Overcoming Situational Depression..

In the midst of change my heart became dispirited.. My eyes could not see the future, my eyes were fixed on the pain l felt.. l lost sight of what God had called me to..

The situations around me got me feeling depressed.. And this was not the first time l allowed situations to dictate how l felt and what l did.. Thanks be to God who helped me to come out of the pit l had put myself in.. Today l want to share with you some of the truths God revealed to me in that season ..

Five ways to overcome situational depression..

  1. Don’t lose hope.. God has a plan for you .Your later days are greater than your former days, there are better things ahead. This will not last forever, you will get through this.
  2. You’re not alone.. God is with you.
  • Some situations may not be taken away, but even in those situations God is with you. He will help, protect, guide, console and comfort you.
  • 3. Think Positively.. God is working all things together for your good.

    🙌🏾 Romans 8:28. God is greatly concerned about your welfare, nothing takes him by surprise. No matter how it looks there is good that will come out of this. It will work out in your favour.

    4. Don’t worry.. God has given you peace.

    Do not allow your heart to be troubled, your portion is peace. Let the peace that Jesus gave you calm you in every circumstance. Decide to meditate on good things and expect good things.

    5.Speak it into existence. God has given you the power to speak things into existence.Decide to speak good things into your life

    Declare that

    ” Goodness and mercy follows you,

    You can do all things through Christ.

    You have the spirit of joy, peace, liberty, soundness of mind and of spirit in the name of Jesus “.

    I pray that God may grant you the grace to overcome your situations with joy and victory..

    God loves you..

    Short-term appetites

    Have you ever wanted something so bad that you forget how bad that something is for you? I know l have, food is an actual weakness for me, I’m constantly torn between my wanting to eat healthy and not.😕

    The Esau Syndrome

    Esau was the first born, he literally gave up his birth right to his brother Jacob because he was hungry and he wanted some food. Though l have read this story before, today l got an absolutely different meaning to this.

    “Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.”

    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    We may laugh at Esau but to be honest there are somethings that we readily give up on because we are tired, we are hungry and we want what we want now. There are short term appetites that so consume us we forget about our goals, our callings.

    There are short term disappointments that we make long term, we get so stuck in what happened we lose sight of the great blessings and the gifts that God has given us. Esau gave up on his blessing and the Bible describes him as immoral. God is serious about the blessings he gives us, the abilities, the callings he give us, when we give up on them we are giving up on who God made us.

    I’m glad we still have a chance, Esau didn’t. Join together with me in refusing to give up on our gifts, our dreams, our callings and blessings, Granted it’s not easy but it is so worth it.

    I pray that we may never trade away God’s blessings for short-term appetites.

    What has been your biggest hindrance to fulfilling your dreams?

    Don’t give up

    Love and blessings to you ..

    Zeal drowned by Emotions

    I honestly can’t believe l haven’t written in almost a year 😩. I love writing, there are a lot of things love to do that l haven’t done for months. On pondering what happened l realised that my zeal had been drowned by my emotions.

    Zeal can be defined as passion, whilst emotion as we know is the l think, l feel mainly associated with our mood.

    That my friends is where l got tangled. I allowed how l felt to determine what l did. And my zeal for writing, my passion for doing what l knew was right was stolen by my feelings 😔. Have you ever been there? That my friends is the battle of life.

    And l am here to encourage you never to lose your passion.

    How then can we stop our zeal from being drowned by our emotions?

    1. Remember that your emotions lie, they really do. Therefore question them.
    2. Don’t burn out, Feed your Spirit all the time, and allow God to fill you up, you can’t give what you don’t have.
    3. Walk by faith not by what you see or how you feel.
    4. Be future focused, don’t be caught up in the now.
    5. Walk by the spirit, we are spirit beings, we never walk by how we feel .

    *How do you keep your passion?, please share l would love to know .

    Is what you do, who you are?

