Depression. A hard word to stomach. A hard thing to try to even discuss. I have gone through two distinct times of depression in my life. And I honestly recognize this deployment as holding the possibilities for another. My depression has always revolved around times of great stress. Times when circumstances around me felt out of control. Times when I started to view myself as worthless. They were tough times. Times in which I had to reach up to heaven and ask to be rescued from the deep valley below.
This Christmas isn’t easy in any sort of way. Just the same, I see the choice in front of me. I could let this Christmas, this deployment, become a time of deep sadness and depression, or I could let go, and try to enjoy this season for what it is.
I recognize the choice. I see it with my eyes, know it in my heart. But still, it’s hard choice to make.
I don’t know if this Christmas is an easy or hard one for you. I know I’ve had other hard Christmas. Other Christmas that I thought where the worst. But can I live my entire life dwelling on the worsts?
Or has God called me to trust in Him as my shepherd and King?
Please know that I am in no way attacking depression. I’m just processing my own feelings this holiday season, and trying to encourage you with some truths from scripture.
For Scriptural truths are a great combatant against the lies of this world.
God is the ultimate Shepherd, leading us through the darkest valleys of this life. Yes, it may feel like the worst of times, but, in the end, He will provide, and get you to the other side.
Dwell on these truths today:
“THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him--not for my earning it, but] for His name's sake.
Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me”
(Psalm 23: 1-4, Amplified).
“GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”
(Psalm 46:1-3, Amplified).