Dear Dr. B,
I’m a man in my 60’s. Depression has been my Goliath as long as I can remember. I am a believer that has a fairly good grasp on Gods word. Yet I can’t muster the joy and happiness that the Word says is mine. I’m reading your book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and have the companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study.” At times, I’m out of hope. A saying I learned as a professional airline pilot describing a crash site was, “The place where the pilots ran out of altitude, airspeed, and ideas all at the same time.” I’ve been close to that place more times than I can count. Can I realistically shed this Goliath in my life?
Ready for Joy
we frequently give such sentiments of caution to our young adult children because, at our age, we have more wisdom and experience to know potential problems before they occur. We caution and encourage because we want the best for our children. As I considered a verbal exchange with our son, I sensed God sharing, “It’s the same with me.” “Excuse me?” I answered silently in prayer….
I jolted upright from a deep sleep to the sound of the phone breaking my slumber in the middle of the night.
“This is the alarm company. We’ve registered a forced entry and motion in the front room. We’ve dispatched the police.”
In a split second, everything you thought was safe and secure became vulnerable and alarming.
A fraction of a second is all it takes for your life to turn upside down.
Interestingly, a fraction of a second is not only how long it can take for an intruder to threaten your physical safety, but your mental and emotional safety as well…
“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 I suffered with depression, my mentor prayed for me prior to a surgery. Through her discipleship and prayer, I discovered a way to use the truth of God’s Word to fight back against depression.