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NOTE: Commentary is made as a private citizen and not as Regional Coordinator for Silent No More or Leader of Rachel's Hope, unless otherwise stated.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hope for Victims of Depression - Special Guest Post by Diana Manley Rockwell and Giveaway!


The Bible has much to say about depression as I recently discovered reading Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson.  Hope escaped me during an early time in my life, I suffer from chronic migraine headaches and from depression. In Chapter 1,“This Thing Called Depression,” I am not alone since 9 million women are suffering with depression and it is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide per Dr. Michelle Bengtson. 


Dr. Michelle Bengtson is a certified clinical neuropsychologist with over 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with mental health disorders. She treats depression but then can you imagine telling your own story, she suffered with severe depression.  A quote from her journey, “Only when I started to understand what depression does to us spiritually. As well as what it cannot do, and then started to cooperate with God did I finally begin to experience the chains of depressions falling off?” 


Beloved do you suffer with depression, feelings of sadness and despair?  One of the sad stories in the Bible is of King Saul.  King Saul’s depression is from the Lord removing his Spirit from him in his disobedience as we read in 1 Samuel 16: 14, “Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and the Lord sent tormenting spirit that filled him with depression and fear.” (NLT) 


King Saul terrorizes David and many of the psalms that are penned by David speak of depression. Psalm 40:1-3a, 4a (NLT) certainly describes despair and yet an answer to prayer. “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground…He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.” King David says in Psalm 31:7, (NLT) “I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my trouble (affliction) and you care about the anguish of my soul. 


This book give us hope for depression. Hope Prevails shares “A Letter to My Depressed Self “ and when one is finished reading this list of our identity in Christ, the chains of depressions are falling off. Beloved, we are treasured. Really the book could just end there. This book is endorsed by Dr. Neil Anderson and this treasured list of scripture of who we are in Christ is amazing.  

Suffering to this day with chronic vice-gripping migraine headaches and at one time depression crippled me. You see the room becomes dark on my left side, an aura, lights begin to twinkle in my peripheral vision as the light and my vision returns, and another migraine welcomes my morning as I try to start my day.  Reflecting back all I wanted a head transplant a vicious cycle of pain and a feeling of hopelessness.  All of these feelings of hopelessness over the years gave me feelings of worthlessness so as I read the book I am encouraged. Dr. Michelle said, “If you want freedom from depression you have to decide you are ready to dispel some myths and lies and replace them with truth God’s truth.” 


In Chapter 8, “Know Your Worth,” I found myself being helped the most in this book as I struggle with self-worth due to chronic migraine headaches. In this chapter, Dr. Michelle talks about how God is 100% for us. Yet we have an enemy who is 100% against us and it is one of his primary purposes to bring us down and demean us and distract us from living the victorious life God provides.  Dr. Michelle said, “Depression doesn’t define our worth, and God delights in us as his masterpiece.” Through reading this chapter, I realized just how much I have allowed words of others to determine how I feel about myself and when Dr. Michelle said, “Tragically, we allow words, attitudes or actions of others to influence how we feel about ourselves” I was so blessed when I read that “the only one that has the authority to speak about my worth is Jesus.”


Dr. Michelle Bengtson says, “I wrote this book to offer hope: a hope that sustains, a hope that is real, a hope that prevails.”


Beloved, King Saul could have asked for forgiveness and been healed just as King David found healing. I am learning there is always hope, God’s hope.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NIV)




Hi!  I am Diana Manley Rockwell, I love Jesus. My testimony is from Psalm 103: 2-4 Praise the Lord… who forgives all (my) sins and heals all (my) diseases, who redeems (my) life from the pit and crowns (me) with love and compassion. I am a daughter, my father Troy is a pastor. I am married to my high school sweet heart Doug, I have two married sons Randy and Dale, two amazing daughter-in-law’s Rayann and JoAnna. Six grandchildren Christian, Seth, Ethan, Hunter, Sabrina, and Emerson. I am a nearing retirement as a Hospital Case Manager working as a nurse utilizing compassion daily. I am a blogger and recently started calling myself a writer. My blog is Redeemed By Christ…Living Free. http://www.diana2rockwell.com I volunteer at Proverbs 31 ministry as a small group bible study leader and Love God Greatly. I am prayer administrator for Dr. Michelle Bengtson. In my spare time I sew, walk, and love to read. I have been on two mission trips one to Israel and one to Hungary. Teaching children and adult women bible studies in the past including being a Bible Study Fellowship Discussion Leader gave me a solid bible appreciation. Last but not least, I have a faithful writing companion, she is a West-Highland Terrier named Tory, and she proof reads my work so if there are any mistakes please blame her. 

