Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Formidable Foe

When life doesn’t go as you hoped, when you lose something or someone of value, when you cannot control the things that happen to you...you can succumb to depression.  

It’s easy to succumb.
It’s easy to withdraw yourself. 
It’s easy to slip away into no man’s land...but it’s not beneficial to you. It doesn’t help you in any way. 
It’s just easy.

Depression is something you have to battle. It’s something you have to fight against because you CAN win. It isn’t a given in any situation. I have a friend who has to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. She cannot do the things most people take for granted. She does what she can to stay involved. FB is a wonderful release for her.

I had another friend who became extremely sick. The doctors didn’t know what it was. In the end, he took his own life.

Was it a selfish act?   I don’t think so. Not in this case. I knew this man well enough to know that he gave up his life for the well-being of his beautiful little family. I really believe that, for the bible says "greater love has no man than to give up his life for another." I believe it was an act of sacrifice for this man, although depression may have helped him along.

Depression can cause fuzzy logic...but God looks at the heart.
If they’d had a choice...they would have wanted him with them.  They would have embraced all the problems that arose out of his sickness. They loved him and were willing to go through any trial with him.

Depression is a serious thing! A silent killer. It’s especially serious when it’s brought on by another problem.

I believe that if we can keep our minds and hearts focused on God. If we can take our problems to Him and trust Him with all we endure in this life. If we can choose to be happy and live the lives that we can live, in spite of the situations we face-- I believe we can win any fight life throws at us.

It requires a continued faith that He is able, that He is there, that He loves us through it all...because He is and He does.

We are more than conquerors through Him!

Depression? Yes, it’s a formidable foe! But with God's help, I’m going to fight it with all my might. 

Romans 8:35-37
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Until next time,


  1. Carmen,
    What a good true post. I counseled people with depressing form almost 15 years but it wasn't until this past year that I understood how serious it is--when I felt myself sinking into the pits of it too from my husband not having work. It can choke you and cause you to not care about anyone or yourself. I know mine was situational and I knew there are ways to overcome it but some days, I didn't care and it was too hard. It shocked me how easy it is to let it destroy parts of you--even with God on my side and even as a Christian--depression can try to win.
    Thankfully, we are doing better. Praying together and determined to see this whole situation through with the Lord no matter where it takes us. But I know the day will come when it will be hard to slip a foot out of bed and face the day--but hopefully not for a very loooooong time again.

  2. I counseled people with depression over the years too. Although I could relate, you don't really know all that it entails until you've been through it. I'm so glad you're doing better...and I know that because of it, you are stronger than you were!

  3. I've suffered with depression for years and can attest to the fact that it's an endless black hole that can so turn your mind that you find yourself longing for the darkness rather than the light. Through it all, God was there. Even when I wasn't, He was. And is.

  4. We had a small brouhaha at my old church over some comments the pastor made about depression. He treated it a bit too lightly for folks in-the-know. Although we should embrace the message that God is mightier than depression, that does not mean that depression is just something you brush off your shoulders and "deal with." Many folks refuse to seek help for their depression--help of any kind!

    Formidable, and often quiet and unassuming....we need to watch out for and pray for the needs of others, and for God's wisdom and strength and encouragement to preside in their lives.

    Honest and heartfelt--thank you, Carmen!

  5. My mother suffered from depression all the years I lived at home. (not becase of me mind you) She was just always depressed. She now takes medication but I have a brother that should be on it with her.

  6. Carmen... I'm sorry for your loss. The pain is a darkness no one should endure. God Bless you.


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