12 spiritual orientation,” note Jesse H. Wright, M.D. and Monica Ramirez Basco, PH.D., in their book Getting Your Life Back: The Complete Guide to Recovery From Depression. “For some, this happens through meditation and reading. For others, it comes from attending a church or synagogue.” Take steps to strengthen your spiritual life by studying scriptures, reading inspirational books, and consulting with a spiritual leader who will listen to you, pray with you, and offer wisdom to guide you. 9 Tap Into the Power of Prayer Medical doctor Alexis Carrel (1873-1944) noted: “As a physician, I have seen men, after all other therapy had failed, lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene effort of prayer.” When dealing with depression, don’t hesitate to tap into the power of prayer. Seek out God’s help, guidance and comfort. Remember this promise of scripture: “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:25). Prayer lifted the depression experienced by Janice Dick of St. Peters, Missouri. Normally a happy, loving and caring individual, she fell into a state of depression. “I had… enjoyed life so much. Now, here I was
13 crying all the time, not wanting to get up in the mornings, not wanting to shower, not wanting to wash my hair, not wanting to do any of the daily activities I usually would do.” Ms. Dick explained she was hospitalized several times, saw various doctors, took numerous medications, and even had shock treatments. Nothing brought her relief. “This is where prayer, faith and healing came in,” she says. “So many family members and friends prayed for me, and I read all kinds of Christian books trying to find help. I prayed that God would deliver me from this. My favorite Bible verse was, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13). He did. I know without a doubt that if I had not turned to my dear Lord and Savior, and without the prayers of family and friends, I would not have made it. I have been well for about 14 years now and what a blessing. I truly give all the glory to God for where I am today.” * * * By taking these types of steps, you will climb out of depression and step into the light. Be patient with yourself as you work to domesticate depression. Remain hopeful, trustful and optimistic, because you can win the battle over depression.