34 comments:

  1. Diana this is a beautiful testimony to the beauty of Hope Prevails! You are such an amazing lady, an inspiration to me, and a mentor, maybe more than you will ever know. I too, have been reading Hope Prevails and I can't wait to bless some of my loved ones with this book! ❤ Love you!

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    1. Dear Rachelle, Thank You for such kind words.I know God has such big plans for this book. This book has helped me and I am hoping it will help others as much as it has helped me. I am so thankful for God orchestrating us to meet. Blessings Diana

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    2. Dear Rachelle, Thank you for being such a beautiful friend.

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  2. Thank you Diana for sharing your story. You are definitely an inspiration to all of us who suffer from depression. God Bless You!!!!

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    1. Dear Patti, Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story. Blessings Diana

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  3. A wonderful post Diana, I cannot wait to read this book. As I have suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a young girl. I am praying for your headaches as I have been having them far too often myself. I can't imagine having them to the extent that you are. God bless you my friend.

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    1. Dear Shannan, I cannot wait for you to read this book either, it is worth the read. I actually have read it four times now with the first time being last October and every time I read it there is a new nugget of truth. I hope you will enjoy as much I have enjoyed. Blessings Diana

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  4. Diana, thank you for sharing this. I really needed to read it.

    Crissy J

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    1. Dear Crissy, I hope that you win. Blessings Diana

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  5. Diana,you an inspiration to so many people. I'm truly lucky to have meant you so many years ago. Your family was like my second family. Love you always! ��

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    1. Dear Trudy, Oh my sweet friend to have you comment here makes my heart smile. We have been friends forever. I love you to the moon and back. Thank you Blessings Diana

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  6. I have struggled with depression for well over 25 years to the point it has threatened numerous times to take my very life. God is HOPE and He remains steadfast even when I cannot see the next step ahead of me.

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    1. Dear Pam I am so glad we met in April. I know what you mean. Depression often threatens our very lives. I am so thankful we are on this journey together. Blessings Diana

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  7. Diana, thank you for sharing your story. I too have suffered from depression, chronic pain and headaches for over 30 years. I've taken depression meds and they help a little but through the years I have ever truth many different meds, hoping to be cured. My son also suffers from depression since he was a teenager. He hasn't taken any meds or gone to see a doctor anymore. I've seen his ups and downs. Praying for him always. Irene Serrato

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    1. Dear Irene, God is so amazing to have enabled to have brought us though all this pain. Trusting your journey will continue with hope an hope that prevails. Blessings Diana

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  8. Diana, thank you for sharing your story. I too have suffered from depression, chronic pain and headaches for over 30 years. I've taken depression meds and they help a little but through the years I have ever truth many different meds, hoping to be cured. My son also suffers from depression since he was a teenager. He hasn't taken any meds or gone to see a doctor anymore. I've seen his ups and downs. Praying for him always. Irene Serrato

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  9. Diana, thank you for sharing your story. I too have suffered from depression, chronic pain and headaches for over 30 years. I've taken depression meds and they help a little but through the years I have ever truth many different meds, hoping to be cured. My son also suffers from depression since he was a teenager. He hasn't taken any meds or gone to see a doctor anymore. I've seen his ups and downs. Praying for him always. Irene Serrato

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  10. Diana, this post is beautiful. I've never thought of you as someone who might struggle with depression! You're always so full of encouragement and love for others.
    I have to admit that I am right in the middle of a depressive episode. For a couple of days, I couldn't bring myself to read my Bible or pray or even find the gumption to talk to anyone about it.
    I'm feeling much better today because I prayed and I know that others were praying for me as well and God reached down and lifted me up. I'm so glad that there is finally a book out there that addresses the spiritual side if depression. Thank you, Dr. Bengston!

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    1. Dear Beth, At the time of the depth of my despair, I so wish I would have had this book. No one seemed to know what to do in the Christian world although I was in Christian counseling. Dr. Bengtson says it best "Christians do suffer from depression" but we hide behind a mask. I hope through the help in this book that myths and the lies are trampled. Blessings Diana.

