Category: Depression

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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Fruitful #4: What does God think of you?

In Fruitful #3 we asked, Is our view of love distinct?. Today we’re looking at God’s love and asking: Are we building our identity on what God thinks of us? A free printable Bible study is included at the end, to help you put into practice today’s ideas. I pray that Fruitful #4 will bear …

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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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The Terrible Trio of Grief (Psalm 23)

Depression and anxiety often to go hand-in-hand with grief, particularly in the early days after diagnosis (or other traumatic life event). It's normal to experience depression when we're grieving...I've lost so much! Who am I now?? I'm such a burden...

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“Drowning” poem – Jesus, our Rock (Matt 7:24-25)

The story behind this poem I wrote this poem during a period of intense grief and loneliness, in my mid-twenties. You know the type of crying you do when you’re completely dejected? Curled up in the foetal position on your bed, with the covers pulled up over your head, just trying to get some relief …

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What’s God’s plan for my life?

As a teenager, I was filled with anticipation at the “great things” God had planned for my life. I had big dreams. Dreams of touching people’s lives and leading them to Jesus. How exciting: I was his servant! My future belonged to him. I would go wherever he led – even to other nations as a …

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