DISCOVERING THE JOY FROM DEPRESSION ON RESURRECTION SUNDAY ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_2198.jpgDISCOVERING THE JOY FROM DEPRESSION ON RESURRECTION SUNDAY (EASTER) By Christian Author Elena Ramirez

SURELY HE HATH BORN OUR GRIEFS, AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS:  YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRICKEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, AND AFFLICTED. BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES, THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.  Isaiah 53:4-5. KJV.  

I was depressed, beginning Good Friday.  It was a different kind of depression.  I was so sorry, for my past sins, sins, I have repented for.  I was depressed for lost time.  

I was so depressed, that I got off of Social media, early that day, even though, I do get off, for Sabbath, which starts Friday evening.  I got off social media, early in the morning.  I was challenged.  

I was troubled, I felt like the things I saw, and viewed on Fb, etc.  Were so negative.  So, challenging.  I saw spiritual leaders, proclaiming things like hell wasn’t even there, and it just angered me.  I knew, I could not stay on line, with all the things I was seeing, it bothered me.  It depressed me.  I want to be a good example, but if I had stayed on, I probably would have gotten into an argument.  I had to quiet my soul, my spirit…

Because it was as if the enemy, was laughing, and it made me sense, to know, that we are in end times.  It is a lost world out there.  And when I see, even good natured Christians, so oblivious, to the times, I just want to scream out, can’t you see, there are lost souls out there?  What can we do?  Jesus died for our sins.  

And rather then argue, or make anybody feel bad, or angry, I just got off line.  

It made me think of how the disciples must have felt, after our Lord Jesus, was crucified. They must have felt hopeless, they must have felt so discouraged.  How could they have hope in His resurrection?  They did not know that He would arise from the dead?  Or did they?

FOR AS YET THEY KNEW NOT THE SCRIPTURE, THAT HE MUST RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.  JOHN 20:9  KJV.  

 What about doubting Thomas?  He did not believe.

JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, THOMAS BECAUSE THOU HAST SEEN ME, THOU HAST BELIEVED:  BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED.  JOHN 20:29  KJV.  

How can we believe?  How can we trust God?  Well, from my own experiences.  I just have a sense to know, there is no other option but to believe.  And to trust God.  For me anyway. I have to try and obey, and I have to try and serve God with all my being.  I have to watch my step, and my love walk.  I have to remember Gods power, and to have fear of God.  I have to remember always the sacrifice of Christ.  

I grieved this weekend.  It was a very strange sense of depression I had.  I felt pretty hopeless, to be honest.  I am not going to lie.  There are factors in my life, that just don’t seem to find resolution, or healing in, and I actually felt this week, that the enemy mocked me, laughed at me, and told me, “I have stolen so much from you.”  I hate thieves.   I hate what they represent.  Anyway, hate is such a strong word, but I hate what the devil has stolen from me.  

But I did have a sense of hope, to know only God, can restore.  So I prayed…

This has helped me.  

Today, Resurrection Sunday, I did not go to church.  I don’t have a church to go to.  But, I woke up with some joy.  I woke up, knowing that today is the day, the Lord has made, and I will rejoice in it.  I woke up, knowing that Christ has risen.  I woke up, knowing the disciples saw Christ again, and were joyful, and their sorrow, sadness, depression, was changed that Resurrection Sunday, because of Christ.  

I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me….  

“Find joy, in the little things.”

So profound, but it stirred my spirit up.  The little things, the little things, that do bring me joy.  Oh I could say them, even here, but I don’t want you to confuse my “Little things” with your little things, or big things for that matter.  

Because we are all different.  We all have different lifestyles, experiences, hardships, and well comparing is never good.  

But we must be united in that love.  That love that binds us closer to Christ.  Christ said, in John 13:35 KJV.  Thats how they will know we are his disciples, by the love we have, and for one another.

BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.   

Love is not a little thing, but beginning to love, as small as it is, for whatever reason, can make it bigger. 

So, I have a different perspective, this morning. My Lord, has taken my griefs, and sorrow, and healed my spirit.  

This Resurrection Sunday.  I just have a sense, that small things can grow into big things.  But, I am not looking at that, I think I am just searching to find the beauty and joy, in just what Christ has given me, provided for me, shown me, and revealed who He is in these matters.  I just know, I fall short of His glory.  I just know, I am imperfect, and have flaws.  I just know, only He can heal me, save me, and bless me.  

So, I am sharing.  I am sharing, what has blessed me, as I am so grateful for my Salvation.  You know, Salvation, is such a gift, its a big gift, one should never take for granted.  But, having the realization that I was a sinner, long ago, and just accepting Christ as my savior, repenting, may be a small thing to some, but as small as that awakening was, it is, the biggest thing, I could do for my life.  

I am grateful.  I am finding joy, in the small things in life…..

Life is too short my friends, to be depressed.  To be sorrowful, to let the enemy steal our joy.  When Christ paid the biggest sacrifice for our sins, He paid the penalty for our sins.  Thats a big thing……  I never want to take for granted what He did on the cross for me.  

Because He told me in my spirit, this morning to “find joy, in the little things.”  I intend to do so, to be mindful, to look for the little things, so I can have hope.  

Blessings and love, 

Elena Ramirez

 

 

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A TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND WHO HAD THE GIFT OF MAKING ME LAUGH….


GOD BLESS MY FRIEND PAT DARU

This is a photo, one of very few, that I have of my friend Pat Daru.

I want to honor her, because she had passed away, in March, but nobody told me. I got a Christmas card yesterday, and her husband notified me. That, she had passed away. When I read that, I began to cry.

