The Dumps

Let’s face it. Life can be stinky and grief is sneaky.  If you get them both at once, you can get down in the dumps.   Sometimes, our blues are so deep that we need medical assistance, but often we can help ourselves out of a mild depression.

Like Elijah (1Kings chapter 18-19), we may be trying to isolate ourselves, despairing of our life as it is.  We might choose the comfort of food, cigarettes, gambling, sex, shopping, etc, as our security, instead of God. Our self esteem droops.

God helped Elijah in simple ways. First God renewed his body with proper nourishment. When we start to make better food choices, our attitude brightens considerable. Let’s  try cutting sugar and salt from our diet.

Second, God renewed his mind. We need to ask ourselves the same questions God asked Elijah.

“What are you doing here?” Lament the answer in detail in our journals and face the facts.

Third, God gave Elijah a job to do. When I was depressed this past holiday, I ended up housing a family of five in my tiny house for several weeks. I didn’t have time to think about myself. What can we do for others?

As usual, we’ll find our help in God.

God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas. (Psalm 46:1-2, AMP).

Prayer: Lord when we slip into the pit of despair, bring us to our senses, no matter what it takes. Amen.

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