Category: Depression

“Do You Feel Joy?”

I waited nervously for a response. Lingering in the air were my unanswered questions about this new type of intense fatigue I’d been experiencing. My long-time doctor leaned forward. Eyeballing me, she asked in a confusingly pointed way, “Do you feel joy?” I didn’t know how to respond. Like a Rubik’s cube, joy is complex …

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A Depressed Christian’s Guide to Joy

This is part #6 of the Fruitful series, and our Fruit of the Spirit focus is joy. Fruitful #1, Fruitful #2, Fruitful #3, Fruitful #4 and Fruitful #5 are here, in case you missed them. I’ve been putting off writing this post for almost a year. Doubts have niggled at my mind: How can a person …

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When Christmas Makes You Sad

Christmas is something I really look forward to these days! But it wasn’t always that way. For many years I felt a sense of dread and despair whenever I even thought about family occasions like Christmas Day. If Christmas is a joyful time for you, that’s wonderful! I’m sharing the poem, below, to give you …

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Yet I Still Dare to Hope (Hope Series #2)

This is Part 2 of the Hope Series. You can read Part 1 here. It’s been a year since I embarked on that new treatment path. Sadly, none of the prescribed medications or supplements have made a significant impact on my ability to function. Some of them have even made me feel worse! What sorts …

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Days Like This #1 (Luke 12:13-34)

I’m in the middle of a flare. I really struggle on days like this. I’m sure you know how it feels! Most of the time my symptoms are under control – I carefully pace my activity; I rest regularly; I do what my doctors have instructed in order to manage my chronic condition. But sometimes …

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