    Isn’t it great that God calls us by name? Whilst we seek identity from what we have, what we do, our relationship status, we have a God who has an identity for us that is not based on what we do, but on who He is !🙌🏻

    Before any human title we may acquire , it’s important that we know that we are children of God. He is our creator, we are His creation, He is the potter and we are the clay .

    “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Growing up as a teen l tried to gain identity by what l did and by my possession. See having being so insecure, l thought that l had to obtain love from God by my performance.

    That was far from the truth!, Nothing in this world has power to define who you are in God. He loved us before we even loved Him, He validated and approved of my existence before l was even born! Nothing that l could do can separate me from His love.

    You can become so consumed with what you do so much that you forget who you are. It may be that you are a mother, a father, or have a high status in the community, it may be that you do something in the house of God. Whatever it is you are first and foremost “God’s own”.

    Even if you fail at what you do, you will still be a child of God.Even when you lose what you have, God still says that you are His!

    This truth, changed my life. I pray that it encourages you!

    Much love 💖

    Shalom

    Embracing the unpredictability of life..

    Discomfort, disappointment , disruption, pain are part of life, so is comfort, celebration, love, joy and success. To go through life only expecting the good leaves room for nasty setbacks when things don’t go as planned.

    I have decided to give up the notion of comfort and embrace the unpredictability of life .

    I realised that when God says fear not He promises to be with us not take us away from the circumstances but to walk through them with us.

    “When you pass through the waters,I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

     

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    “Yea, though I walk through the valleyof the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Dear friends there will be valleys, there will be mountains, we may pass through waters, and may have to walk through fiery circumstances , but God is with us. At times your life may need to be disrupted so that there may be progress.

    The challenge is in staying calm in the fire, staying alive, to keep praying and praising when everything is against you. Stay in the fight!

    I used to get affected so much by circumstances. Functioning through storms of life has been a real struggle.

    However life has taught me that not all things will go as planned. Whatever the situation l must keep on keeping on.

     

    So my goal this year is to never stop , regardless of whatever comes my way. However painful the challenge, the heart break, the discomfort will find me ready and prepared. I have stopped too many times, and that has not kept disruptions from coming my way.

    So what am l saying today?, As my Pastor would put it “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

    Embrace the unpredictability of life.

    I hope you are encouraged

    Much love 💖

    Shalom

    The painted picture..

    So l have been a little frustrated about my pictures lately 😂. To be honest l allowed myself to get frustrated by a lot of things this month.That being said I’m grateful for the lessons that l learn in each and every challenge.

    With only a few weeks left for October to end l look back and see that God really helped me through some tough times and taught me some tough lessons, revealing to me the need to work more so on my attitude in the stormy ⛈ seasons. The fact that I’m writing again is a miracle in itself.

    Anyways as l was frustrated at myself wondering why l always look terrible in people’s pictures 😂, God gave me this amazing revelation that got right to the depths of my heart. I know that it might seem very petty to you but l have suffered from a deep seated inferiority complex for the longest of times and though for the most part l have healed, the devil can use a weird looking picture of me to remind me of my painful past.

    So today God said to me “Shalom it’s just a painted picture. It doesn’t show who you really are, how kind you are, how loving you are, how much you desire to do well for others, it doesn’t show all that at all. So why are you frustrated at the painted picture.

    • How many times though do we paint a picture of perfection?
    • How many times to we uphold the picture, praise the picture of all that is happening and forget the effort that was put in getting the perfect picture?.
    • How many times do people put so much more effort on the wedding ceremony and forget that they have to work on the marriage itself.

    Don’t be disheartened and discouraged by the picture that is painted to you

    by your circumstances, by people around you, by how you look now, by what people say, not even by your mistakes It’s only their version and not really the truth . The truth should set you free. The truth is what God says. The true picture of who you are can only be painted by God.

    So let God paint a picture of the true you, don’t concentrate on how others see you.. God has the bigger picture..

