Wednesday, July 29, 2015


By Janet K. Brown

The devil delights in causing depression for saints. He whispers lies in our ears. We repeat them over and over until our spirits are so defeated only a miracle can redeem us.

Depression isn’t new. Look at the prophet, Elijah’s words. 

“I’ve had enough,” he told the Lord. “Take away my life. I’ve got to die sometime, and it might as well be now.”
                             1 Kings 19:4 Life Recovery Bible
Jeremiah poured out his depression on the page:  
He has filled me with bitterness and given me a cup of deepest sorrows to drink.
                 Lamentations 3:15 Life Recovery Bible

 In that same chapter of Lamentations in verses twenty-one through twenty-three, Jeremiah tells us the answer to depression. “Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness, his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.”  

Our only hope. 

God is strong enough to lift our burdens and loving enough to mend our broken heart.
                      Life Recovery Bible, note on page 843

 All forms of depression bring a wedge between us and God.

 Like Jeremiah, the only remedy is soaking in the Word of God, allowing it to soothe and encourage, and reminding ourselves of His faithfulness in the past.

 At the top of my Writing with God’s hope blog,  I give an inspirational quote of the day. Here’s two I love that help depression.
“If God never sleeps, why should both of us stay awake?”
                       The Freedom of Letting Go
                        by Donna Clark Goodrich

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right."
                                                      ~ Henry Ford

 Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retiring from medical coding.
     Worth Her Weight is the author’s first inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her previously released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.
Worth Her Weight marks Brown’s third book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
     Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.
     Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books.

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How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?

     LACEY CHANDLER helps her mother, her sister, her friend, and then she binges on food and wonders is there really a God?
     BETTY CHANDLER hates being handicapped and useless, so she lashes out at the daughter that helps, and the God who doesn’t seem to care.
     TOBY WHEELER loves being police chief in Wharton Rock, but when the devil invades the small town, he can’t release control.

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