A'nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals

Come Away to a Quiet Place and Rest Awhile ~ Christian Retreats with Intensive Counseling

Wives World ~ Depression Isn’t Biblical

Leave a comment

Depression keeps creeping into the Body of Christ at mach one speed.  Trouble is for pastor’s wives or Christian women in general there is a lot of shame and fear surrounding the issue of depression.  Biblically, depression is usually referred to in the context of sin.  Cain was “downcast in his soul” after slaying his brother. David was weak in spirit after slaying his lover’s husband.  WOW!  The inferring scriptures indicate that depression is only a symptom of some horrible travesty.

For this reason…depression is sin…many pastor’s wives are forced to hide their depression.  They simply must put on a bright and happy face or there will be ramifications for their husbands’ career and or job.  I am reminded of the pastors’ wife that called me…whispering…to me about her depression.  As I reviewed symptoms of depression she answered yes to everyone.  When I asked her if she’d shared her depression with anyone, she said of course not.  Not even my husband knows.  He is with a mega-church.  He could lose his job.

I am amazed!  There is only one thing worse than suffering from depression.  That would be having to hide it.  Hiding it actually makes it worse. Biblically, what do we do with depression?  Well, I don’t think the answer is to hide it out of fear and shame.  There has to be a better way, given that most surveys show that at least one or two times a year, 88% of pastor’s wives admit a bout of depression.  Something is wrong with this picture!

Author: Anesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals

Trudy Johnson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona (Associate). Her passion is to help women recover from past abuse and trauma with the goal of living productive, transformed lives. Trudy is a Certified Trauma Specialist with several trauma resolution trainings at her disposal. She has a Doctorate Degree in Biblical Counseling and adheres to a Biblical belief system and theologies. Many of her trauma trainings are cutting edge from Arizona Trauma Institute. In 2018 the Lord began showing Trudy an amazing process to identify Strongholds and Heart guards (blocks to giving and receiving love from others and from God) through her copyrighted method of trauma resolution called "Emet". The word emet is Hebrew for "Truth." In 2020 Trudy's trainings for this process will be offered to other professionals needing new Holy Spirit Trauma tools.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s