May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 

While thoughts are still fresh in my mind, I wanted to write about the devastation I felt when Naomi Judd fell into the deep depression from mental illness, taking her own life. What could have been her thoughts? Why did she have such depressed feelings that outweighed her love of the Lord? How could someone who seemingly had everything fall into such a deep feeling of despair? (Wanted to use a photo of the Judds, but the downloading wasn't allowed from my selections from Shutterstock)

I think I can answer some of those questions as I have felt depression in my own life and it was so overwhelming. Fortunately, I didn’t stay on medication prescribed for me as I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I think my depression stemmed from my environment at the time and having felt so much guilt. As soon as I was away from that environment, I was well again. So, environment, surroundings can put one (as it did me) into a state of depression.

With May being "Mental Health Awareness Month", I felt this was a good time to write about how depression will creep into one's life without his/her knowledge. Some people do require medication, however, I was one of the fortunate ones who didn't. I found my remedy in my faith, my relationship with Christ. Even though, I still have short-bouts with depression, I can come right back to where I need to be with reading God's word along with prayer and a good devotional. I am fortunate and thankful that medication is not required.

It's so ironic that the Judds' music gave a hope with so many positive songs. One of my favorites is "Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good ole days". Here are its words:

Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days...

Sometimes it feels like this world's gone crazy
Grandpa, take me back to yesterday
When the line between right and wrong
Didn't seem so hazy
Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say
Did families really bow their heads to pray?
Did daddies really never go away?
Oh, grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
Grandpa, everything is changing fast
We call it progress, but I just don't know
And grandpa, let's wander back into the past
And paint me the picture of long ago
Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say and then forget
Families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?
Oh, grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
Oh, grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
Hum-mm
Hum-mm
Families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jamie O'hara
Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
 
Also, "Love Can Build a Bridge" will always bring The Judds to mind. 
 
So, keep the Judd family in your prayers...especially during this month. Keep renewing your mind. 
 
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
 
Galatians 5:22-23
 
 
Prayerfully,
Carolyn
Grant Received from Doris Day Animal Foundation
 

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