Category Archives: Living a Spiritual Life

How living a spiritual life can help you overcome life’s problems

268. Oswald Chambers

–          from My Utmost for His Highest, February 17 entry “Depression is apt to turn us away from the ordinary commonplace things of God’s creation, but whenever God comes, the inspiration is to do the most natural simple things – … Continue reading

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267. One Sunday in 2006

From my journal… “The depression was so horrible this afternoon that I cried. Then I cried out to Jesus, ‘Take my hand. Lead me. Simplify my life as I look only to You. I am at the end of my … Continue reading

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266. In This World You Will Have Trouble

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 These are words of great hope for those who … Continue reading

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263. Persistence in Prayer

Never give up! At first there were days on end when I couldn’t pray because my depression was so intense. A steel band tightened around my head, and a heavy weight crushed my body; I was mentally and emotionally paralyzed. … Continue reading

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262. Can Spirituality Help You?

If you’re a member of a faith community, you may find that speaking with your clergyperson or becoming more involved with services and activities may be helpful. When I was in major depression, I joined a faith-based group that helped … Continue reading

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261. Religion and Depression

In 2009, Duke University conducted research on the relationship between religion and depression, suicide, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. Of 724 published studies, more than half found that religious beliefs had a statistically significant positive impact on mental health. … Continue reading

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259. The Jesus Prayer

Is there an iron gate in your life that imprisons you in a cell of darkness? You have beaten against those bars, but they won’t yield. You have tried to pray, but the words stick in your throat. There is … Continue reading

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257. The Rock of My Life

For You, O Lord, have put my life in order, Have shaped it from the very beginning. You were by my side at birth, Preserving my life when all thought I would die. You stood guard as I struggled with … Continue reading

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255. Show Mercy

Picture to left: The Good Samaritan We all encounter troublesome people: those who rub us the wrong way. When they come into our lives, we have two choices  – judge them or show mercy. I have learned from the Epistle … Continue reading

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253. On the Edge of a Great Chasm

There was a scene from many years ago when I was so anxious and the tension in my body so great that it felt as if I had two hernias in my groin that were ready to explode. In meditation, … Continue reading

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