Sunday, November 13, 2011

Photos to make you smile and words to make you think

I have an Amplified Version Bible.
It's The Everyday Life Bible
 featuring notes and commentary by Joyce Meyers.

On a page next to verses 1 -10 of Psalm 143
J.M. wrote a "Biblical prescription  for depression."

I thought I'd share the verses and her commentary.

They will be interspersed with photos taken Saturday
at the home of my husband's older sister and her husband.
We were there for brunch,
the morning after their only child's (a daughter) wedding.

His family can be overwhelming at times.
Sometimes I flounder.
But this time, I grabbed my camera from the car
and took a walk.
(Funny how a person is not being anti-social
 when she walks away pointing a camera at nature!)

They obviously have a pond.
The houses behind the trees weren't there six years ago
when we last visited.
It was just open countryside. 

Look at the speck of white.
It will get bigger.

"Psalm 143: 3-10 gives a description of depression
and how to overcome it."

vs 3: For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul,
he has crushed my life down to the ground;
he has made me to dwell in dark places . . .

"Identify the nature and cause of the problem
The source of the depression described her is our enemy,
Satan, who attacks the soul."

vs 4:Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed and faints with me
[wrapped in gloom];
my heart within my bosom grows numb.

"Recognize that depression steals life and light."

vs 5: I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your doings;
I ponder the work of Your hands.

" Remember the good times."

"Remembering, meditating, and pondering are all functions of the mind.
David obviously knows that his thoughts will affect his feelings,
so he gets busy thinking about the kinds of things that will help overcome
the attack upon his mind.
He thinks about God and the good things He does."

vs 6: I spread forth my hands to You;
my soul thirsts after you like a thirsty land [for water].

"Praise the Lord in the midst of the problem."

"David knows the importance of praise; he lifts his hands in worship. 
He declares what his need truly is: He needs God."

vs. 7: Answer me speedily, O Lord . . .

"Ask for God's help."

vs. 8: Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. . .

"Listen to the Lord."
 vs 9: Deliver me, O lord . . .

"Pray for deliverance."

vs 10: Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

"Seek God's wisdom, knowledge, and leadership."

I'm not sure why I felt led to share all this.
But I've known since Thursday that I was to do so.  However, I've not been home to do it.  I hope it ministers to someone.

The last three photos were taken this afternoon (Sunday) at my granddaughter
Peyton's gymnastics meet.
The older girl is Addy Jane, Peyton's 4 year-old sister.  She is sharing hugs with the daughter of  the step-brother of my son and daughter. 

Below: Leah is tweaking Addy's nose.   
 I chose these photos because they made me smile.  I am not depressed--the opposite.
It was a tiring weekend, but a good one.   I trust this coming week will be good also.

                                   Blessings to you all as you begin the new week.


  1. Lovely.

    One of my biggest struggles in life has been depression... most of it related to abuse and overwhelming responsibility as a young kid. I still tend to float that direction if the stresses hit. The blessing? God is BIGGER and has helped me walk through this for 60 years. [It hit when I was 6.] Psalms is one of my favorite Books, b/c it deals with reality over and over and also just worships our dear Father. Keeps us focused on reality.

    Thanks for sharing, Sister.

  2. Fabulous post, Beth... I especially love all of the gorgeous pictures....BUT--the words are great too---and words to make us think for sure...

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Encouraging words and testimony, Beth. The photos of the two children are lovely. I hope that swan has company, too. Sharing our joys and sorrows is strengthening. God bless x

  4. What a wonderful post! The pictures are beautiful and when the words are added, it's marvelous!

  5. I often pray Psalm 143. It says it all. And I'm glad you took that walk - the photos are so peaceful. I especially love the first one, with the bare tree branches reaching up to the sky and reflected back in the water.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes AND the continued prayers... I'm hanging in there.

  6. The peace and elegance reflected in the swan ... such beauty!

    Have a wonderful week.

  7. i found the whole post very encouraging.
    thank you for posting it.
    Love to you.

  8. isn't it true about the camera? :)

  9. Yes, love the part about departing with a one takes offense. Who knew a camera could be such a great friend?


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