I’ve been depressed a lot of my life and have gone to doctor’s for years trying to find something that helps. True, having been through abusive relationships tended to put me in situational depression, but for the most part, I couldn’t find a physical reason for being depressed, and so antidepressants didn’t work. To be honest, those that did, for a while, didn’t last long.
One day, I was listening to a preacher talk about how God’s word could really change your life. Hah! That was what I thought. I had been raised on the Bible, and knew it well enough that I could win the occasional scripture chase, but I didn’t see that it actually helped my depression. Actually, I had a pretty legalistic religious background, so it seemed reading the Bible made me feel less-than, cause I could never measure up to what I should be. But, this woman, Joyce Meyer, was always telling folks that the if you told God you wanted to give him your life, he could make you what he already saw in your, a worthy, God-loving soul. He would do the work, if you just got out of his way. So, that’s what I tried.
First, I told God I would love to turn my life over to him, but I also acknowledged that I couldn’t be all He wanted to be on my own. Second, I scheduled time every day for worship and time in His Word. After about a month or so, I was talking to a friend and realized that my life had certainly changed. Well, that’s quite not true, my situation had not changed, I still had the job that didn’t quite support me, and nothing else had changed much. But, inside of me was a great deal of change.
I felt different. Sunshine, instead of clouds really influenced my emotions. Sunshine on the inside of my soul, that is. When I started thinking about how little I had, I would think, “He came that I might have life, and have it more abundantly” and that would leave me counting my blessings rather than looking at all I did without. I started seeing that I have a lot more than most of the inhabitants of the world, and appreciating it. I hadn’t made much of a change in my life, but God seems to have done a lot.
The best thing about this cure is that I don’t have to pay doctor bills for it, or get to appointments. When I do need a “boost” I just get out my Bible, or sing a worship song. One of the songs I sing says “He who has begun a work in you will be faithful to complete it,” and I feel that’s what is happening in my life. God has blessed me with a good attitude, one where I can see my blessings much more clearly than my blues. Praise God…Let all that have breath praise him. Most of those who breathe, that I know, have troubles with depression, yet this method is available to all. If you try it, please leave a note to tell me your results!