Hope for Bipolar Depression

Even in our darkest places, we will eventually realize that there is hope to get through our tragedies and hardships. What may seem hopeless one day, will lead into another, that will assure us that depression does not last forever. When we are in the middle of it, we cannot see the light, but upon reflection, many realize that there is room to grow and learn from our experiences, no matter how bleak and dark. I know this to be true when attempting to fight off the darkness that never seems to end.

Depression is an element of bipolar disorder that we can never escape, but it is truly in reaching out for help that will bring us on a journey of recovery and acceptance that makes it okay to not be okay. It is imperative to know that clinical depression is not always triggered by something in particular, and there is often not a ‘reason’ for the experience. We are plainly dealing with a mental illness that often has no specific logical circumstantial indicator. As we travel through the valleys, we just have to remember than one day, we will once again soar into a place of stability and balance. Taking the first step by reaching out may be the most difficult, but it is also one of the most vital decisions that you will ever have to make.

Keep your heads up guys and know that you too are worthy of understanding, acceptance, and empathy. Never be afraid to ask for the help that you so rightfully deserve.

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You Say

Lauren Daigle – You Say Lyrics

From the album Look Up Child

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough

Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up

Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low

Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know

You say I am loved

When I can’t feel a thing

You say I am strong

When I think I am weak

You say I am held

When I am falling short

When I don’t belong

You say I am Yours

And I believe

I believe

What You say of me

I believe

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me

In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity

Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet

You have every failure, God, and You’ll have every victory

Oh, I believe

Yes, I believe

What You say of me

Oh, I believe

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Words and Music by Lauren Daigle, Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury

Does God Care About My Problems?

wp-1531743650549.jpgGod cares and He does not cause bad things to happen. We live in a fallen world and have free will. There are natural disasters, death, disease, and all sorts of struggles people face each day. Everyone is dealing with something or many things. This life was not promised to be easy, but God did say He would always help us through our struggles. All we need to do is ask and have faith that God will help us.

When we ask Him faithfully in prayer God hears us and works all things for good, even the worst of tragedies. He still does miracles everyday. If you look for them in your own life you will see them. I know I do. Sometimes it’s big things, but it can also be little things. Sometimes I just know that was God and I say thank you.

When you have a close relationship and talk to God throughout the day like he is your best friend who knows all your thoughts and garbage (our worst parts of ourselves we try to hide from others) it is easy to talk about your struggles and ask for help. He may not provide the help in the exact way you think it should come, but thank goodness because God’s ways are so much better than our ways. He sees the big picture, how everything plays out and affects others. He answers prayers by helping us through struggles in ways we hadn’t even imagined.

One example of a miracle is  the boys trapped in the cave for 18 days. Every single day they expected it to rain and raced against  an impending  monsoon. We prayed all around the world and the rain never came. As soon as the  boys were rescued, it started to rain. They couldn’t even get their tools out. The rain was delayed for 18 days, and flooded the cave the minute the boys were rescued. That’s God. That’s the power of prayer. All Glory to God!

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Divine Control

“Before you formed this concept of divine control so powerfully in your mind, you used to go from person to person seeking help, but now you go to God about it.”

…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! MATTHEW 7:11

Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God’s control over everything, which means that a disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.

Fill your mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind is truly filled with that thought, when you experience difficulties it will be as easy as breathing for you to remember, “My heavenly Father knows all about this!” This will be no effort at all, but will be a natural thing for you when difficulties and uncertainties arise. Before you formed this concept of divine control so powerfully in your mind, you used to go from person to person seeking help, but now you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those people who have His Spirit, and it works on the following principle: God is my Father, He loves me, and I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?

Jesus said there are times when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but you should trust Him. At times God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the thought that the mind of God is behind all things strong and growing. Not even the smallest detail of life happens unless God’s will is behind it. Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but is an attitude of the mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. “Ask, and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7).

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Key Scriptures

“… In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NIV

wp-1531743650549.jpg“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV

wp-1531743761105.jpgFinally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Ephesians 6:10 NIV

wp-1531743834113.jpg… though he may stumble, he will not fall. For the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Psalm 37:24 NIV

wp-1531743940041.jpg“… Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NIV

wp-1531744081211.jpg… stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
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Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What inspired you most from this message?
  • Who, or what situations, did you think of as you listened?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

  • Read Jesus’ words in John 16:33. Do you see this Scripture as encouraging or scary? Why?
  • Do you have any questions about why bad things happen to good people? Talk openly about those.

