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Merry Christmas!

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Taking Control of Christmas Chaos

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I used to envy people with faith. I remember thinking 'it must be nice to have the peace that comes with believing that there is a God who cares." I wanted to believe, but for some reason I couldn't.

My sister became a Christian before I did. I trusted my sister and she started lending me some interesting books about faith in Jesus Christ. Then I started reading my bible and even going to church. As I opened my heart to Jesus, He walked into it and has been living there ever since.I remember the first moment I began to believe that Jesus Christ was real. I was 30 years old and I had been reading about Him as I ventured into my bible for the first time. One day it just came over me. He was real! Instantly I thought "why did it take me so long to see this?"

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Jesus Loves Even Me!

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

faithIt is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something about how my faith helps me.

With mental illness there are times when nothing works. A brisk walk, a hot bath, a caring friend, a good sleep, an ice cream cone are all little pick me ups that give temporary relief sometimes. But other times, not even those little things help. The desperation is unbearable. All seems hopeless and pointless. When I get that low only my faith in God will help me and hold me and prevent me from doing anything foolish.

Why does my faith do that for me? I believe that God loves me so much that he sent his son Jesus to die for me – me! And I believe that that very same son, Jesus, loves me! That is truth to me. And when I remind myself that the king of the world, the one true living God, died for me and loves me, well I am reminded that I must have value. If God values me that much then I must be valuable!

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Pray for your Enemies

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

PrayerWomanIt is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something about how my faith helps me deal with my life, even with depression. Depression is an illness of the thoughts and some kinds of thoughts are more painful to bear than other kinds of thoughts.

Recently I was reminded about the thoughts of ‘unforgiveness’ and thoughts of anger and of hate. Someone wanted to share with me how they hated someone I knew. I did not want to listen to this at all and eased my way far from that conversation. But the words of hate were spoken and I could feel them having a negative effect on me. Naturally I wish that person had kept their ideas to themselves. My first thought was to tell someone about it, and get it off of my mind and onto theirs. Then I thought again and figured that wasn’t the right thing to do either and it would make me no better than this person who had upset me so.

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God is Reflected in my Eyes

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

bibleYou It is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I chat about how my faith in God helps me in life.

Last time on ‘Whimsical Wednesday’ I shared this photo of my granddaughter and of the reflection in her eyes.

I asked you whose reflection would show in your eyes? Who cares for you? Who is rooting for you?

You know who’s reflection I believe you would see in my eyes if you had supernatural powers? God’s reflection.

When you have faith you believe that God loves you even more than a loving parent. You believe that he is right there watching you all the time, cheering you on.

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Need Renewing? Try the Power of God’s Love

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

BgodpowerIt’s ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share with you some aspect of how my faith in Jesus Christ helps my depression and just about every other aspect of my life as well!

Often we Christians give the idea that if you just believe in Jesus you will have a perfect life. Not true at all. I don’t think we mean to give that idea but somehow it happens.

Anyways, for me, believing means lots of things. The first and most important is that I will have eternal life in heaven. This earthly life is just a temporary stop to something better. That is a helpful thought when I am having a bad day.

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“For Those Tears I Died”

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

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It is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something about my faith and how it helps me with depression.

I believe that what I believe is true.

Some of the things I think when I am depressed are not true.

It helps my depression to think about things that are true.

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Oh the Comfort of Believing!

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

mommy-and-daddy-kissing-baby-smallIt is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something about my faith in Jesus Christ and how it helps me with all of my life, even depression.

My faith brings me comfort!

If you had a happy childhood as I did, you probably have memories of feeling safe and secure and loved and cared for. When you grow up and leave a home like that, the real world is a bit of a shock. No one out there cares for you the way loving parents do.

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Simple Faith

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something of my faith and how it helps me.

Before I believed in God I was sure that it would be a complicated process to find some faith. But the teeny tiny step I took one day to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior was so simple!

Here is one of my favourite stories which illustrates how simple it can be to just trust in Jesus!

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“The story is told of a shabby old gentleman who every day at twelve o’clock would enter the church, stay a few minutes, then leave. The caretaker was concerned for the valuable altar furnishings. Every day he watched to be sure nothing was taken, and every day just at twelve the shabby figure would arrive. One day the caretaker accosted him. “Look here, my friend, what are you up to going to church every day?”

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Faith Brings Meaning…

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

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It is ‘Faithful Friday’ where I share something of my faith and how it helps me to deal with depression.

I believe in a personal God who walks with me and talks with me and hears my prayers. There is great comfort in having a friend like that. Having faith in a personal God is like having friends in high places!

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Little Miracles

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Faithful Friday

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It’s ‘Faithful Friday’ again. I love sharing my faith and how it helps me.

Faith is a hard thing to understand for a lot of people, it is a hard thing to get for some people, but for me it has always been easy. Once I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of my life I always believed. I never wavered.

Have I seen a bunch of great miracles? No, not really. But I have seen many little miracles and to me any miracle is great.

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