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Throwback Thursday: From Scars to Strength

FROM SCARS TO STRENGTH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,

For in you do I trust?

Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Psalm 143:8 NKJV

If King David was alive today, he may be diagnosed with clinical depression. We can safely agree that he had more than his share of heartache. His child with Bathsheba died a few days after birth. One son raped his sister. Another rebelled against David and he was finally killed. David spent time many nights in caves hiding from King Saul. David’s brothers mocked him, and his father never once considered that David could possibly be king. This man after God’s own heart was not spared from deep emotional distress, and neither are we.

Can you relate to David’s cry in verse 7? “My spirit fails!”? His spirit was overwhelmed and his

heart distressed (Ps. 143:4).

You may struggle with depression or other health issues. Your bank account may be broke. Your child has strayed. Your loved ones have passed. You are caring for aging parents and their health needs. It can be a myriad of circumstances, but the result is brokenness.

This shattered life greets you each morning with a reminder that this nightmare is a reality. The pain you hide eludes peace and joy. The enemy succeeds as you doubt God. Doubt your salvation. Doubt your spirituality.

May I suggest that David’s heartache made him a mighty warrior and a great king? His scars became his strengths. Jesus Christ bears the scars in His hands, from the nails that pierced Him. He puts our crumbling lives back together. Your scars from today will be your strengths for tomorrow. Trust God, as David did. Never allow the enemy, whether human or spirit, to cause you to feel shame over your turmoil. One day, it will be a memory and you will be a more powerful Christian because of it.

Heavenly Father, Hear our cries, soothe our broken hearts, and mend us as You comfort our overwhelmed souls. Thank You though we may fall apart, You continue to put us back together better than ever. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 143.

HIKING THE TRAIL

It is in our weakest moments when God is glorified. Never consider yourself any less spiritual in those seasons. God is glorified through it.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

What Christians Should Know About Depression

WHAT CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DEPRESSION

By Carolyn Dale Newell

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17 NKJV

I almost don’t recognize her. She cried, trying to make sense of what was happening. She prayed, but God felt so far away. She feared something was spiritually wrong.

She recognized the familiar symptoms: endless tears for no reason, or any reason, Loss of appetite, lack of interest in life’s activities, and loss of interest in life itself, lack of sleep, and at times, too much sleep.

That was me, one year ago. God has brought me so far from those days. Ten years had passed since my initial bout with depression. How did it happen again? I had declared victory over it. I am the strong author encouraging others, but Christ’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. Strength isn’t an immunity to depression. Maybe, that is why God wanted me to tell my story.

Depression carries an alarming stigma in the church. Many people have never been touched by depression, including preachers. Some wrongly consider depression a sin or a curse from the devil. The result can be deadly: someone stops their meds and they experience the withdraw symptom of suicidal tendencies.

Depression is prevalent in Scripture. Jessie lacked confidence in his son, David, to become king. David did not immediately take possession of the throne, still occupied by Saul. David ran for his life, like a hunted animal, from King Saul. Possibly the one good relationship David experienced was with Jonathan, Saul’s son. King David’s family was dysfunctional His children committed rape and murder amongst themselves.

King David, a man after God’s own heart, slayed giants, but he traveled many roads of despondency. We cannot consider ourselves weak if the mighty warrior, David, suffered the same emotional sting.

Elijah, a prophet, prayed for the widow’s dead son, and the boy was revived. Elijah prayed for rain, and God showered the dry land with rain after three years of drought. Elijah mocked the false prophets, putting them to shame when God licked up water with flames. Yet, Elijah ran, hiding, fearful of one woman, Jezebel. Elijah begged God to take his life. Have you been there? I have, and God ministered to me, like He ministered to David and Elijah. He will tend to your troubles also.

God cares for His hurting children. Like our focal verse says, He will deliver us from all our troubles. Not part, not some, but all of our troubles. Not in our timing, but in His. Perhaps, not the way we expect to be set free, but God’s plans exceed anything we can ask or think.

I realized I am one of many people who need to stick with anti-depressants. It is a physical condition, a chemical imbalance. I can testify that God can bring you through anything. He will make a way, when no way seems possible.

Lord, Thank You for including the weaknesses of strong men like David and Elijah in Scripture. Help me not be ashamed of depression. I need You so much during this time. Thank You for unconditional love, my Abba Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Kings 19:1-18.

HIKING THE TRAIL

If you are suffering from depression, please see a doctor for help. It is not a sin. It is not a demon or a curse. It is a medical condition which likely needs medication. Perhaps, you are not the one with depression, but you feel pretty blue today. You are not alone either. God loves you, and He wants to carry your burdens.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.