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|Someone Understands ... and Cares: God Is Always with You|
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ
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Thoughts for Today
We have all experienced loneliness. People with chronic depression feel as though they are alone most of the time. They often feel that no one cares or understands ... as though even God is distant and unavailable.
If you are feeling alone, try looking in the Bible for the truth. You may feel alone, but the truth is that God is always with you. Here are just a few of his promises: I am with you (Genesis 28:15). I walk with you (Leviticus 26:12). I am near you (Psalm 34:18). I hold your right hand (Isaiah 41:13). I carry you even into old age (Isaiah 46:4).
You can be encouraged by reading these scriptures and others like them. Write your favorites down and put them where you see them all the time. Speak them aloud. Substitute your name for the word you. God says, I am with (your name) ... I walk with (your name) ... I am near (your name).
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Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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