I remember a time in my life when I believed I might be “joy immune.” Depression had stolen my joy. I learned through that experience that we sometimes have to fight for joy (and, some days, our fight is harder.) On the days when I have to fight for joy, these are promises that I stand on.
Unfortunately, depression is not uncommon. Many experience it, and in fact, many aren’t even aware that that is what they are dealing with. It’s estimated to be twice as likely in women. Many mothers are plagued by depression. The good news is, there is help, and there is hope. You are not alone. The best way to fight is with the truth of God’s word.
As a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, I treated patients with depression for years. Then, I suffered with depression myself. When I was in the pit of despair, God met me and revealed to me truths that I could use to fight depression and negative thoughts.
By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide. It already is our greatest cause for disability nationally. Nearly twice as many women as men suffer with depression. In fact, every year, almost 18 million women in the U.S. suffer. If you’re not one who does or has suffered from depression, I guarantee you know someone who has, who is, and who will. I’m one of them.
When we compare ourselves to other people and where they are and what they are doing, it robs us of the joy of where God has us now. Your current backstage experience is preparing you for your ultimate onstage presentation. Read more for following God’s lead.