Understanding Depression

Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:11

Understanding Depression

The sadness that accompanies any significant loss is an inevitable fact of life. In time, sadness runs its course and gradually abates. Depression, on the other hand, is a physical and emotional condition that is, in almost all cases, treatable with medication and counseling. Depression is not a disease to be taken lightly. Left untreated, it presents real dangers to patients’ physical health and to their emotional well-being.

If you find yourself feeling “blue,” perhaps it’s a logical reaction to the ups and downs of daily life. But if your feelings of sadness have gone on longer than you think they should—or if someone close to you fears that your sadness may have evolved into clinical depression—it’s time to seek professional help.

Some days are light and happy, and some days are not. When we face the inevitable dark days of life, we must choose how we will respond. Will we allow ourselves to sink even more deeply into our own sadness, or will we do the difficult work of pulling ourselves out? We bring light to the dark days of life by turning first to God, and then to trusted family members, friends, and medical professionals. When we do, the clouds will eventually part, and the sun will shine once more upon our souls.

– Steve Arterburn

“Emotions we have not poured out in the safe hands of God can turn into feelings of hopelessness and depression. God is safe.” – Beth Moore

“Self-blame over the past leads to depression in the present and poor decisions for the future.”  – Barbara Johnson

“Feelings of uselessness and hopelessness are not from God, but from the evil one, the devil, who wants to discourage you and thwart your effectiveness for the Lord.”  – Bill Bright

“Don’t let aridity distress you: perfection has nothing to do with such things—only with virtues. Your devotion will come back when you are least expecting it.”   – St. Teresa Of Avila

Dear Lord, You have promised to lift me up from the pit of my despair, and You have promised to place a new song on my lips.  If the darkness envelops me, Father, remind me of those promises. And give me the wisdom to accept help from the people You have placed along my path. Amen

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God Said No

Does this poem speak to you like it did to me? I found a poem titled “God Said No,” and loved that it perfectly described the problems we all think we have in life, but more importantly, it made me understand what God sees when he looks in our lives. Click here to watch the video.


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Boundaries for Moms

Running a family household is not easy. Many moms (and dads) become exhausted and frustrated trying to do it all. John Townsend and I talk about some healthy boundaries moms can set to make homelife less chaotic and more satisfying. Watch the video –http://ow.ly/MPlxE.


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“How to Deal with Difficult People” Dr. Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda Mintle, my co-author on “Lose It For Life“, discusses her new book “We Need to Talk.” Today she talks about what it can be like to have relationships with high conflict people and some guidelines you can use to make approaching them easier. Click here to watch the video.


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Romans 12:2

This verse is what New Life Ministries is all about: changing and transforming people’s lives. We don’t want you to be comfortable, we want to change the way you see things, and to motivate you to make the appropriate changes in your life. This, is Romans 12:2. Click here for more.

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Are You A Sugar Addict?

If you think you might have a sugar addiction, but aren’t quite sure, here are some common symptoms and some guidelines for what I call “The North Pole Diet.” If you  want to almost totally eliminate or extremely limit sugar in your diet, take a look at this segment! Watch the video.

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John 3:16

Today is March 16 or 3-16. For many of us in the Christian community, the Bible verse John 3:16 is a favorite. It’s even more “famous” out in California because it’s printed on the rim of the drink cup at In-N-Out burger, the first ever burger joint with a drive up window! But instead of talking about french fries, let’s talk about John 3:16. Click here to watch the video.


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Co-dependency is a buzzword, but do you know what it really means? Watch Steve and Dr. John Townsend discuss this subject. Click here.

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Why Kindness is Important

Wrapping up Intentional Acts of Kindness week, here’s a video why we feel kindness is so important. Click here to watch.


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What’s Really Going On With 50 Shades of Grey?

What is your take on 50 Shades of Grey? Are you planning to see it? See what Steve Arterburn, Milan Yerkovich and Dr. Jill Hubbard have to say – watch the full video here – http://ow.ly/J19ga


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