Two links came across while looking up articles on depression because I ate too much Captain Crunch with Berries cereal, can’t sleep.

A link to a good article on depression by Focus on the Family, it seems that giving in to depression is a sin, but the tendency to depression isn’t.

How do you ask for help for something that may not even exist? What do I even ask? “More faith, more prayer, don’t pity me.” Is this pride? Arrogance?

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/facing_crisis/dealing_with_depression/depression_reject_the_guilt_embrace_the_cure.aspx

“Depression can, in many instances, have a physical cause. So can alcoholism and several other things spoken against in the Bible. Follow me closely here: The tendency toward depression or alcoholism is not a sin; giving in to them, however, is a sin.

When you feel depression beginning to take hold of your life, try to do the following:

  1. Make sure you’re still reading the Bible and praying. You have the power, in Christ, to do what God wills.
  2. Thank God for loving you and bringing you through the bout of depression. God’s Word, not your present emotional outlook, is your authority.
  3. Try not to make a major decision while in a depressed frame of mind.
  4. Thank God for taking care of you and loving you even when you can’t feel it or see it. This exercises your faith and strengthens you.

http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2012/august/you-help-me.html

Link to an article on Today Christian Woman,

1. Expect God to help – in HIS way

When I remember that God’s ways are above my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9), my perspective changes. I stop expecting God to help in ways I prescribe and I begin to lose that “God isn’t helping me” feeling. When I remember our marriage [my life] isn’t all about me and what I want—but about what God wants—my heart opens to God’s help, which is sometimes given through “a word fitly spoken” by my husband (Proverbs 25:11, ESV).

2. Wait for God’s Help

“Impatience often sabotages my ability to be fully aware of and receptive to God’s help. If God doesn’t deliver a truckload of help with lightning speed, my feeble mind—powered by self-pity—immediately assumes God doesn’t want to help me because I’m unworthy or because he’s stingy. I quickly begin to look for help elsewhere.”

3. Stay Dedicated to God’s Will

– Don’t quit or look for someone to replace me, but pray “If it’s your will for me to continue, I’ll do it; not my will but yours be done.”

Recognizing the Helper

I’ve come to learn that the question I need to ask is not, “God, why won’t you help?” but rather, “God, why do I keep refusing to recognize and receive your help?” In order to do so, I must honestly ask myself: Am I insisting that God helps me my way or am I open to help God’s way? Am I willing to wait for God’s help? And most important, am I dedicated to God’s will?

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