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A Permanent Vacation from Depression

August 19, 2014

I am done with vacations… at least for now. In case you thought I had moved away, and forgotten my blog, no need to fear. I merely took a season to focus on fun with my family.  This was the summer to finally take that long dreamed about, and long talked about vacation. It was the giant road trip that we always said we would take, but somehow life always got in the way. Our three boys are grown now and time has run out for, “later.” So, everything else took a back seat and we took a vacation. Actually I took two, and I found out, I like vacations!

We all need a vacation sometime. We just need a break from the daily drudgery and trials of life. Prior to my vacation, I was in desperate need of a change of scenery. In May a family trial overwhelmed me. I was constantly crying and the sadness was a quicksand I couldn’t seem to get out of. I am thankful for the literal change of scenery that helped me to refocus and readjust my perspective. The right or wrong perspective can make a world of difference.

The unfortunate death of Robin Williams has opened the discussion on a topic that many Christians deal with, depression. Unfortunately they deal with it alone and in silence. If you deal with this issue, I encourage you to contact your Pastor. Do not suffer alone. Christians tend to hide their struggle. They can feel guilty for not walking in victory as they are taught.

I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that the world is becoming an uglier place all the time. The trials of life may very well increase, but the very good news is that Jesus came so that you could overcome. He came to set the captives free and to give you victory in the face of every trial.

Eleven years ago I was in a deep dark place. I had a good friend who said these very wise words to me when I was lamenting my desperate state, “I don’t care how you FEEL, what does God’s word SAY.” At the time, these sounded like very harsh words, but they were the words that would lead to my deliverance. It did not happen overnight. Actually it took intense searching on my part. My way of thinking and my perspective were on the overwhelming issue and darkness. I spent time searching for help, medically, psychologically, nutritionally and finally my deliverance was found in the Word. I read books that helped me to begin to renew my mind. My friend was right. It did not matter how I felt, my help was in what God said.

Our minds ARE battlefields. Not only does the enemy bombard us with negative thoughts, but harming words from our past and our own negative patterns of thought constantly come against us. We must guard our minds. We must be prepared with a counteracting scripture to fight every lie that comes against us. This doesn’t just happen. A renewed mind is not plopped in our heads along with salvation. We have to search out the truth, memorize it or have it handy on a card and ready to whip it out when the mind attacks come.

I remember vividly one night as everyone else slept, I was once again under attack. But I had been seeking and searching diligently. I went into the back room and I screamed God’s Word at the top of my lungs. “This poor man cried and God heard him and delivered him from all his fears.” I said, “And that is it, and I’m going to bed!!!” I had finally drawn the line in the sand. One day soon after that, I declared that God’s Word was true and if HE said I don’t have to have this, then it does not matter what ANYONE else says or what their experiences are, I don’t have to have it!! From that moment forward, I was set free! Although the oppression was gone, I did need to remain diligent. Renewing our minds is an ongoing project.

What do you think about all day? What occupies your thoughts? Do you spend your days letting your mind sit idle as you watch TV or scroll through the internet? Do you spend your time reading material of no true importance? Or do you realize an inactive and lazy mind is the devil’s playground. To overcome you must use your most important offensive weapon, God’s Word.

Do you let your emotions dictate your life? When a wave of hopelessness engulfs you do you go along for the ride or do you declare God’s truth to combat the trespassing feeling? I know that when those feelings battle you, that it is difficult to stand, but you MUST stand. When you have done all that you can do to stand, STAND! We will be transformed when our mind is renewed.

Our thoughts must become God’s thoughts. We cannot stay in a place of self-pity and negative thinking. No one else can rescue us. God is our way out and He has already given us the words that will help us overcome. If it is too overwhelming to do it on your own, ask a friend to help you with scripture when you are struggling, but do not ask a friend to listen to you list your woes, this will not help you. Post scriptures that deal with the issues you deal with most often. Put them all around the house. Put them right in front of where you go to the bathroom. This is your most frequent destination and you will read and re-read these scriptures continually.  Bombard your mind with the truth that will set you free.

Ladies we have work to do. It is time to release ourselves from Satan’s snare. Remember to encourage one another and be ready with an answer for the hope that you have.  We all need to remind ourselves daily who He is and who we are in Him. We are not defeated. We are sons and daughters of the LIVING King of Kings! We are His beloved, the apple of His eye, the one He died to save. Don’t ever forget that! Stop believing the lies and proclaim the truth of who you are.

We all need a vacation. We need a vacation from our wrong ways of thinking and our sorrow. God and a renewed mind, is our destination. Have a great trip!

Tomorrow I will post a list of reading resources to help you.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    August 19, 2014 4:59 pm

    Thanks Debbie….I needed this today. You are a blessing!!

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