How To Pull Out Of A Bout Of Depression, Part 2

Young woman showing red ripped paper heart. Broken hearted on Valentines day concept.One of the most effective ways we overcome depression is to recognize when our hearts have become divided. Have you ever noticed that a divided heart and a broken heart look a lot alike? There’s a reason for that.  Divided hearts come about when there’s been a tearing. A dividing of that which used to be whole. United.  Stable.  Pain seeps in where our hearts are torn. No kidding, right? Continue reading

Surviving Holidays When There’s An Empty Chair At The Table

human-emotion-happiness-3“Nine, ten, eleven,…eleven….eleven.” I burst into tears as I realized that I needed one less chair at the table. Then it was like an avalanche as I thought about those who would no longer be celebrating with us because they had recently passed away.  I wanted the holiday to be such a happy one, but the grief seemed to have a mind of its own. It liked to come and go when I least expected it. I needed a strategy to get through this day without sinking into a melancholy. If you’ve found some things that help, I’d love to hear from you! I believe my readers would too. I’d love to add your thoughts to a follow-up post.  Here’s my 2 cents’ worth: Continue reading

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