cooleffect.jpg“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   – Jeremiah 29:11

According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), approximately fourteen million Americans suffer from depression in a given year. Depression affects every area of a person’s life, leaving one desperate for relief.  Many of us have experienced pain brought on by unfairness in an imperfect world. We wonder why God allows such tragedies. Though not recorded, we wonder if John the Baptist’s friends or Mary questioned God when pain tore through their hearts.

For those of us who choose to draw near to God, His promise to draw near to us begins an awesome healing process. (James 4:8) However, it is human nature to start building thick walls to protect ourselves from further pain. We also tend to complicate things with questions that cannot be answered, resulting in an unnecessary muddled mess of fear, doubt and confusion in our hearts. The world’s lure can become our god. The longings to fill the void are deep within our souls, yet still unsatisfied.

In His love, God waits for each of us. He will fill the void with His precious love and we will be assured He is for us, not against us. Through Christ, we can come into the realm of God’s presence.  By letting God’s power work in our lives, we will be convinced that it is far more fulfilling and entertaining than what the world has to offer.

– Ann Reilley

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