I am sorry you are having problems with your depression. I wouldlike to suggest you see a therapist to help you work through your chronic illness and depresssion or Work through the CBT program.
I am sure others will have answers for you too.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
There is a site that you might want to check out that is free and very helpful.
I understand it is like behavioral therapy. Check it out and let us know how it goes.
Post Edited (manyembers) : 12/29/2008 5:52:46 PM (GMT-7)
Hi again April,
I'm glad you are still posting. Your strength shows in your posts...
I know circumstances for you aren't comfortable now, but at the same time, don't underestimate the value in suffering, because suffering or hardship can actually be the tool to prepare you for greater things. :0) about ten years ago the bottom fell out in my life, and I had to move back to my mothers and drop out of university...health problems and losing just about everything I had built up to that point. It was the beginning of many difficult years. But it was those years in the desert that helped me become who I am today and to lay better foundations in my life so I could build a more solid version of myself and my life over time.
I'm 37 now and feel like I am really just beginning my life but this time knowing more who I am and what really counts etc.. Stronger, just like you said, so I can withstand the storms that might come this time round when I begin to build my dreams anew. So just to reiterate what you already know which is that sometimes humbling circumstances are what make us stronger in the end. The scripture you shared is so good. That's where I go to get my mind aligned and my soul refreshed. I really like the psalms. My husband used to say: "When in doubt, psalm yourself." Good advice eh? :0) Works for me! Though there are no pat answers, yet there is always hope and a way through.
I know you'll find the treasures in the sand as you keep on keeping on - enjoy these gifts in the journey as you hold onto hope and wait for the season to change to where you are on the other side of things. No matter how long it may take, you can't go wrong holding onto hope.
Post Edited (manyembers) : 12/30/2008 1:34:22 PM (GMT-7)
It has been really nice chatting with you. I have been spending a few days in my bed resting and watching dvds, and coming back on the forums for a few days as I rest up from the holidays and other things going on. Sharing back and forth with you has been good company. Thank-you for writing back and forth with me!
I'm glad to hear you've found some pain meds. that work. Sometimes I wish I lived back in the mid 1800's or something before the world got so commercialized etc., but they didn't have any of those kinds of things back then and I like our modern day bathrooms, so that always brings me back to reality. lol! Anyway, that is a bit off topic,isn't it? Just glad you have some help to ease the pain aspect of the crohns. I just remembered as I was writing that, that I have a friend actually who has a very cool testimony of recovering from crohns. The first thing she had checked out was for food allergies. They found several and quitting those foods made a big difference. There's more to the story, but from there it was pretty much a "God thing" as people sometimes say. She was so excited the last time we were in touch. Things were really looking up for her.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001 and my present doctor confirmed the diagnosis, though I am not sure if it is actually fibro. or a mix of chronic fatigue syndrome with fibro or what. I try not to get hung up on the diagnosis though as whatever is going on, I struggle with pain and fatigue but am finding ways to improve. When I use diet and supplements I can hit a place where I don't struggle too badly with the pain. THe fatigue is crappy though. So just to say I know a little about how dealing with a chronic health condition can be. I keep hoping to keep getting better and better. At times that is hard, but other times, it's easier to touch hope and to count my blessings right now even though things aren't perfect. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about!
You asked "How do you know when He answers." THat is a big question. :0) The common denominator is you'll have peace deep inside. Even if you have worries about how it might go, or you doubt in your mind, yet deep down the peace should still be there. Also, sometimes He speaks in a way that I have a strong sense of His voice and leading. Other times He is silent and I know it's a situation where just making the decision with the wisdom and understanding I have is HIs way for me to choose what to do. Then I just trust myself and take the next step. At that point, I'll either have a strong sense that the way I am going is right, and events might happen to confirm that, OR I get an uneasiness (or things go 'off') which tells me not to proceed further in that direction. I have some more specific things I could share about this but out of respect for the nature of this forum, I think it is best to just keep it short and sweet and reassure you to follow your heart! If your heart is seeking Him, He will find a way to reach you.
I am on the boards from time to time, depending on my mood and how busy I am, but I check my e-mails daily usually. So I have put my e-mail addy in my profile in case you want to carry on our conversations that way. It might be fun to keep in touch and also to encourage one another in the journey of faith and share more about these things. So feel free to e-mail me if you'd like. Otherwise, I shall try to drop back in soon and from time to time like I usually do.
Wishing you a pain-free and encouraging evening tonight.
Blessings to you too!