Being depressed makes us vulnerable, especially in the area of romance. When we're depressed, we feel lonely, and it seems like we're the only ones feeling this way. It's like the world is moving around us and doesn't even know we exist. So when someone notices us and speaks words of kindness, we are drawn to them like moths to a flame.
It's a great thing to have friends who love us through our pain. However, it's not so great when those friends turn out to be people who are taking advantage of our vulnerability. That's why I'm wanting you to watch Kayleigh's story. She thought the person she had met online was her "soulmate" - someone who appreciated her for who she was. Unfortunately, she found out that he was someone dangerous.
Please, friends, don't let your vulnerability cloud your thinking. Stay safe out there.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, my family's life was perfect. Well, maybe not perfect, but close enough. We were happy, and then something happened that changed our course forever: my husband got cancer. WHAM! A marker, or signpost, was placed into our lives. Suddenly we had our life before dad had cancer, and we had our life after dad had cancer. They were very different lives.
Tomorrow I'm attending a funeral and giving hugs to another family who's had a marker slammed into their lives, one they will refer to often. Unfortunately, life has a way of doing that to the best of families, maybe even yours.
Those unexpected turns in the road can be painful and difficult, so difficult they can prompt us to search for comfort in things we shouldn't...
We all want to find comfort during life's difficult moments, and it's easy to find temporary comfort in things that can add additional difficulties. My family has experienced some of these temporary comforts firsthand, and they were never satisfying. They kept us needing to overcome more and more issues.
Then we found something that brought us true comfort.
In this world of political correctness, it's not popular to talk about faith, but that's exactly what we found that helped us. Faith. Nothing seemed to comfort us as good as God. I guess that's why he's called "the Father of mercies and God of all comfort."
If you're needing a "God of all comfort" because you've been disappointed in the things you have tried, he'll be there for you. His kindness and grace may be just the thing you need to continue on. It was for us.