• Julie Busler

The Helper

There is a helplessness that those who love and care for someone with depression feel. The knowing that there is so much more in life for your loved one, yet not knowing what to do or how to motivate them towards positive change. I’ve seen my loved ones look me in the eyes while tears filled their own, and tell me “I just feel helpless.”

And you may be helpless in your own strength, but you are absolutely not helpless. Jesus said....

“But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭AMP‬‬

As a child of God, you have been given the ultimate Helper. While your loved one needs help, so do you. It can be a terribly lonely, fearful, sad journey for you as you watch your loved one seemingly wither away, but there is so much hope. Staying in the Word will give the Spirit so much to remind you of in your time of need. The Holy Spirit will strengthen you, encourage you, and teach you. You may also benefit from therapy yourself. Taking care of a depressed loved one can feel so overwhelming and isolating at times.

It’s ok for you to reach out for help.

And never forget that the same Helper that helps you, is the same Helper your depressed, Christian loved one has access too. Yes I relied on all that I could from the medical field to keep me alive and still looking for hope, and yes I had support from loved ones, but nothing transformed my mind like God and His Word. I have stories of Him miraculously reminding me of scripture and giving me the strength to follow Him over the voice of the enemy.

“Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-3‬ ‭CSB‬‬

As children of God, both you and your struggling loved one are not helpless. You may feel like you are, but we cannot be emotion driven. Pray and ask God to help and rest in knowing the Spirit is with you both to help

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