I really enjoy your column. It’s my favorite part of the entire magazine. I look forward to it everyday. I have been struggling with depression and anxiety for many years. A friend of mine suggested that I go and speak with a psychiatrist and take medication. I know we should trust God and pray for healing. I am really struggling with what to do. Thank you so much! I would love to meet you one day.
Signed, Anxious Mother
Dear Anxious Mother,
I am very happy to hear that you enjoy my column that much. It would be a pleasure to meet you too.
I praise God that you are seeking to do what you believe would please Him (God). Yes, indeed! “Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9 It’s rare to find people like you in this world, with enough faith to think about putting God’s will first. That is how it should always be. God wants the best for us. “But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Rejoice in the Lord. Whatever are your circumstances and challenges. Jesus is always present. Please keep your faith in God. Ask the Holy Spirit to take control of your life to the extent that others will see Christ in everything you do and say. Do not allow discouragement, failures, and frustration disappoint you. You will be victorious in the name of Jesus! Amen! God does for us what we cannot do ourselves. For example, we shouldn’t go to sleep at night leaving our doors wide open just because we have faith in God. God expects us to take responsibility to lock the doors for our own safety. We out to do our part too. I am trying just to get the logic that watching over ourselves is an obligation. If your anxiety is making you so sick to the point of depression, it’s okay with God for you to seek professional help. It would be temporary, just until you gain your full strength back.
When Jesus was here in this world, He took more time healing the sick people than preaching. The third book of the New Testament was written by Dr. Luke, he was a physician. Jesus recognized that sick people need doctor’s help. “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But, when Jesus heard that, He said to them; “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” Matthew 9:11,12
The faculties of the mind function best when the body is healthy. Practice the Eight Remedies of Nature; good nutrition, exercise, drink enough water, sunlight, temperance or moderation, fresh air, rest, and trust in God. “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13
Please take care of your health. Do no allow it to progress. I hope I helped you in some way. I will earnestly be praying for you.