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Depression: Finding {your} combination!

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{David and I on one of our walks}

I have shared bits and pieces over the years of my struggle with depression. I have shared in my bad moments, I have shared things that have helped, books I’ve read. So many of you have prayed for me and encouraged me. Many of you have also written to tell me that you struggle too. For all of those words of encouragement, prayers and sharing your common stories, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! You just don’t know how you have ministered to me with your words!

So, today, I am in a really great place and I want to share a few things that I believe are helping. I think that when we struggle with depression there is not just one magic pill that will help us. Oh how I wish there was!! I think each of us needs to find our perfect combination of things that help us to live and enjoy our lives. {of course, I know I will still have bad days. don’t we all from time to time? I am talking about living without the depth and darkness of true depression.}

I also fully believe it is going to look different for each person. I want to say that at the front of this post…this is not a formula. Unfortunately, our world {and God!} don’t work that way!! These are some things that have helped me…your path to living a healthy & content life will be different than mine. And, God may still choose to allow me to struggle with depression in the future – if that is His perfect will. For now, I am trying to make some choices that will help my body to work better, that is not to say I won’t ever struggle physically or emotionally again!

For me, a really good combination seems to be:

meds + exercise + eliminating grains/wheat + healthy eating in general

For others, just meds alone might work. An anti-depressant alone helped me for awhile…but I was back to feeling like I needed to change my med or up the dosage right when we began these healthier changes in late June/early July.

Others still don’t want to try meds and have great luck with exercise and dietary changes. I have tried and tried to go without the meds, it wasn’t happening for me.

So, you see…each person is uniquely and wonderfully made in such a way that NO ONE THING is going to always work for everyone. I hope and pray that each of you  can find your perfect combination.

Since the beginning of July my husband and I have been on a journey to get healthier. Let me tell you, it has helped SO MUCH to do this TOGETHER!!

{David and I on one of our evening walks. it has been so, so hot!!}

Here is a list of the main things we’ve been doing:

  • regular exercise – he walks with me, we do jogging intervals too, short jogging intervals. :)  (and then he continues on to run a few miles)
  • weight lifting – David has been doing this, but I just recently started
  • little to no carbs, grains
  • no sugar
  • no soda
  • no processed foods
  • mostly eating: meats, veggies, fruits, proteins – cheese & eggs
  • drinking lots and lots of water
Within a few weeks of this new lifestyle, I began to feel better than I have felt in YEARS. Seriously. I wish I was kidding. I have given up sugar before and not had this same effect, so I am fairly convinced that the wheat/grains were affecting me in a negative way. I can’t tell you how TIRED I was. All.the.time.
Now, I actually have energy. ha! I honestly had forgotten what it felt like.
I want to also confess to you that we have not done this perfectly each and everyday. I have 2 separate days in particular that I wasn’t eating very healthy and the next day I had NO energy and felt like I could fall asleep at any moment!! Crazy!
Part of the hard part is eating when we are out and about…I just love food. Plain and simple. I love my carbs…and think I was probably addicted to them. I love how I am feeling…but I still really want a donut. So, I’m hoping and praying that eventually I will no longer want these yummy breads, cakes and donuts so desperately. :)

{For healthy meal inspiration, check out my pinterest board for meal ideas!}

David is down about 17 pounds and And I just hit the 17 pound mark yesterday!! I did a lot of reading about women and weight training…and I am hoping that adding this in 3-4 times per week will help me overall. We still both have a ways to go to get to our goal weights.

Not only am I physically feeling better, I am feeling better emotionally. Because I have more energy, I have more motivation. I actually have the energy to get up and do things with my kids that before would never have gotten done. Even just cleaning around the house and simple things – that when I struggled at times in the past with being depressed – were just too much for me to bear. I know it sounds silly, but for those of you who have struggled with depression before, I think you know what I mean. Each little task became HUGE and often times I wouldn’t even try because I didn’t think I could manage to get up and get it done.

