Tag Archives: Depression

The Christian life boils down to this… Suffering, yes. Abundance, absolutely yes. We are loved by God! He has an abundant life planned for us even when it includes difficulties and hardships. Depression doesn’t have to be the end game for us. Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear from you!

Abundant Life for All

Abundant Life for All

  I have no interest in throwing unnecessary shade at the church when it comes to how it has traditionally dealt with mental illness. One of the things I love most about the church is its fierce commitment to helping those in need. Having worked for nearly a decade in the church as a teacher,

I Checked In With God

Two years after Destiny’s Child ended, getting a starring role in a nationally touring show like The Color Purple felt like I had come full circle. And you know what? The experience was incredible, y’all. And the show was even better. Your girl even earned a nomination for Lead Female Actress at the 2008 Eighteenth

Are you checking in? God didn’t create us to leave us in depression and despair. He doesn’t want us to feel disconnected and alone. He created us for community and wholeness! Out of love and for family. Who do you need to connect with today?

Y’all Should Read the Bible. It’s Good Stuff.

  Let me tell you about one of my life’s little grenades that exploded because I wasn’t checking in with myself. Have you ever had someone do you dirty? (We all nod yes because duh.) But I mean, like, have you ever had someone just wrong you? Betray you? I’m not talking about somebody who

One Plot or Two

Editor’s note: Kayla Stoecklein is a voice of compassion and hope for those oppressed with the mostly-taboo topic of suicide. It’s a delicate issue, one haunted by shame and fear, and one that needs to be brought into the light of God’s grace. In Fear Gone Wild, Kayla shares her and Andrew’s story but above

Mental Health: This Is Not a Drill

We all have a lot of work to do. Most medical professionals agree that we are less than a generation away from turning the corner on cancer. But when it comes to mental health, the car is still parked in the garage. It’s a well-accepted embarrassment that twenty years have passed since psychiatry’s last major

Why Does God Allow Mental Illness?

And what is the purpose of suffering? I once worked with a man who started limping around the office one day. He had tripped during a recent half-marathon and thought his ankle was just taking longer than usual to recover. But then he started to trip when walking down the hallway and couldn’t keep his

Love. I don’t know what that means. I don’t know that You love me, and I suppose I don’t know if I love You either. I fear You and I respect Your power, but I’m afraid Your next move will take another chunk out of me.

Are You Painting Your Masterpiece with My Pain?

  Honest Prayers for The Darkest Times Dear God, I was making a list of things I know for sure, but when I went to write “God loves me,” I couldn’t — it felt like a lie. I believe You love me, but I don’t know it. I think You do. Your book says You

Depression is hard. Thank You, God, that these days we know a great deal about how to help people think, feel, and act better! And, thank You, Lord, that there is healing in Your wings!

Thank God That I Am Not God

  Do you remember the scene in the movie Rudy when he’s trying to get accepted into Notre Dame but it’s not looking good so he goes to a priest for some advice? The priest says that in thirty-five years of religious studies he’s only come up with two hard, incontrovertible facts: “There is a

The good news for those suffering from guilt or shame is this: Jesus died on the Cross to remove the stain of guilt and shame from our lives.

Stop the Downward Spiral of Guilt and Shame

  Shame, by formal definition, is a painful feeling of having lost the respect of others because of an improper behavior, sin, or label of incompetence. It arises from dishonor or disgrace stemming from something regrettable, unfortunate, or outrageous. Chronic Guilt and Shame Can Lead to Depression Our main reason to be concerned with guilt

Brokenness: Taking Off the Mask

Brokenness: Taking Off the Mask

I had just moved in with my aunt and uncle while attending community college, and I was sitting on their couch about midday, ugly-face crying. If you’ve done the same, you know what I’m talking about. It’s where a cry session turns the corner and becomes a full-blown weep. I was really struggling at that

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