Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hope for Victims of Depression - Special Guest Post by Diana Manley Rockwell and Giveaway!
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.
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)