Monday, December 8, 2014

Psalm 37:23, 24~The Lord Upholdeth Him with His Hand

photo by Jean Ann Williams

The Psalmist writes:
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighted in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23, 24

I’ve often wondered what would have pushed my son, Joshua, so far that he resorted to suicide. I understand there were problems with his medications for the type he took can and did cause suicidal thoughts. But before that. Before Joshua ever took the prescription drugs, he had suffered all his life with a weakened immune system. This made him ill all his life.

I know Joshua was discouraged with his broken body. For twenty-five years he suffered with pain. Did he feel as I do at times when my body grows weak and in need of healing?

Over the last few months, I haven’t felt well. After a while, it wears thin, I’m sure you would agree when you’ve felt not your best. I don’t know about you, but my aches and pains that go on and on soon make me feel unchristian. I get cranky. I battle impatience. I forget my blessings, and have to make an effort to praise God for the grace He has given to me each day.

Recently, I read the above verses and knew I should share my story so as to encourage others not to give up when poor health strikes. Keep believing in Lord God. Keep trusting in His powerful ways.
If we’re walking in a way that delights our Lord, as the scripture teaches, God knows we’re struggling. He will hold us up in ways we may not understand until we look back and go, “Aha!”

And don’t be afraid to ask the Lord to guide our decisions to help ease our discomforts and pains, for our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and God wants to guide us along the path of illness. All to the Glory of His name.

Father God, please continue to encourage us through Your Holy Spirit and Your written Word. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Until next time . . . continue to lean on the Lord in all kinds of trouble.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Lord Looked Down from Heaven~Psalm 14:2~They're Handed Out Like Candy

Shell Beach, CA~photo taken by Jean Ann Williams

King David wrote:

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. Psalm 14:2 KJV

I love this image of our Lord. He's up there in Heaven. He peers down upon His beautiful world that He created by His own hands. He's asking, "Are there any that understand and seek Me?"

What do I do when I'm lonely, sad, scared? My first reaction falls short of what gives God the glory. It takes me a while, and often I do seek God. Not always, but I'm still a work in process and will be until the day I go to the Great Beyond.

What does our medical society today want us to do? Seek pills. If you don't believe me, go to a doctor and tell them you are depressed or sad, or filled with anxiety. They will most often be writing a prescription that they claim will help you.

Where does God fit in with this route?

Please read this article They're Handed Out Like Candy by Dr. Mercola. Know up front he has had problems with depression and used antidepressants for years, so he knows what he's talking about.

Please comment and let me know what you think. If I can pray for you, please let me know.

Until next time . . . seek God and not man.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Psalm 119:87~They Had Almost Consumed Me Upon Earth

Waterfalls in Oregon, photo by Jean Ann Williams

The Psalmist says in verse 119:87~
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.

What is a precept you may ask? I had to look this up to be sure, but in short anything in God's Word is a precept. The Latin claims it means to teach, instruct, or order intended as an authoritative rule of action.

When God says to do this or that it's a precept.

I write this to bring up the topic of Robin Williams's suicide. In the first part of Psalms 119:87, they can mean anything of the world that is wrong and not of our loving Heavenly Father.

The world when it is wrong can consume us unto death.

What if a victim of suicide was taking prescription medications like SSRIs? I don't know if Robin Williams was taking SSRIs, but my son was. Now Joshua is no longer here with us.

When I heard Robin Williams died by suicide I cried. I enjoyed how he was able to make me laugh, especially when I needed to laugh after my own child died as Robin had. Robin blessed me in a tiny way amidst a horrific tidal wave of grief.

There is an article written by Jessica Firger of CBS News that I've linked below that talks about SSRIs on paragraph eleven. Part of that quote talks about treating severe depression with medications: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers that people who take SSRIs may have an increased risk for attempting suicide." is the link to the Robin Williams article and SSRIs.

What columnist Jessica Firger is saying about SSRIs is what I've read in many articles and some books. It is also what a doctor that was an acquaintance of my husband's said ten years ago after our son died: SSRIs can and do kill.

In the article above, Robin Williams mentions his inability to cope with disappointments. None of us can cope well without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I've seen the difference in my own life, but of course I'll be challenged to grow spiritually all my life.

It is my prayer that the CBS News article will help those suffering with depression to make informed decisions. It is a sad fact that Joshua and we his parents were not informed.

But there is hope.

God's Word has many, many scriptures that can help us focus on our Heavenly Father and get us through disappointing times. Take for example Philippians 4: 7-9, for which I memorized verse 8 to help me in the early grief years after Joshua's suicide.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Until next time . . . read God's Word the Bible, open your heart, and be blessed.