Proverbs 31:30. "...But a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."




Romans 10:9. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved!"

Acts 4:11-12.  "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  v12.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

John 3:16. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."




Woman of Praise
by K. Michael

He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Proverbs 10:18


9 Ways to Avoid Depression

1.     Obey God

In the Old Testament, God had always rewarded man according to his relationship with Him: If man obeyed God, blessings would follow him; but if man disobeyed God, the reward would be curses: Poverty, barrenness, famine, hunger, sickness and diseases, all of which produce depression in the life of man (Deuteronomy 28). 

2.     Be other-centered

The Bible says that it is better to give than to receive.  There is a joy that comes from helping and serving others.  Instead of focusing on yourself alone, reach out to others in need if you can.  This will prohibit you from dwelling on your own problems, as well as combat any feelings of low self-esteem, because it will allow you to know that you are a valuable individual who has something to offer others.      

3.     Stay away from envious people.

This group of people can make your life very miserable and make you very depressed, especially when they have power over you.  In the Bible, Saul was so envious of David that he pursued him to kill him, for a very long time.  As a result, David became very depressed because he had to be constantly running for his life.  

Envious people will do anything they can to make your life unhappy.   Proverbs 27: 4, “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?”  If you can avoid these people, please do, and while you’re doing that, also avoid the jealous, mean-spirited, angry, prideful, full of strife, and disrespectful folks who have no respect for anyone but themselves.

4.      Avoid negative thinking.

Philippians 4:8 teaches us to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, with virtue, and with praise.  Negative thinking on how people have offended you, will only engender depression and other negative feelings; so, avoid them.  

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to, cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.  You must train your thoughts to conform to the things that Christ taught us to obey. 

Whenever unpleasant or unholy thoughts come into your mind, it is your duty to say, “Devil, this is not for me, I cast it down in the Mighty name of Jesus,” and you tell him what the word of God teaches.  The more you do this, the better you will become at controlling your thoughts.

Finally, if no one affirms you, look in the mirror and give yourself a good pep talk.  Say good things about yourself out loud: I am beautiful.  I am intelligent.  I am holy.  I am caring.  I am loving.  I have understanding.  I am talented.  I am blessed in the city and in the field.  I am valuable.  I am unique.  I am a diamond.  I am kind.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Jesus loves me, and so on.  Say what the word of God says about you because God has affirmed you!   

5.        Make the right choice in relationships

Being in a bad relationship can greatly increase your level of stress and sadness; this is why it is so important for you to choose correctly, especially when you are choosing a marriage partner.  Inquire from the Lord concerning any relationship and avoid a host of unnecessary heartaches.   

Choosing the right friends will also help to prevent depression.  Surround yourself with people who celebrate your success and encourage you.  Do not drain yourself emotionally, spiritually, and physically being around negative people who criticize you incessantly.  

 The Bible says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  If your Creator sees value in you, who is anyone to disagree.  Find a spiritual counselor for guidance and wisely consider any relationship before making a serious commitment.   

6.     Walk in your purpose

Finding your purpose in life will give you great satisfaction and, consequently, increase your joy.  Spend time in prayer to find out what is your purpose or seek out a prophet or counselor.   God sent you into this world for a reason.  You must know what it is in order to fulfill it.   

What is that burning desire in your heart?  What is that thing that you always wanted to do?  What is that thing that when you do it, always result in joy? What is that thing that is always coming into your heart?  It is probably the thing that you were called to do.   

7.     Spend time in worship, prayer, and reading the word.

Worship and prayer brings you into the presence of God, in which there is fullness of joy.  You cannot truly be in the presence of God and not feel real joy and peace, and experience healing.   Practice spending time in God’s presence daily, by singing songs and telling Him that you love Him.

 Delight yourself in His word—live it and read it--and it will keep depression away.   

Psalm 1:2-3, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. v3.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth for his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”  

Withering is like a form of depression to me; but the word of God promises that you will prosper when you:

a) Keep His commandments.

b) Read and meditate in the word of God daily. 

c) Avoid the counsel of the ungodly, the way of sinners, and the seat of the scornful (people who are saved but hate rebuke).   

8.      Exercise, meditate, get out, and play music.

Exercising, meditating, getting sunshine, and playing music will help to ward off feelings of depression.  All of the above assist in increasing the “feel good” hormones in your brain, and making you feel energized and alert.  Meditation alleviates stress and anxiety by quieting your body, mind, and spirit.  The results would be a healthier, happier life.  If you cannot get out, make sure you let the sunshine in during the day.  One reason God created the sun is to bring sunshine into our lives. 

9.     Trust God.

Trusting God is key in avoiding depression.  When you learn to rest totally in a kind and loving God, and you understand that He wants the best for you, and that He is working all things out for your good, you will worry less and be anxious less. He knows everything that is going on in your life and that should give you inexplicable peace.   

And after you’ve done all you can, just stand and do these three things in I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

a)       Rejoice.

b)      Pray without ceasing.

c)      In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 
God knows that depressing situations will crop up in your life from time to time; but His goal is that you will not bring unnecessary stress and sorrow into your life through making wrong choices and decisions.   

Excerpt from my poetry book:  Inspirational Poems & Psalms Especially for You Collection I


It comes, it goes.
It comes, it goes. 

Like a river that flows:
It comes, it goes
It comes, it goes…. 


Friends fail you, families fail you, spouses fail you;
but Jesus Christ never fails.

by K. Michael



Your Comfort Zone
I would never forget the first time I got down on my knees to really pray.  It felt as though someone had drawn near and stopped to hear what I had to say.    It seemed as if this person had been waiting for me for a long time.  I was a Christian, but the only prayer I ever prayed was a quick “Our Father” at nights and in the morning, I was too busy going to work.   I was contented with my life and had no reason to pray, until things went awry in my marriage, and I became extremely depressed.  Having no real person to confide in or to turn to, I turned to the Father in prayer. 

Prayer became my lifeline, and I started to fall in love with God’s presence so much that, every day, I couldn’t wait to get home from work to pray.  Prayer and worship became the medium God would use to help me to cope with my pain.   The anointing power of the Holy Spirit comforted me and refreshed me day by day.  I was under a lot of pressure; but God had a plan.  He wanted to take my formless, meaningless life and turn it into something that would give Him glory.

Beloved, a prayerless life in Christ is a life that leaves the doors open for the enemy to walk in and play havoc with your life.   The Devil knows the power of prayer and if He can get you to be complacent about your life; so that you will forgo daily prayer, he’ll do it.   Remember, the Bible says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to pull down strongholds.   Strongholds do not come down unless you pray.  So pray without ceasing and keep the Devil at bay.  Get out of your “Comfort  Zone” and put the Devil to flight.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
v4.  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

by K. Michael 


Things to Consider

A Woman of Praise controls her eyes. 

Better to be pure; than to lust.

Better to give praise; than to criticize.

Better to seek the praise of God; than the praise of men.

Better to say nothing; than to say something negative.

Better to pray; than to gossip.

Posted February 1, 2012.

A Woman of Praise controls her tongue. 

Words may not be able to break the bones; but they can surely break the heart.

A pure heart makes a beautiful smile; but a sinful one and ugly face.

The faults that you see in others are probably the ones you cannot see in yourself.

Your enemies are also entitled to the mercies of God.

People often bring out the worst in you; but Jesus always brings out the best in you.

March 1, 2012


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