Living in The Dead Zone (Part 1)

~~ John 10:10b (NIV84) ~~ I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.




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Do you really feel alive in your life?  Jesus came to give us life and so that we can live it to the fullest. 

But Sometimes Life Just Doesn’t Seem So Full
Something that I think is rather funny happened recently to make me wonder if I’m living my life to the max. 

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I have Bipolar Disorder.  I was at my PDoc’s office last week (that’s “computer-eeze” for psychiatrist), who is my meds doctor.  He asked me how I’ve been doing lately.  I started to explain to him that in the past few months I’ve been experiencing a sensation of a “Dead Zone”.  I no longer go into hypomania, nor do I get severely depressed.  I’m somewhere in between and it’s a feeling that’s made me feel very uncomfortable.  Doc says “that’s what everyone else calls normal”.   Wow!  That was a shocker.  Who knew I could feel “normal”? 

Apparently my meds are working very well as they’re supposed to.  First, it’s about time after all these years of looking for the correct medications.  Secondly, that’s a good thing... right?!  Hmm... if it’s so awesome then, why does it feel so unexciting?  Is it just because I’m so used to living in extremes?  Or, is there something else missing now that I’m on the same playing field with “normal” people?  Or, am I just bored and longing for something more?

God Wants Us to Have a Full Life
How do we do this?  Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6)  He said in John 5:24I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.  Not only will we have a full life here on earth, but we’ll have eternal life. 

So, if you’re missing something in your life, turn to the One who can fill that void.  It’s the only way it can be filled. 

Let’s Pray
 ~~ Dear God ~~  You are so loving, gracious, and merciful.  So often I let my focus drift from You and my heart starts to feel empty; my life starts to see a void.  Thank You for filling me.  Please help me to never let my focus drift into the world again.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

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49 comments :

  1. HI CARLEY, THERE ARE NO TRUER WORDS SPOKEN THAN WHAT YOU HAVE HERE. LOVE IT! GOD BLESS YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY!

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  2. KALLIE1958ARMarch 01, 2013

    Great!

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  3. EARTHSMILEMarch 01, 2013

    I like the prayer, "don't let my life drift back into the world again." That is a good prayer and now my prayer.

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  4. Hi Carley, I also have Bipolar Disorder II, and yeah, I no longer live life on the extremes. So this is 'normal' - who knew? Thank you so much for posting. Jesus promised us abundant life, here and now, and if I settle for less, I'm letting Him down. God bless you

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  5. When I feel bored I look around me Do something useful or help another or give them a complement Get a hobbe

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    1. Thanks. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  6. IAMWINNINGMarch 02, 2013

    Thank you Carley.

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    1. You are so very welcome. Many blessings to you. HUG.

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  7. Welcome to our normal boring life! ;-)
    Glad to hear your meds are working. Hugs

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    1. Thank you. :-) Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  8. I have been going through it all winter. I call
    it SAD!
    This winter has bothered me more than any
    winter I can remember.
    Janet

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    1. Thank you. :-) Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  9. POUNDSAWAY13March 02, 2013

    When one feels blah or bored, one should spend time with the Lord.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad my point got across to others clearly. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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    2. POUNDSAWAY13March 03, 2013

      God bless you. Hugs. Pat

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  10. LCRUMLEY81March 02, 2013

    just what I needed todat

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    1. Thank you. :-) Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  11. Carley, Thank You for this Blog! Yes, what you are feeling sounds normal to me! Yes, JESUS is the ONE to turn to. I have been praying for my unsaved family and friends to know WHO JESUS is and have eternal life with him.

    I really like your writings. They come straight from your heart.

    GOD BLESS!

    Louise

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    1. Thank you for the feedback, and thank you do very much for sharing. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  12. Glad your meds are working....for several months you are experiencing 'normal' and you will get used to this if you stay on your medications as prescribed.

    You will learn as the rest of us, to turn to Jesus for a FULLER life; to volunteer; to succeed at work...

    Jesus is our LIFE! Awesome

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    1. Thank you for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  13. When my life drags back into the blah...I know that my walk with Him has faltered...

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    1. Thank you for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  14. Yes, life can be blah. But sometimes in the blah, you find peace, which is very nice.

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    1. Thank you for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  15. Thanks for posting that. It is a really interesting piece. I read it and related to it. There are times when that happens and sometimes for no particular APPARENT reason.

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    1. Thank you very much for the wonderful comments. I`m glad that you could connect with what I wrote. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  16. Another good post, Carley.

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    1. Thank you very much. I`m glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  17. Thank you for the time and effort you put into all your BLOG's

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    1. Thank you so very much for the encouragement. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  18. SANJOSEGIRLMarch 03, 2013

    Read your msg, well the one on the site. So right, so true. glance away from God and you are vulnerable for a down-hill slide emotionally.
    I live with long-term pain. It is crutial that I ask God for help every morning, but when I am in such pain that I can not even focus my thoughts when I wake, I so often forget to do this.
    thank you for the reminder. Today was a super tough day and my husband is in the same situation. It seems that always he needs me to be the one to remind him! What a pair!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, and for the feedback. I really appreciate you sharing with me. I hope all your tomorrows are good ones. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  19. LIVE_AMAZINGLYMarch 04, 2013

    Yes life can be boring, but there is something about antidepressants that give that 'dead' feeling. People who take them often appear pretty 'flat'. I don't think that flatness is exactly a normal experience, but then I haven't asked anybody if they feel things seem 'dead' or 'flat'.

    I know when I went off antidepressants I had to learn to deal with the feelings and ups and downs of everyday life. I don't find life in general boring. There is too much to do to be bored very often.

    I hope you don't feel that way too often.

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful feedback. I'm not sure how much my meds are a part of this. I'm on more than just antidepressants though. Antidepressants alone can actually make Bipolar Disorder worse. I'm also on mood stabilizers. And, for the first time, I'm stabilizing. I'm sure it's just a matter of adjustment to the new feelings. Anyway, thanks again. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  20. Sometimes blah means I need rest; other times it is a wake up call that my time with Jesus is lacking--sometimes it is a spiritual battle I need to press through with prayer...

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings. HUGS.

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  22. I'm not bi polar but do struggle w/ depression and social anxiety (ptsd as well).....I take a very low dose of my meds and know that I should probably take a higher one but can't afford it, so I suffer. I am too a Christian, or at least I try to be. I do love Jesus and respect the Holy Spirit but have HUGE issues w/ God the Father, the Old Testament and the ways of God. I get the "dead zone"....I'm in it right now. I'm 45, unemployed and fat. I do find pleasure most times caring for my grand kids (that live w/ me) but I can't "send them home" like normal a normal Nona (grandma) so it's overwhelming sometimes. My daughter and her husband live w/ me and there's always issues surrounding that. As I seek to take care of myself (losing weight) I find that really, nothing in life is pleasurable consistently. :(

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    1. I'm sorry that you can't get enough meds. I will pray for you about that. I understand the confusion with the Old Testament, but you have to remember that OT people didn't have Jesus and the gift He gave to us. They had to get right with God by other means. Well, thank you so much for reading and for sharing with me. Many blessings to you. HUG.

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  23. OFGREENGABLESMarch 07, 2013

    blah sometimes happens - I'm glad that is something good for you.

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    1. Thank you for reading. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  24. ASPELLWEAVERApril 14, 2013

    I get those times and so I think Blanche from Golden Girls described it best....she called it her "Magenta" period works for me :)

    That is where my diary comes in handy!

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    1. Thank you for reading. Many blessings to you. HUG

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