Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Childlessness: A Theory About Young Adults and Depresssion

Posted by Teresa at 5:17 PM View Comments
Today I developed a theory of why so many young adults are
experiencing depression and it ran through my head while I logged
onto my YouTube account. Let me explain. I logged into my
YouTube account and checked my subscriptions and there was
a video from a 20-something YouTuber explaining why she hadn't
been uploading and how she has having mental health issues.
This is becoming a frequent occurrence in my YouTube
subscription box and they are mostly done by 20 or 30-somethings.
Another thing that connects them is they're young and childless.


This got me to thinking about our society at large. The birth rate for
young women has dramatically dropped in the past decade. To put
it simply: Less people are having babies. They're childless like these
depressed young women on YouTube.


If there is anyone that should be happy you would think it
would be a wealthy young YouTuber? Right. They make good
money for meaningless work (which might also be contributing
to depression but I will save that for another blog). They're
young. No children. No responsibilities. Lots of free time.
That's what our society tells us we should strive for. But yet
they're completely miserable!

As I've read the Bible I've noticed how it talks a lot of living a life

of service.  Mark 10:45 says,  "If anyone would be first, he must
be last of all and servant of all.” But that's not what current American
society teaches. We want to be served and catered to! Parenting,
however, is not about you but raising and taking care of someone
else and so many young adults are opting out of it or at least
waiting till later in life.

I also believe that serving others helps with depression. When
the focus is off oneself it's much easier to have a clear
perceptive on life. Serving and caring for others is a key to 
long-lasting happiness. But we now have a young adult generation
who have forgone getting married and having children. And
what's the result? They're making videos on YouTube about 
depressed they're.

Serve others and find meaning. Children have a wonderful way
of  bringing meaning to one's life.  The first line in Pastor Rick
Warren's book "Purpose Driven Life" is: It's not about you. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

When Did Chaos & Destruction Become "Conservative"?

Posted by Teresa at 6:47 PM View Comments
So many things about the 2016 election have been so frustrating.
The rise is of Donald J. Trump being the main one.  It's been
disheartening to hear some conservative-leaning people supporting
Trump, whom has no deep-rooted principles whether conservative
or not. There is another group of conservatives that have caused me
to become nauseated. It's the group of conservatives that aren't directly
aligning themselves with Trump but seem giddy about the destruction
of the "establishment." Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh
seems to fall into this category. Here is Michelle Malkin gleeful about
the "establishment's" downfall:


Notice how Malkin says the state of the conservative movement is sound.
How can she say that? The party that has welcomed conservatives for
decades is about the nominate its most progressive candidate since
Nixon. (That turned out well.)

I can understand being excited about the tired status quo being
upended. However, something in my gut tells me there's something
very un-conservative about this "DOWN WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT"
sentiment. One argument that has always made conservatism appealing
to me is this: Liberals want to destroy our institutions without fully
understanding what they are replacing it with. It's true. The liberal's
Sexual Revolution totally destroyed our social mores when it comes
to sex but what came next was absolutely devastating the American
family.

So you want the GOP establishment to die? Alright, sounds fun. My
next question has to be: Well, what do you want to replace it with?
Donald Trump. No, thank you.  I don't understand how any conservative
can be excited about a Trump presidency. Watching things burn might be
fun to watch but the aftermath is not worth the cost. My country
is too important.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 8)

Posted by Teresa at 7:30 PM View Comments
Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my 30 days of gratefulness.
I've been a little under the weather and busy. But back to business.
Believe it or not I had an in-depth talk today with someone
at work about the importance of being thankful! How cool is that!

I'm thankful for today:

1) my fellow believers
2) religious freedom.........so many countries don't have it
3) the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 7)

Posted by Teresa at 7:15 PM View Comments
The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. So my heart is full ofjoy. I will thank Him with my song.  - Psalm 28:7

I've heard it said many times before but it is so true: Life is not
about getting what you want, but wanting what you have.
That's the key! You have to appreciate and be grateful for what
you have TODAY! Did you know that suicide is really only a
problem in developed countries like America?  We have so
material goods in America but we still aren't happy. We haven't
learned to want what we have.

