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The gospel and depression

The Gospel and depression

The gospel and depression It is enough: now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers. (1 Kings: 19:4 ) “Will you speak with a visitor named Jean?” my husband asks at church. “I think she’s depressed.” I’m confused. How can he suspect depression after one conversation? Of course, he can’t know for sure. Soap box Mental illness is difficult to diagnose. Careful screening and training is a must. One may assert depression for other reasons; a couple of…

Special needs and guilt management

Guilt management and special needs

Special needs and guilt management Guilt management and special needs – hard, hard, hard, hard, hard topic. For most parents, guilt is a big part of their lives anyway. But for a lot of moms and dads who have children with special needs, it can be immobilizing. I’m one of those parents. I have two kids with Down syndrome and I struggle with guilt all the time. Am I doing enough for them? Are there other therapies I don’t know about? Why does that mom…

Sign up for MEMOIR 101 & get a FREE 30 minute writing consult! My birthday present to you.

Sign up for MEMOIR 101 & get a FREE 30 minute writing consult! A present for you! A FREE 30 minute writing consult. Here’s how and why… Today is my birthday. I’m happily 42 years old. For real. My 30s were pretty terrible (another blog post, or a book, or another book. Wait, already have ’em. Also, yes, I know I’m a drag). But, I’m excited about my new endeavor. Recently, I launched an online writing course called MEMOIR 101, write a memoir worthy of…

How to help a depressed friend

help a depressed friend

    People often ask me how to help a depressed friend. That depends.   If you are not super close, help a depressed friend by: -Reaching out via text or with a card letting her know you are praying for and thinking of her. -Leaving a small gift or a meal (without the expectation that she will open the door). -Praying for them regularly.   If you are a bit closer, help a depressed friend by: -Doing all of the above. -Noticing when she is…

Sometimes the praise is in the poop

Sometimes the praise is in the poop when it comes to depression. A few days ago, I posted a live video on Facebook about motherhood and depression… and then I fell into a pit of depression. Good times. Today I posted a much shorter video regarding all this, and how sometimes, the praise is in the poop… that is, little things can prove to us that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 3:6), even if the reminder of coming out of an…