So…our fall schedule is starting. Running around like crazy for soccer, piano, ballet, church…and I need to REALLY focus on how to KEEP THIS UP. I need to be better about taking healthy snacks and water bottles in the van with us. I need to not give in to temptation and go through the drive-thru. I need to still try to find times to go walking.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to keep all this up with a busy schedule, please share your tips with me!! :) I would love your practical suggestions too…I think keeping a small cooler with water bottles in the van will be one thing I try. And a basket with some healthier snacks for myself and the kids. What else??

Thanks for reading, if you have made it this far. :) Below I have listed a few books that I have read along the way…feel free to share your suggestions for books or healthy ideas in general  in the comments section!!

Books that have helped
**note: none of these books were the “cure-all” for me, but they each taught me more about depression, how food affects me and what better foods to be choosing
The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
Wheat Belly
Real Food: What to Eat and Why
Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity
A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty
The Psalms – my “go-to” book every morning for comfort

BIble in 90 Days {Week 7}

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Can you believe we are HALF WAY through the entire Bible??WAY TO GO!! (can you hear me cheering for you from East TN??)

The middle of the Bible is probably some of my favorite portions of Scripture…including both the books of Psalms and Isaiah.

The Psalms have been my best source of encouragement through depression.

Through the Psalms, God has calmed my desperate thoughts.
God has instilled in me a love for His Word.
God has shown me the power of His love.
God has showered me with His grace.
The Psalms show me the humanity of one of my favorite Bible characters: David.
The Psalms give me the very words of God, through His writers, to pray back to Him!

I mean, how can you read and meditate on these verses and not be encouraged??

“But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head!” Psalm 3:3

“The Lrod is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup,
you have made my lot secure…
I will praise the Lord who counsels me,
even at night my heart instructs me.” Psalm 16:5, 7

“As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30

“The Lord is my light and my salvation -
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life -
of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cray.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:1-3

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“Find rest o my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6

“He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph over his foes.” Psalm 112:7-8

Psalm 121

“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

And these are some Psalms that I have prayed many times before:

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to You I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before You
and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:1-3

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, O Lord,
my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

“Test me, O Lord, and try me;
examine my heart and my mind.” Psalm 26:2

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1

Psalm 51 for cleansing and repentance.

“O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

“Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11

All of Psalm 91. :)

Many passages from Psalm 119:
“Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees.” 119:5
“I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands.” 119:110
“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” 119:15-16
“Strengthen me according to your word.” 119:28
“Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.” 119:35
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things…” 119:37
“You are my portion, O Lord…” 119:57

Psalm 130

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil.” Psalm 141:3-4

I want to leave you with one last passage from Isaiah, may God’s Word be a source of encouragement to you this week, friends!!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See I am doing a new thing!
Now is springs up, do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

Compassion

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As this year comes to a close, I’m thinking about the word that God placed on my heart about a year ago…my word of the year…compassion.

What has God done in my heart regarding compassion?

How has He shown me new things about Himself and others?

I have shared bits and pieces throughout the year regarding my word of the year…however, a few short months ago, God showed me something completely different about my word of the year. He shifted my thinking quite a bit.

I had been praying about my compassion towards others. I had been praying about showing true compassion to those that have hurt me in the past.

However, God revealed something to me when I was at a low point during my days of depression

He wanted to show me His great compassion for me.

Wow. A complete paradigm shift. A complete change in what I had been praying and meditating on. Yes, I am to show compassion…and I do feel compassion for many hurting around me. However, during some of my lowest days, I had forgotten that the God of the universe, the Father to the fatherless, the mercy giver…I had forgotten that He wanted to show me His compassion.

Thank You, God for this gift. This gift that You want me to receive. A gift from the mercy giver…a gift that keeps on giving, no matter what. No matter how many times I disappoint Him and myself…He continues to pour out His compassion on me, His child.

**For the past week or two I’ve been thinking about what my word for 2010 will be, and if I should have a new word of the year. I decided that I do want to have one…it gives me a word to study, scriptures to look up and meditate…and I know God has taught me new things this past year that I would not have seen had I not chosen a word. So…I do have a few ideas, but am still thinking and praying. What about you? Will you choose a new word for 2010? Is God allowing your heart and mind to gravitate towards a certain theme?