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Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursdays Before the Throne

As the winter winds down here (I hope!) this February……I just get a little tired of cold, snow & darkness. Anyone else out there understand what I mean?



I guess it is something I have never discussed here on my blog before, but I have struggled on & off at times in my adult life with depression. Mostly post-partum depression, but a few other times I have noticed mild depression creeping in.



Now is one of those times. (although, this time I had to have someone else point it out to me)



I am therefore, taking deliberate steps to avoid stepping in to a full-blown case of SAD.



I am trying to exercise. (makes you feel better on so many levels)

I am trying to focus on my kids/hubby. (helps to take your mind off yourself)

Every day, I am trying to get some sun-at least 15 minutes or so. (& this is, perhaps, the biggest help I have seen yet.)



But, really, should I be surprised the sun is so helpful? Jesus, Himself, is the Light of the World & why wouldn’t the thing that helps me the most be a picture of Him.



What a blessing the sun is…..I am so thankful that in spite of the cold & early darkness, Colorado has over 300 days of sun a year!!! & as long as I stay out of the wind, its rays are sooooo warming!



Matter of fact, as I type this, I am sitting on my front porch enjoying some Vitamin D!



The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;
You have prepared the light and the sun.

Psalm 74:16

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.


Psalm 84:11




7 comments:

Marlene said...

Kim,
You are not alone in these feelings of depression. I have been struggling too. I went to my doctor about this and discovered I am very low in vitamin D and B12. I am now taking supplements but I could really use some old fashion sunshine. I hope you are feeling better soon.
Marlene

Kelly said...

I've had similar struggles for years. This year, we are getting hammered with snow and other wintry nastiness. We always have a bit of snow (Delaware), but this year is just insane. I am really having a tough time enjoying it. I hate complaining so I haven't joined anyone else's cries of "I am ready for Spring"...but seriously, I could really do without anymore snow.

Kim & Dave said...

Kelly-maybe that's part of why I haven't ever posted about this-I don't want to be percieved as complaining. I have so much to be thankful for!

Marlene-I think I will get those levels tested. I know low B12 runs in our family.

Gardenia said...

I love your honesty. It's so refreshing. Vitamin D deficiency is very common in women, and I've struggled with a lack of enough vitamin D. and my husband's mood si different in winter than in summer. I truly believe he need sunlight to have a happy disposition. thanks for sharing.

Jacqueline said...

Kim...I love the new look on your blog. Beautiful!

I go through times where I struggle with the same thing. For me, it's thyroid issues, and when I am not taking the necessary preventative steps to stay healthy, my emotions rage out of control making every problem seem larger than the reality. Here's my list to keep me sane:

Exercise, with a good sweat at least three times per week.

Gogi juice, which in China is actually called "happy" juice...I know it sounds absurd, but every time I try to eliminate this supplement to my diet because of finances, it's only a matter of time before I crash and burn.

Solitude, as an extroverted introvert I have to have alone time throughout the week. I have learned to creatively schedule this into my life so it doesn't get neglected.

Worship, remembering who God is always puts my circumstances back into the correct perspective.

Thanks for sharing vulnerably. I believe so many women struggle with these issues, and your words were a reminder that we are not alone.

Tina said...

Seasonal Depression can be pretty much a varient of normal in my state! I was just talking about this subject with one of my girlfriends and she had a great idea. She said when she is feeling down and needs a a lift she goes to Lowes (A warehouse type home improvement store) and stands beneath the lighting isle. You know the isle. This is where they have every single light fixture they carry lit up and on display. It's so bright and warm and feels so good! I wonder if they would let me bring my folding chair and book :)
Hope you feel better soon,
Tina

Steve & Paula said...

MMMM, you needs to get some real fermented cod liver oil.
It has the D and in an all natural form.
And yes, you can put into capsules, so you never have to taste it.
A and D work together, so that the body can absorb them properly.
The FCLO has a ratio of 10 A to 1 D.

I honestly could not survive in Alaska without it.
It truly is sunshine in a bottle.
Paula

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