Category Archives: Changing Your Thinking

293. Sitting on a porch in Northfield, Minnesota

Six years ago I was in major depression and hoping for death. All was dreary, all was dark. I couldn’t think of anything but my own mental anguish and emotional devastation. Last Saturday, I sat out on the back deck … Continue reading

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292. Change Your Address

We tend to think too highly of ourselves, and that is the source of all sorts of problems, not the least of which is depression. Perhaps it’s time for you to change your address. Instead of me and Jesus on … Continue reading

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282. Changing Your Thinking

Round and round your mind goes: thinking about mistakes you have made, agonizing over a lost love, dreading the upcoming company reorganization. It’s difficult to reign in your thoughts, nearly impossible in fact, unless you have something to replace them. … Continue reading

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276. Accepting Help

For those of us who are depressed, grieving, in the grip of a terrible affliction, or other place of darkness, there comes a time when we must let go the reins of our own soul and accept help from others. … Continue reading

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274. Don’t Give Up

There came a time in my life when my thinking changed – from how people and circumstances affected me to how I affected other people and circumstances. That change happened amidst major depression, and I credit the new thinking as … Continue reading

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273. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

“Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.” – Mark 15:15 “When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid.”  – John 19:8 Pilate knew Jesus was … Continue reading

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272. The Lord is My Shepherd

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  – Psalm 23:4 Major depression is the valley of the … Continue reading

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265. When You Relapse…continued

2. Practice selective hearing. If you’re like me, you’re convinced that you are lazy, stupid, pathetic and weak when you are depressed. Oh, and self-absorbed. To confirm this, you call to mind every comment made in the last decade in … Continue reading

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260. Write a New Script

As if the public stigma of having depression were not bad enough, self-stigma constantly harasses a depressed person: “I am weak, unworthy, broken, a plague on society.” It’s a terrible story heard over and over again. What to do? Change … Continue reading

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249. An Antidote for Drifting Away

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1) This verse is crucially important  in our spiritual walk but is important also in our natural walk. For example, … Continue reading

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