Life with depression can have its lows and highs. There are days when you feel everything is wrong, and will never be right again. Yet there are the days when the sadness seems a slight memory that you long to make a distant memory. Those are the times when you push to do things that you do not normally do. Today was that day for me.
My husband and I had taken a short drive into town together, which was a pleasant change of pace. We even had time to hold hands and sing to some old Country and Western music playing on the radio. It simulated the moments from when we were dating. We have only been married for 9 years, but the stress we have been experiencing lately has caused us to lose track of time. He is the man I have waited for all my life. God took all the pain and sadness from all the past and multiplied it with twice as much love and happiness.
We picked up the middle child, Elyssa and ate lunch in town just the three of us. She is so busy with school and works during fall and spring semester we do not get to see her much. Full of our meal and of all our chit chat, we climbed into the car to start for home.
A quick side note here. Practically everyone in the world has a vice. Some people smoke cigarettes, and some drink alcohol. Some people get regular manicures and pedicures. There are even people who have to have only the latest and greatest tech items. This is not a judgment by any means, to each his own. I have a vice. Some people in my family might even say an addiction. My thing is Diet Dr. Pepper.
Just for the record, I also have Hubby addicted. I can say with definite certainty that we are the only ones that in our home that feel that way. I don’t think you could even pay any of them to drink it.
Well, today as we are leaving the parking lot, my dear husband reminds me that we are almost out of soda. Now I am scanning the sale papers in my mind trying to remember who has our delicacy on sale. Of course, the fog that comes along with my depression is playing with my memory.
I turned to my daughter in the back seat and requested that she ask Siri. Her phone is more advanced than mine. “Hey, Siri,” she said, and the phone beeped. “Where can I find Diet Dr. Pepper on sale near me?” Another beep comes from the small device.
“Okay,” the answer came, “I found a clinic with the nearest Dr. Pepper on…”I can not tell you exactly what Siri said after that because I was laughing so hard. Actually, we all were. We had gone from a beverage of choice being located to a real person of the same name. Just crazy funny! So many people use Siri or similar assistants every day. I hope they are getting better results than we did today.
There are millions of self-help books, preachers, teachers, videos and CD’s, all claiming to know how we should live, and change and be in this life. My personal experience is BE VERY CAREFUL. Just because someone is popular does not mean they are in the right. Just because they have published a dozen books is not proof that they are the one you should base your beliefs on. 1 John 4:1 read, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
You do not want to be deceived. You do not want to follow someone blindly. If someone is praiseworthy, you will be able to tell if you will only try the spirits. Ask questions about what they say. Do they line up with God’s Word? If not, leave them be. After all, today if I had followed Siri’s directions, I would have been sitting in Dr. Pepper’s office waiting for a beverage. It really just would not have made sense. Following people who look and sound good, but are leading people astray with wrong or slightly mixed up directions is a choice that will be detrimental to your eternity.
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