Preaching to Yourself

PREACHING TO YOURSELF ABOUT HOPE by Terry Powell Have you ever “preached to yourself?” I’m referring to the act of fighting negative and unbiblical thought patterns with the Word of God. It’s also called “biblical self-talk,” reminding yourself of truth that counteracts Satan’s lies. In Future Grace, John Piper illustrates how the Psalmist battled despondency […]

Good Shepherd, Be Patient

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,”  John 10:14 Who can understand this tremendous scriptural truth? To be shepherded by him is the ultimate evidence that we are truly loved. To say that he cares for me is a mystery and an astonishment.   Good Shepherd, be patient And I […]

Preaching (and Listening) to Yourself

By Terry Powell, Have you ever “preached to yourself?” I’m referring to the act of fighting negative and unbiblical thought patterns with the Word of God. It’s also called “biblical self-talk,” reminding yourself of truth that counteracts Satan’s lies. In Future Grace, John Piper illustrates how the Psalmist battled despondency by preaching to himself: In […]

Valley of Tears

As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. Psalm 84:6 (NIV). The word “baka” means tears. In Psalm 84, the sons of Korah write their praises of God and note that those whose strength is in the Lord will travel […]

The Part of My Depression That Terrifies Me

“Must I then, indeed,  Pain, live with you All through my life? –sharing my fire, my bed, Sharing–oh, worst of things!–the same head?– And, when I feed myself, feeding you, too?”  Edna St. Vincent Millay The critical issue we face is the reality of  living with ourselves through an acute episode of depression or mania.  I […]