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!