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How I became free from depression. Overcoming depression. through Christ.

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Something I don’t share often through my writing is that I once battled with depression. It was aggressive in my life. It wasn’t something that just happened once in awhile or when something tragic happened to me. It was a lifestyle for me.

 

I lived with depression on a day to day basis for about twelve years. I started experiencing the signs of depression at twelve years old. By the time I was sixteen it was on full force. I no longer knew any other way to think, any other emotion to feel, and I definitely never developed hope or plans for my future of being free from the pain of depression. It was a disease I became accustomed to. Trying to recover from it was like taking breath away from me. I didn’t know another way to function.

 

Depression didn’t care how much my parents loved me. It didn’t care that I had a good life and had everything I wanted. It doesn’t care how many people loves you or that you are well taken care of. All depression cares about is overtaking you and your mind.

 

No matter what anyone did to help me and make me feel better, I never felt close to freedom. It wasn’t till I gave my life to Christ that I realized there were other emotions we could feel as human beings. The moment the Holy Spirit touched me, I became overwhelmed with knowing that there was another way to live.

 

The Lord immediately began to heal to me. He took me through a process of complete recover. Since then I have never looked back and I have now been fully free from depression for seven years. Depression in my life is now just a vague memory and a fierce testimony of God saving me.

 

Today, I chose to share Lureta’s post as the feature because this post brings awareness to the reality of depression. It truly overtakes a beings life but through Christ we can rise and live with freedom. Please take a moment to read her post and pray for the needs of Gods children.

 

Here is Lureta’s post featuring on Salt & Light Link Up……

 

Her outward appearance belied her forty-something years and her mismatched clothing hung on her like oversized sacks.

 

I did a double take.

 

Graying hair glared from underneath the faded out bronze hair dye, giving her hair a strange orange glow that was all too unnatural.  Dark circles sat heavily around hopeless eyes while her shoulders drooped with an obvious, yet invisible load.

 

This wasn’t the woman I knew.  This person was unrecognizable to me.  She shuffled across the waiting room and sat in the chair closest to my husband.  Our exchanged greetings were most uncomfortable as my husband and I struggled through the shock of seeing the drastic changes we observed in this once strong personality.

 

Something was dreadfully wrong and it didn’t take being a Registered Nurse to recognize the symptoms.  Our friend was lost in a dark world of deep depression.  Her 12 years old girl sat silently beside her, gaze held low and I wondered just how much her juvenile mind comprehended.

 

My heart screamed inside my chest  “Oh God, please help!”

 

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    Maree Dee
    September 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Carmen,

    I am so sorry you suffered so many years with depression. Congrats on no longer suffering. I am glad you were able to heal, many are not as fortunate. I know many many Christians that suffer from depression. The good news is there is help out there and others that understand. Sometimes it doesn’t go away but can be managed.Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing.
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      September 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you Maree Dee for reading and commenting! It is very unfortunate how many suffer from depression. It is something that can takeover someone’s life very quickly and that is definitely something I understand. Through my victory of recovering from depression, the Lord has given me the passion to pray for ones that suffer with depression and to have a understanding and compassionate heart of what depression is in someone’s life. I am honored that I can pray for others with confidence that God can heal and bring the right people to help!

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    Michele Morin
    September 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Mental health issues are the blind spot that plagues the family of God. Thanks for encouraging a compassionate response by sharing stories of real people who love Christ and yet struggle with depression. So helpful and so needful.
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      September 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you Michele. Depression is real and it is very sad to see how many suffer from it but with God, all things are possible. =)

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