Thursday, March 25, 2010

Depressed? No thanks.

Don't you hate those prescription commercials for depression? I do, they MAKE feel depressed just watching the mopey people! But seriously, you have to guard your heart against depression. One time in my life it seemed to really take hold on me (I still get little bouts of it but not as bad or as long, praise God!), I recently graduated from college and was working full time. I quickly missed the feeling of progress and movement I felt in college, and was struck by slap in the face a job can feel like. The job felt like endless monotonous labor. I went to work at 8 am and didn't get home until 9pm. I missed the daylight most times, and even when I was home by 5:30pm I felt the night hours were short and I ended up staying up until midnight or later just doing things that I WANTED to do. That left me exhausted for the next day, and usually with a head aching from lack of sleep. I was irritable, I had huge dark circles under my eyes and felt depressed that my life wasn't my own. I felt trapped and hopeless. In this life you must have margin in what you do. Meaning, you have to have parameters that will keep you safe, for your heart, for your mind and for your physical body.
Like these things:
*Going to bed at a reasonable hour.
*Write down ideas or things you want to do- then do them on the weekend.
*Be thankful that you have a job, some people can't find a job!
*Pray, ask God to show you how you can be a blessing at your job.
*Trust God, he as the best in store for you, be excited that He has a plan for your life and it's not limited to your current circumstances!
*Smile, even if you don't feel like it or feel stupid trying it. See if you can get others to wonder why you are so "smiley" looks like you know something they don't !
*Get out in the sunshine first thing in the morning, I read that it's equivalent to a dose of Prozac!
*Before you open your eyes, say a prayer claiming that God has good things for you today!

Say out loud...I am too blessed to be depressed!!!

One of my favorite scriptures:

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Fight off the feeling of depression and put on your victory crown!!! You're a princess in God's Kingdom.

Bright flowers, bare feet, something sweet to eat,


  1. Beautiful post....Thank you!

    Philipians 4:4-7
    Rejoice in the Lord always. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  2. hahah. this is such a cute blog. I know what you mean I`m 16 and I do sometimes get depressed especially at night. i don`t know why or maybe i do but don`t want to do anything about it. I go to bed really late also so that`s not good thought i am trying to schedule what`s more important to do thought the whole day so i can do what i need to now and not later. I`m trying to do things like praying late prayers and thanking GOD for my family and an education and after school activities. Thanks for your blog Tiffany!! "I am too blessed to be depressed!"

  3. you are describing my life..
    i hated my previous job, but I quit 2 months ago.. today starts a new part in my i've decide to say . am too blessed to be depressed
    thnx Tiff =)
    One more thing, I think your parents did a great job with their two daughters
    all my love to the Johnson family =)

  4. Tiffany! I'm soo glad you decided to start a blog and encourage others!!!
    I myself have been dealing with depression but God has definitely brought Jeremiah 29:11 to my mind throughout.
    I can't wait to read all your stuff! Thank you for encouraging others and taking it all back to God :)
    <3 Lex

  5. oh wow your words were written for me!!hahahah Your so good at putting your words into balck and white just like your amazing sister...i have your blog on my favourites and will be visiting it i am going through a major bought of depression (have just left hospital) your words mean so much...hugle love from martine in the uk xxxx

  6. Tiffany i have just posted your blog on my facebook your words are very inspiring to me and im sure will be to others...lots of love martine xxxx

  7. This is great. I am working at a new job where we are very short-handed and even the seasonal employees are gettin 40+ hours a week. It is very tiring and of all the things I could have done on my day off, i just wanted to sit down infront of my computer. Thanks for inspiring! <3

  8. hi tiffany, i found your lovely blog through kandee... i'm a follower now! so happy that you are blogging too! come by and visit me at

  9. Jeremiah 29:11 is my all time favorite verse, followed closely by Psalms 43:5

    "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my King."

  10. Your blog is awesome! I'm going to start saying, "I'm too blessed to be depressed!" I look forward to reading your future post. You and your sister are always so upbeat and it is such a joy to read what you girls have to say. I always leave your sister's blog feeling happier and more confident and I can tell your blog is going to make me feel the same way! =)

  11. u must be Kandees sister...i read her blog and then it took me to yours and i cannot EVEN! tell u how much i love both of u
    yur so encouraging and i loved this post because it truly did add more sparkel to my day
    Tiffany you are one of Gods living miricles and so is everyone else thats one great thing to also remember if u ever feel sad or depressed you are ferfully and wonderfully made and my heart goes out to u and Kandee and all the time u invest into making this world a better place HUGE!!!!!!! LOVE =]

  12. hi hun i love ur blog its very encourging i love ur sis kand so much only for shes my idol i dont tink she realises how much she helped people including me ur so lucki to no her and im sure shes lucki 2 have u 2 love always..lisa from ireland...xx

  13. This is exactly what I needed to hear! It's been a tough time for me lately but I know I am blessed. I am blessed to be alive, to have a family that loves me and to have a job that I like (even though it can be overwhelming at times). Thank you for reminding us to keep our heads held high and to keep on trucking! thanks Tiffany! May God send many blessings your way and to your family (including Kandee :))

  14. I'm going through that exact thing right now. Especially the part about staying up until midnight to do the things you WANT to do! I'm just like that! I'm working on it and getting better about it though. Thank you for your wonderful post! It's lovely to meet you!