Today I am grateful for:
1) tough times
2) my country
3) to live next the ocean

My God is so good!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why I Support Mark Driscoll

Posted by Teresa at 6:04 PM View Comments


A couple of years ago I started listening to online sermons
by Pastor Mark Driscoll. I thought his blunt style was
refreshing. Those not familiar with the evangelical
community might not have heard of him or the recent
controversy he's got in. But even The New York Times
is noticing now.

First, I want to say I don't condone all of his action or words.
He's apologized. However, I am not gonna throw my
Christian brother under the bus.

Let me just be completely honest: I am SICK and tired of going
to church and church events and it mostly being attended by
women. Women outnumber men in church attendance. At Mars
Hill, the church Driscoll pastors, men make up 50 percent of the
congregation. Whatever you have to say about Pastor Driscoll,
he is doing something right. He's reaching an audience that
the Church needs. So maybe instead of attacking him some
Christian leaders should be asking him what he's doing right.

I actually think part of the reason he's in trouble is the same
reason he appeals to men. He's not politically correct. He's
blunt. He doesn't mince words. He has a sharp tongue. He's
very practical. All qualities I think men can relate to. When
did the Church become politically correct?

The Word of God is not political correct. It can be abrasive
sometimes. It can be blunt. The Bible is not all sunflowers
and roses. So many popular pastors only talk about God's
love and encouragement, which is all fine and well, but
that's not the totality. So I admire Pastor Driscoll for delving
to heavier topics.

Maybe Pastor Driscoll appealed to a certain demographic
because so much of American Christianity is safe and toothless
and he was offering something different. This is why I
support him:

Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 6)

Posted by Teresa at 5:12 PM View Comments

Wow. Today was a restful day. Praise Jesus!
I took the Sabbath off of blogging. Saturday
night was such a blessing. Church friends and I
just hung out by the ocean and praised him and
talked.

Today I mostly took advantaged of my day off
and rested!

Today I am grateful for:
1) a day off
2) sleep
3) my friends

Saturday, August 30, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 5)

Posted by Teresa at 3:30 PM View Comments

Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything.
Give  thanks to God as you ask Him for what 
you need.
- Philippians 4:6

I'm learning to start my prayers in thanksgiving. How can I ask
anything from my Heavenly Father when I don't even thank
Him for what he has already done? How do I expect to be bless 
beyond belief when I don't even appreciate what I have?

So here'e another thing I'm learning about gratefulness: You
can't be grateful if you are constantly comparing yourself to
others. In this social media world we see our friends and
acquaintances post happy photos and updates on Facebook
or Instagram. 
And for a moment we can think........."Why
can't I have 
what they have?" or "Why can't be more like
that?" Honestly, 
what you are looking at is a snippet of
someone's life. Not their whole life.  
You don't know
what they have been through or what they are going
through. 

So today I am grateful:
1) the rain that occurred this week. We needed it.
2) my singleness. I spent time by myself today 
and I felt so much peace.
3) music. It is so soothing to the soul.


Friday, August 29, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 4)

Posted by Teresa at 10:04 PM View Comments
Lift up your hands to the holy place and givethanks to the Lord.
-Psalm 134:2

Wow. It has been a long week. So tired! But I am
grateful that I have been so busy working that I am
tired. I can already tell this 30 days of gratefulness
is helping me get some perspective.

Today I am thankful for:

1) a sane mind
2) perseverance
3) Friday evenings!

God bless!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 3)

Posted by Teresa at 7:11 PM View Comments
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.


Psalm 136:1



I think one of the most unappealing quality a 
person can possess is ingratitude.  I must admit
I haven't always been the most grateful person
so that's why I am working on it!

God is so good and I want to thank Him on 
the daily.

Today I am thankful for:

1) new beginnings. Lots of changes in my life.
Change is good.

2) God's love. He's all I need.

3) change of seasons. I am looking forward to fall :-)


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

30 Days of Gratefulness (Day 2)

Posted by Teresa at 7:15 PM View Comments
They have made me happy. They would have made you happy also. Show them you are thankful for their help. - 1 Corinthians 16:18

I am a blessed woman. I don't EVER want to forget that!
I am so thankful for the people in my life.  It's amazing
how a simple thank you means. Show the supportive
people in your life you appreciate them.



Today I am thankful for:

1) my supportive family. I know they are proud of me.
2) encouraging words.
3) every opportunity thrown my way.

 

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