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Post by vmtwriter on Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:04 pm

"Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord." - Psalm 31:24

If you suffer from depression, you should know that God doesn't intend for His children to live in despair. Talk to your doctor. Find someone to talk to. When you do what you can, God will be there to do the rest. 

"Why are you downcast. Om my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God." - Psalm 42:5-6

God wants you to know that you are not alone. He is right there with you. Even when others do not understand. He does. Others only see who you are on the outside, but He knows all about you, inside and out. Reach out to Him and He will reach back.

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Post by s.t.mann on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:44 pm

anxiety in the heart of man causes depression...proverbs 12 i think...

anxiety comes from NOT thinking exclusively phil 4:8 thoughts (Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.) Meditate on ONLY those things!

guard your hearts with all diligence, for from it comes the essences of LIFE! as a man thinks within his heart, so he IS!

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Post by vmtwriter on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:40 pm

S.T. I really like Phil 4:8 Thanks for bringing it up and reminding me of it.

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Post by Lora on Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:04 am

vmtwriter, I sure could have used you a couple of years ago. I was more depressed than I can remember being in a long time. Your words are so encouraging, and with the way your sweet face is lit up in your picture, I can see you live by them. Thank you for your wisdom. There are so many people drowning in depression these days, it's needed.

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Post by vmtwriter on Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:58 am

Lora, I have medication-resistant depression. I have to find ways to get through my depression without the use of medication. I use distraction techniques like reading God's word. Jigsaw Puzzles. Reading. Watching Movies. I've learned a lot of different ways to help myself.

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Post by s.t.mann on Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:39 pm

amen Lora!
thanks miss vmt!  (and dont forget your written phil 4:8 list!!)
grace and peace...

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Post by vmtwriter on Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:24 pm

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." Phil 4:4-5

Paul prays that the Christian may have joy at all times and not be worries by cares.

Be careful for nothing;
Be prayerful for everything;
Be thankful for anything!

The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything. They prayer of faith must be a prayer of thanksgiving because faith knows how much it owes to God. Put your prayers into God's hands and go off and leave them there. Do not worry about them. Give them completely as the farmer gives the wheat to the soil after the soil has been properly plowed. If you do this, then the peace of God will stand guard over your hear and mind.

Guard your thoughts! Paul tells us that what to think about and remember "As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he" Proverbs 23:7 Thoughts determine your life! Therefore whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy, think on these things! 

Paul expressed his gratitude for the loving thought that had promoted the church at Philippi to send him gifts. He was especially happy about their gifts, not because he was in want, for he had learned to be content in any circumstance with Christ (Philippians 4:11) He could do all things through Christ who strengthened him. But their gifts meant "fruit that may abound to your account" (4-17) He opened God's bank account to them. "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (4-19)

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Post by s.t.mann on Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:57 pm

exactly correct!!  keep up your great work my sister and friend!!

as a man thinketh within his heart, so he IS!
as a mirror reflects the face of a man, so does the heart of man reveal the man!

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Post by Thena on Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:57 pm

I think that is one of the sweetest avatars I have ever seen. Reminds me so much of a friend of mine from years ago.

Love your words...all three of you in this post.

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Post by s.t.mann on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:40 pm

thanks...words of our loving heavenly Father...

ALL glory to Him!

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Post by vmtwriter on Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:13 am

Thena, thank you so much. I had my dog, Jack in my lap, and I had the camera on and I was playing around taking some pictures. I couldn't believe i got such a great picture of him. He was sitting so pretty and behaving himself. I use the picture for everything.

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Post by s.t.mann on Wed May 14, 2014 3:58 pm

anxiety in the heart of man causes depression....counselors of peace have JOY!
(2 passages from proverbs 12);

one heart is full of anxiety [not guarding thoughts very well, not trusting our loving heavenly Father] manifesting as depression

in other heart is full of peace (so much peace that there is enough to share with others!), and manifests in the life of the person as JOY!!!

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Post by Lora on Thu May 15, 2014 3:27 am

Great verses. Depression is very often the feeling one has no control over things in their life, which can cause fear. It's kind of like saying, "If I cannot control what happens to me why bother?" And, when ever something bad happens, they feel like, "It's me, my fault, it's always me, and it affects everything in my life." That's a load too heavy for any of us to carry. Those distraction techniques, such as vmt uses, can be very helpful for getting a mind off of itself and onto something else. Keep it up Vmtwriter.

