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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…

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…

Depression is lonely, It helps to identify why

Depression is lonely. I know because I am lonely when I am in a major depressive episode. Saying that depression is lonely probably makes my husband sigh and people in my life cringe because they try to be there for me. They want to be my friends and I reject them. Can I be honest? It makes me sigh and cringe, too. Loneliness is part of my illness. It is a battle, friendship that is, one in which I’m often unable to tackle even though…

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…

Goodreads Still Life Giveaway!

Still Life by Gillian Marchenko

Hey everyone! For the next month, I am hosting a Goodreads Still Life Giveaway. Enter on Goodreads and perhaps you’ll get 1 of the 3 free copies! The giveaway opened today and goes through July 29th, so make sure you check it out in the next month to get in on the fun! Some friends have contacted me saying they’d like a copy of Still Life but don’t have the funds to purchase one right now. Well, here’s YOUR chance to get one! A Still Life giveaway!…