Thursday, October 16, 2014

Changing Your Life

There many people, even friends of mine, who have been or are suffering with anxiety and depression. It breaks my heart, especially when I hear them say, "It runs in my family," or "I just deal with it and battle it every day, hoping for the best."

I can totally identify with this, which is why it hurts my heart so much for them. Because, I suffered in silence with this very thing for over forty years. 

Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, low self-esteem, no self-worth, oppression, and intimidation were among my constant companions. I didn't like any of them, yet it seemed as if everywhere I went, they followed me. Many times they would embarrass me so badly that I had to leave whatever place I was at, while ridicule and insults from others followed me out the door, oftentimes calling me on the phone to continue the diatribe.

I thought this was just how life was meant to be. I honestly thought that the hopeless feelings I had were just life. It ran in the family, so why wouldn't I have it? My grandmother and mother had depression, I heard them talk openly about it my whole childhood. They spoke it over me continually, "Just wait till you get older. This is what you have to look forward to. It runs in the family."

    Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict. ~Proverbs 17:1
People with depression and anxiety suffer. But they also cause those around them to suffer too, whether they mean to or not. In my family, those who were suffering weren't content unless everyone else was upset and anxious as well. And while there was medication for this problem, no one ever told any of us that God was not the author of our misery. Yet, I know that I often questioned Him as to why He allowed me to have this malady.

God did not give any of us depression, anxiety, or any other emotional or mental disorder. However, sometimes He does allow us to go through these things. Why? The answer is not always readily available. But one thing I do know is that though we suffer through the "black hole" or the "pit," God is always using this to move us forward into the calling He has for our lives.

It was two years ago that He literally healed me from the inside out, from the bottoms of my feet to the top of my head, and ripped all that junk right out of me! Yes! You can be healed from depression, panic, anxiety, oppression, and all the above mentioned things. God has a purpose for you, dear lovelies. He loves you most dearly, is crazy about you, and He does have a use and purpose for your life.

The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. ~Psalm 138:8 

You are not hopeless. You are not a mistake. Your circumstances are not fixed or resigned to "it runs in the family." It is time to lift your head and take a stand. Receive the healing of God over your mind, your emotions, your body, and all aspects of your life! Walk out your healing. Just because something "runs in the family" doesn't mean that it continues with you. Break the cycle. Break the chains. Don't let your history destroy your destiny!

I cry out to God Most High,* to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness. ~Psalm 57:2-3

I'm not saying flush all your medications.* I'm also not saying that medicine is bad, because you may just need that for a while. Find a good, Christian counselor. That's not so bad, either and they may help you work out your healing. And remember that God is the Great Physician, the Healer, and the name of Jesus is above all other names...including depression!

Thank God for healing you today! Read His Word on healing. Speak it over your life today and every day. If you don't know where to find healing Scriptures, email me at shelley@shelleywilburn.org and I will send you a list. Trust me. They are very powerful. God's Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Don't spend one more minute suffering anxiety! Read the healing prayer below and begin a new, healed life!

In the name of Jesus I bind depression, anxiety, panic, oppression, and every other malady associated with these things, and I cast them into the depths of the sea, never to return. I loose the Holy Spirit into my life to fill the holes left by these things. I release peace, a sound mind, calmness, and peace of mind. I take captive every thought. I thank You Lord for healing me, and I receive that and walk in it. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against me shall fall. I do not have a spirit of fear. I have power, love, and a sound mind. I am the head and not the tail. I am more than a conqueror through Christ Who loves me, and I can do all things through the strength that He gives me. Thank you Lord for hearing me. I claim all Your promises, in Jesus' name, Amen and AMEN!

If that's you today, please email me. I'll be happy to pray for you, and send you more information on healing! You CAN change your life and live healed!




*NOTE* 
I am not an advocate of discontinuing medication for depression or anxiety cold turkey. Please seek medical advice, and above all pray first before doing anything. If you need more help, please call someone.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Pr 17:1). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 57:2–3). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 138:8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Let "It" Go

Sometimes you just have to let it go. "It" can be anything; anger, sadness, a grudge, jealousy, envy, past hurts, painful words, intimidation, ugly thoughts and notions, a bad relationship or friendship, a fear, or a bad doctor's report. It can be anything especially if "It" holds you back from a relationship with Jesus.

"It" can get in the way of moving forward with the Lord. "It" can also keep you from living the life God designed for you. Sometimes you can let go of one "It" and another one will present itself to take "It's" place. 

I know this from experience. I lived with several "It's" for too many years. When God healed me, I let "It" go... but another "It" presented itself. Then another. Then another. I battled them for a while and kept the "It's" at bay. But once when I wasn't looking, another "It" crept in and attached itself to me. I carried "It" around with me for a while, all the time convincing myself that I was doing the right thing. All along determined that I was right.

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My biggest "It" was a fear that latched itself to me over twenty years ago, when my mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I was promptly told that "It" (cancer) runs in the family. I didn't want this "It." So I avoided it, ran from it, ignored it, and all those other things to prevent me from having to face the "It." But "It" hit me square in the face one afternoon and I could no longer avoid "It."

I was called to come back in for a second scan after a recent mammogram. Something didn't look right, so they wanted to take another look. I made the appointment for the following week. However, I did not receive the information. In the name of Jesus, I stood on every promise that He made to me. Ultimately, everything turned out "perfectly normal" and there was "absolutely nothing there." My faith had been shaken, but instead of hiding in fear, I stood boldly claiming the promises God made to me.

Letting your "It" go doesn't mean that you don't feel fear. It also doesn't mean that you get a good report from the doctor. It just means that you change your focus from the "It" to the One Who is in control of all things. Regardless.

I don't know why I went through what I did, other than to increase my relationship and trust with the Lord. Or maybe so that I could have an understanding for women who are facing this very thing right now.

I do know this; the "It" that I was convinced was chasing me for the last twenty years has not been chasing me. I've been supposed to be chasing IT! Sword drawn, rebuking, and casting IT OUT... In Jesus' name!

It's time to let "It" go and reclaim your life back! And if you're afraid well, just do it afraid! The battle is already won! Jesus took care of your "It."



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