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Post by vmtwriter on Thu May 15, 2014 12:44 pm

Lora, you're such a great person to see what others don't see about Depression. It is my job, given by God, to help as many people as I can. I live my life helping others.

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Post by Lora on Thu May 15, 2014 1:31 pm

I pray many are blessed through you. Depression is no joke. It can rob you of a normal life, and if it gets too out of hand, it can rob you of life. (BTW: Not only have I suffered depression before, so I know what it's like because of that, but I'm getting my Masters Degree in Psychological Research at the moment.)

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Post by vmtwriter on Fri May 16, 2014 6:50 am

Lora, congratulations on the Masters degree. I just wanted to let you know that God's working already. I'm getting a lot of notice from all the articles I write and post on my blog and else where about bipolar and depression and mental health in general. People are coming to me now and asking me to write for their organizations! How cool is that?

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Post by s.t.mann on Fri May 16, 2014 1:11 pm

wow!  sounds like a BIG breakthrough miss vmt!!  whew!

others coming to YOU!!  and you thought you were only a writer...yet God seems to wish to use you encouraging others!!

and your encouragement comes not from some book or some lecture, but from real life experience!  THAT is cool!

whoever trusts in the Lord, HAPPY is he/she (proverbs 16)

keep trusting...keep fighting off the dark thoughts by replacing them with thoughts of LIGHT!  keep serving others in encouragement!

grace and peace...

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Post by s.t.mann on Fri May 16, 2014 1:14 pm

replace the dark thoughts we ALL get by replacing them with Philippians 4:8 thoughts!  and best to make a list ahead of time, as it can be hard to come up with a good list during the heat of battle!

and photos COUNT!  (as phi 4 8 thoughts!)

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Post by vmtwriter on Sat May 17, 2014 6:59 am

Proverbs is a great place to find wonderful scripture, as is Philippians 4:8. I really do have to start listing all the wonderful ways our Good and Gracious God has been using me. He truly loves me and has given me beautiful gifts.

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Post by s.t.mann on Sat May 17, 2014 3:08 pm

oh yes!  if you havent already, start now!

pictures (of family or travels, etc) are an easy way to start...

but we are exhorted to REMEMBER what He has done...if for no other reason than the help the memories provide in coming out of our valleys!

psa 77 11 is one of numerous such exhortations - I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

and psa 143 5 - I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

we just have to all roll up our sleeves in figure out  a way to keep track! 

i write short stories!  all glory to Him!

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Post by Lora on Sun May 18, 2014 2:00 am

I'm so thrilled you are allowing the Lord to use you in that way, vmt, because I've got to be honest, after going to school and seeing who our future psychologists will be, well, let's just say, we need more people like you: those with experience. BTW: What S.T. hasn't told you is he's a very talented writer himself.   Wink

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Post by vmtwriter on Sun May 18, 2014 6:44 am

Uh oh, ST, is hiding his light under a bushel? Come on, share, ST. I'd love to know what you write. Thanks for sharing, Lora.

We all have gifts and must share them with the world.

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Post by s.t.mann on Mon May 19, 2014 4:00 pm

what do i write? i didnt realize this was a question?

i mostly describe events for which our loving heavenly Father has given me a front row seat!  (true life encouraging inspirational shorts stories based on my own adventures, and laced with scripture...usually with a surprise ending!)

and some essays here and there...even an occasional poem...

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Post by vmtwriter on Tue May 20, 2014 10:04 am

ST, your writing sounds wonderful. Do you post it anywhere? Have you been published? I'd love to have you guest post one of your inspirational's on my blog at http://www.livingstonefaith.com if you'd be willing.

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Post by s.t.mann on Wed May 21, 2014 2:40 pm

oh!  thanks miss vmt...yikes - i hope my stories live up to your expectations!!

yes, i've been published...even have a book (my dance with diane), but most of my stuff is short stories....

would be happy to post on your blog...how do i do it?  always looking for folks who might want to read my stuff!

