Aretha Franklin- Never To Be Forgotten

My secondary school days would have been boring without Aretha Franklin songs to dance to on Saturday night Shake-Shake.  This was the time to forget my studies and just sing, dance and laugh with my friends at school.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Natural Woman, Say A Little Prayer bring back such good memories.  The energy in her voice, the beautiful unique sound, that was fighting all the wrongs she had seen and at the same time letting the love of God’s gift reverberate into our souls to strengthen and replenish the spirit.  Unknowingly to me, this was also a preparation for my early years in England.  Many, many decades after, I still have the joy to sing and dance and say a little prayer when I heard she was very ill.  Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin.

Love Strikes Back At Depression- With Little Acts Of Kindness And A Prayer: Finding The Source-Stress

Finding out the cause of someone’s depression is very important because it can direct the support needed to help the person to recover.  The 9 Most Common Causes Of Depression are Genetics, Chemical Imbalance, Poor Nutrition, Physical Health Issue, Drugs and Stress.

I choose to pick Stress for today’s post because so many things in life can be a source of so much stress, that it often tips one over into this melancholic state.  Even life events or milestones can do this, when the person is not able to cope and prolonged sadness turns to depression.


“The Lord is my Shepherd

I’ll walk with him always

He knows me and he loves me

I’ll walk with him always

Always, Always, I’ll walk with him always X 3”


Love Strikes Back At Depression- With Little Acts Of Kindness And A Prayer. Say & Believe, “I Am Somebody Special.”

Self-esteem is one of the big losses that occurs with depression.  When you don’t even know who you are, you don’t recognise yourself and you don’t believe there’s anyone on your side, its a bigger struggle to regain your self-esteem.

The best thing is to keep telling yourself, “I am somebody special”  If  caring for your a family member, say to the person, “You are somebody special.”   This method of rebuilding self-esteem can be applied to friends too or any other situation where and when it is appropriate.

Try it, it works wonders.

Prayer: Philippians 1:6

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until the day Christ Jesus returns.”  Amen.