15 June: Understanding Depression

In a roller-coaster ride from the heights of fame to laying under a bush wanting to die, today’s chapter gives insight into the crippling effects of depression…

READ 1 Kings 19  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The Road to Recovery or Path to Deterioration

The Road to Recovery or Path to Deterioration

After our only son passed away from us, we came to understand the various stages of the grief wheel. In a sort of circular/repetitive way (like being tumbled in the surf until you get washed up onto something other than shifting sand), we experienced the ebb and flow of emotion. So looking at Elijah’s experience in today’s chapter, I can spot a few things worth noting…

To begin will, Elijah had a series of four emotionally high-output moments one-after-another – this we read in yesterday’s Breadcrumb – but he had no time to return to an equilibrium. After every high adrenaline output is a natural low. The higher the output, the lower the emotional dip afterwards. But why is Elijah’s experience important for us to know about today?

If satan understands depression, in order to stick the knife in, then we need to understand how depressions works and how to travel through dips and troughs in our own Faith journey – especially when we’re low on spiritual fuel. Just like Elijah, after experiencing high output drain (with our energy and adrenaline spent on the latest event or series of events), we’re likely not to have any elasticity left in our emotional and spiritual “rope”. Elijah’s story shows that when this happens, logic (and Faith in our Maker’s word), can often be overridden with irrational fear. Read More? …CLICK on “15 June – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wondering how to connect with the God who Cares? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

How great You are, Sovereign Lord! There’s no one like You, and there’s no god but You – just as we’ve heard with our own ears. [2 Samuel 7:22]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Vatican City State[b]
  • Your Country: Night Clubs
  • Yourself: Needs of your immediate family
  • Your concerns for today
The righteous cry out, and You Lord hear them. You deliver them from all their troubles. You’re close to the broken-hearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit. [Psalm 34:17-18]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

When I listen and turn from my evil ways, You Father God, relent from inflicting on me the disaster I deserve because of the evil I’ve done. [Jeremiah 26:3]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-you Lord that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor human mind has conceived the things You’ve prepared for those who love You! [1 Corinthians 2:9]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” [Romans 12:6-8]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/holy/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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