DON’T LOOK BACK: Tips for Depression

Reach a bright horizon by keeping your eye on it.
Reach a bright horizon by keeping your eye on it.

…by Cheri Douglas

Our “Don’t Look Back” study on Twitter seems to have had a big impact on a lot of people. We have been studying brokenness and how God makes beauty from brokenness, if we hand the pieces over in prayer, devotions, and submission.

Think of some examples. Beautiful stained glass windows come from broken pieces. Our lives can shine again if we follow God’s lead in putting the pieces together again. Another beautiful example is Lifetime Quilts made with patches from significant fabrics that mark the times in our lives. The lowlights and the highlights of life come together in beauty with God’s artistic inspirations.

But many times we get distracted and God can’t get through to us. When God can’t get through to our spirits, depression sets in and can get out of control. . Sometimes the distractions may be the here and now circumstances we can’t see our way through, so we become obsessed with distractions. Sometimes the distractions are our fears about the future and we become frozen in the present. But even more often people get distracted by things they continually look back at and then can’t move forward. They get stuck.

God tells us so many times in so many ways,”Don’t look back”. The concept is clear in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The most powerful image in the OT was Lot’s Wife.( Gen 19:26) The carnal and immoral cities of Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed. Lot and his wife were being saved as a way of God honoring Abraham. All they had to do was follow the angel of God’s directions,”Leave and do not look back”. Lot’s wife couldn’t simply obey. She looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. Yes she was stuck, never again to move or look forward. Maybe he should have given her more details. I could have been her. I am so curious! I have had to learn to let go and stop overanalyzing what happened!

Working on this theory, I remembered a verse from the New Testament when Jesus said,”“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke9:62)He also reminds us to, “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32)That’s because we get stuck too. We can’t function in the present or have enthusiasm for the future when we are compelled to keep looking back and lamenting the past.

When you really stop to think about it, the big picture reason Jesus came to suffer and redeem us was to get us out of the past and save us for a victorious future. The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” The old is gone!! There is nothing there.(2Cor5:17)

At the empty tomb Mary Magdelene was asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Luke24:5) He was gone!! That would be a good thought to remember when we get stuck in the past. Jesus isn’t there! He can’t help us if we stay there.

The more you think of this theme, the more you see it is the whole broad theme of the Bible, the story of life! We must move forward. During our last monthly prayer hour for depression victims and people with suicidal temptations, I was asked for a list of practical suggestions that have helped me to not look back. So I will list them here.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Before I give you my spiritual list, let me also suggest you make sure you are seeing a doctor if you are plagued with depression. I have had a lot of physical illness that has triggered depression. So I know that is a big problem with chronic illness. Many prescription drugs also have side effects of depression. You need a doctor who will take overall interest in your health whenever you suffer from depression. Some medications can quickly distort how reality looks by causing imbalances in your brain. Those are things you need to know.

The monster is never really as big as he seems!
The monster is never really as big as he seems!

On a spiritual plain…

  1. Ask the Lord daily to lift the dark cloud from your spirit and lead you to see the things that bring energy and enthusiasm today. Take time to rest in Him during this prayer and listen for wisdom to come or pressure to lift. Give thanks for your healing steps.
  2. Memorize …
    1. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    2. 2Cor 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” The old is gone!!
    3. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
    4. Jeremiah 29:11 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.
  3. Repeat these verses when you feel low. Place them as notes around your house and in your car and office.
  4. Listen to uplifting gospel music to fill your thoughts.
  5. Spend time with uplifting people who will also pray for you.
  6. Disconnect from people who drag you down emotionally or are a bad influence on what you are trying to improve upon in your own life.
  7. Find someone who has overcome depression and will mentor you when you need it.
  8. Keep this phone number incase you get into a crisis and don’t have anyone to talk to – 1800 273 TALK – suicide talk line from National Suicide Prevetion
  9. Create a vision statement for your future and celebrate each small step or accomplishment in that direction.
  10. Find activities you enjoy to become involved with other people on a regular basis. Consider tweeting with our twitter family on the hashtag #GodsLoveChats!
  11. Stay away from depressing movies or books. Watch and read uplifting feel good materials.
  12. Eat well balanced fresh foods regularly.
  13. Find someone to bless each day.
  14. Do some volunteer work to serve someone in need.
  15. HUG someone everyday!

 

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