Sunday, November 29, 2015

Battling with Depression

Did you know many people suffer from Depression? What is Depression? Here’s the definition below.

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts,behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.[1][2] People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty,hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless


Depression comes in many forms such as Manic, Postpartum, Bipolar, Psychotic, Situational and Atypical.Most people don’t talk about their depression out of not wanting help or they don’t even realize that they are depressed. 

Example:

I went to college right out of high school like most kids do. I fell into a major depression because I didn’t know how to cope and fit in. At the time, I didn’t know it wasdepression. I thought I was just really homesick but came to find out later on that it was a form of depression. Everyday after class was over, I would go back to my dorm room and cry for 3-4 hours straight. 

I did my school work but once that was done, called my parents for two hours every night then went to bed. Idid this every day for a semester. I barely ate anything except for a little bit of pasta, soup, and salad. I would walk every night around campus for anhour. I dropped down to 145 pounds when I started the school year at 195. 

It wasn’t until a friend whoI didn’t even know that well, had reminded me that even in the darkest of nights…. God is still there. He left me with the verse of Zephaniah 3:17-20, which has become my life verse because of this experience. 

Zephaniah 3:17-20 reads:

17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save,he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly,who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.

I would recite this passage over and over again. I then took to just depending on God to get me through the hardest time in my life. He became my rock and my best friend. It didn’t matter at the time that I had a few friends but I am grateful that they stuck with me even when I didn’t really “see” them because I was so stuck in my depression.

It was like all the air was sucked out of the room or for a better image, more like I was out in the middle of a dark ocean with no light anywhere. Once my friend reminded me thatGod was still there in the midst of the darkness, it was like a lighthouse guiding me home or a life ring tossed out for me to grab a hold of. 

So basically, if you or someone you love is struggling with depression…. please seek help. God doesn’t call for us to live in depression when He came to give us life more abundantly.

John 10:10 tells us so:

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I pray for each and every one of you who read this blog post. God has a better plan for you. 

Another verse to look up and remember is Jeremiah 29:11-13 (KJV) because it reminds us that God has a plan for us. 

11 ForI know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace,and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy

Dacey by Shanna Hatfield

I, Halita Wilson have received this book in exchange for my honest review.
From the back of the book:
Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. 
A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. 
Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife and sends for a mail-order bride. When the woman arrives, ready to wed, Braxton has his work cut out for him if he plans to remain unaffected by the lively, lovely Dacey. 
Dacey Butler has nothing to lose when she agrees to travel to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Eager for an opportunity to put her past behind her and enjoy a new beginning, she embraces the adventure of traveling south to marry a man she thinks is a simple farmer. Upon her arrival in Asheville, she immediately decides Braxton Douglas has no idea of her existence, and there is nothing simple about the man.
First of all, Shanna Hattfield is an amazing writer. She has managed to keep my attention, which is a hard thing to do because I tend to get lost in my head while reading and tend to re-read the same sentence over and over again. It’s very annoying so I love when a book’s characters grab my attention and pull me. 
I just happened to fall in love with the characters of Dacey Butler and Braxton Douglas because of their fun flirtation. Dacey reminds me so much of a good friend of mine that I actually recommended this book to her to read it. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be a mail-ordered bride especially not in today’s world where you aren’t given a chance to get to know each other. 
I see some of myself in Dacey’s character or more like the way I wish I was. LOL. I wish I was a little more sassy and able to ride horses like she can. I love to look at them but I think I would be a bit intimidated. 
Shanna Hattfield kept me laughing and smiling through the whole book. I would highly recommend this book to those who love mail-ordered bride series. Shanna has so much spunk and character herself so you can see her ringing through the characters a little bit. I give this book a 5 star review. It would make a lovely birthday or Christmas present. Be sure to check it out today!
Until next time,
The Traveling Gypsy