2 Corinthians 1:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
Praise to the God of All Comfort
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
STRESS ~ ANXIETY ~ DEPRESSION
The outside picture looks great and it appears all is great for life. The inside battle rages and so many people do not even know the Lord. The questions of life and the wonder of why often happens. I remember asking myself why I wasn't enough for my mom to pull out of her depression. As I grew older, I realized it wasn't about me with my mom but about her loss inside of her. Sure I lost my dad and dealt with my own thoughts, but I still needed my mom. I came to the conclusion that my mom left me mentally the same day my dad died in 1973. Yes, she was still on earth, but a million miles away in real life. She would scream to die day plus night, and it became too much for my young teenage self. I ended up in emergency and that doctor told my aunt I needed to live again. They put me on nerve pills and nobody even suggested counseling. I am a firm believer that we need to talk to others and her view points we just don't see.
OVER THE YEARS ~
I have grown in wisdom and knowledge of life.
It takes time to process death of a loved one. Grieving is real and we must be careful it doesn't lead to depression of days, months and years. We grieve over other things in life too. The loss of anything material and wanting our lives to be like it used to be. Shopping for family and friends can bring back memories of those no longer here. Maybe the stress of not enough money and the pressure becomes so real. It's hard in the balance of life and I know this too well. Yet, I do know that God gives us freedom to make great thoughts to think on in life.
I pray this scripture over you, your family and friends today. I don't know what you are facing but God certainly does and he is cares. He can and will put a new song in your mouth that enters your heart.
Psalm 40:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 40For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
I know depression is real and I do care about those who hurts. If you know someone depressed, please help them get help. I know with my mom, she did finally go to counseling and was able to release a lot as she talked. If you want to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I can share more scriptures of hope with you and pray over email. As for now, I do pray for the readers of my blog, your family and friends daily. One more thing, when my dad died, my mom would blame God for taking him. One day I read i the Bible that there is a time to be born and a time to die. I realize now, it was just my dad's time.
God, I certainly do not have all the answers to life, but I know this, you are real and your power is everlasting. I've seen miracles of life and I've walked along the beach when you carried me. I ask today that the readers of my blog, their family and friends find the truth in you God. As we open the Bible, we find love, hope, peace and so much more. Help us to trust you in all seasons of life and help our hearts to get the desires of it filled. I praise you for answered prayers and even some unanswered ones. I have found life in you and I hope others will as well. Help those who are sick and need a miracle to live again. Help those standing by loved ones who will enter Heaven soon and the grief has already begun. Help us to let go of what we can't change and change the things we can. Help us God to praise you and see the things we do have in life. Our days are numbered and nobody knows what will happen this day but you. Thank you for helping us and your amazing love. AMEN