Growing up, I had what I like to call "a very All-American, carefree childhood." I had a great family, an older brother and sister, and my parents were always married. I had everything I needed, most of what I wanted, and there were no major trials or tragedies in my life. I figured that life would always be pretty great, but when I was in Junior High I started to realize that people weren't as genuine as I thought they were, and the world wasn't as great as I thought it was either. I wanted to do something to help make a difference in the world, but felt like there was little I could do. So, I decided to focus on my little world and making myself, my family and my friends happy. That seemed to work for awhile. I was playing soccer, I had a lot of friends, and I was dating the Prom King. Then, everything seemed to go wrong. My grandmother died, three of my friends died, another was dying of cancer, and I was raped by a friend. I became very discouraged. The pain that I felt inside simply overwhelmed me, and I didn’t think I could take it anymore. On a cold January night at the age of 17 I attempted suicide by laying on a set of railroad tracks, and I was run over by 33 freight train cars at 55 mph. I lost both of my legs and 8 pints of blood, but I was still conscious and alive. Thank God! Afterward, I struggled with depression for another 3 years, but after accepting Christ and getting involved with a really good church, my life was transformed. God helped me get out of my depression, and off of all of my medications. Then, I began speaking, He called me to start this ministry, I began attending Moody Bible Institute, and I feel like I am here now with more strength, joy, peace and purpose than I ever imagined.
Depression can happen to anyone, anytime of year.
Common causes are the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, or personal failures, but freedom from the stress and pain is possible. God wants to help you.
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He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. - Psalm 18:16,19