I confessed to a friend that I was a bit nervous about a recent doctor’s appointment. It had been a long journey to get to this point, and I much prefer being the doctor than the patient. I knew what the doctor suspected, but I didn’t like any of his hypotheses, and the time had come to hear what he concluded after receiving the results from recent tests he had ordered.
“You’re always so full of joy.”
That’s a comment I receive on a regular basis, and every time I do, I smile and whisper a prayer of thanks.
Yet, there was a time when I was depressed and thought I was joy-immune. Read more about how I overcame depression to live a life full of joy.
When you need comforting, where is God? How can you be assured His presence will be there when the storms come? Or that He won’t walk past you? Read more for the encouragement you need to find God in the midst of the storm.
Now I understand. While I’ve always been empathic and cared for my patients, I never really understood, the way I do now…now that I’ve been on the other side of the desk. The doctor, the caregiver, and the patient. After all I’ve been through, I can see that God really will use our pain for our good and His glory.
There are so many difficult circumstances that bring heartache. You can still rejoice, despite these situations, even in heartache, suffering, and the pit of depression. How can you rejoice? Read more.
Focus on the next step. Too often, we look at the mountain before us and that overwhelms us, so we think we can’t do it. Facing an entire mountain is overwhelming, but taking the very next step is not.