert on Diet and Depression

I've been enjoying watching Kenneth Copeland, and Don and Mary Colbert over the internet this week. I don't always make it to the TV on time each morning to watch the show (Believer's Voice of Victory), but you can watch it on their website, by clicking MEDIA, then scroll down to where it says which dates can be watched, and who was on the program that week. You can always look through the archives to find other programs too.

Recently, there were two weeks of Don and Mary Colbert: The week of Monday February 2- God's Design for Your Wellness, and the week of Monday February 9- Choosing God's Way and Living Whole.

I always enjoy listening to what Dr. Colbert has to say- it feeds my hope that I can live in total health on earth, all the days of my life, as I believe, and act on God's word. The episode I watched this week was "Monday, February 2nd, 2009", and Dr. Colbert mentioned how diet can help in healing depression, and how a poor diet can be linked to the emotional spiral that a depressed person can get sucked into. Good Stuff.

Maybe someone more high tech than myself can leave a comment to show me how I could put it up on the blog here. Anyone?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Note to Self

Dear Conscience,

I just wanted to tell you that you've been rather hard on me lately.
Yes, I have been rather grouchy, but I didn't get much sleep this week, and the sleep I did get was rather low quality. You know I need sleep.
It's true, I haven't gotten much done around the house, but you know my energy levels have been low- it's just that time of the month. On top of that, it's February. And I did babysit my nephew yesterday.
I know, I know, I haven't gotten around to doing the bills, but I did do four loads of laundry yesterday. It's true I haven't been preparing healthy food the way I'd like to, but I did take the kids for a bike ride.
I just wanted to ask you, to please stop beating me up. I'm doing the best I can here. It's hard to stay on top of all these things!
I've been worried about my sister- it's no excuse for neglecting my family, but I have to say it's weighed on me. I see all the things I haven't gotten done, but there are things that are going well too. I'm just not sure that you are noticing those things. Please, try to have a good attitude, for my sake.

Sincerely, Self.

Dear Self,

I hear your point, but I have some concerns. Namely, that as long as you have an excuse, you will never change. Your excuse is the reason that you stay the same! I'm really proud of you for getting all that laundry done, but did you remember that you will have to do it again today? I'm glad that the children have been keeping up on their math, but do you have a vision any higher than that?
You always start off well, but then you slow in your pace, and often just quit! Laziness is not a reason to give up!
I know that you've been going through some tough times, but let me tell you from experience, that crying won't make the difference! Remember what Julie Wandling said: How big is your Wanna? She was talking about diet, but I'd say that it applies to your life and desires right now, don't you? These desires do not originate merely in you. The frustration you are experiencing to a large part is because you are not living up to your full potential, and you know it. It used to be satisfying to do certain things that now are a source of discomfort, because you are being challenged to leave a low level of life behind, and move on up to something greater.
But I warn you, you cannot do it with the attitude you've had up until now. This great new life cannot be accomplished by agendas, schedules, and resolutions and efforts. It is accomplished by faith, and obedience. It happens through self sacrifice. You are launched out into the deep of this new freedom when you stop focusing on your self, and begin to focus on Jesus. You cannot do it all for Him, but He has done it all for you. Can you just lay down your perspectives, and let Him take control?

Yours Truly, Conscience.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

We Can Choose to be Thankful

Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Not every circumstance is His will, but it is always His will that we GIVE THANKS.

-Father, today I thank You for Joshua's new balance board (to help him with equilibrium and posture). Thankyou for children who are interested in exercising (Victoria is on my treadmill, Isaac is on the rebounder, and Joshua just finished 5 minutes on his new "toy".

-Thank You that we always reproduce ourselves. This is an awesome responsibility, but it also guarantees that I am raising children who will love God and His word. As parents, we reproduce ourselves.

-Father, thank You that I can be at home today. Thank You for my new books on healing- thank You for feeding my hope! You are able to do so much more than all I ask or imagine!

-Thank You for haircuts! Free ones too, since I can give all the boys a buzz cut. Victoria just needs a trim.

-Thank You for SUN this morning! Thank You that there are only 3 weeks left in February! Not that I don't appreciate February Lord, but I can already see myself preparing the soil in my garden and planting early crops! I so long to be outside in the fresh air, and to hear the meadowlark calling.

-What a gift- to be able to see. To imagine. To dream. To hope, and to visualize! Oh Father, give me a vision of myself Whole, as You see me!

-Father, today I thank You for Jed. A man faithful! A man who is patient. A man who is kind, and gentle. Slow to anger, and abounding in loving faithfulness. (I used to tease Jed, and say: I am Jed, I change not!) But praise God for a man who is trustworthy, a man who endeavors to live like God. : )

-Thank You Lord for Your Word, and for helping me to get up early these last days. You are truly faithful. Thank You Father, that You sent Your Word and healed me, and delivered me from my destructions.

-Thank You for NO WIND! (Anyone from Southern Alberta will know what I mean!)

-Thank You that each new day brings hope and promise, for Your mercies are new every morning- great is Your faithfulness! Sorrow and weeping may endure for a night, but JOY COMES in the morning!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Frugal Juicing

I am certain that this is something which few people have thought of doing, but I mention it in the interest of being frugal, and eating healthy!

I had a shelf of pie pumpkins in the garage here, which we'd grown organically in our own garden, and were very proud of. But I didn't know what to do with them, since we don't eat pie, and the sugar free pumpkin butter I made just wasn't a hit! (tee hee) I even tried baking them like squash, but no one liked that either. I could hide a few slices in soup, but we had a lot of pumpkins left, and they were going to go bad if I didn't use them up!

So the week before grocery day (when we were virtually out of produce) I ran a couple of slices through the juicer along with a couple of apples. I fed it to the children at lunch, expecting them to react badly, but they actually really liked it! The pumpkin had such a mild sweet flavor, that you really couldn't taste it over the apples, and even better- you get all those raw, organge vitamins and minerals!

It's a frugal way to serve raw, fresh juices, because the pumpkins were free. 50% pumpkin reduces the cost of the juice by half!

(For those of us interested in organic gardening: pumpkins and squash are very easy to grow, harvest, and store. You get a lot of food for the amount of work you invest.)

From Death to Life: Forever

John 5:24 (The Message)
It's urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.