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Wishing that the loss would slow down. Would God help me find a way to stay connected to Him, to each of my children — to hear their hearts if not their voices? During the early years of my faith journey, I learned a new word. People often use this word as a sort of endearment, their voices going soft and sweet and full of hope. A blessing, I believed, was all sugar and spice and everything nice — the day-by-day evidence that the formula worked: If I tried hard to live as a good girl should, then I would be blessed by God. My parents had taught us to notice all the blessings in our lives.
To make a gratitude list when life seemed hard and the road got bumpy. Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. To give God credit for the good, nice, loving goings-on in my life. My definition of blessing looked like a perfect life where everyone is happy and healthy and has plenty of everything. I thought it meant a reward for a life well lived — sort of a carrot-and-stick philosophy. The carrot included all the protective blessings I thought God promised.
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The stick was His discipline if I chose to go against Him, the consequences I knew came with disobedience. My definitions fit very well with my neat and tidy life.
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The problem was, my definition did not fit so nicely with real life. Or the Scriptures. To be so filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit within that we are able to endure and taste the sweetness of His love even in the midst of bitter reality. Even when it hurts, even when we do not understand. Are you in the middle of affliction? Struggling to understand? Wondering if Jesus will answer your prayers? By: Charles Stanley. Wishlist Wishlist. Advanced Search Links. Product Close-up.
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Blessings, Julie. So like you we all have to find our way through the suffering and pain and seeking God. As each of us is made so uniquely it makes sense that our treatment will be the same. But God is the one who must direct our steps!
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Its my prayer and maybe somewhat of a mission to educate our christian community on how to love those who struggle with mental illness. Thank you Sandy. Thank you very much Sandy for sharing your moving story. God is good all the time.
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Let us continue praying Him unceesingly. He is faithful and just and indeed as you rightly said, He will never leave you alone! Stay Blessed, Roselyn. So appreciated your post, I have suffered most of my life with depression. Anxiety is the worst now. I have had bad experiences with counseling too. Some situations are hard to navigate through.
Family can be hardest because you have to deal with that, they are your family. Thanks for your post!! Your transparency will help so many others. Debbie, I am so sorry you have suffered most of your life and are dealing with the anxiety now.
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I too have had bad counseling experiences with christian and non christian counselors, and it makes it much harder not easier to face. And I can echo the family be the hardest too. Thank you Sandy for being open and share the struggle. As our society become more fast paced and competitive, people are more isolated than ever before.
I have heard that only ten percent of people who has depression are actually being treated, the rest are left in the world and suffering. I am sad that our world still have a big stigma toward mental health and look down with people who suffers with it. I have personally suffered, and admitting it to the wrong group of people has made me suffer even more.
Some peers from my home country has openly bullied against me for it while I was suffering, and called out that my head has problem. I forgive them in the name of Christ, but that pain will not leave me. They made me feel shameful of my depression. Mo, what a struggle you have had and much suffering!
I know our Lord knows all and has been through it with you, but its hard! I am praying now for God to raise up a group to strengthen you and support you — the body of Christ needs to be there! I also pray that God will remove the bitterness, and help you to forgive those who have so badly hurt you! Our Christian community needs education — and a wake-up call, I imagine some thought they were somehow helping, but in their ignorance did exactly the wrong thing.
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May God provide for you. It helps me to remember how Jesus was mistreated in his own town, by his own family, so He knows your struggle! Thank you so much for this blog post. I have also struggled with depression and anxiety for many years. It is such a blessing to have fellow believers share their struggles so we know we are not alone. Melissa — sorry for your own personal struggle, and I am so hopeful the myths about mental health will change! I am so thankful for your honesty, Sandy. I was so offended when my daughter said: You need counseling!
I rediscovered nature is healing, so I take walks again and do pray and worship when I am outdoors. This was key: admitting I am depressed, not hiding, asking for help , being transparent and allowing God to be there in the valley with me. One reason for my depression was physical, very low iron, way too low due to severe blood loss, untreated for years, and menopause and it went downhill from there.