    I hope you’re encouraged

    Love ♥️

    Shalom

    Connection…

    Have you ever come to a point you find it hard to pray, you have lost hope, you feel weary nothing is working out?. You find yourself impatient with everyone, unable to love, to be kind, self-controlled or whatever goodness you used to be able to do and be? A time when everything seems hard to do. Can l be honest?, l have been in such times.I found myself asking how did l get here? My connection had weakened, l was no longer plugging into my source of power. I was running on insufficientpower.

    “When you lose your connection with God, you lose your access! “

    Access to peace, joy, patience, self control, you basically lose your ability to bear the fruit of the spirit.

    Isn’t it amazing how 🔸we know how to charge up the phone when it’s on low🔹 we know we can’t get any access without internet connection🔺we can’t make calls with insufficient credit in our phones 🔹 we can’t take any photos if we have no space to store them. Hence if you have no connection you are unable to get access and without access you really can’t do much.Interestingly when we look at nature we see that when we take any organism out of its natural ecosystem it will find it difficult to survive. (If we take a fish out of water it wouldn’t survive)..

    ♥️I love John 15:4 “Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you.Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.” JOHN‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    The biggest mistake we could ever do is run from God. . God already knows our imperfections and struggles. He wants to help us. He can’t help us if we are running from Him.

    I am reminded of all the things that Jesus Christ is to us, 1️⃣He is the True Vine2️⃣ The Good Shepard3️⃣ The Bread of Life 4️⃣The Door 🙌🏻5️⃣ The Way 6️⃣The Truth 7️⃣ The Resurrection …

    How can we expect to have truth, life, good direction, goodness, peace …. without Him, when He is all these.

    I am convicted to fight for my connection with God..

    🔸Prayer is fundamental, it is communication with God.

    🔸 The Word of God is our food, let us feed on it and meditate on it.

    🔸 The power is in abiding, remaining connected, regardless of how much you feel you have sinned, God loves you.

    Keep in touch with the Heavens ..

    I hope you are encouraged

    Much Love ♥️

    Shalom

    Birth-day…

    With just one day to go for my birthday 🎉, in Australian time ( 16 September). l couldn’t help but wonder how much of the life I’m living is truly what God had intended for me? How much of His purposes am l fulfilling? How much of my goals are His? I realised l could actually live a life on earth and never really be who l was created to be.

    We were all created by God, and for His purposes.. “Through Him and For Him🙌🏻, l think that’s just powerful..

    There are many instances in the bible where we see God bringing an answer to a problem in the world by bringing a baby into the world. Each one of us has a purpose that God put in us, there is a situation that needs a person just like you to help solve. 🔸We have been loved and chosen beforehand , predestined, called , justified and we will also be glorified.

    The birth of an answer 🔹Jesus was born to bring Salvation “She will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus (The LORD is salvation), for He will save His people from their sins.” MATTHEW 1:21 AMP

    🔸Samuel was an answered prayer for Hannah and a prophet appointed by God “And all Israel from Dan [in the north] to Beersheba [in the south] knew that Samuel was appointed as a prophet of the LORD.” 1 SAMUEL 3:20 AMP

    🔹John the Baptist – was born to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]–in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.”LUKE 1:17 AMP

    🔸Paul “Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, …COLOSSIANS 1:1 AMP

    Jeremiah -““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.””

    ‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    I can’t imagine how our lives would have turned out if these Great people in the Bible had not lived out their purposes in God.

    And I am beginning to see more and more the importance of living in the will of God. Generations to come depend on our obedience.

    7 Things about me 😊

    1. I am a nurse
    2.
    the first born in a family of two

    3️⃣ l love to worship God, I don’t like to be called a singer though, I am a minstrel 🙂

    4️⃣ l have a crazy sense of humour 😂

    5️⃣ I love ❤️ God, He is my daily bread, the air l breathe..

    6️⃣ I enjoy writing and reading.

    7️⃣ l believe that l have the ability to relate to different kinds of people, l love to love, to be resourceful and useful.

    So l am brought to a time of reflection, and a time of pressing in to God, praying that He may grant us the grace to live out our purpose, giving birth to those things that He has put in us.

