How To Pull Out Of A Bout Of Depression, Part 1

images (26)As the holidays approach, depression can be even more painful than normal. It’s a time of year when we feel more pressure than normal to be happy. And when we’re already feeling depressed, the holidays can feel like something to endure rather than enjoy. So how can we get back to a sense of emotional well-being and enjoy the holidays? Continue reading

Finding Emotional Satisfaction In God

images (4)“I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:14

I haven’t always believed this verse to be true, but I do now. It just didn’t look true to me. I spent so many years in emotional pain. I just couldn’t see it. I’d cry out to God from those places of anguish, yet it felt like my prayers just fell to the floor, unanswered. So what happened to me between that time and this? I want to share that with you. But first, let’s break this Bible verse down and see what it’s saying: Continue reading

What Jesus Taught Us About Dealing With Emotional Pain

images (9)Have you ever been in emotional anguish? I sure have…and I stayed there far too long. I just didn’t know how to leave that place. The depression and anxiety felt like too much to bear at times. I tried talking to friends. To counselors. To doctors. But their kindness and compassion wasn’t enough to pull me out of that pit. Continue reading

Overcoming Depression Through Restoring Trust

reuse23Have you ever wondered why you were doing pretty good emotionally, and then another bout of depression hit you like a tidal wave? I want to share a troubleshooting tip that I learned during the years that I spent recovering from depression:

Identify any areas where you may have felt or had the perception that God betrayed your trust.  When troubleshooting reasons for a bout of depression, this is a very common reason. Continue reading

Surviving When Earnest Prayers Appear To Go Unanswered

desparate-prayerI am so proud of my Church family. So proud of those who dared to go out on that limb of faith and believe God for the impossible. So proud of those who faced down their fears…”What if I stand in bold faith and declare, “I believe God for this healing.” “What if I hurt those I love by declaring healing and then it doesn’t happen?” “What if my credibility is destroyed by taking a position of faith, but appear to have been wrong?” “What if, what if, what if…” Continue reading

Overcoming Depression After A Painful Life Event

reusewmod37She shouldn’t have said it, but she did. The words cut deep. Words that I would expect an enemy to say, not one of my closest friends. I spiraled. For weeks after, waves of depression crashed over me. Relentless waves of self-hatred and despair. Her words continued to ring in my ears, and I became fixated on them. I had a young family to care for, but I found it difficult to function. Every chore felt like a mountain. I felt helpless. Powerless to get up. Powerless to find joy again.

Life events can knock us on our backsides sometimes, leaving us feeling like we’ve had the breath knocked out of us. If you’re like me, I truly didn’t know how to get back up. I thought depression was just something that either happened to me or it didn’t. I felt like Continue reading

Intercessors Overcoming Unbelief

desparate-prayerHave you ever been praying for something and realized that you don’t really believe that your prayers will be answered? I have.

I think unbelief is one of those hindrances that can, if we allow it, keep us from our prayer closets. This is a little bit intimidating to even bring up. We’ve all heard the criticisms that the “Name It Claim It” groups receive. Some, unwisely, have told someone who is going through a devastating trial that they just don’t have enough faith. Talk about adding insult to injury. It’s easy, in a knee-jerk reaction, to just ignore unbelief. That feels safer. But for those of us that spend a significant part of our time and energy in intercession, it seems like a topic that needs to be brought up if we are going to bear fruit.  In James 1:6, in the context of praying for wisdom, it says, Continue reading