  15. You seem so sweet and sincere. I'm so happy for you and Kandee and for all the kindness you bring to others. You and Kandee light up the world through your words and inspiration.

  16. glad you started a blog!
    kandee sent me hurrr :)

  17. So true...I have ta catch myself ALL the time...
    People,(myself included) shud rethink wut they deem problems.. cuz like u said... sum would love to have wut others wud love to get rid of...
    Plus.. if anyone is in a place they dont want ta be... its probably temporary and just a stepping stone n God bringin them to where their really sposed ta be...
    Great post
    Be Blessed Beautiful <3

  18. i love ur blog so looking forward! to read all blogs in the future :D
    love crystal

  19. Awesomeness sista friend. I have been trying to remember that scripture for the longest someone told me over a year ago and I could not find it in the bible for nothing. I just want to share with you really quick I found your sister Kandee on youtube a year ago and soon after her blog. I was struggling with depression, I had a relative that was living with my family that abused his wife. I cannot tell you what it feels like to see a woman being beaten and a pregnant woman to that. I feel like crying right now, but oh how God is good. Right when I started reading Kandee's blog I know that Jesus knew just what I needed. I started reading her blog everyday, and then soon after I started coming alive again. I started getting into the Word more and listening to word. Anyways I know this your blog and not Kandee's but I wanted you to know how much this blog touched me. Thank you for taking you sister's advice. Let me tell you we are ordinary people living ordinary lives, but you may say something that will make an extraordinary difference to someone. If your ministry is to encourage and bestow wisdom as the Lord has given to you, please don't hold back. I look forward to reading more from you. Oh and Kandee said to say hi!! :-)

  20. Hi Tif,

    Thanks for your words, I experimented the same things in my last job, I felt like a prisoner and now I am looking for a new job..and you are right, to see the sunshine is an amazing form to start our day.
    Thanks to Kandee for share your blog!!!
    Now I am your fan!!!
    hugs and kisses!!!

  21. Such kind words, thank you for sharing a piece of you with us.
    P.S. Thank you Kandee for sharing your sister with the world.

  22. Wow, this is such a beautiful post ! I love your blog and I will be following you! I'm so happy that we can now get to know a little more of Kandee's family. AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE AS SWEET AS SHE IS!


  23. Thank you for your Blog!!! Kandee has been such a blessing to my heart and I can see that you will be the same. God bless you!!!

  24. Talk about just exactly what I needed! Funny how God does that. My last posts have been about finding myself in a really depressive rut. Thanks for writing! I am so glad Kandee shared you with everyone!

  25. Wow, thank you everyone for your sweet words. I've always wanted to have a ministry to encourage gals since my struggles nearly took me out, but I didn't think anyone would care what I had to say...but boy am I glad I listened to my sister's encouragement to just "try it, and see"...each one of your comments make me teary! I'm trying to type with tears welling up! Thank you for your encouragement, you have no idea how much it means to me. I pray that God blessess your socks off! Each one of you!!! Huge love, T

  26. In reading all these posts I can see that God has given you this ministry. I've been down a similar path of depression, anorexia and my heart was broken. But God gave me a new heart- just like He promises in Ezek 36:26.
    Please keep sharing your joy. You will make a difference in someone's life!


    Check out the song "Solar Powered Life" by The Classic Crime - it's a great, sunshine filled, anti-depression anthem! :)

  28. wow i feel like i can take on the world thanks for making me smile :) xx

  29. I came across really interesting facts that the bible has with the islam and the Qur'an, have a read if you have time =)

    Deuteronomy 33:2

    from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousands of saints; From His right hand came a fiery law (This portion of the verse is about Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his conquest of Makkah with ten thousand men)

    Deuteronomy 18:18

    I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.

    Is Deuteronomy 18:18 speaking about Jesus or Muhammad (pbuh)?

    If this verse is about Jesus then Jesus is a prophet and therefore not God

    "A Prophet like you"
    (Who is more like Moses? Jesus or Muhammad (pbuh)?

    "From among their brethren"
    (Genesis 16:12 and Genesis 25:18 show that Ishmaelites were the brethren of the Israelites)

    "and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him"
    (Muhammad(pbuh)spoke what the angel told him)

    Deuteronomy 18:19
    "And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him."

    "Which He speaks in My name"
    (The Chapters in the Qur'an start by saying 'in the name of God'

    Isaiah 29:12
    "Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate saying "Read this, please." And he says, "I am not literate"
    (The angel asked Muhammad to read however Muhammad replied 'I am not literate')

    John 1:20 - 21
    "I am not the Christ." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He Said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."

    According to John 1:21 the Jews were waiting for 3 Separate people.
    1) Christ
    2) Elijah
    3) That Prophet

    Who is THAT Prophet?

    Matthew 21:43
    "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits"

    John 16:7
    "for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you"
    (The comfortoer will not come unless Jesus goes away)

    According to John 16:7 the comfoter will not come unless Jesus leaves. Since the Holy Spirit had already come then Who is the comforter?

    1 John 4:1
    "test the spirits, whether they are God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

    1 John 4:2
    Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

    Muhammad confessed that Jesus Christ came in the flesh.
    So he passes the test of 1 John 4:1-2

    Surah 6:92
    And this is a Book which We have sent down, bringing blessings, and confirming (the revelations) which came before it.

    I appreciate you reading it, and in now way am I trying to convert you or anything, I just thought it was cool how there are similarities in both religions

    Take Care x

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