The Awful Weariness of It All

“For my life is full of troubles,     and death draws near.” Psalm 88:3 Not really ‘positive’ is it? There is often a very dull, desperate tedium that saturates our lives–especially those among us with profound mental and physical issues.  It never lets up, the grind is constant. Depression, confusion, paranoia, and mania weave in and out of […]

When Despair Empties You

“It is through much tribulation that we enter the kingdom of Heaven.”   Acts 14:22 As a broken believer this might happen– #1, I breakdown, and begin to fray. I begin to despair. #2, my own ‘faith’ is questioned, I become unsure of my salvation. #3, I feel like I’m all alone. No one can […]

The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

A great lesson from Joni Eareckson Tada, I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put them on my ears! Humbled by her gift, […]

How Does Your Church See Mental Illness?

This should supply direction and dialogue on the issues faced by every church member. It is a great opportunity we have been given— to minister to every person in the Body of Christ. —Bryan by Ken Camp, Associated Baptist Press  — Living with depression — or any other form of mental illness — is like […]