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  11. Romans 15.13 is "my" HOPE scripture! #HOPEPREVAILS #hopechangeseverything

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    1. Dear Susan, I couldn't agree with you more. Blessings Diana

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  12. Diana, we are blessed as you share. I have suffered with depression on an off throughout my life. I had to be medicated at one point. I have fought hard to stay in the truth, believing my worth and value is found in Christ. The enemy is a liar but I believe him all too well sometimes. Thank you you for sharing your story.

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    1. Dear Barbie, That is what is so great about this book, Dr. Bengtson does not deny that some need medication but there are alternative treatments such as eating well, exercise, music as we see King David providing for Saul and your beautiful art and writing that creating an avenue of healing thank you for coming and leaving an encouaring comment. Love you. Diana

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  13. Diana, (mom)
    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. You have been such an inspiration in my life. Though we have only know one another for just over a year I feel I have known you my whole life. You are just like a mom to me.
    Christy

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    1. Dear Christy, Our hearts were knit and yes you are a beautiful daughter a daughter I never had. Thank you for the comment. You have grown so much in your walk with the Lord. I love you. Blessings Diana

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  14. Thank YOU for sharing part of your story and the impact of this book. We all have different life's experiences that have created our belief system. We all have to stop and be willing to face the lies and replace them with truth, whether it is depression or abuse. This process brings great transformation and healing! I am excited for all those who embrace the freedom that God has given us!

    My favorite verse is: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV) I loved seeing it a part of your blog post today!

    May you be blessed!

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    1. Misty, you won the book! Please send Diana a message with you're address!!!! Congrats!

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  15. Dear The Misty Journey, That is my verse for the year thanks for beautiful affirming compliments. Blessings Diana

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  16. Thank you for sharing your story! I really want to read this book. I've struggled with anxiety and depression for about eight years.

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  17. Diana Manley RockwellAugust 20, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Thank you Diana for being such a great encourager. The scripture you chose Psalm 103: 2-4 is powerful. I grew up in a very dysfunctional home and depression was a way of life for my family. My dad was bi-polar so my 2 sisters and I grew up like we were walking on egg shells because we never knew what his temperament was going to be. It was usually hit first. My mom was on Valium for as long as I can remember. Dad and my mom never spoke kindly to each other. They never showed any love to each other or anyone in the house. They did this until the day dad died a year and a half ago. Since then mom has gotten so much worse. When my sister graduated from nursing school she had a complete mental breakdown. She lived with a stigma from it. I've had problems with weight issues all my life. My little sister had issues too. Mom always had a night job so when we were home she was at work and when we were at school she was home sleeping. I wanted to leave home as fast as I could so I married someone just like my dad. The 5 years I was married to my X was 5 more depressing years. I've hated fighting this weight issue so 16 1/2 years ago I had a gastric by that went wrong. I wound up in a coma on life support. I've since had 25 more complication surgeries to fix problems caused by the first surgery. I lost some weight but have gained it back. My doctor has said that we can only go so far with treatments. He has almost reached the end of all treatments. Now everything I suffer will have to be endured unless it becomes so life threating that something has to be done. I feel so depressed now because most of my days are sitting in my house being depressed. I used to enjoy volunteering to help people but now I hurt. I destroyed my health. I have anxiety and panic attacks. How can I overcome my depression and feel well again. Life is a struggle. My husband was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's and I need to get better for him. I haven't drove for 7 years and I'm scared to start again. I'm so scared and fearful of things too. I'm going to have to learn to do it again along with other things. If you have gotten this far thanks for reading my story. God bless, Sharon Thank you Diana

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  18. Thank you for sharing! Two of the most powerful sentences- "me too and there is hope". I thank God for all of you beautiful women!❤️❤️❤️

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  19. Thank you for sharing. Two of the most powerful sentences-"me too and there is hope" to those of us who are hurting! Thank God for all of you beautiful people.❤️❤️❤️

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  20. Depression is a serious issue and to deal with this serious issue, we should take positive steps. In most of the cases, people are facing several kinds of horrible problems in their life due to depression; such as, suicide attempt, frustration, lack of confidence and many others. So it is quite better to deal with our depression at the right time; otherwise, we can't deal with our depression.
    Stress Management

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