Organizations you can donate time to in order not stay within your 4 walls at home alone!

Kencrest – they work with mentally challenged and give them jobs.

National Parks – give tours

Senior Centers

Salvation Army Helping out with serving meals and all

retirement homes – these people have great stories to tell and sometimes they have no one to visit them

Church – work with the youth group

Operation Back pack – in Pottstown they collect food so kids can have food on the weekends and throughout the summer.  (Buy some extra microwave single serve meals, fruit roll ups etc. I can get you the list.)  They always need help with filling the back packs.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand – they need help throughout the year with different events in the Philadelphia area.

There are different homes for kids under 18 in the area that always need mentors or people to help with yard work, cleaning, tutoring etc.

If you need help getting in touch with anyone with any of these organizations let me know.  Maybe we can get a group together and do a project together!

Facing My Depression Chapter 4

What is depression? It is a normal natural response to loss. When you lose a personal relationship, this is as major a loss as you can have in life. Depression is the result! You can lose your home to fire and experience the very same depth of loss. The pain is the same! I know because I have experienced it. People and things we invest in, gone or taken from us are a loss. Our very Soul recoils in pain. Do not get down on yourself for this! Take care of your soul as you would your child…. Be gentle, it is on track towards healing.

Proverbs 13:12 says Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick.
Don’t believe those worthless “feelings”. In fact, Feelings lie at times! Some will tell you otherwise, but there is a difference between instinct or intuition, and “feelings”. You may feel that this will never end. But if you follow wisdom, you will heal and this too shall pass. One day you will look back and it will just be a ‘memory’. The feelings will have faded.

So, in seeking wisdom, read your book, do the homework, Center on Jesus, His plan, His love for us each as an individual. Take one day at a time, feel the pain, learn from it, if you are depressed more than four weeks and it is making you worse off, a bit of medication may be needed. It will not take away your pain or the feelings, but will buffer it so that you can manage your responsibilities a little better and “think” better.

Chart your feeling on a calendar or in your book. Watch The Lord act and orchestrate, in your life.

Jesus, be my Center. Amen