Defeating depression means staying on the course.

Once again my intestinal problems are flaring up. Only one more week till my doctor’s appointment. This is the one time I will probably be glad to go.

I had some posts ready but when I wasn’t in the “loo” I was working on my devotional book. It’s going really well.

Yesterday God led me to still waters and I spent the rest of my day working on some paintings. I haven’t done that in such a long time and it feels good to be getting back to something I can truly lose myself in.

I needed a day to myself and God graciously provided it. I felt a little guilty. “Shouldn’t I be cleaning house or working on my post, calling a friend…?”

Nope. There are days we need to have our souls restored.

“He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:

All of Psalm twenty-three is about a path, isn’t it? The Psalmist also talks about the rod and the staff, sheep herding tools. But they have special significance for us as well.

The staff guided and protected the sheep when they strayed too far and go tangled up in the bushes. The shepherd used the staff to bring that particular tangled-in-the-bushes sheep back to safety.

The rod was then used to gently part the sheep’s wool to look for wounds that needed treating.

Today the staff might well be considered God’s word revealing truth to us and bringing us back on the path. The rod might well be the Holy Spirit who opens our wounds to expose them so they can be healed.

The Psalmist goes on to say that we don’t have to be afraid of evil (depression and anxiety are two of those evils) because God is with us and is in the business of restoring our soul, even in the presence of our enemy. And we know who that is, don’t we?

You are not in this battle alone.

I wasn’t either.

God promises to take care of us today just like a shepherd takes care of his flock.

God is walking through this valley of depression with you and at the same time walking ahead of you preparing the way. He already knows the struggles you will face.

He already knows the people who might discourage you, the naysayers who tell you you can’t get better.

He has already provided the detour

Your only job is to follow.

Staying on the path to recovery means believing every day that you are getting better.

If you are reading this post, you are already on the way to recovery.

You don’t have to fear what tomorrow might bring. You only have to get out of bed and let a gentle God lead you gently.

God bless and have a good day.

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