A HOPE-FILLED YEAR ...
Depression in its various forms, from mild to catatonic, is suffered by one in five people in the UK, at some point during their lifetime, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and accounts for nearly 12 million working days being lost per year.
Dealing with full-blown depression is a big subject, and outside the scope of a blog post, but there are ways of dealing with low spirits before they take a hold…
First we need to check our personal ‘barometers’ (see blog posts Hope Health Check , Self Pity, Fear & Disappointment), & deal with any outstanding issues.
Then we need to tackle the low mood....
Joy is the opposite of depression. Depression as the word implies, presses down, contains and confines. Joy on the other hand bubbles up & out, and frees & releases. Sometimes it takes a while to remember …... joy is not something we have to get, it’s something we already have!
The Holy Spirit lives in us, (if you’re not sure about this, check out the pages, Overflowing with Life, and The Work of the Holy Spirit). And joy is one of His characteristics [Galatians 5:22-23], therefore
we have joy because we are filled with Him.
I am joy-filled, therefore I can rejoice—I just have to learn how to release it.
‘ Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
PRIMING THE PUMP
As we choose to believe the Word & choose to rejoice, it’s like priming an old-fashioned water pump. It had to be pumped a little, (or a lot, depending on how rusty it was from lack of use) to get the water moving, but then the flow came, and refreshment gushed forth.
And how do I ‘prime the pump’? By smiling, singing, laughing, dancing, looking for things which make me glad, and turning that into praise & thanksgiving. And by talking sternly to my soul, like David:
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Jesus came to…
—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (or heaviness).
For those who need further help in combatting depression, Joyce Meyer’s book is useful. Click right to visit Amazon*.
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