Category Archives: depression

Depression Hurts, [Photo]

They won’t. Your friends “fingers” might be appreciated, but they can’t lift the darkness. They may want to help you, but they are limited in what they can do. Overcoming depression has to start from the inside, and the Holy … Continue reading

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Bethesda, 31 A.D.

“Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.5 One of the men … Continue reading

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Affliction Understood, [Daily Pain]

There is the unquestionable presence of affliction that is present in our lives.  Affliction is the general term for specific instances of trials, tribulations, persecutions, emotional or physical pain and suffering. The ancient Assyrians used the word for “affliction” as … Continue reading

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Can You Say No? [Getting Negative]

11 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:11-12 My life runs better when I learn … Continue reading

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Confession – A Villanelle

This poem is written in the “villanelle* form. I wrote it as a reminder to myself of how hard the darkness of depression can be, so that I don’t lose my compassion for those in my world who are struggling … Continue reading

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The God-Players, [Death Wish]

1 The Problem Is Myself,   by Earl Jabay   About twenty-five years ago, in a small Midwestern city, a group of young boys were playing baseball. It was a team tryout. Every boy was doing his best to impress the … Continue reading

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Broken Heart of Love – A Poem

This poem was written for someone I love who struggles with bipolar disorder. Though I have suffered through depression, anxiety, and panic attacks myself, I can never truly understand her pain. I want to help, but am at a loss … Continue reading

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