Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Moment in Time

It's just a moment in time
One speck, one blink
It's just an author's life
One word, one line
It's just a painter's life
One stroke, one brush
It's just a mother's life
One prayer, one memory
It's just a wife's life
One body, one heart
It's just a daughter's life
One hope, one dream

In the depths of a new day, so early the sun is still asleep and the stars play in the sky, so late at night that the winter sounds whisper in the dark, I find myself waiting for sleep to come and claim me.
And as I wait, I think about things that happen in my day, things that may happen tomorrow, and things that I hope to happen in the future and only one thing comes to mind.
I want to live forever.
No, not on this earth.
I want to live forever in the love of my Lord.

As I write this all I can think about is the song Live On Forever by The Afters. I heard this song one day while in the car with my husband and son. Driving down the snow laden roads in town, wondering about the future, Air1 Radio played this song and it caught my attention. Were it the lyrics? Was it the beat? Or were it the words "We are not where we belong
We have a hope that we're going live on

The song spoke to me and when the tendrils of depression reach out to me, this is the song that plays in my mind, reminding me that "dark days are gonna go away".

To me it's a promise that God is right here with me, always holding me, always strengthening me, always guiding me, and forever watching out for me.

What is your song that helps you make it through a moment in your life?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Distractions in a Day

Distractions are numerous in a day, especially when someone battles depression. Some people would say that distractions are not productive. Some would say that I need to read the Bible more. Even others just offer prayer. But did you know that many famous people battled depression?

The one that comes foremost to mind is Dr. Charles Spurgeon. He battled depression throughout his life, but he knew what it was and that it could come calling for no apparent reason. What brought him through it? The Lord.
A simple enough answer. And I agree. The Lord isn't only found in reading the Bible. He can be found in coloring a page in a book.

 He can be found in watching some music videos by Christian artists. 

He can be found in reading a book or even writing a few paragraphs in a story. He can be found in petting a cat or dog or a guinea pig. He can be found just staring outside at the snow or the stars at night. 

No matter where I am or what I am doing, I can find the Lord and that is what helps me. I know He will bring me through this.

As Jeremy Camp sings in his song He Knows, "You barely have the strength to pray in the valley low", that is how I feel a lot these days. 

And He knows. And because He knows, He will hold me until I am through this valley.

If you know someone who seems downcast, depressed, or just feeling "blah", drop a line to him or her, call her, hug him, anything to just let them know that they are loved and in someone's thoughts. Life pulls us all in different directions and at times we are overwhelmed by the world that we can no longer recharge. Having our distractions helps us to concentrate on the One who matters. It may be slow, but I do believe He is recharging my battery.