I want to tell you about a person, who touched my heart, in a great way. I used to work with her, when I worked for the phone company, and when I met her, instantly, I received joy. You see, she was the kind of person, who just made you laugh.

Not at her, but with her, because she had such a sweet way, of making everything light hearted, and funny. She was not mean spirited, in any way, or with anyone.  I never saw that.  But, because of this ability, she had, I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

I would just see her, and get happy, because as soon as we chatted, something funny was said. We would be rolling on the floor, in laughter.

This photo may not be very complimentary, to either one of us, but it was because we were laughing. When I met her, I had just truly began to walk with the Lord, and I would share with her, my testimony, and just the good news about Jesus Christ.

I always, wanted to give her hope, and inspiration, because she did not always have a lot of self-esteem.  I probably did not either.  Life sometimes wounds people, and so we could relate to each other.  Yet she was beautiful to me, in the sense, of who she was, and could make me laugh.

So, I would try to compliment her. It was easy.  She was so real, and sweet.  She so appreciated me for knowing that about her, and acknowledging to her, what I saw in her.  So, she would also bless me. One day, she gave me an award, and she gave me, an “Angel on Earth award” Because she saw the anointing, the gift, God placed in me, and she wanted to bless me. I still have that award, pinned up, on a bulletin board.

You know, all I know, is she was someone, who touched my heart. And encouraged me, as well, in Christ.  The only thing, I regret, was after I left the company, I did not keep more communication with her. She was busy, with her family. She had three children, all boys, but they were triplets. She had her husband. And I had my family, so I guess, not as an excuse, but the truth be told, people live separate lives.

I wanted to share this with you, because it is Christmas.

I hope, my little story of my friend, touches your heart. If I could encourage her, or you, I would tell you, how precious, your friendship means to me too. All of you. Why? Because you are all children of God. And I know, so many do not know that. But, because of her, and others, I have found, who I am in Christ. And I know my mission in life, is to bring glory, to God, inspire others, and speak truth to the Lost. Because life is precious. What a wonderful gift, we have, but we need to see the potential of it all…..

I have to just say, I realize this Christmas, more then ever. How precious, friends and family are to me. Gifts, things, they are nice. But to have what I have in God, I would never trade. I realize, this more then ever. To count my blessings, to bring God into every situation, every friend, in my home, and with my family, with love, and to seek Him, and His presence. Truly, it is the greatest present, I have ever gotten.

My friend, Pat, was truly, a gift, because she brought me laughter, and I pray, God bless her soul. And that He blesses her family on earth. Much love, and thanks for reading my thoughts, about my dear friend, who is now an “Angel in Heaven.” I hope she gets that award too….

Much love, and Merry Christmas to you….Hug your friends, and loved ones, don’t let Christmas go by without releasing love. No regrets…Feel free to share this, if you want to bless someone. Praying her gift of laughter, may make someone smile, with joy too…..

And as I think about it, she really was a gift, from God, because no one, ever made me laugh that much.  And when I had met her, I was just coming out of some changes, where sorrow, had been my friend.  God was so good, he brought her as a friend to me, and in laughter, I was able to make up for a lot of missing laughter.  God bless her soul.  There are people, who touch lives, and we are forever changed.  She was one of them.

And I pray, I am also someone, who can make a difference, in whatever way….for others, because the Lord chooses….I just want to be obedient to follow that path.  In this journey, we call life.  God bless you…Merry Christmas.  Thank you Lord Jesus, for the gift you gave us, by coming to this earth for all of us.  If we just believe….

Blessings, and much love, with “Just my Thoughts”

Elena Ramirez

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ARE YOU SURE YOU SHOULD REACH FOR THAT?



WHAT ARE YOU REACHING FOR?

Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

Sometimes, we may have great hopes, or goals, and we want to do this and that, and it may even be for a very good cause.  So we reach out.  And probably in territory, we are not too acquainted with.  We take a risk.  It could be anything from a business deal, to buying a house, or really to be blunt….  Sticking our noses, into some kind of business, we really should not. God has placed in our spirits, a “gutt feeling” and we know, when we are on the right path, and we know when we are not.  If we ignore those signals from God, we are hurting ourselves.  Because,  if we do not have the release from God, our efforts, can be in vain.  I have experienced that from time to time.  I may even think I might be able to handle it, and for whatever reason, I just am not successful, in those things.   You would think wisdom, would teach us, not to go for that.  But I see now, how pride, may enter into our mind.  And we dismiss the thought, instead, of seeking God.  Seeking God, so that he can walk with us, and talk to us.  To counsel us, in those decisions.  I just feel like recently, I learned a very valuable lesson.  Gods peace needs to be in anything, you want to accomplish.  And if it is there, it will be blessed.  Now, we should always try to go for the very best, because of who we are in Christ.  Because, with him, all things are possible.  But when his blessing is not in it, our efforts are in vain.  So, the goal is, to know ourselves.  Know God, and his will, and seek him, for guidance.  So we won’t make the same mistakes.  Or really put ourselves in a position, that can hurt us, or compromise us.

Father, I seek you, and ask for forgiveness, for walking in my own pride sometimes.  You are teaching me, to seek you in such matters as these.  Lord, I do not want to put my attention, or in matters that are too high for me.  That in truth, really is none of my business.  Forgive me Father.  Grant me your peace, and restoration, and help me, remind me to seek you, so there will be peace in what I do for you.  Father please guide me, remind me by your Holy spirit, and prompt me to seek you.  So, I won’t make those mistakes again.  In Jesus name,  Amen

Elena Ramirez

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