Feeling low? Need a lift? It’s time to “Rise up” and S.M.I.L.E.!
One of my favorite sentences is, “In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.” Peter speaks these words to a man who had been crippled since birth. He found him asking for help at the temple. On the outside, this man was broken. But on the inside, he was full of faith. He knew exactly where he needed to be.
There was a time in my life when the reverse was true. On the outside, I looked like I was full of faith. But on the inside, I was broken. I was sinking because I was tragically depressed. Even though I was doing my best to be a mom and wife, trying to be happy and be where I was supposed to be, I didn’t know how I could go on when I was so drained. I was spiritually stuck and emotionally exhausted.
I remember a specific day when I didn’t think I could get out of bed. My depression was that bad that I hadn’t wanted to get out of bed for weeks (or sometimes months, depending on the season – I’ve dealt with depression on and off for years) But this day I didn’t believe I could get out of bed. My kids needed me to make them breakfast and teach them their schoolwork, but I was stuck. I was depressed, and so low in the mire of my thoughts that I was stuck.
But thinking of this story in Acts, imagining the Savior speaking these words to me, “Rise up and walk,” helped me get up. I found the strength to do what had to be done. I fed the kids. I took care of my husband. I called a friend who was sad. Most importantly, I learned that everything we need to do is possible through Christ if we will put ALL our faith in him instead of ourselves and our limited vision. He knows our true potential. He knows who we are meant to be and he will help us rise to that reality, bit by bit each day.
Thinking about this story reminds me of the power I have to RISE UP! To rise up to what’s expected of me and my many responsibilities as a wife, mother, and homemaker, along with all the other hats I wear. Why do it? Because WE ARE NEEDED. I am needed! Strong, faithful women and men ARE needed more than ever! It’s through faith in Christ’s grace that I found healing, motivation, and inspiration, and it’s what continues to fuel me. Jesus IS my light and can make my burdens light, helping me to move forward, even with my many imperfections.
Truly, no matter how low we sink, there is no place his love cannot reach us.
This website is a place where I record and share all the happy habits that lift me in hopes that I will remember them on the the tougher days and that they will also lift others. These truths help me live a higher, not-so-depressed life, one that rises above the clouds of anxiety and everyday stress. This is where I raise my voice and elevate my mind and spirit by sharing hopeful thoughts, quotes, photos, and songs. It’s also were I try to remember tips and recipes that help me exercise, eat well, and meditate because I deserve it! I call these uplifting habits my M&M’s which you can learn about here.
By seeing my life, myself, and others through an elevated, eternal perspective I am better able to get out of bed, reach out to others, and smile through my sorrows. Hard times are going to happen, but they’re easier when I try to keep myself a float with these uplifting habits and hopeful perspectives. I promise it’s possible, getting out of depression – even suicidal depression- is possible with faith in Christ!
I pray this place is a safe, uplifting, and joyful one. I hope that you will feel the reality that no matter how broken we are and how low we feel, we CAN “Rise up” and S.M.I.L.E.! Learn what S.M.I.L.E. stands for by clicking here.