“The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. . . You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: “Hope you in God”—instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way, and then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and . . . what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do, then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: “I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God.” –
Lore Ferguson posted this quote from John Piper’s book ‘When I Don’t Desire God’ (who quoted Martin Lloyd Jones about spiritual depression) on her blog yesterday and its been rolling around in my head. Here’s the link to her post http://sayable.net/2014/04/preaching-to-yourself/#sthash.CDyUbdWh.dpuf … and while you’re over there, take a few moments and read more. Lore is one of the few people whose posts I get delivered via email, and I always find myself encouraged by her writing.