Thursday, October 1, 2015

Day 1: 31 Days of Pursuing Joy When Anxiety and Depression are Pursuing You

Welcome to 31 Days!

This month, Life Under the Lintel is linking up with bunches of other bloggers for the 31 Day Challenge.  Each blogger writes about one topic of their choice, every day, for the month of October.

Though I'm in no way a professional, depression and generalized anxiety have been personally familiar topics for years.  As a disclaimer, I am currently taking extremely helpful medication, without which I was unable to even think through these issues clearly.  I do not, however, believe that medication is the only and complete solution to mood problems.

"Moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor--it is the gift of God...Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God."

Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19

Enjoying life is the gift of God.  Sometimes He gives that gift naturally.  Sometimes He gives it through pharmaceuticals.  Sometimes He gives it through a gradual change of heart.  

Sometimes He withholds it.

There are some who would tell the anxious soul to "just relax."  They would tell the clinically depressed to "cheer up."  

But the God who has power to gift or withhold enjoyment does not scoff at your struggle.  

"Though He scoffs at the scoffers,
Yet He gives grace to the afflicted."

Proverbs 3:34

He offers grace instead.

This month, we will touch on questions such as:  What causes depression?  Isn't anxiety a sin?  Should all Christians feel joy?  How can I stop being afraid?  Is God disappointed in my moods?  Why do I struggle this way?  What can I do about it?  

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