In the King James version of the bible we read Luke 15:3-7 as follows:
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
You have probably read this before and perhaps likened it unto yourself in the fact that nobody is perfect and that there is a need for repentance from sin.
While it is true that through Jesus Christ and His atonement we can become clean of sin or in the case of the lost sheep, rescued from sin, there is another aspect of the atonement of Jesus Christ that should be examined and explained more thoroughly.
In many ways the twist on the parable I’ll present is more applicable to those already striving to become more like Christ but are burdened by mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual loads through no choice to sin or stray from the path the Savior has shown us have become heavily burdened.
I’m a very stubborn, I’ll-do-it-myself kind of person. So accepting and let alone ASKING for help is very difficult for me.
Now lets pile on some some depression, anxiety, and plenty of health problems on top of my already stubborn personality, and viola! Things just got so much harder.
After reading that I thought, well it seems like I’d have plenty of reasons TO BE asking for help. And that’s true. But getting to the point of admitting to myself that I needed to ask for help wasn’t easy.
I’ve never been much of a cake fan, especially not a huge fan of frosting. When it came around to deciding what kind of cake I wanted to have for my wedding it was like choosing “eh” between “eh”. UNTIL I saw a doughnut cake on Pintrest and I knew my heart was sold. In this post you’ll find out my experience as well as the pros and cons I experienced with having a doughnut cake.
I remember the first time I told my husband I was going to make tuna fish gravy for dinner. He gave me a strange look, probably much like your face when you first read the “Tuna Fish Gravy” bit of the title.I promise you, I think it is an AWESOME comfort dish. My husband even likes it, well he likes basically everything I make, but that’s besides the point! Plus it’s cheap, which was never a bad thing.
Even though it may not seem like a big deal normally, getting out of bed when you have depression is a daunting and monuments task. When you actually make it out of bed AND shower, well, you feel you should get a huge standing ovation because it took real strength to get that far in your day. Take it from me, I know.
As you well know though, there are never literal standing ovations waiting for us after we conquer a task. However, I believe that there are metaphorical standing ovations we can enjoy while struggling with depression.
While I read through post after post, blog after blog, about recommendations to help get me up and doing at least something, none really seemed to stick out as being particularly rewarding. Now I know we aren’t little animals wishing for a treat after doing a trick, but we are human beings who need to feel a sense of worth and accomplishment, especially when dealing with depression.
Here are five things I’ve found that help me get out of bed, be productive, feel better about myself, or find rewarding when I’m dealing with depression.
All of y’all who have ever had a migraine or who have chronic migraines please raise your hand. *seemingly everyone raises a hand*
Well, like that favorite animated children’s movie goes, “you’ve got a friend in me,” because I’ve got migraines too.
Like many of you I’ve desperately tried the medication, the doctors visits, the neurologist visits, the MRI / CAT scans, the crazy prescribed diet to figure out triggers, staying a mile away from said “triggers”, chiropractic, acupuncture, essential oils, reflexology, sleep tracking, and the list could go on and on. With very little (and I mean microscopic) to no success, I just about reconciled that maybe I’d have to suffer with migraines through the rest of my life.
Until I came across a connection I had never seen, heard, or read about in my many, MANY hours of reading and searching. “What?” you might ask. Well read on my friend, read on.
Flashback! This story comes from when I was just finishing up high school and had a pretty cool run in with an ancestor that looked a lot like me! Or I her, since she came first… anyways! Read on!
For many years my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles all wondered who I most resembled out of my family. I had naturally curly hair like a maternal uncle, and a paternal aunt. My height and petite frame resembled my paternal grandmother, yet that’s about as close as I got to “looking like anyone” in particular. Of course I resembled my siblings, I wasn’t switched with another child at the hospital or anything, but for a long time I wondered who I most resembled. After 18 years of quandary, something happened, a little bit of a mini miracle, if you so choose to see the following experience as such. For me in a small way it was.
I don’t know about you, but I could definitely be better about eating more healthy greens.
One of the easiest ways I have found to get some extra greens in at most meals is to add dried spinach flakes into what I’m cooking. I’m not crazy enough to start adding it to vanilla cakes though, so you don’t need to worry about me telling you to put it in everything. Because that would be gross. *shudder*
However, some of my favorite dishes to add spinach in are;