I thank God for all He has done (@dotsters)

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Thank God! Call out his Name!
Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done!
Sing to him! Play songs for him!
Broadcast all his wonders!
Revel in his holy Name,
God-seekers, be jubilant!
Study God and his strength,
seek his presence day and night; 1 Chronicles 16:8-9

In our world, there are many who, like me, have lived with depression either all the time, or on and off for various lengths of time. It wasn’t until I admitted to people that I am very grateful for anti-depressants that I found out just how many of my friends (and a lot who are followers of Jesus) are also very grateful for anti-depressants. Some said I should have kept quiet about it, but others were really pleased I had spoken about this depression as they had often thought they were the only one (especially the Christians) in their group of friends.

However, in our time and culture, it is the voices who speak loudest and longest who usually get heard the most, and that includes those who are on the internet and use social media in their work and leisure time. I had already decided that 2014 was going to be the year of positive mental attitude for me, and that includes how I use social media and so for me to do that, means always trying to keep God as the centre of what I do and say on facebook, twitter and my blog (when I have time to write!!). This verse in 1 Chronicles encourages us to also keep God as the focus for our communication with others and for ourselves.

When I am in a place where I can praise and worship God our creator, redeemer and sustainer, I find myself caught up in an attitude of thankfulness, of wanting to tell everyone about God and what that means for me and them. But too often life gets in the way, and things drag us down again… So what we need to do is to daily give thanks, daily tell of what God has done for us, daily be as positive as we can, and daily seek God and his presence to sustain, strengthen and guide us all. Depression might be a companion and not a very welcome one, but I am being positive this year, but it is one minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time and through the grace of God, I will thank God for all he has done.

About dotsters

newly ordained as a priest and curate at Chester Cathedral, senior lecturer in Christian youth work, love singing, spending time with friends as long as i can have some space for me as well! most important people in my life, my family especially my 2 daughters. most important thing in my life - following Christ