Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moving to Another Blog

The journey continues over at My Crazy Faith (click on it). Come visit me there.  It's where I will be adding my new posts (and reposting any relevant posts).

Help for Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts

(June 12, 2018)  

It's so sad to hear about all the celebrities who have recently committed suicide (or about anyone who has committed suicide, for that matter).  My heart breaks for them, for the pain they went through, and for the ones who love them, for the pain they are now going through.  It is truly a tragedy.  (And it could have been me.)

To anyone who is hurting really badly, who is struggling with overwhelming anxiety or depression, who is considering taking their own lives ... I dedicate this post.  Please, take some time to look through some of the links here.  This is a round-up of some on-line resources or posts about dealing with anxiety or depression, particularly as a Christian.


But first:

Quick tips for help:

If you are desperate for some immediate help and don't want to look through the links I have below, try some of these:

War Rooms, Praying Scripture, and Spiritual Warfare

(reposted from my other blog - My Crazy Faith)

I strongly believe that there are angels and demons.  That prayer matters.  That there is a spiritual battle going on around us all the time ... and that we need to get involved in it, actively and consciously.  (Something I haven't been doing lately.)  

Regardless of if we want it or not, we are constantly facing spiritual battles.  But if we don't acknowledge them - if we stick our head in the sand and refuse to get involved, to put on our spiritual armor, to use the spiritual weapons that are available to us - we open ourselves up to deceptions, to defeat, to being very vulnerable to the strategies and attacks of the evil one.

What I have done here is compile a list of posts on spiritual warfare, on praying Scripture, and on creating a War Room (or War Journal).

URGENT Prayer Request for Young Mother

I am adding this post (it's now March 23, 2018) because I have an urgent prayer request.  I am asking fellow believers to please say a prayer for my brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Jessica.

She is 29 years old and was pregnant with their third child (they have a four-year-old and two-year-old).  On Monday, March 19, she had blood pressure problems due to preeclampsia (she also has type 1 diabetes and they just found out she has cardiomyopathy and an enlarged heart).  They delivered the baby by C-section on Monday, three weeks early.

The baby is doing fine now (was on a feeding tube for awhile because she refused her food).  But Jessica's body was so wrecked that they put her in a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to keep her stable.  She has been under since then.  Everytime they try to wake her a little, her oxygen drops and blood pressure shoots up.  She also picked up double pneumonia and is on a breathing tube right now.  She is not breathing on her own; it's all by machine.  And she has a catheter in her neck to put oxygen right in her blood.  And she was given a blood transfusion to make up for blood loss from the C-section.  

They won't wake her up yet because they don't want her heart and lungs to get too strained.  They are trying to give them time to heal.  

Neither she nor my brother is a believer.  But I did give him some faith books to read while he sits in the hospital, visiting his baby in one room and his unconscious wife in another.

God truly is their only/biggest hope right now.  And she needs all the miracles that she can get.  (When I gave my brother the books, I told him, "I believe in turning to God in times like these.  If God is your biggest and only hope, you really should get to know Him.")

Please say a prayer for them, the new baby and other kids, their salvation, etc.  I know prayer matters.  And they could really use it.  

We worship a big God who can do big things.  With God, there's always the possibility for miracles, even if things look hopeless to everyone else.  And that's what I am clinging to right now.  I am choosing to not look with my eyes but with my heart, my faith.  

Remember that even when all signs look bad, it ain't over till God says it's over.  And if God says "It ain't over" then nothin' gonna make it over.  (And remember that God doesn't operate according to the "signs" we think we see.  He doesn't care about the odds.  He does His own thing.  In His own time.  In His own way.  Far above our understanding.)

I don't know what God will do, but I do know that we are to pray, to trust that He can do the impossible, the incredible, if He so chooses.  That if we pray anything according to His Will, He will hear us and answer.  

It is my prayer that His Will is to let her live, to give her another chance at life - to raise her babies and love her husband and find God.  Would you please pray for her too?

Thank you.  And I will post an update when there's more to know.

Updates:

Sometimes I Wish ...

Sometimes I wish there was a place I could go where I could scream as long and as loud as I want to - a raw, primal scream, maybe even ranting and raving about everything I've ever wanted to scream out loud but held inside instead ... and no one could hear it but God in heaven (but maybe He could cover His ears for a little while, just in case). 

Or I wish I could wake up in one of those places you see in the movies sometimes, that all-white, alternate-universe place with no walls, no ceiling, no floor, no people, no noise ... no anything except whiteness as far as the eye can see.  And I could just sit there awhile in complete stillness and silence and peace.

That would be nice.

All Good Things ... (And "When Things Don't Turn Out The Way You Wanted")


You know what they say - that there's a time for every good thing to end.  Well, I would like to end this blog on these posts, some of my favorites (along with the “How I Broke” post and the series on predestination in April). 
 

But since I still have more posts from my other blog to break up into smaller pieces for this one, I will be adding new posts in random places throughout the past 8 months.  Just slipping them in anywhere I can.  (And I will be continuing to add posts to one of my other blogs - https://heathersgardenandhome.blogspot.com.)    
 

In general, it doesn’t matter when they are dated or where they are placed.  (But if it does, I will note the date that they were actually written.) 
 

I know this might make it a little inconvenient because it means sifting through the past 8 months for new posts BUT … it doesn’t really matter since no one is reading anyway.  So I am going to do this for me, to have the “ending” that I want yet still being able to add new stuff when I feel like it.



And now ... "When Things Don't Turn Out The Way You Wanted":


Starting Your Own Relationship with Jesus Christ (And Why We Need Him!)


             John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

            God so loved the world.  He didn’t just love the world; He so loved the world.  He so loved the world that He (Jesus) would die in our place before He would miss out on an eternal relationship with us.  He knew that we would disappoint Him and hurt Him and fail Him, but He still so wanted a relationship with us that He made a way.  He knew that there would be many, many people that would reject His gift of love and salvation, but an eternity spent with those who would choose Him was worth the price of dying on the cross.  That is some amazing love!     

            Let me ask you something:  If you were to die today or if Jesus came back today, would you be ready?  Seriously!   This life, as we know it, isn't going to go on forever.  And we are not invincible.  People die every day, in every kind of way.  Are you ready to face eternity, what comes the moment after you take your last breath?  Have you figured out who Jesus is and why He matters so much? 

            Because this will be what matters most the moment after you die.  And, quite honestly, it's what matters most in this lifetime, too.