It is with much hesitation that we publish this article. We hesitate because we know that the pain is so very real and so acute. Still, with hesitation, we offer it to you because every suicide prevention training that we have had says, “LET’S TALK ABOUT SUICIDE.”
At the end of the article is the true story of one from our own community. It is the story of a SUICIDE SURVIVOR…not a survivor of an attempted suicide, which is different. This person has had two people very, very close to her that took their own lives. So, only read that story with a warning.
Her message is that only God has gotten her through this, and if you are considering suicide…PLEASE, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
Researching the stories behind the Christian hymns of our faith for this month’s blogs has been a particular joy for me. Learning about the experiences that others came through that brought them to a closer walk with God is very uplifting. It is amazing how the Lord inspired them to put their experiences into musical form to inspire and encourage so many. The one that lifts me more than any other when I feel depressed, discouraged, or pondering some unwanted news is “Because He Lives,” by Bill and Gloria Gaither.
Many persons turn to religion or spirituality for comfort when stressed…they use their Higher Power. Spirituality and Religion are many times used to cope with common problems in life, especially those involving medical or psychiatric illnesses, as well as the challenges that all of us face when life happens.
Are there different causes of depression, different types of depression, different depths of depression? Does everyone get depressed? What can I do about depression? What does depression look like? Is it contagious? Will I ever get over my depression? What about the Christian and depression? Whew… what a can of worms to open up!
How do you see your life? If you see life as a gift that you don’t deserve, you’re likely to be grateful for the gift of another day, a family that loves you, a job that pays the bills, and health that lets you enjoy all those things...
Some people think that people of faith cannot (or should not) ever allow their spirits to be “down.” However, it happens, and it may be difficult to discover the reason. Some possible reasons are: physical sickness, emotional stress, or being too busy.
What help does God offer when you are discouraged, depressed, or fear the future? In this episode you'll hear from two gifted individuals uniquely suited to discuss how God can help us through pain, suffering, and discouragement - Joni Eareckson Tada and Dr. Michael Easley.
Join us for our special guest Jennifer Rothschild, Author of "Is God Just Not Fair?". She will share with us how she feels when others are healed and she isn't. She will take us through the depression she felt and the disappointment of prayers not answered the way she wanted them to be answered. Jennifer will make you laugh and give you hope that God always has a purpose for the difficulties in our lives!
You feel stuck in a joyless rut and can’t seem to pull yourself out. People and activities that once lifted your spirits now leave you empty. Depression can take its toll on anyone, and there’s a lot to know about how to heal from depression. In this 3-part course, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Andrea Kim walks through everything you need to know about treating depression—from myths to treatment methods to antidepressants.
Do you sometimes feel like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Dr. David Powlison, counselor and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), talks about varying degrees of sadness and what it means to hurt deeply and appropriately for the brokenness of the world.
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD." | Psalms 40:1-3 (NIV)
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." | Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
"God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life." | Job 33:28 (NIV)
"Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." | Psalms 42:11(NIV)
"I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” | Psalm 116:1-6(NIV)
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." | Leo Buscaglia
"Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments." | Henry Ward Beecher
"It is important for us to make a distinction between the spiritual fruit of joy and the cultural concept of happiness. A Christian can have joy in his heart while there is still spiritual depression in his head. The joy that we have sustains us through these dark nights and is not quenched by spiritual depression. The joy of the Christian is one that survives all downturns in life." | R.C. Sproul
“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.” | Søren Kierkegaard
"Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment." | Greenville Kleisser
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