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This week we are so excited to have a special guest with us — Tracy Hurst! Tracy is a licensed professional counselor, author, speaker and teacher who is the epitome of the glory of Jesus! You are going to be so blessed by her wisdom and insight in this podcast. To read more of Tracy’s writing and learn more about her, visit her website at www.TracyHurst.com.
BE IN THE WORD (this week’s verses):
I waited (expectantly) for the Lord; and he inclined to me and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit (depression), out of the miry clay (negative thinking), and set my feet upon a rock (Jesus), and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God. Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3, Tracy’s parenthesis added)
BE TWEETERS (ready-made tweets, just click to tweet):
BE EDUCATED (additional resources):
1. Mood Swings: Understand Your Emotional Highs and Lows and Achieve a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life by Minrith and Meyer. Seventeen million people in the United States suffer from clinical depression, and more than fifty million people find themselves in prolonged emotional lows. Now, for every sufferer, there is hope. Not only are effective counseling methods available to treat depression, but also researchers have made great strides in understanding the chemical makeup of the brain. Mood Swings helps readers understand the causes of “bipolar-related disorders”-and find effective ways to treat the problem, recover the joy they’ve lost, and return to a far more normal, balanced perspective on life. The doctors discuss the extremes and the in-betweens of depression, and show how the highs and lows of uncontrollable mood swings trap the sufferer in a cycle of dysfunction.Mood Swings offers hope to everyone who suffers depression and helps those who love them understand and treat this troubling problem.
2. Straight Talk on Depression: Overcoming Emotional Battles with the Power of God’s Word! by Joyce Meyer. Do you consistently experience hopelessness and boredom for no apparent reason? Or have you experienced so many disappointments you can’t seem to pull yourself out of despair? Joyce Meyer brings powerful insight from the Scriptures and from her own experience to help you win over depression. You will discover how to walk by faith and not by feelings, the power of willful rejoicing, and the vital role of forgiveness.
3. Moving Beyond Depression: A Whole-Person Approach to Healing by Dr. Gregory Jantz. You may feel as if you will never find a way out of the darkness of depression. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D. believes that because people’s paths into depression are uniquely their own, their paths out of depression will be unique as well. In Moving Beyond Depression, he takes an insightful and honest look at the emotional, environmental, relational, physical, and spiritual causes of this disease. Here you will find practical help that will lead you to true freedom.
4. When Someone You Love Suffers from Depression or Mental Illness by Cecil Murphey. The social stigma associated with these diseases may have disappeared, but the day-to-day challenges you will face as you walk through this trial with your loved one remain.In this book Cecil Murphey offers daily words of encouragement to you as you travel with your loved one on this road that neither of you would have chosen. As you face the uncertainty of tomorrow, these readings will help you keep your eyes on God in the midst of the trials.
BE TOGETHER (creating discussion in the comments, bottom right tab!):
Which of the four temperaments Tracy mentioned do you find closely resembles you? Have you noticed your temperament style makes you more susceptible to depression? Share your experiences in the comments below. And if you are struggling with depression, please seek treatment. Know we at BE are praying for each and every one of you.
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