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Thursday, January 12, 2012

If you do what is right...

Are you seeking Him?  Have you fought to make worship your saving grace?

I know it's not easy.  When we fall down deep, getting up and getting out is the last thing on our minds.  Self pity and despair are our first responses.  But they do no good.  In fact, they only make us feel worse.  Focusing on ourselves will only ever make life worse.

But for today, I'm going to assume you've done it.  You sought Him and found Him... just as He promised you would!

This doesn't mean depression is behind you.  Sorry.  Seeking Him is the way through it... something you do everyday--every minute--to get through.

No... often our depression has it's roots somewhere else.  And, sorry to say, often those roots start with us.  When Cain was downcast, God asked him a very pointed question... “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?"

From time to time I must ask myself this question..."Why are you downcast (or depressed)?  If you do well, will you not be accepted?"

You see, when we are doing what we shouldn't, or, as is more often the case for me, not doing what I should be, we set ourselves in a downward spiral.  A little example from my personal life:

I neglect my homemaking responsibilities because I'm "tired" or some such other reason.  Clutter and dishes begin to pile up.  I've been learning what visual clutter does to our moods... it's not good!

Cleaning is hard enough without working around the clutter, so I don't do it... because I'm "tired".  (Have you ever noticed how being tired can be more about our emotions than our physical need?)  Now I'm such a failure, I may as well not try.  Dinners are too hard to plan.  And it takes too much energy to make them anyway.  Energy that is lost just by sitting in a messy house.

I'm failing.  Letting my husband down.  Doing him evil, instead of good.  Surrounded by chaos.  And just can't make myself get up.  Next thing I know I'm struggling with depression.  It wasn't an overnight thing.  It came on slowly with the making of little decisions.  The decision to not do what I was supposed to do in the first place.  And it just keeps getting worse, like a lie spinning it's web!

Why am I depressed?  If I do what is right, will I not be accepted?  Will my heart not be filled with joy and accomplishment? 

This is where I'd like to blend this "part 2" post about depression with my Suzy meets Proverbs 31 post.  And why?  Because the message is the same.

But not today... today just chew on what I've already said.  I'll be back tomorrow with the next step to getting out of this depression!



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