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

  • Have you experienced a major tragedy, trauma, or loss in your life? How was your view of God impacted?
  • Share about any areas in your life where you feel ready to give up.
  • What’s the difference between just giving up and surrendering to God?
  • Read Joshua 1:9. Where do you want to walk? What would it look like to be strong and courageous?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Heavenly Father, we want to walk, but we need Your strength. Holy Spirit, give us the courage to take steps in the very moment we feel ready to give up. Show us that we’re not alone—You’re holding us up with Your hand. Thank You, Jesus, for overcoming the pain of this world. We put our hope in You. Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Share one area where you’re ready to quit. What’s a first step that would force you to rely on God’s might?
  • Pick a Scripture from this message that best addresses your struggle, and make it a part of your prayer time.
  • Find some life-giving help for the pain you’re facing: www.go2.lc/pain

Thai cave rescue: Divers begin mission to rescue 12 trapped boys as monsoon rain looms

‘Today is D-Day,’ officials say

Officials on Sunday morning said that “today is D-Day” as they face a race against time to extract the children from the narrow Tham Luang cave complex before more monsoon rains arrive.

Chiang Rai acting governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and two divers will accompany each boy as they are gradually removed.

The operation began at 10am local time, with authorities suggesting it would take at least 11 hours for the first person to be rescued.

Divers have begun the operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their football coach, who have been trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks.

Officials on Sunday morning said that “today is D-Day” as they face a race against time to extract the children from the narrow Tham Luang cave complex before more monsoon rains arrive.

Chiang Rai acting governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said 13 foreign and five Thai divers were taking part in the rescue and two divers will accompany each boy as they are gradually removed.

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The Way This Football Coach Kept 12 Boys, Trapped In A Thai Cave, Alive For 18 Days Goes Viral
5 days ago by​ Andželika

A few weeks ago heartbreaking story captured everyone’s attention. In Thailand 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing. After the boys’ bikes were found next to an entrance of a cave it became clear that the torrential downpour had left them trapped in it.
It took 9 days of an intense rescue operation to find the boys alive and another 9 days to get them to safety. After 18 days trapped in the cave twelve boys and their coach have finally been rescued.

However, during this intense and stressful time, many people blamed the boys’ coach Ekkapol Chantawong. In defense of Ekkapol, Twitter user yvvonelim9 posted a thread about the coach and gathered some very important facts. Despite being accused of irresponsible behavior by taking children into the cave, it seems obvious by now that Ekkapol played an important role in keeping the trapped children alive.

Reportedly, the kind-hearted coach was the most malnourished because he gave away his share of food to the children, he taught the boys to meditate to help them conserve energy and kept their spirits high until the moment they were rescued.

Ekkapol proved himself to be a true hero in keeping the children alive, scroll to read his life story below!

More info: twitter.com

In Thailand, 12 boys and their 25-year-old football coach became trapped in a cave when rain flooded the escape route

Twitter user yvvonelim9 posted a thread about the coach and gathered some important facts about his life and his role in keeping the children alive

Divine Control

“Before you formed this concept of divine control so powerfully in your mind, you used to go from person to person seeking help, but now you go to God about it.”

…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! MATTHEW 7:11

Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God’s control over everything, which means that a disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.

Fill your mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind is truly filled with that thought, when you experience difficulties it will be as easy as breathing for you to remember, “My heavenly Father knows all about this!” This will be no effort at all, but will be a natural thing for you when difficulties and uncertainties arise. Before you formed this concept of divine control so powerfully in your mind, you used to go from person to person seeking help, but now you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those people who have His Spirit, and it works on the following principle: God is my Father, He loves me, and I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?

Jesus said there are times when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but you should trust Him. At times God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the thought that the mind of God is behind all things strong and growing. Not even the smallest detail of life happens unless God’s will is behind it. Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but is an attitude of the mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. “Ask, and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7)
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Be Immensely Patient


But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:16 NIV
Be immensely patient. Think of the story of the mustard seed. If we have the faith of a tiny mustard seed, the outcome will be like a huge tree with many branches.

We need to be immensely patient with ourselves. We will mess up, but we need to push on and be patient as Jesus is with us. 

If you feel far from Jesus, then return to Him. Figure out what you want more than anything. I want Jesus.

https://bible.com/bible/111/1ti.1.16.NIV

Endurance


Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NLT

https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.1.2-4.NLT

The Beautiful Things We Miss

I don’t wanna miss it
I don’t wanna look back someday and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time.”

The Beautiful Things We Miss by Matthew West

This is one of my favorite songs right now. It talks about the importance of living in the moment and cherishing the little things. Playing with our kids, spending time with friends and family, enjoying a good song, the sunshine, even a nice walk or book. Before we know it our kids will be grown and loved will pass away.

We don’t want to miss the times we never bothered to cherish, Instead we should live life to the fullest. The point is to have joy now rather than hoping in a future that may never come.