    I hope this encourages you to see your birthday 🎉 in a even more special way and challenges you to seek out God’s purposes for your life.

    Much Love❤️

    Shalom

    The Word of our testimony..

    I find it mind blowing, eye opening even, that one can overcome evil situations by the words that come out of their mouths.

    Makes me wonder half the time why l never grasp the habit of confessing and speaking into existence the things l want to see in my life.

    Come to think of it we serve a God who speaks things into existence

    “(as it is written [in Scripture], “I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS ”) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”

    ‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    Whatever comes out of our mouths therefore has the capacity to manifest itself into existence, be it sadness, be it joy either in our lives or in the person who we have spoken it to.

    We should not take for granted our mouths, they are divine weapons ! When they are filled with the word of God , they have the capacity to change atmospheres.

    It is with the mouths we give praise and worship to God.

    “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God.” JAMES‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    My focus today is on how we can better use the word of God, through the word of our testimony in difficult situations, even in good times.

    Overcoming by the word of our testimony

    (Confessing it out loud)

    1️⃣In weakness – “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬ 🙌🏻

    2️⃣Feeling timid- “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    3️⃣ Discouraged – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9 NIV

    4️⃣Feeling unlovednor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 8:39 AMP

    5️⃣Things falling apart- “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” ROMANS 8:28 AMP 👌

    6️⃣Fighting spiritual welfare – “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.”COLOSSIANS 2:15 AMP

    These are just some of the verses l came across, the Bible is a rich resource, More so, the Word of God, it is alive and active. When we speak it into our lives and circumstances it has the power to do that which it was sent to do!

    I hope this encourages you, to testify of the works of God, to speak life into situations, to change your circumstances by your praise..

    I am also taking hold of this principle and learning daily to watch over my words.

    Much Love ❤️

    Shalom

    Joy Unspeakable …

    How can one have joy in the midst of life’s ups and downs? At times the enemy uses wounds from the past to keep you from enjoying your life. As you may have already know, l am on a pursuit to live and experience all that was released for me at Calvary when Jesus Christ gave Himself for us. And unspeakable Joy is definitely our portion in Jesus Christ.

    There is a joy that is unspeakable, inexpressible, unshakable and full of glory, this Joy we find in the presence of God. In the presence of God there is fullness of joy -Psalms 16:11.

    So how do we get this Joy?

    🔹There is undoubtedly something in life that we choose to make a source of our joy. Even the people in our lives can be our source or even achievements, jobs the list is unending.

    🔸If you however base your joy on people, material things then your joy is conditioned to those things.

    ♦️You can’t need everyone’s approval before you decide to ignite the spark God has put in your life. You give them power to blow you out too.

    🛑Therefore the only constant joy that is never ending, inexpressible, full and glorious is found in God, by us believing in Him, and making Him the source of our joy.

    Joy unspeakable is found in the Lord!

    1️⃣ Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 | KJV

    2️⃣Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.Romans 12:12 | KJV

    3️⃣ Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.Philippians 4:4 | KJV

    4️⃣ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

    Shift your focus from circumstances, from how you feel and focus on God.

    If your mentality doesn’t shift you remain under the dark cloud of the painful memories in the past.

    The presence of God in us results in fruits of the spirit as indicated above ☝🏽 Galatians 5 :22-23, and Joy is a fruit.

    This is just perfect 👌, We already have Joy, it has been given to us by God. All we need to do is to cultivate it and maintain an attitude of Joy regardless our circumstances.

    🙏 Pray according to the word of God, Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you ask for God to fill you with his glorious Joy.

    🙏Dear Father in heaven, thank you for your unconditional love and your forgiveness. May you fill us with Joy that is beyond understanding, for we trust in you, So that we may overflow with joy and hope in you through the Holy Spirit regardless of the challenges we face. Thank you Lord for you hear us when we call. Amen amen.

    May you overflow with the Joy of the Lord

    Much Love ❤️

    Shalom