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How Depression Robs Your Life


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It was only a few months ago that I was “officially” diagnosed with depressive disorder (and anxiety disorder), something that I think I had for a while. Hearing someone say you have it doesn’t make the curtain close or make doves fly. It’s not the end of the show. If anything, the second act is just starting…

Sure everybody gets depressed, it is a normal part of life. You lose someone you love, you lose your job, you had a fight with a spouse or friend. It happens. What isn’t normal is when depression hangs around. It makes you not want to get out of bed. It makes your head hurt. You get angry for no reason and you’re just…there.

Oh, I’ve heard it all: “snap out of it” , “there’s nothing wrong with you”, “just fight it”. Really? Just fight it? And how do you propose I do that? Show where the button is to turn this crap off and I will gladly push it. Pray it away? And you don’t think I’ve already tried that?

Thanks, depression, for leaving me like a woman who has been violated and doesn’t know who the predator was. Thanks for making me look like a fool in front of everyone who knows me because I don’t “look” sick. Thanks for making me not enjoy life and all the things that come with it. Thanks for leaving me in almost constant pain everyday like I have the flu that won’t go away. Thanks for the headaches, for crying for no reason, the memory loss, the lack of concentration….what was I saying?

You can keep your mood swings and stomach cramps. I don’t want the feelings of loneliness you’re pushing off on me. And the suicide thoughts are so yesterday. Why can’t you just leave me alone? Why can’t you let me sleep at night and smile during the day? You have robbed me. Robbed me of my very life. You came like a thief in the night and returned everyday. Each day stealing a little more of me. But you don’t know me. I am telling people about you. They will be vigilant and watch for you. I have told them your name and what you are about. Teachers and parents; even doctors and nurses are taking note and spreading the word. Together we are fighting you. Eventually, we will be able to catch you before you have gotten away with too much.

I know you will never truly go away, you’re like the slow buzz creeping up on me from a sip of wine or liquor. But know that I will always try to fight you when I can. With support groups and Lexapro and suicide hotlines and continuing to write. I will fight you by helping others and sharing their pain. No longer will they have to feel alone. We will all fight you and someday win.

Until then, you can go straight to hell.

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Privileged? (via Sown in Tears reap in Joy)


Everyone should read this and learn!

Privileged? Yesterday in class my teacher had our class to go on a privilege walk… on this walk we all lined up shoulder to shoulder from left to right and she began by asking a series of questions like if you were born in the U.S. take a step forward, if you have health insurance take a step forward, if you think your culture or religion is negatively portrayed by mass media take a step back etc… she asked a total of 20 questions so that by the end you … Read More

via Sown in Tears reap in Joy

Evicted: 101 year old woman thrown out in the street


What kind of world are we in where someone would actually put a 101 year old woman out on the street? Hearing this makes me cringe. Watching the video makes me cry. Literally, it made me cry. You can watch the video here:

(I must warn you and let you know that it is a little unsettling watching the woman)

http://www.wxyz.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=10783

We really need to find ways to pull together. This world is going to hell in a handbasket. We need prayer people, we need people to pull together and find ways to actually help, not just talk about it. Let me know what you think. And if you need help with rent, diapers, food, utilities, read my article. It has great tips and links that REALLY CAN HELP YOU.

As for those people who actually carried her things out and put them on the street, I know you were just doing your job, but shame on you. I’ve always thought that you job reflects the type of person you are; or at least it should. Had it been me, I probably would have been out of a job because I have a conscience.

I have nothing but deep admiration for anyone that has been blessed enough to live that long. She is a wealth of history of trials and tribulations and perseverance. If you know someone who is elderly in your neighborhood, stop and ask them how they are doing. Ask them if they need anything. Strike up a conversation. Cook them a meal. Give them a ride. They are everyone’s history and they deserve so much more than what we give them.

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Why are our churches failing us?


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I called a church the other day to get help with my light bill because it was going to be shut off that day.

It’s not that they couldn’t help me that upset me; it’s that they wouldn’t.

You’re not in our area anymore. Sorry. Sorry? That’s all I get? What ever happened to love thy neighbor?

‘You’re not a member of our church so screw you needing help.” Too many times, we hear about churches welcoming us into their “church home”. Come as you are, we are stewards for the Lord, blah, blah, blah.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an atheist, I do believe in God, I am a born-again Christian. But time and time again I get burned by the very people who are supposed to be helping us. I need to eat, just like you need to eat. I need a roof over my head, just like you do. I have a family to support too.

How about you teach me how to fish so I can fish for myself?

Now we have priests raping young boys and megachurch pastors doing inappropriate things with its members and I’m the bad guy?

Hey, I know the church can’t help every single person that calls them. I’m not an idiot. But if someone calls you and they’re getting evicted tomorrow or have no lights on and you CAN help, don’t turn them away just because their not part of your “flock” or don’t live in your zip code or say Amen different from how you do.

Matthew 25 reads:

35‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?39‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Come on churches! Don’t turn people away by being a cheerleader for your click. We need churches to help us, motivate us, impress on us! Stop stepping on our backs and looking the other way. If I have no gas in my car, how can I look for a job? If I have no phone or internet, how will jobs contact me? If I have no power, how can I cook for my kids?

Just a little something to think about.

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