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Depression isn’t just sadness.

It isn’t something you can fix by finding something to make you happy.

It’s the voice that pulls you out of your happiness,

the voice that makes you worry how things will go wrong soon.

The voice that tells you nothing is good enough.

The voice that whispers to you that no one cares.

The voice that says you don’t deserve to happiness.

There doesn’t have to be a reason to be depressed,

Everything could be perfectly fine until it rears its ugly head.

Telling you to bleed, to slide the blade over your smooth skin once more.

Telling you how worthless and screwed up you are.

Telling you that people who care are a lie, they won’t stick around.

They never do.

 

People think depression is just sadness,

they tell you to get over it or

they, with good intentions, try to help.

They…

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4 Oct

just a thought

Love.

9 Sep

As Christians, aren’t we supposed to be a city on a hill? A light in the darkness?

Then why do people view the church as Hateful? Judgmental? Unaccepting?

Shouldn’t church be the place that anyone should feel welcome? The place where anyone can go without being judged? So WHY do so many people hate going to church?

The truth remains: Christians aren’t perfect. No one is but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We do judge.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” I, for the most part, agree with this. But what does the Bible have to say on this?

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? ~Matthew 7:3

Who are we to judge others’ sins, when truth is, we all have struggles, temptations, sins that we have to deal with. It’s between us and God.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. ~1 Peter 4:8

That verse is pretty self-explanatory. No matter what someone else’s personal struggle is, we are supposed to love them despite it.

In order to deal with any struggle, you first have to acknowledge that it exists. And you have to acknowledge that the struggle does not define the person in question.

We’re not perfect. It can be hard to accept people who, in our eyes, are doing something horribly wrong. But you’ve got to remember that God does not see any one sin as worse than another.  Why are we, as humans, so inclined to rank everything?

“I may have lied to my mom, but at least I didn’t commit adultery like so-and-so.”

“Sure, I’ve cheated on tests, but I haven’t shoplifted like some other people that I know.”

The truth is, God doesn’t care. A sin is a sin, no matter how “big” or “small” in our imperfect human eyes. And you know what?

Everyone sins.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. ~1 John 4:10

The entire reason God sent His Son to earth was because He loves us. Sins, flaws, imperfections, and all. In fact, He loves us so much that he was willing to sacrifice His only Son so that we can live forever. God has already dealt with those sins. It is between each individual and God.

Back to John 3:16 🙂

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Think about that for a while. I know, I know. It’s that simple verse that every little Christian kid knows. But it is one of the most profound verses in the Bible.

If God loves us that much, and he died for each and every one of us, then who are we to hate one another? To judge or criticize?

Take the example of Rahab.

Joshua son of Nun secretly sent out from Shittim two men as spies: “Go. Look over the land. Check out Jericho.” They left and arrived at the house of a harlot named Rahab and stayed there.

 The king of Jericho was told, “We’ve just learned that men arrived tonight to spy out the land. They’re from the People of Israel.”

The king of Jericho sent word to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you to stay the night in your house. They’re spies; they’ve come to spy out the whole country.”

The woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, two men did come to me, but I didn’t know where they’d come from. At dark, when the gate was about to be shut, the men left. But I have no idea where they went. Hurry up! Chase them—you can still catch them!” (She had actually taken them up on the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax that were spread out for her on the roof.) So the men set chase down the Jordan road toward the fords. As soon as they were gone, the gate was shut.

 Before the spies were down for the night, the woman came up to them on the roof and said, “I know that God has given you the land. We’re all afraid. Everyone in the country feels hopeless. We heard how God dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt, and what he did to the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you put under a holy curse and destroyed. We heard it and our hearts sank. We all had the wind knocked out of us. And all because of you, you and God, your God, God of the heavens above and God of the earth below.

“Now promise me by God. I showed you mercy; now show my family mercy. And give me some tangible proof, a guarantee of life for my father and mother, my brothers and sisters—everyone connected with my family. Save our souls from death!”

“Our lives for yours!” said the men. “But don’t tell anyone our business. When God turns this land over to us, we’ll do right by you in loyal mercy.”

She lowered them down out a window with a rope because her house was on the city wall to the outside. She told them, “Run for the hills so your pursuers won’t find you. Hide out for three days and give your pursuers time to return. Then get on your way.”

The men told her, “In order to keep this oath you made us swear, here is what you must do: Hang this red rope out the window through which you let us down and gather your entire family with you in your house—father, mother, brothers, and sisters. Anyone who goes out the doors of your house into the street and is killed, it’s his own fault—we aren’t responsible. But for everyone within the house we take full responsibility. If anyone lays a hand on one of them, it’s our fault. But if you tell anyone of our business here, the oath you made us swear is canceled—we’re no longer responsible.”

She said, “If that’s what you say, that’s the way it is,” and sent them off. They left and she hung the red rope out the window.

~Joshua 2:1-21 (The Message)

Rahab, a prostitute, the lowest of the low, was spared because of her faith in God. Jesus died for everyone. Thieves. Adulterers. Prostitutes. Homosexuals. Murderers. The porn addicts. Meth addicts. Alcoholics. Rapists. Those who are self-destructive. Suicidal. Broken. Afraid. Alone. Anyone who has ever, ever sinned. And he died for YOU.

Why? Why would He lay down His Son’s life for US? Because he knit us together in our mothers’ wombs. Everyone is unique. Created in God’s own image. He looks past the sin. Sees the wonderful creation that we are.

