The power of Light. {& a Giveaway}

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Living with depression can be a dark, dark place. I have explained a little about my experiences with depression on this blog:

That is just a bit about my experience with depression. And I won’t belabor the point, but suffice it to say that it’s a dark place. It’s hard. It’s lonely. It’s full of pain, and self-loathing, and exhaustion. It’s tough.

So often, people think that depression is equitable to “having a bad attitude.” They think that Christians shouldn’t be depressed. But this attitude overlooks a very important truth–depression is an illness, not a choice. 

Dayspring Everlasting Light Collection

Yes, depression includes a feeling of overwhelming sadness. But it’s not just about the attitude. It is an all-encompassing, often debilitating illness with real, physical symptoms.

It’s not a matter of looking on the bright side or having a better attitude. It is a real medical illness. Don’t get me wrong, God could absolutely deliver me, cure me, take it away in an instant. That could happen. I have absolute faith in that because I believe in miracles!

But, God does not always choose to instantly deliver or cure us from our illnesses or problems. And I don’t think that is ever promised to us in His word. He does promise that everything will work for our good (Romans 8:28), and that He will never leave us or forsake us. But sometimes, those tough things in our lives are growing us, and shaping us into being more like Him. More like what He created us to be.

My faith doesn’t cure me, but it sees me through.

Darkness is powerful. If you’ve ever been in the heart of a cave where no light can reach, you know how deep darkness can be. But the thing is, light is even more powerful. It just takes the tiniest speck of light to break through the darkness. Just one tiny match and it’s not completely dark anymore. There is light.

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And there is hope.

The Lord hasn’t yet cured me. But He has certainly seen me through the darkness. In the midst of the darkest days that I have experienced, I always have hope through Him. It’s enough. It’s more than enough.

” The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5

What a powerful verse. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

No matter how dark your life might look. The light is there. Hope is there. The darkness can never overcome the Light. Never. Just a tiny sliver of faith, hope–just a tiny sliver of light is all it takes to drive out the darkness.

Hold on tight, sweet friends. Don’t ever forget that the light is there. Hope is there. Always.

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Everlasting Light

As a reminder of that everlasting light, Dayspring has come out with a collection of the same title. They generously sent me this beautiful necklace, and have agreed to sponsor a very generous giveaway for you. One of my lucky readers will get a $50 shopping spree to try out the new Everlasting Light collection from Dayspring. Simply enter using the rafflecopter below.

(If you’re reading this in email, click here to enter the giveaway)

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Giveaway is open only to US residents. The giveaway will close 11/18/2014 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be selected and notified within 24 hours, and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Prize delivery is the responsibility of Dayspring.

 

Comments

  1. Ria says

    I would like to have one of the necklaces to remind me that not only does God’s light shine but it shines through me. So even on the days that seem the darkest I am still a light for someone else

  2. Sarah H says

    I love Dayspring and I would love to try out this new collection. I would probably get something for myself as well as a gift or two. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Kory says

    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 has meant a lot to me. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

  4. Su says

    I would like to win because boy could I use a happy boost :0) Also, I have never gotten anything from Dayspring even though I do love to “window shop” on the site. thx

  5. says

    From Mrs. R.:—I was going to ask you WHERE you got that beautiful jewelry…thank you for telling us, and for this giveaway!

    And I also wanted to say, even more importantly, what a BEATIFUL picture of you, with such a sweet smile….And I'm NOT saying all this just because there's a giveaway!! :-)

  6. Caryl Kane says

    I would like to win so that I could use The Everlasting Light Collection to encourage those who are in a dark time.

  7. says

    Crystal, you’re so beautiful. I love that picture of you. Thank you for sharing your experience and giving hope to other women who might be struggling. Though I haven’t had depression as you have experienced it, I have had PPD as severe anxiety and was in a dark place. I also have a cyclical condition where I will be low for awhile but, in those cases, right thinking does {eventually} get me out. It’s hard, it can be scary and lonely, but you’re right. Faith sees us through. Bless you x

  8. says

    Love this blog post. Remind me to tell you the story about how the one little speck of light, piercing my otherwise completely dark world kept me holding on to God and how he steadily made the dark turn into light.

  9. says

    Forgot to say why I'd love to win. Because it's just like you said; one little speck of light dispels darkness and I, like you, have to hold on to that.
    A verse that has kept me steady in my latest battle is Exodus 14:14 " The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent". It was given to me by someone who knew nothing about the specifics of the battle I'm fighting and yet, it is probably the word we (my family and I) need most right now, when it is oh-so-hard to just "be silent".

  10. says

    God's light truly does shine in the darkness. This has been a bit of a theme on my blog recently. I would love to have this reminder in the form of such beautiful jewelry. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  11. says

    Hi! I am new to your blog and your link up. As a pastor, I meet with women every week that struggle with real issues… needing hope and faith to face them. I like that you said that your faith may not cure you but it sees you through… Thank you for your honesty and your faith-filled, hopeful encouragement to others. Blessings to you!

  12. says

    I have never felt so close to slipping into that darkness as I did two weeks ago. Depression is something I’ve never understood. I’ve always been one to say “just choose to be happy by making a change in your life.” It wasn’t until I personally felt myself slipping there (and not being able to control it) that I realized it is an illness, or in my case, a chemical/hormonal imbalance that my body is struggling with these days. You’re right though. It took one little ray of hope, of light, to pull me out. Thanks for this giveaway and for sharing your story. :)

  13. says

    I know this post is a few years old, but what a great one on this topic. Depression affects so many people, and I’ve seen it’s affects on someone I hold dear. I loved your statement: “My faith doesn’t cure me, but it sees me through.” Such powerful words, and so true no matter the storms we face, and they reminded me yet again, of a song I wrote, “Invincible Faith,” which God brought to my mind recently while struggling in a personal storm of my own. You can find it here on YouTube if you’re so inclined, and I hope it ministers to your heart in some way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6nzMe6baC4

    Bless you,
    Gayle

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