We had Malto meal for breakfast and I looked longingly at David’s bowl because he had banana slices on top. The last time I ate a banana I ended up with hives around my mouth. I dutifully added raisins and walnuts to my bowl.

A few hours later, I walked by a mirror and noticed red hives around my mouth. I exclaimed, “But I didn’t eat the banana!”

I got out a washcloth and soaked it in warm water. As I lay on the couch, with it covering my hives for 10 minutes, I went down the list of triggers. I ruled out bananas. I hadn’t exercised yet and ruled out sweating or overheating. If it wasn’t something I ate or something I did, then I was wearing my emotions on my face.

I woke up this morning feeling guilty and depressed because I didn’t handle a frustration well last night. I gave into my anger, and even though I repented, the guilt remained.

Psalms 38:4, 5, “For my iniquities have passed over my head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds grow foul and fester because of my foolishness.” Modern English Version

I got out my notes for “Crash the Chatterbox” by Steven Furtick, and read, “The enemy will attempt to turn it into who you are not what you have done. . . . .We can’t stop the chatter, but we can speak to it.”

Knowing I am forgiven because I repented, I spoke Romans 8:1,2, “I am free from condemnation.” Then I practiced the songs for Sunday’s service for an hour. When we worship, guilt has to go and depression cannot stay!

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