Recently, I read a Christian blog on Facebook where individuals were disclosing that they were depressed; overwhelmed; and/or having suicidial thoughts. Although, the moderator of the blog has good intentions, it is not enough to reach desperate individuals by blogging. The following is my response to the cries for help:
I worked as a psych nurse for many years and I am also a Believer. If you are suicidal or depressed you need to seek medical attention from a crisis hotline immediately. Blogging on facebook is a cry for help. You lack the coping skills to deal with your situation. Psalms 23 and 27 NIV or Amplified versions are easily understood. Read the Bible chapters out loud…over and over again. Pray a simple prayer telling God how you feel…He knows already but you have to be honest with your words. Please seek therapeutic intervention and spiritual guidance immediately. We have all been at a time in our lives when our circumstances were overwhelming. It is not a sin to seek professional assistance. God has provided resources because He knows each of us and what we require for deliverance.
“Come unto me all of you who labor and are weary, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
God loves imperfect human beings and is waiting to help us; but, we must humble ourselves and acknowledge that we need help.
From a life be sought with severe trials and crises, I know that my Redeemer lives. My situations required Divine and Human interventions. Contrary to popular religious belief, we should seek out spiritual guidance and therapeutic counseling. Pray for God to direct you to the appropriate individuals.
Holiday season can be especially taxing when we have not received the emotional support from family or friends throughout the year. Broaden your horizons by volunteering at a food bank, homeless shelter, and various community activities. I recently saw a FB post asking for individuals who crochet to make hats for the homeless. Before I started the project, I prayed and asked God to bless each person who received a hat in a very special way. I am feeling wonderful. I never imagined that I would have an opportunity to bless others with a talent I had not used in 20 years.
God loves you-connect with Him through prayer. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
Dear God, please give us the desire to extend ourselves and build relationships with you, and those in need. If we are obedient, you have promised us “joy” which does not rely on perfect circumstances. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer.
Happy and joyful holidays to all.