Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anxiety, depression, and prayer

My second post of the day. But I thought I needed to pass this along because it's important.

My friend asked me this morning whether I've prayed over my anxieties, all the stuff that seems to be triggering the threat of depression right now. And I realized that I hadn't prayed. Hadn't even thought of praying. Pretty bad.

She pointed out Psalm 37: 3-5 in particular, especially good in the Amplified version:
"Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and the secret petitions of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]: trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass."
Reading that did me a lot of good. And yes, I need to take that to heart. I need to pray.

This morning I used the SAD lamp. It left me a bit "light" headed. So bright! Don't know which helped more, the lamp or the Bible verses and prayer. Methinks I should use both. In any case, I feel better today.

And, thank God, just heard this minute from another person, second within a week, wanting to start a Living Room group. Praise God!!

And that's what my work is all about, isn't it? Helping people receive faith-based support for their problems with mood disorder. Why worry about petty things? I have God on my side and He will care for my needs.


Writing Works said...

It's nice to hear about how things are going in your world.

I think that the seasons do different things to different people. I can't say that I get 'depressed' in late fall, but the season does bring me a different feeling than any other time of the year.

It's a great reminder to pray about everything. I am a person who most often wants to handle it all on my own, even though I know I would have a lot more peace if I just give it to God and let Him work it out.

Hope you feel better quickly and that you continue to find inspiration and healing from God's Word.

P.S. Great to hear about the possible Living Room starts!!

marja said...

Writing Works: It's elemental to our faith, isn't it, to take it to God. And yet so easy to forget. I too try too often to handle things on my own, but then I get into trouble. Yet keeping our eyes on Jesus means we don't need to get anxious. We become stronger and more courageous. What could be better?