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 …
A Depressed Christian’s Guide to Joy
The Guide to Joy is for Christians who struggle with depression. God may not always take our depression away, but the Bible does show us how joy and sorrow can coexist.
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Terrible Trio of Grief (Psalm 23)
Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand with grief, in the early days after diagnosis or other traumatic life event. Psalm 23 is a great comfort.
“Drowning” poem – Jesus, our Rock (Matt 7:24-25)
Jesus helps us in our times of deepest grief and depression. I love the parable of the Wise Builder. It's such a comfort when the storms of life rage.
What’s God’s plan for my life?
God's plan for your life remains the same, even when you're depressed or sick. When you feel too empty to serve God, the gospel message is what you need.