Songs of Salvation – Chandra Sparks Splond

Posted September 8, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Songs of Salvation /

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And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

Revelation 12:11 NLT


I’m a very private person, but I feel the need to share this in hopes that it will help someone who is going through something similar.

Depression is real, and it’s nothing of which to be ashamed. Three years ago, I was in a very bad head space. Very bad. No matter what I did or who I talked to, I just couldn’t seem to move beyond the sadness. It was magnified because I’m a Christian, and I felt so much guilt for not being able to pray the sadness away. I was just going through the motions of life and existing rather than living.

I know it’s only by the grace of God I’m still alive because everything in me didn’t want to live anymore.

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

—Psalm 42:11

What a difference a day—or rather several days—make. I made it through that dark season of life, and if you’re in that head space, I want you to make it through too.

If you are feeling sad for weeks on end and have no hope that things will get better, that is not normal. Please talk to someone you trust who can help you or get you help. Three years ago, I let others define who I was, and it almost destroyed me. Today, I am a living witness that you can make it through depression. My situation really hasn’t changed, but my perspective has, which has made a huge difference. Today, I honestly believe the best is yet to come for me and for you too.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
—Philippians 4:8

I get it. Life is hard. Sometimes circumstances can overwhelm you to the point that you are paralyzed and you can’t do or say anything. I encourage you to fix your focus. Instead of trying to figure out how you’re going to get through today, just concentrate on getting through the next minute. Get some sleep. Go take a walk. Breathe. Talk to someone you trust. Pray. You’d be amazed how doing these small things will give you a different perspective on your situation. I pray this helps someone today. God bless you.

 

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.

—Psalm 40:1–3

 

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About Chandra Sparks Splond

Chandra Sparks Splond is an editor, speaker and award-winning author and blogger. Her young adult novel Make It Work was named Alabama’s Great Read 2017, Spin It Like That was chosen as a Popular Paperback for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and The Pledge was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Black Pearls Magazine honored Splond as a Legends & Leaders for 2017 for her blog, Book of Splond (formerly known as Magic City Momma).

Splond is the owner of West End Publishing, LLC, and Live Life Creations, a personalized gift and party boutique. In addition to working for Kensington Publishing as the consulting editor for Arabesque romance, Splond has also done work for Random House, Moody Publishers, Kimani Press (formerly known as BET Books), and Hyperion. She has edited books for several New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestselling authors. Splond has interviewed New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey and actress Meagan Good. She has also worked for Good Housekeeping, Black and Married with Kids, Brides Noir, Weddingpages, Newsday, The Morning Call and Romantic Times.

Of all the titles she has held, Splond’s most important remain child of God, wife and mommy. Splond graduated from Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa with a degree in journalism. She received her master of science in education degree with a focus on instructional design and technology from Samford University. Splond is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and resides in Birmingham with her family. They are members of Forty-fifth Street Baptist Church.

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2 responses to “Songs of Salvation – Chandra Sparks Splond

  1. Alicia Haney

    Thank you for sharing this, I’m sure a lot of people will be inspired by this very inspirational blog. God Bless you.

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