Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. Were you aware? I wasn’t aware of that. Also, how I missed you all last week! No reason for alarm – just a busy week, that’s all. To make it up to you, I plan to publish two posts this week. How’s that?
I could never cover all the different tough and triumphant seasons we might face in our lives. Since we all experience varied seasons, I want to send you to articles by other writers that will give you encouragement in seasons I don’t cover here.
Not that I wish more tough seasons for you. Not at all! But, we should be realistic. This life can be rough, and God desires us to help each other and lift one another up in encouragement.
Do you sometimes struggle with times of depression? Does your friend? Whether it’s occasional or constant, depression is something that’s real for many people. Unfortunately, it’s something we don’t all understand.
Vicki Cottingham is a fellow member of a Facebook Group of which I’m a part. Her article How to Support Those with Depression is extremely valuable for the depressed and their family and friends – and we embracers, as well. I was amazed by Vicki’s suggestions for how to show support and concern for Christian acquaintances who struggle with depression.
Everyone we encounter offers a special ministry opportunity in which to engage and encourage. Vicki’s words convicted me that I probably haven’t shown a proper interest in others with known issues in the past. Gee, I hope to do better now!
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
In the hard times, we never know how others may suffer, and few will openly share their vulnerability. Vicki has chosen to be open about her struggles in this area. She has wisely chosen to follow God in ministry to others who share her tough season(s). What a wonderful teacher she is for us!
Thank you, Vicki, for enlightening us with advice for ministering to and loving those who struggle with seasons of depression.
Embracers, often there are things we can celebrate with our sisters, too. It’s not always hard stuff to deal with. Once relationships are built, we get to share in the joys of others’ triumphant seasons. With Christian sisters who suffer, we can celebrate with them when depression has eased up – a time when God has relieved their difficulties with it, or healed them of it completely.
I look forward to hearing your responses to Vicki’s article after you visit her post. Please return here and share how you were impacted by her wisdom. Was it as convicting for you as it was for me? Helpful and educational?