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Whisper My Name

05/20/2016

Are you afraid, overwhelmed, depressed or lonely? Today’s wisdom is from the devotional book, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.  Jesus says: I am with you and for you, your constant companion and provider.  The question is whether you are with me and for me.  Though I never leave you, you can essentially “leave” me by […]

Be A Safety Net

05/19/2016

In 1932, when the first section of the Golden Gate Bridge was being built, there were 25 accidental deaths of workers falling into the Bay.  Then, a large net was installed below the bridge.  Because of the net, 28 lives were saved during the construction of the last sections of the bridge. Once again, there […]

How Does Depression Feel?

02/21/2015

How can we care for a person who is depressed?

To begin, it is helpful to remember what depression feels like to the one who is depressed.

Depression feels like…

Is Your Teenager Depressed?

10/10/2014

All teens suffer bouts of moodiness and sadness from time to time. It’s all part of the emotional rollercoaster leading to adulthood. But when feelings of sadness last for more than two weeks, there’s a possibility that a teen is struggling with depression. These symptoms are not to be taken lightly. Any indications by your teen […]

Are You Gloomy and Depressed?

05/05/2015

What should one do when he or she is feeling gloomy and depressed or overwhelmed by all the bad news in your life? Isaiah has some advice for us. “Offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like […]

Be A Distraction

09/01/2015

My friend is depressed. Her apartment is a mess. Piles of dishes are in the sink.  Crumbs, dirt and garbage are in all the rooms.  Larry and I think, why doesn’t she do something – like clean up this mess? We care about Kathy, so we hire a cleaning service.  Does that help?  Makes us feel better, […]

Talk Less, Listen More.

02/04/2016

What is the best way to help someone who is feeling low, struggling emotionally or perhaps even clinically depressed? Elizabeth Bernstein says: Start by asking, “How are you today?” Listen to what he has to say. Don’t tell the person what you think is wrong.  Don’t analyze.  Don’t minimize his pain by saying things like:  […]