Are you seeking joy or wondering how to find joy when depressed? I’m a doctor who treated patients with depression then fell prey to depression’s grip myself. It was only when I dealt with the spiritual roots of depression that I found true help, hope, and healing. Read more for how I overcame to live a life full of joy.
No one can continuously give out God’s word without being filled back up. Some people can only go a day before they need to be refilled, while others can go longer. Nobody can go forever. What can happen if you don’t nourish your inner man by filling up on God’s word? Read more. ~ Bryce Bengtson #HopeForTheNextGeneration
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….
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.