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Dealing with Depression: Part I-Seeking God for Answers

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Holidays can bring out the best in us...or the worst. For some, like me, it is a mixture of both. When you suffer from depression, whether once in a while or on a daily basis, it adds another dimension to the usual ups and downs of life.
This past year, depression made its appearance in two ways for me. The first came at the beginning of the holidays with the news that my younger brother was suffering from bouts of depression that resulted from his marital problems and separation. The second was at the end of the holidays when due to all the ups and downs of the season, I suffered a period of post holiday blues. My brother's news made it six members of my extended family to suffer from depression and/or anxiety. So I am quite familiar with the problems this disease can cause.
For me, the pain was very deep, but I had no known reason for the depression or for why I was feeling the way I was. So I needed to find out. I refused to let depression keep me down and get in the way of leading a normal life.
I chose to go to the Lord, the Great Physician to determine why I was in a depressive state of mind and to seek healing. The Lord showed me a couple of things- 1) that the depression was in fact a result of the ups and downs of the holidays, stress, and too much focus on myself. 2) I needed to get my mind focused back on Him , off myself, and onto other things.
I had in fact lost my focus.
So I prayed and sought the Lord for guidance and healing. The answer He gave me was a
surprising one...It was surprising because the Lord led me to do something I usually stay away from when I am having problems with depression. That is anything that will lead to a deeper depression such as negative ideas.
However, the Lord had other ideas this time. He lead me to watch a video message by a pastor in Hawaii that I usually watch on a regular basis. My fear, from the title of the message
was that it might be a downer or full of the usual new year stuff I didn't want to hear at the time. But to my surprise, it was one of the most uplifting messages I had heard in a long time.
The Lord used the message, that was full of HOPE, to lift me completely out of the depression!
Since then, I have had my share of ups and downs over the course of the past month, but I am still depression-free! The Lord is teaching me to spend time with Him each day and to include Him in my plans for a healthier lifestyle.
We cannot go along this path to a healthy life on our own. We need others. We need the Lord to help us too. The verse the Lord has given me for this year is from Matthew 6:33:
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you". The words, "all these things" include good health.
So I leave you with this verse to meditate on. Seek the Lord first. then others, like those
on Spark People, to help you with your journey to health. They will help you to succeed!

God bless you and may you find the path to better health this year!
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WANT2BHEALTHY11 2/5/2013 9:43PM

    Loved this blog!!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERKDJM 2/5/2013 5:54PM

    Sue, what a great way to look at life!! So glad you found your answer ,
God Bless
Debbie

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ANDI571 2/2/2013 2:09PM

    It never fails when we divert our focus from God to ourselves, things never go as well. I used to let God take care of "all" my emotional eating, but straying back to myself, is when I became weak again. Good blog!

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SHAPNUP 2/2/2013 1:35PM

    Hey Sue ~
Thanks for sharing. God never gives up on us. He may reach us in different ways, but the motivation is always love!

I've been listening to a set of tapes on stress by Joyce Meyer. Wonderful! I think we forget Who made us, Why we're here, and Where we're going when we leave here. I know I forget Who has my back, my front, my sides, and surrounds me with hope and love. It's good to know we're not alone. We have a Creator who loves us deeply and is always with us. We can be at peace. He has overcome the world!

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LJCANNON 2/2/2013 3:22AM

    emoticon So happy for you that you found Healing at The Source!!
emoticon He DOES Answer Prayers, we just sometimes forget to Listen!!

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PSHOWS 2/1/2013 3:26PM

    Excellent advice! Perhaps the lord actually sent us Spark People. Great job! Anni
Bless you...

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ALLENJOSEPH 1/31/2013 7:01PM

    Wow! What a powerful blog, Sue. I feel it is a blog which is helpful to me, even though I do not suffer from depression. I have a number of friends & acquaintances who suffer from depression. Eventhough they take medication for it, there are times the medicine needs to be changed.
As you mentioned, you called upon our Lord, who has all power to guide us and lead us. We need to be patient too, because we don't always get an answer quickly, but meditating upon Him, and asking, He will give us the answer.
We can get so deep within ourselves and make ourselves sick with worry. Don't you feel likefeel you had a spiritual awakening? When we can feel it in our heart and soul, I feel that feeling does come from God. God does give us answers. He surely heard your plea, and He answered you.
Thank you, for sharing the verse from the Bible that our Lord gave you. Thank you for sharing it and this wonderful and inspiring blog.
"Hugs" Janis
P.S. You did a great job, Sue!

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