A LOT of people in the Bible were depressed:
Solomon was so depressed, he wrote Ecclesiastes. I have often asked God how a man that had so much wisdom could screw up so badly at the end of his life. When did wisdom leave him? I think it was women!
Job cursed the day he was born.
King David was depressed over decisions he had made that backfired. I'm sure killing the husband of his mistress was one.
Abraham Lincoln suffered depression. (Hagee says the movie is good and recommends we see it.)
Winston Churchhill said, "Depression follows me like a black fog."
Here's some reasons people get depressed:
1. Extreme disappointment.
2. Lack of self-esteem.
3. Unfair comparisons.
4. Unrealistic goals.
5. Biological imbalance.
6. Post-partum depression.
7. Hyper mental activity.
8. ??? He never said.
Some tips for overcoming depression according to Hagee:
Forget those things which are behind.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Hagee said God's word is a penicillin shot for depression.
The joy of the Lord is your strength. Spend time with Christians. If you hang around depressed, unhappy people, you will become like them.
And a very good one: Do something nice for one person every day. I love this one, and I love to do it.
Change "I can't" to "I won't" when it comes to all the reasons you have to stay in the funk you are in. Instead of "I can't" quit smoking -- "I won't" quit smoking. And put that with a million other things. I hear it all the time. Jerry's brother has gone from 4 to 5 packs of cigarettes a day to 2 to 3 , and he actually thinks that is an amazing accomplishment. If you WANT to quit, you WILL! Jerry and I both did, so I'm talking from experience on this one. I never smoked much, and it was for a very short time, but Jerry smoked from 15 years of age to 30 something. It was very hard for him.
After church, I came upstairs to finish my newest creation. I wasn't thrilled with my last blouse which was made from the pretty fabric Phylly gave me. It was okay, but it looks like all my other blouses. Yesterday, I decided to get REAL BRAVE and change my plain SFD blouse pattern into an original JOYFUL DESIGN. I've always been afraid to do that, mostly because I didn't really understand how to, but I don't think a person could take any more classes than I have had to date and not, at least, TRY!
This fabric is from the cotton Christmas prints at Hobby Lobby, although I chose it because it is black and white and not really very Christmassy. I guess it is pointsettias. Whatever it is, I really like it.
This is not a pattern from an envelope. It is my SFD blouse REDRAWN with some style lines. First thing I did was add pleats to the front of the blouse. This took several hours because I am a perfectionist, and I wanted to be sure I didn't screw it up. It looks like an accordion because I had to fold all the pleats to cut the neckline.
Here is what I did to the FRONT of my SFD blueprint. I did NOT put the waist dart in the blouse.
Here is what I did to the back of my SFD blueprint. I did NOT put this waist dart in the blouse either.
And here is my darling blouse, that I really love. Hopefully, you can see the detail in the pictures I took. The pleat in the back is ADORABLE, plus it gives me some wiggle room.
And a side view so you can see the pleats a little more. Fun, fun, fun! My sleeve has an elbow dart and a notch in the part I have folded up. This is my favorite length of a sleeve.
It is already 5:30 PM and time to go do something with the hamburger I thawed out. Spaghetti sounds good. It has suddenly gotten cold outside. I'm glad. It doesn't feel like Christmas when it is 70 degrees outside day after day after day.