Updated: Jan 12

I realize this is not an exciting topic to write about but, I believe it's what God wants me to share with you. Are you dealing with sadness, dark spiritual attacks, disappointments, loneliness, lack of faith, being betrayed by those who should have loved you, coping with health issues or physical pain? Life is not always easy.

Feelings of sadness, emptiness, guilt, anger, worthlessness, hopelessness, restlessness, irritability, withdrawal, avoiding others, sleep changes, thoughts of harming yourself, changes in appetite or weight, can all be signs of depression but, there is hope.

King David, the one who killed the giant, Goliath, had times when he was depressed. I guess if your father-in-law was hunting you to kill you, you would be depressed too. He wrote, "Why are you in despair, my soul? And why are you restless within me? Wait for God, for I will again praise Him. The help of my countenance and my God." Psalm 43:5

To be healthy we need to eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise. Exercise releases endorphins happy hormones that can help fight depression. I've found time with God -- reading His Word, talking with Him, to be the best stress busters ever. "From the end of the earth will I cry unto God, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety." Psalm 61:2

Did you know this season can actually make you a stronger person with more grace, compassion, and empathy for yourself and others. Honestly, it doesn't matter how we feel our reality needs to be based on God and His Word. "For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." Psalm 61:3

Basically, if you want to change your life you must change your thinking. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." Philippians 4:8 The Bible also says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7

I pray your future will be one of hope. I realize we are living in dark days, but Jesus didn't keep that information hidden from us. He said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 Be encouraged. This depression will pass. God is with you. He is for you. He loves you. Blessings, Beloved

PS. Some of the info for this blog came from Kary Oberbrunner, Author Academy Elite.

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About Me

Rena was born a block away from a fascinating tide pool in Vancouver, British Columbia. (She loves tide pools, painting, reading, writing...)

She has been an  Elementary and High School teacher for 18 years - is married and has four adult children - and has had the amazing opportunity to travel the globe as an Ambassador with the Department of Eternal Affairs.

Rena began writing her story - one of rejection, betrayal, and healing from brokenness - while sitting under a mosquito net in China. Two years later she put all the scribbly notes together at a guest house in Haifa, Israel. "A Life Set Free" was born.

"Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp", "Mommy & Baby's Journal", and her latest book -"MANHUNT" - Book 1 in "The Narrow Path Trilogy" -are all available on Amazon.

God took an abandoned, fearful child and is using her life to show the impossible is possible when our lives are surrendered to Him. He can do more than we ask or think. She sincerely hopes this blog blesses and encourages you. 

Blessings, Beloved.



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