101- Consider Your Temperament
June 22, 1983
Yesterday Becky M and I fasted, skipping breakfast and lunch. The kids had excellent naps and I had excellent devotions.
Afterwards, Timmy turned on Dan’s tape recorder and the tape was Rick Howard talking about depression! Just what I needed to hear.
*by temperament and disposition some people are depressive or introspective. YES, ME!
*don’t be condemned by this.
*don’t think you are not spiritual or that God doesn’t love you.
*everyone is different. Some people wake up early and are smiling!
*Peter was not even-tempered (John 21). He got out of sorts—but Jesus came to him, accepted him.
*don’t isolate yourself. Satan loves that. Keep in koinonea (fellowship).
*when other people are depressed don’t give pat answers, and quote scripture– go alongside them, as friends did for Peter.
*realize as well that you might be in a time of great testing that can involve physical problems and overwork which can lead to depression.
I was really ministered to by the Holy Spirit with this truth. I gained insight. I feel I am able to accept this part of me and work with the Lord to overcome it.
Dan encouraged me to praise, so I did today.
Karen called, then brought me three beautiful roses, representing each of my boys and reminding me of their worth and mine.