Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

The Weaver of the Threads

on June 7, 2013

Good morning!

How is your gratitude journal coming?  If you feel ready, increase the number of things you are grateful for each day from three to four or five.  No pressure here.  Only if you feel ready.

My recovery was integrally tied to the Christian faith.  I had an extremely immature faith when I collapsed with depression and panic attacks.  Most of what I knew about the faith was at the milk and cookies level of understanding.  Sure, I loved God, but the whole concept of a savior was a little beyond my understanding, though I might not have admitted it at the time.  Only as a result of my depression did I delve into the Bible with all my heart and soul, desperate for help.  I knew that I had slammed into an overwhelming opponent and that I was out of my league.

Yes, I worked my tail off, trying to get well.  But God was the one who sustained me and renewed my strength when I had none left.  And it was He who interwove all those separate skills into a whole.  He became…..well, my life! 

I came to know His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Savior.  The only Savior.  I’d always been a “good girl”, so I’d never really felt a need for a Savior personally.  It’s easy to justify “little” sins as “mistakes” or “just being human”, instead of calling them by their real name: sin.  As a result of my collapse, and as I later wandered into conspicuous sin, my need for a Savior became very apparent.  I realized that I wasn’t such a good girl after all.  That’s when Jesus became real and personal for me. 

Spend time in prayer and reading the Bible.  Ask God to open your eyes to His truth.  He always responds to earnest seekers.  To learn more about the Christian faith, you might want to start with one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) or the book of Romans.  The Psalms and Job are helpful when you are suffering.  You’re also welcome to visit my other blog, Following the Shepherd, at nonfatlatte.wordpress.com.

I’ll be back on Monday, when I will begin sharing excerpts from a few books that you might want to read as a supplement to your other recovery tools.

Blessings to you, my friend.  Elizabeth

*** If you are new to this blog, it is best to start by reading “About” and the first entry that was posted on May 13, 2013.  Then read each consecutive entry, one per day.  Welcome!

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