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a little story about 'getting published' - 



You Broke ALL the Rules!
A few years ago, before I was ‘a writer’, our loving heavenly Father placed me in a succession of front row seats so I couldn’t help but see Him in action. Dozens of times. Especially when I adjusted my schedule for His. When I realized how often He was placing me in His front row, and just how intricate the details usually were, my heart compelled me to keep a record of what He showed me.
…remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders…  [Psalms 105:5]
Asking God for inspiration, out flowed a few stories that I would enjoy reminiscing over in time to come. The stories combined the facts and details with maybe a partial dose of my own mischievousness. Never one to pay overly much attention to protocols of the Queen’s English, I sprinkled around a few passages of Scripture for penance. Should a reader not like the story, at least he was fed some of God’s Word!
For fun, I showed a few stories to two or three God-fearing friends. One, for example, was a pen pal I have never met. She gushed over, and then shared the stories with her daughter, a college literature major. The daughter showed them to a classmate and to her professor. ‘WHO wrote these?’ the professor demanded.  The consensus was clear – the stories should be published!
…in the multitude of counselors plans are established…  [Proverbs 15:22]
Being a ‘published writer’ was never my intent. In fact, it never occurred to me. We are talking about someone who spent his entire life staying as far as possible from English teacher types. And their offspring. I even chose a profession that paid the bills without the benefit of university level English. But it was obvious that the time had come to attend a ‘writers convention’ - I needed to get the friends off my back!
So I forced open some time to allow me to be away from my busy business, At the last minute, right before jumping into my vehicle to drive 6 hours to the conference, I read the brochure one last time - ‘if you wait until the last minute to register, you may not be able to attend the seminars you hope for; seating is very limited!’ So I called the 800 number and signed up for some seminars and workshops…whatever was left over. No sense sweating all the advanced planning…I figured God would put me in whatever courses He wanted. Needless to say, that ’30 Rules for Writing Successful Short Stories’ workshop thing was His idea, not mine!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
          in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths…  [Proverbs 3:5-6]
The only seat remaining by the time I arrived for ’30 Rules…’was in the front row…hmmm. Not my idea of a good time. Or a good seat! Nonetheless, I paid attention - something about subjects or predicates. Complete sentences. Avoiding alliteration always. That the end of a sentence is a bad place to put a preposition at. Not using slang and stuff, and all like that. And not starting sentences with conjunctions…
As it turned out, the silly computer had scheduled me for a one-on-one consultation with a publisher’s rep immediately after ’30 Rules…’ When I arrived at the place where I was to meet him…whoa - not good news…it was the same man…the one with all the rules!
He asked who I was, why I was there, and if I brought any stories he could glance at.
I told him ‘some friends told me I should attend’. That I was a ‘barely-literate engineer’. As I handed him a few stories, I told him matter-of-factly - ‘these will blow you away.’
I watched as he thoughtfully read the stories. His face told me he was moved!  He finished the stories and carefully put down the papers.  Then laughed!  Out loud!
He struggled with what he would say next. ‘You broke ALL the rules’ he said slowly as he shook his head. Then quickly added – ‘I LOVE it!!’ With enthusiasm!
He became my first publisher.
On the spot!
A gift for writing?  Nah…at least not according to the test scores! I don’t think about it much either. Whether there is a ‘gift’ or isn’t, I have no control, But I do have control of whether or not I am willing to adjust my preconceived schedule for our loving heavenly Father. And whether or not I pay attention when He puts me in the front row!
But by the grace of God I am what I am:
           and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain…   [1 Corinthians 15:10]
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Re: Depression

Post by s.t.mann on Wed May 21, 2014 2:48 pm

and...HOW is your 'JOY level' doing?  how is the battle of filtering your thoughts going??

as a man/woman thinks within her heart, SO SHE IS!

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Re: Depression

Post by vmtwriter on Wed May 21, 2014 4:00 pm

ST I truly enjoyed your story. It was inspiring and exceptional. Thank you for sharing. As for my "joy"? I'm living joy every day.

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Post by vmtwriter on Wed May 21, 2014 4:01 pm

and, yes, I received your stories and will start a schedule to put them up on the blog. I think you are a wonderful writer with true inspiration.

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Re: Depression

Post by s.t.mann on Wed May 21, 2014 4:05 pm

awww...shucks...; ALL glory to God!  it (writing) just happens!

GLAD your joy is good!  we all have to guard our thoughts!

ask anything about the stories...i arranged them as if they were to become a book...but if you use them in your blog, you might pick and choose how ever you like...

but yes...the mindset is for them to be encouraging...and real life examples of God at work...

God and Mann II is almost done too....

thanks for your interest and appreciation!!

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