When Depression Hits: How to Pray Above Your Sorrow

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” – Psalm 143:8 NKJV I stand in the doorway trying hard to produce a smile as I wave goodbye. It’s what […]

A Lie Almost Changed Everything

He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  Ecclesiastes 3:11 Did you see that picture? The horror! That, my friends, was the day after the latest Southern California storm. After a night of pounding rain and howling winds, that was the aftermath at my house. I know, huh—I’m sure you’re wondering if we’re calling in […]

Why You Should Never Accept Ordinary

Can we get a coffee and chat? I mean, just you and I sitting on a couch gabbing away? Let’s talk, because I’ve been meaning to tell you something. I know you’ve been feeling ordinary lately. It happens to all of us. The routines, the schedules, the “I don’t know when it happened” melting of […]

When My Head Hangs Low

“The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”  – Psalm 145:14 There was a time when I walked most days with my head held low. My eyes seeing the world only from my empty heart on down. Worry and fear hung around my neck like a millstone. The […]

My Depression and the Pursuit of God

“You keep…in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you.” – Isaiah 26:3 ESV One morning I laid in bed with a familiar gray weight upon my heart and spirit. Years had come and gone since depression entered my world. My marriage suffered in the shadows, and my kids often whispered, “What’s wrong with Momma?” […]

When “Distressed” Defines You

“And let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” – Genesis 35:3 NASB Years ago, my husband and I were on a hunt for a new dining room […]

Depression & The Light of God

“You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” ~ Psalm 18:28 NIV Recently, I awoke to a darkness that had come upon me like a cold fog.  The feeling of simple happiness was gone, and the familiar gray I had lived with for more than 10 years had returned […]

Letting in the Son

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”  – Psalm 43:3 (NIV) The first hints of daylight peek through the windows calling me awake.  I lie there in the fading shadows of the night thinking of all that […]