Today I’m feeling happy. Really happy! We had a great time with our grandchildren a few nights ago. I’ve had several days at home without the stress of travel. And I’ve never felt clearer on what God is directing Al and me do.
But there have also been days when I have felt anything but happy. I’ve been upset to the point of tears when my computer hard drive crashed. Like most families, we have stressed over money at times. And there have been plenty of times when we were NOT so sure what God was doing, or what He wanted us to do.
Those days are difficult, but they’re temporary. Frustrating as they are, we get through them. Most of us have coping mechanisms to weather those short-term storms.
There have also been periods of my life when the bad days did not seem temporary at all. I know what it’s like for the tears to go on for what seems like forever. The whole world, the whole universe, looks black. Prayer feels pointless. Is God even listening?
Have you ever had those kind of bad days? Or bad months, or even years? If so, you are in very good company. Some of God’s very good friends struggled with very difficult emotional or mental problems. …
(Watch this short video to see Dr Carol’s encouragement to those struggling with mental/emotional heaviness.)
On the last Dr Carol Show Dr Carol and Al talk about God’s all-inclusive pathway to healing the mind. We talk with a man depressed after a divorce, a Christian worker who successfully overcame severe depression, a woman struggling with anxiety and trust problems, and a women trying to find a reason to go on after suffering several severe losses over many years. We talk about what role prayer plays in recovery, and when other types of help are also needed.
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Here are some Scriptures and resources we mention on the April 5 program, and more that we didn’t, that can help:
- Job 3:11: “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?”
- Psalm 25:16: “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”
- 2 Corinthians 1:8: “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.”
- Psalm 56:11: “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
- Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”
- Summary of survey on prayer and mental illness from Lifeway Research
- Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind, Joyce Meyers
- Dr Carol’s post: Can God Heal You From Mental Illness?
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