All we have is this day, therefore we are to live one day at a time, not worrying about our future. God will take care of us if we just have faith. This does not mean He will prevent anything bad from happening to us. Instead, He will give us strength to get through the hard times and even find moments of happiness amiss our struggles or greatest times of sorrow.

https://youtu.be/2in8Pr-K7s0

The inspiration for Matthew West’s new song “The Beautiful Things We Miss” first began surfacing in his mind during a hike he took in Colorado. Matthew, a beginning hiker at the time, paused to catch his breath; looking around he noticed something profound…

“I was just focusing on the ground in front of me and there’s all these roots from trees that had popped up that you kind of used as steps and if you didn’t see them you’d trip over them,” Matthew recalls. “At one point, I was just out of breathe and I stopped and for the first time in the hike I looked around me and it was like the most gorgeous scenery, it was just breathtaking. And, I literally had the idea the beautiful things we miss. Why? Because I was looking down the whole time I was hiking and I was missing what was going on around me.”

In this video about the story behind “The Beautiful Things We Miss” Matthew continues to describe what he discovered that day and how he applies it to his own life, with his family and career.

Lyrics

She puts on her makeup

And the last dress she remembers that turned his head

That time he said, “You look beautiful”

At six, the front door opens

And he doesn’t even notice

Kisses her cheek

“Baby, when do we eat

I’m starving”

Oh, the beautiful things we miss

I don’t wanna miss it

I don’t wanna look back someday and find

Everything that really mattered

Was right in front of me this whole time

Open up my eyes, Lord

Keep me in the moment just like this

Before the beautiful things we love

Become the beautiful things we miss

She hides out in her headphones

Texting on her cell phone

Daddy’s girl built a world behind her bedroom door

While he was working hard and providing

Bigger houses still get divided

Just yesterday she was on his shoulders, but today she’s older

Why do we get older

We don’t get to rewind

There’s no such thing as next time

Help me remember, help me remember, we don’t get this back

They were right when they said don’t blink

It all goes faster than you think

Help me remember, help me remember

The beautiful things we miss

Open up my eyes, Lord

Open up my eyes, Lord

I don’t want to miss it

No, I don’t want to miss it

Open up my eyes, Lord

Open up my eyes, Lord

Before the beautiful things I love

Become the beautiful things I miss

Publishing: © 2017 Highly Combustible Music / Atlas Music Publishing / House Of Story Music / Two Story House Music (ASCAP) (Admin. by Atlas Music Publishing

Writer(s): Matthew West and AJ Pruis

“I don’t wanna miss it
I don’t wanna look back someday and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time.”

— Read on www.air1.com/music/artists/matthew-west/songs/the-beautiful-things-we-miss-lyrics.aspx

Guide Others Towards Christ

Just because someone goes to church does not mean they have ever been made new in Jesus Christ and is someone who needs the grace of Jesus. Maybe they are new in faith and haven’t yet been taught how to live by the Spirit rather than of the world. They need instructing in a positive and loving way. Don’t judge, but lift up in the same way Jesus showed his followers. People who have lived in the world all their life need help learning the difference of living in the Spirit.

Mathew 23:28

Maybe they do know better and still do not honor Christ. In this case they are are hypocrites. Lead by example, don’t treat their sinful ways as ok. They may rationalize their sin, but it is still sin in the eyes of the Lord. As Christians we need to represent Jesus and be blessings to one another. They may say other Christians aren’t perfect, but that is not an excuse to do what is wrong. We should not condemn or be overly harsh. At the same time we should not treat their sinful ways as acceptable .

1 Corinthians 3:1

Let me pray with a heart to restore.

If another believer is overcome my sin, you who love by the

You are not the judge, but the guide to gently bring them back to a better way of life.

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently if someone is caught ins sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Galatians 6:1

Your goal is not to be right, but to help them along their walk with Christ.

God help me to confront carefully.

God help me see when I’m the hypocrite.

James 5:19-20

We should not expect not believers to act like Christian. Instead invite them to church or help them learn about the awesomeness of being saved by Jesus Christ.

Also pray Lord, help me see when Ibam the hypocrite. Think of the story of the woman about to be stoned for prostitution. Jesus began to write in the sand. Maybe he wrote each of their sins because one by one the accusers walked away until no one was left. Then Jesus came and said who are your accusers. He said go and sin no more. He showed grace and gave forgiveness just as does with each of us. Our sinful nature mean we are not perfect. We must acknowledge when we are wrong and ask God for forgiveness and then try to do better and overcome that sin. Have a heart of repentance and rely on the power Christ to help us stop our sinful ways and become more Christ like.

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