Monthly Archives: February 2012

The blessings of family and friends

…cannot be over emphasized for the person wrestling with depression. They stand by, support, encourage, and pray for the depressed loved one. It is hard, long, tiring work. Many times it is above and beyond the call of “duty.” I … Continue reading

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Sometimes it is hard

…to even talk with family and friends when you are on the slide of depression. It isn’t a disease in the sense of poison ivy or an infection where there are simple medical steps to take. Even describing that something … Continue reading

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… especially for men in the church

A silent plague, no, the silent plague in the church is so ingrained in churches that we don’t recognize, or we shut our eyes and ears to it, so that we don’t have to deal with it. But as people … Continue reading

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Some good memories

After reading Emily Cook’s post today I am reminded how quickly our grandkids are growing up. So, here are just a few photos as reminders, from our visit in April 2011.   And of course, Aaron and Amanda! “The days … Continue reading

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Words of hope in the midst of…

For my devotional reading this morning, I once again was refreshed with Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. “Crushed in spirit”— (דַּכְּאֵי־ר֥וּחַ). What a description of our lives! That … Continue reading

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And the battle with depression

…continues. I traveled this past week with all day (and evening) meetings, so little chance to post. I appreciate everyone’s responses (mostly offline) to the posts on depression; many people have emailed and others have spoken to me face-to-face about their … Continue reading

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Have you hugged your porcupine today?

Odd title, huh? Actually it is appropriate for today’s blog: the two sides of living with depression. One side involves the person who is depressed, the other side involves the people who live with the person who is depressed. And … Continue reading

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