Who are we not to love those on Earth?

One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: “Which is most important of all the commandments?”

Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”

~Mark 12:28-31 (The Message)

The most important commandments: Love the Lord your God. And love others.

Does that say anything about love at all? I think yes.

1 John 4:19 says,

We love because he first loved us.

Are you getting this? Love is pretty important. We’ve got to love each other. Just as God loves all of us. Each and every one.

I don’t care who you are, or what you’ve been through. The point is, God loves you. And so I.

Just a thought, Church. Let’s show the Love of God.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13

 Peace,

An Update, A Piercing, A Song, and Other Randomness :)

10 Jun

Hey everyone! Once again, I return to my much-neglected blog.

I know I had something I wanted to post about today. I just wish I could remember what it was.

Anyway, my brain is dying because the school year is (finally) coming to a close. I only have Spanish left, but I have about 14 lessons to do by this Thursday night. Eek! Wish me luck!

This has been an interesting school year, filled both with ups and downs. Actually, a lot of downs. But the ups have all been totally worthwhile–from NaNoWriMo, to The Warrior and trying to learn two parts at once, to meeting my fabulous friends who attend the same online school I do, to gaining a whole bunch of followers, watching the Truman Show for the first time, getting my ears double-pierced… there have been a lot of ups as well.

All I know is, I could not have made it through this school year without my friends and family, and, most importantly, God. He is amazing. He just is.

Well, I don’t really have much else to say…

Umm… I got my ears double-pierced! Exciting, no?

I got a job!

Like, a real, paid job! I’ll be working in a library twenty hours a week this summer. At minimum wage, that’s the most money I’ve ever made in that amount of time. I’m super excited–I’ll be doing things from cataloging on the computer, to possibly book repair(!), maybe some photo editing, and whatever random tasks need done in the back of the library. And honestly, it boils down to this: I wouldn’t have been able to have this opportunity without some handy connections, and, ultimately, God providing in ways I just didn’t expect. Isn’t God just cool that way?

Anyway, while I’ll miss certain bits of this school year (like The Warrior!), I’m glad it’s coming to a close, and excited to see what God has in store for me this summer and junior year.

Why don’t I write things down when they come to me? I had a song picked out to post at the end of this post (that sounded repetitive), but right now I can’t even think what it was…

So in the meantime enjoy “Believe” by The Letter Black (which sounds kind of like a mix between Skillet and Evanescence).

Well, that’s all for now. Sorry I haven’t been posting! I still love you all 😉

Over and out,

My Song of the Week

18 May

Hey everyone. I’ve decided I’m going to post a song a week. Something that either I just really like, or a song that I have found encouraging or has really touched me.

So… my first Song of the Week is Casting Crowns’ Praise You In This Storm.

Enjoy!

I promise, I’ll have another interesting post eventually. But until then, bear with me and enjoy the music 🙂

Over and out,

 

Two of Dory’s Best Ever Moments

7 May

Last night, I watched Finding Nemo. In Spanish, actually. Nonetheless, certain bits of it really stuck out to me more than usual. I can pretty much quote the entire movie, but it’s so interesting how you get something new out of a movie or book every time you watch/read it.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then go watch it as soon as you possibly can, but in the meantime watch this awesome clip. If you have, watch the following clip anyway. This is Dory’s life philosophy.

Awesome, no? But really. When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming! Just keep on pushing through it, even when things get really tough. It is so worth it. You WILL get through even the toughest times.

Now watch this clip. The very end could be a little longer there, but that’s okay. It was the best video of it I could find.

Sometimes, escape is right in front of us. But we fail to recognize it as such.

Eh-scap-ay. That’s funny…it’s spelled just like the word ‘escape’…

Know what that escape is?

God.

All you’ve got to do is give everything up to Him.

How often do we think we’re too insignificant to trouble God with our problems?

That because obviously God doesn’t care since He let it happen to us, there is no escape?

We even can recognize that talking to God could help us.

But sometimes, we just aren’t willing to let go.

My youth group went recently to an event called Acquire the Fire (ATF), a really neat youth conference that travels all over the U.S. The whole theme was “Normal’s Not Enough.” To be more than the “average Christian,” you have to give up everything to God. The sins, the temptations. The situations beyond our own control. And God doesn’t just want the negative, either. He wants all of us.

It got me thinking. Man, there are some aspects of my life that I just am not willing to let go of. Why?

Because as humans, we get the false idea that we can do it on our own. That we don’t want God’s help if it means sacrificing something.

We are so blind to the escape right in front of us. Even if it does look suspiciously like escape. Not to say God will just take our problems away, but He can and will help us to get through them.

It is an escape from ourselves. But more so, an escape from Satan and the lies that he manages to make us believe.

I very recently went to a girls’ retreat at my church called “Something Beautiful.” So many girls, and guys too, are falling for the lies that you have to be physically attractive to get anywhere in life. And that they aren’t attractive. We don’t realize that what is inside is so much more important.

Eating disorders. Depression. Anxiety. Self harm. Suicide and suicide attempts. All of these things have been on the rise.

Our society is so messed up. We can’t continue believing the lies of this world. My generation is so appearance-oriented. God is the only one who can help us stop believing Satan’s lies.

Escape is there.

We just have to take it.

Will you?

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34-35

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. -1 Peter 5:7