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From the introduction to the booklet:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one out of every fourteen people suffers from severe clinical depression.
That type of depression needs to be treated by trained professionals through medication and counseling. It’s nothing to ignore. Failing to address clinical depression can be deadly. Seek help now!
For the rest of us, we often go through periods of doubt, depression, sadness and a general funk. Dictionary.com defines a slump as a period during which a person performs slowly, inefficiently or ineffectively; or to sink heavily as in spirit. We may or may not know the cause, but it’s real.
It can suck the joy right out of your life. When I am in a slump, it’s hard to see any light at all. The darkness seems to feed off itself. The more I dwell in darkness, the darker life becomes.
NIMH notes that more than one in four people who experienced strokes become depressed. That included me.
I had a minor stroke in September 2018. It took more than six months to clear that feeling of depression. I was moody, hopeless, and angry. I was no fun to be around, and I saw impending doom around every corner.
Yet, when you’re surrounded by darkness, even the smallest light can be seen for quite a distance.
LiveScience.com reports the average person can see about three miles on a flat surface in daylight. But, get on top of a hill, and you can see a candle flicker from thirty miles away.
Have you ever attended a candlelight church service on Christmas Eve? The most incredible memory I have is attending a church that seated several thousand people. It was much bigger than a movie theater.
Once the lights were turned off, the pastor lit a match. It was instantly visible. With the match, he lit a candle. He used that candle to light one other one, and that person turned and lit still another candle.
As the candles lit up, the room brightened until it was possible to see every corner of the auditorium—and every person in it—as clear as day.
If we can find one source of light and nurture it enough, we’ll produce more light. We will soon be enveloped in a feeling of joy and contentment.
But, where to find that spark? This booklet provides twenty-eight ideas on ways you can find joy. Try implementing one each day—or week—and watch how the spring returns to your step and you become more enthusiastic about life.
Caution: it will take some work on your part. These suggestions will require effort, either in changing your thinking or in avoiding people and situations that bring you down and keep you down.
By reading through these ideas, you’ll see things that actively reduce joy in your life. Eliminate them and you’ll work to fertilize the small seeds of joy you do plant in your mind. Eventually, you will reap a harvest of godly fruit, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
You are welcome to download a free PDF copy of Restore Joy To Your Life. Click on the link to start the download.