I have a history of depression and anxiety. Really…I get anxious…then when it gets unbearable I get depressed. This is more common in people than you think! I have found many that struggle with this sort of thing among some of my closest friends and family.
Now…what does God’s Word have to say about this? Plenty! Today I found this…
1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Where do you see light in the dark? Our children sleep with night lights/lamps. I even do as an adult! We need to see where we are going. It is so crucial to our safety and comfort. Let God light your way today and always. Make this day a day where you look for the Light of God. Send me a comment on where you see His Light!
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Praying with a purpose. I am reading more about prayer, and praying more myself. I especially like this book by Fern Nichols Moms in Prayer Standing in the Gap for Your Children. p.49:
How to Start:
a. Establish a Time…Set aside a set amount of time (e.g. 10 min or 1 hour). Give Him the best part of your day (i.e. for me the morning before children and husband awake). As much as you can, let nothing interfere. And be determined to be unhurried.
b. Choose a Place…Set aside a place where you can meet God alone. Avoid distractions. Prepare your place with a Bible, pen/pencil, note paper, journal (for me it is my Bible study, Bible, and a pencil/pen…whatever I can find.)
c. Make a Plan…Use the 4 steps of prayer.
1. Praise-A time to praise God for who He is
2. Confession-A time to have a heart check
3. Thanksgiving-A time to thank God for what He has done.
4. Intercession-A time to stand in the gap for people and circumstances.
I like to sit on my couch or at a desk in our office. I am learning the 4 steps of prayer…not so good at those…I usually jump to 3 and 4. In the fall, I plan to lead a Moms in Prayer group for our local elementary and preschools. Please pray for me. This is a BIG God-sized Dream. I am also in fellowship this spring with #HelloMornings. I enjoy their at home Bible study fellowship through social media. I am in an Instagram group, and I’m excited to see how Our Righteous and Loving Father blesses my sinful slanted heart through these mornings ahead. I am thankful for the many gifts He gives daily. I am praying for you, my readers, also!