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Don't Listen to the Liars

So much to do... so much to learn... so much to look forward to... So much to be thankful for...

Yet doubt still creeps in and can quickly turn into depression. Usually it lasts a day then subsides but I'm well aware it could be worse.

I must surround myself with positive, affirming people, go to places that bring me peace, buy things with purpose, and watch/listen to things that encourage and lift me up. I must move forward with humble confidence. I must put others before myself, yet remember to take care of my basic needs.

No more listening to the liars! They're everywhere, including in my head - which is more frightening than anything else.

 My truth should come from the one who created truth, the one who created me...

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. - Deuteronomy 31:8

Often I find peace when seeking to hold God's hand amidst the chaos and anxiety. I meditate on the Lord's Prayer...  "Give us today your daily bread." Jesus is the sustainer of my life. He provides food for my body, mind and spirit. He is the one who keeps me alive every single day. All that is good comes from Him. 

And the lies dissipate. My heart begins to beat ever more slightly. And I remember why I'm here in the first place...

To love and be loved. It's within the constraint of love that lies begin to die.

 

How do you handle bouts of depression? What brings you out of that pit?