172. A Solid Rock

Many people have asked me how I came out of five years of major depression. As I look back, it was a simple path I could have traveled in a much shorter time if I knew then what I know now. That’s my purpose for writing this blog – to help others find the right path sooner rather than later. Depression is too terrible a thing to live with for five years.

When the depression first hit, I was mired in a deep pit of quicksand and unable to get my bearings.  First, I needed to stabilize my body, which meant medication. Second, I needed to get beyond the symptoms treated by the medication and into the causes of the depression, which meant a psychotherapist. But I was still standing on sinking sand.

In the proper time, after I had diligently taken the first two steps, the Lord led me to the third step of His solution, and when I accepted it with all my heart, I was healed. The following words from a couple of songs express just what that solution was.

In Christ alone my hope is found;

He is my light, my, strength, my song.

On Christ the solid rock I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

And, my hope is built on nothing less.

This is the three-legged stool I keep talking about. Attention first focuses on the body, then the soul, and last of all the spirit. And the third leg is the greatest and holds the other two together. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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