My name is Seneca Howard. I am 27 years old, and I suffer with severe depression problems. This has been the case for some time now. To many of my friends and family who I know and love, this may come as a shock. I have been a motivator to many and would give encouraging words, all the while being a step away from giving up.
In some familial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, depression and mental illnesses are overlooked and perhaps silenced. As people of faith or believers in Christ, it is sometimes hard to speak about mental illnesses or to accept it as something that may be real within our lives.
Depression, stress, and mental illnesses – to me – are silent killers. If there was a killer in your home, you would want to know so that you can take action, right? For some time now, action has been absent. We as individuals and family members must take it seriously and evaluate mental illness from a personal perspective while helping each other conquer our situations.
I am a man of God and faith, and I love God with all my heart. Yet, with my illnesses I know God to be a healer and a deliverer. My not talking about my illnesses keeps God from being glorified when He heals and delivers. This is the battle for my mind and liberty.
John 11:4 | When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
The enemy said // do not talk; what will they think of you? But God says to tell of the ways I have made in your life and how my grace has been sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The enemy said // I would not amount to anything. But God said in Romans 8:37 “…we are more than conquerors…” and in 1 John 4:4 “…greater is he that is in [me], than he that is in the world."
I have felt many times before that I was fighting a losing battle. For me, it may be a mental illness; for you it may be something else. Whatever it is, just let go and let God.
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