Depression and Christianity

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Catchy title, right? Depression is sometimes painted as the dirty little secret among Christian circles. It would be very difficult to find anyone at your church, that hasn’t fallen prey to this illness. Yes, it is an illness that lives and feeds on your mind. The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at home or work.

Sadly, this illness is swept under the rug in an attempt to make it go away. If you have suffered from depression you may have heard a well-meaning friend or a critic give you the following advice/observations:

  • Just pray it away, give it to God.
  • Can’t you do anything that makes you happy?
  • I don’t…

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Please Read if You had a Bad Day Yesterday

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Hey y’all, if a swipe or a click brings you to my little corner of the internet, please take a few minutes to look around. Encouragement might just come your way. It’s roll call time. Who had a bad day yesterday? We are flesh and although we serve a mighty King, we have bad days. Days that beat us down before we even get out of bed. Days that feel like 48 hours packaged into 24.

Yesterday may have found you experiencing the following:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Job loss
  • A broken car
  • Domestic abuse
  • Medical news that is not good
  • A household appliance that went caput
  • A leak in your roof
  • Inclement weather
  • Anxiety attack
  • A decision between food or rent
  • Your pet died
  • You were lonely

The reasons for bad days are endless. It does not make us any less of a Christian to admit we had…

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