I Will Hope In God

A shared post by Lasserre Bradley, Jr. from Baptist Bible Hour

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In the midst of his troubles the psalmist speaks to himself and says, “Hope thou in God” (Psalm 42:5).

The troubles he describes were great. He speaks of weeping day and night, he fears he is forgotten by God, and his enemies reproach him till he feels as though he has been pierced with a sword. In our terminology today we would say he was depressed.

Depression

Depression takes on many forms and can come from a variety of causes. Most of us feel depressed at times, while others struggle with it for years. In verse seven of Psalm 42 the writer says, “All thy billows are gone over me.” He doesn’t identify the troubles but obviously feels overwhelmed by them as they come one after the other like the waves of the ocean. We get the picture of one who has been swept off his feet; he is struggling, and wonders how much more he can take.

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Life is full of difficulties and disappointments.

There can be financial problems, marital conflicts, the stress and grief that comes when a child goes down the wrong path. It’s not uncommon today for young people to express great frustration because they want to be married and have been unable to find an acceptable spouse. Really there is no end to the list of things that can contribute to discouragement and depression.

James Boyce summarizes Martyn-Lloyd Jones’ book Spiritual Depression, and the factors that can contribute to depression:

“Temperament (some people are just more inclined to depression than others), physical conditions (we can be affected by adverse physical health), a down reaction after a great blessing (an example is Elijah after his great victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel), the attacks of Satan (one of his strategies is to get us to take our eyes off God), and simple unbelief (probably the most significant cause of all).”

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Some Kind of Miracle – A Novel by Iris Rainer Dart (Book Review)

This is probably the very first book I’ve finished reading from beginning to end. I admit I was not an avid reader of thick books, including novels, before this actually happened. So it’s safe to say that this book helped unlock the book lover in me. If my memory is clear, this was the book I purchased at a Book Sale Shop in General Santos, PH circa 2006. I was not into the romantic genre so this book’s cover (I first believe were sisters) caught my attention.

I read the blurb at the back and got interested as it was about two girl cousins who consider themselves as best friends and both share a mutual love for music. Being a music lover that I am, I got more curious of their story.

For my review, I’m gonna give it 5 stars. I was too engrossed in the story. It was about family, friendship, love and second chances. It was captivating and I felt an involvement in the characters’ lives. Add up to it learning how to make the right choice in a dilemma: self-interest or others’ interest. Moreover, it was too engaging because I always wanted to know how it will end. If you are looking for a novel that is not too “cheesy” and can be realistic, this a great book to read. Be emotionally ready as it will stir your feelings.

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