Beyond Sunday- I have a friend who…struggles with depression

Kay Roberts —  April 25, 2012 — Leave a comment

…by Tina Hines

Whether or not you actually have dealt with depression on some level or you have a friend who does.…. this series is very real, current and helpful.
Thinking through what Greg presented with how to “struggle through depression” reminded me of how important it is to spend some much needed time with God. When we ask “Why God?” and “What do you want me to learn in this circumstance I am in?”  We need to remember His faithfulness to us and look at our past.  Even more, we need to, we must – move forward into refreshment. 
I have found a few ways to be refreshed in God.  In this beautiful season of spring, we have the ability to simply get outside.  To walk or sit and just breath in the freshness of a sunny day.  Have you done that lately?  The glory of God through nature is very refreshing. Another way is taking the time to sit and open God’s word and listen to what He has to say to you.  As I did this, I came across a few scripture references you may find helpful as you open your bible.
References on Anxiety:  Psalm 145:18, 1Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6-8.  Depression:  Romans 8:28. Loneliness:  Psalm 147:3.
After reading through those scriptures I landed on thinking about Peace.
The true “peace of God…(written in Phil 4:6-8)….which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and guard your mind in Christ Jesus”. There is peace, spiritual joy, comfort, loving-kindness, help and hope in God found while reading Psalm 42.  Take some time to re-read it, out loud – if at all possible, and be refreshed.

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