Let The Praises Ring

We should start each day with praise.  We have no reason not to do so. Matthew 10 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” He protected us while we were sleeping; He gave us the breath in our lungs; and He awakened us in the morning.  Before our feet hit the floor, we should give Him praise.  He knows the numbers of the hairs on our head.  He knows …

Let the Praises Ring

DAY SIX: We should start each day with praise.  We have no reason not to do so.  Matthew 10 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  He protected us while we were sleeping; He gave us the breath in our lungs; and He awakened us in the morning.  Before our feet hit the floor, we should give Him praise.  He knows the numbers of the hairs on our head.  He knows …

A Threefold Cord Is Not Quickly Broken

DAY FIVE: Depression lives in isolation.  It grows in the darkness.  We must remember that we are not just joint heirs with Christ.  We are joint heirs with one another.  Ephesians 4 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?  And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is …

You Have Searched Me and Known Me

  DAY FOUR:  I don’t know why I allow the enemy to have so much power over me.  John [10:10] says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  I’ve seen this.  I know it is true.  Yet when I get those old recurring thoughts replaying in my head, rather than dismissing them as lies from the one who has come to kill and destroy, I begin to accept them as truth. They may have been truth once, but they aren’t any longer.  Jesus came to give …

He Is Our Refuge

DAY THREE: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew [11:28]-30 That is what depression feels like to me.  It is a heavy burden.  All I want is some relief, some rest.  I would like for someone to help me carry the load and that is what He says He will do.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  If we …

Groanings Too Deep For Words

DAY TWO: There are days when I desperately cry out to the Lord.  Those times of desperation do not come with beautiful words or clever turns of phrases.  Sometimes, the only word I can say is “Jesus.”  My soul is overwhelmed and I am unable to articulate exactly how I feel. That is when I am most grateful for the assurances of Romans 8.  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He who searches hearts knows what …

His Mercies Are New Every Morning

DAY ONE: Lamentations is a book I understand.  There are days when “my soul is bereft of peace” and “I have forgotten what happiness is” just as Lamentations [3:17] says.  No matter how many good churchy words I hear or say, they do not change the fact that I do not have the energy or the desire to pull myself out of bed. I know that I have a God of miracles.  He has done things in my life that only could be classified as such.  I know that He is good…all the time.  He blows me away with His goodness.  …