Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Everything seemed to be falling apart. I felt awful.
The dark cloud of depression left me upset, alone, and scared. Weak and nauseated with a migraine headache, I thought there was no hope. I didn’t want to leave the house because the bright daylight made my head hurt worse. No way could I work or care for my family. I felt like giving up.
The doctor suggested a few pain medications for the headache, put me on bed-rest, and recommended good Christian counseling. She looked directly into my eyes and said, “It’s time to get going.” I knew she was serious. She told me God doesn’t want me to feel so bad, and to stop feeling sorry for myself. A smile crossed her face. “God loves you.”
Jesus commands us to love one another. He appoints friends to help one another. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and said they should encourage each other and live in peace together. Finally, He asked God’s love and peace be with each of them.
I was forced to look at myself and find God’s direction for my life. God gave me my family and a wonderful job teaching kids, and He doesn’t want me to feel sad or upset. My doctor and counselor showed love and helped me overcome my sadness, pain, and fear. A prayer journal and daily Bible reading strengthened my relationship with God.
To live with peace in my heart became my goal.
Find precious friends to help you when you are in need. Turn to them for encouragement. His light will shine through them to you.
Marie Weaver lives in Elizabethtown, Kentucky with her husband and two children. She is currently a caregiver for a disabled American Veteran and a contributor to Christian Devotions. She writes children’s books and stories.