Freedom From Depression:

God's light outshines the darkness of depression

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Depression, Freedom, God, Psalms
I’ve come across several teenagers lately who are depressed. It really shakes me up! These kids are in the prime of their life and yet they are bogged down by chains of gloom, fear, and discouragement.

When one is depressed, darkness reigns inside. I’m no psychiatrist, but I see it everywhere. Adults of every age are suffering, too. It can really knock the wind out of you to consider the sheer number of people who daily live in this reality. It is not of the Lord. The Bible says: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Because He is light and love, by all means, He wants us in the light with Him!

So, what are we to do?

I take great comfort and find specific direction for overcoming depression in Psalm 23. (And, no, this Psalm is not just for funerals! Unfortunately, it has that reputation. But it is, in fact, wisdom for everyday life.) Let’s observe it together and find God’s guidance for living free from chains of discouragement. Together, let’s find freedom in God’s marvelous light.

Psalm 23:1 – “The LORD is my shepherd.”

Notice the word “is.” This verse does not say, “I hope the Lord will be my shepherd,” nor does it say, “It would be nice if…” Rather, it says that the Lord IS my shepherd. He is present, right now, as my skillful guide. Worries focus on the unknowns of the future, but when we stay present we find the Lord Jesus Christ right by our side, guiding patiently as a shepherd does.

Also note the word “my.” God is personal. He is mine. I need not take my woes to anyone else, but instead I go right to Him. When we meditate on the reality of His present, personal nature, we come to realize that we are exactly where we need to be… and we are covered. The rest of verse 1 states, “I lack nothing.” Or, “I have everything I need.”

This is not “Christianese”. It is truth. We are in the care of a skillful Shepherd who loves us. This truth can revolutionize our mental outlook!

How does the 23rd Psalm minister to you? Why do we tend to reach out to God more, when we are walking in hard circumstances? Reach out to God now, and reach out to other Christians. 

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50+ Best Inbound Marketing Blogs You Should Follow Right Now

 

If you’re working in digital marketing domain, you need to do loads of analysis and research tasks to make right business decisions. From past couples of year, SEO is changing continuously. You noticed several Google algorithmic changes, increased importance of content marketing and social media etc.

From where, people get to know the information about digital marketing trends, updates and news? Through online blogs!

In past few years, there are some informative blogs emerged and established itself as a symbol of reliability, authority and trustworthiness. These blogs not only provide all latest news but also offer educational tutorials, e-books and How-to’s relevant to industry. Here we collect 50+ essential inbound marketing blogs to read everyday:

SEO Blogs
Google’s Official Blog

URL: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in/

Founder: Google

Moz’s Blog

URL: https://moz.com/blog

Founder: Rand Fishkin

Search Engine Land

URL: http://searchengineland.com/

Founder: Danny Sullivan

Search Engine Watch

URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/

Founder: Danny Sullivan

SEO Round Table

URL: https://www.seroundtable.com/

Founder: Barry Schwartz

Search Engine Journal

URL: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/

Founder: Loren Baker

SEObook’s Blog

URL: http://www.seobook.com/blog

Founder: Aaron Wall

Backlinko

URL: http://backlinko.com/

Founder: Brian Dean

Kissmetrics’s Blog

URL: https://blog.kissmetrics.com/

Founder: Neil Patel

Highervisibility’s Blog

URL: http://www.highervisibility.com/blog/

Founder: Adam Heitzman, David McElveen

Bruceclay Inc’s Blog

URL: http://www.bruceclay.com/blog/

Founder: Bruce Clay

Distilled Blog

URL: https://www.distilled.net/resources/

Founder: Will Critchlow, Duncan Morris

Search Engine People Blog

URL: http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog

Founder: Jeff Quipp

SEO by the Sea

URL: http://www.seobythesea.com/

Founder: Bill Slawski

SEO.com Blog

URL: https://www.seo.com/blog/

Founder: Mike Mann

Kaiserthesage

URL: http://kaiserthesage.com/

Founder: Jason Acidre

Content Marketing Blogs
Content Marketing Institute

URL: http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/

Founder: Joe Pulizzi

Contently’s Blog

URL: https://contently.com/resources/

Founder: David T. Goldberg, Joe Coleman, Shane Snow

Coschedule’s Blog

URL: http://coschedule.com/blog/

Founder: Garrett Moon, Justin Walsh

Convince & Convert Blog

URL: http://www.convinceandconvert.com/blog/

Founder: Jay Baer

Problogger

URL: http://www.problogger.net/

Founder: Darren Rowse

Quicksprout’s Blog

URL: http://www.quicksprout.com/blog/

Founder: Neil Patel

Hubspot’s Blog

URL: http://blog.hubspot.com/

Founder: Dharmesh Shah

Copyblogger’s Blog

URL: http://www.copyblogger.com/blog/

Founder: Brian Clark

Daily Blog Tips

URL: http://www.dailyblogtips.com/

Founder: Daniel Scocco

Brian Solis

URL: http://www.briansolis.com/

Founder: Brian Solis

Content Marketing Association

URL: http://www.the-cma.com/

Founder: Clare Hill

Boost Blog Traffic

URL: http://boostblogtraffic.com/

Founder: Jon Morrow

Social Media Blogs
Social Media Examiner

URL: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/

Founder: Michael Stelzner

Social Media Today

URL: http://www.socialmediatoday.com/

Founder: Robin Fray Carey

Bufferapp

URL: https://blog.bufferapp.com/

Founder: Joel, Leo

Hootsuite

URL: http://blog.hootsuite.com/

Founder: Ryan Holmes

Toprankblog

URL: http://www.toprankblog.com/

Founder: Lee Odden, Susan Misukanis

Jon Loomer

URL: http://www.jonloomer.com/

Founder: Jon Loomer

Jeff Bullas

URL: http://www.jeffbullas.com/

Founder: Jeff Bullas

Razor Social

URL: http://www.razorsocial.com/

Founder: Ian Cleary

Post Planner Blog

URL: http://www.postplanner.com/blog

Founder: Josh Parkinson

Social Mouths Blog

URL: http://socialmouths.com/blog/

Founder: Leo Widrich

Simply Measured Blog

URL: http://simplymeasured.com/blog/

Founder: Adam, Aviel, Damon

Social Triggers Blog

URL: http://socialtriggers.com/blog/

Founder: Derek Halpernx

Google Adwords
Inside Adwords – Google’s Official Blog

URL: http://adwords.blogspot.in/

Founder: Google

Word Stream Blog

URL: http://www.wordstream.com/blog

Founder: Larry Kim

PPC Hero

URL: http://www.ppchero.com/

Founder: Pat East

Clix Marketing Blog

URL: http://www.clixmarketing.com/blog/

Founder: James Thompson

PPC Chat

URL: http://ppcchat.co/

Founder: Matthew Umbro

Certified Knowledge Blog

URL: http://certifiedknowledge.org/blog/

Founder: Brad Geddes

Tenscores Blog

URL: http://www.tenscores.com/blog/

Founder: Marilyn Maupin, Christian Nkurunziza

Some Bonus Blogs
Occam’s Razor

URL: http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/

Founder: Avinash Kaushik

Annielytics Blog

URL: http://www.annielytics.com/blog/

Founder: Annie Cushing

Forbes

URL: http://www.forbes.com/

Founder: B. C. Forbes

Inc

URL: http://www.inc.com/

Founder: Bernie Goldhirsh

Entrepreneur

URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/

Founder: Peter Shea

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