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ECLIPSE OF THE SOUL: Overcoming Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, and Hopelessness: PART 3



Depression is just a symptom of something more profound taking place within a person, within the mind, body, spirit, and soul. In this episode, Meredith talks about the pruning process of depression and the blessings that can come from it. In the Gospel of John, the Lord is referred to as the ‘Gardener’ of our souls. He prunes His children in the act of love to refine us, grow us deeper in His love, and direct us to our God-given call in life. The enemy of God, Satan, wants nothing more than people to give up on life and remain hopeless. The Bible says he comes to kill, steal, and destroy lives. When people fall into such despair during the depression that they contemplate suicide as an option, Satan is achieving his goals of destruction in that person’s life. But, when a person understands the pruning process in the life of a child of God and the power of surrendering to it, they can overcome and win the battle of depression. Meredith also shares the biblical view of suicide, what happens to a person’s soul if one commits suicide, and how to defeat suicidal ideation through Christ. In this episode, you will also hear about three special benefits Charles Spurgeon says you can obtain if you embrace the depression and see it as a blessing in disguise. This episode could change your perspective on depression; you don’t want to miss it!

 


ECLIPSE OF THE SOUL: How to Overcome Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, and Hopelessness: PART 2



Meredith continues this healing series on depression in Part Two by sharing the first key to healing: Surrender. She explains how surrendering yourself, feelings, emotions, and Will to God is paramount in moving forward through the dark valley of depression. Depression, if viewed from the eternal perspective, can be a beautiful gift that leads to a renewed and refined life in Christ. What may seem like a curse may be the greatest blessing. Meredith also shares a story that was the first step in her healing of depression, and it’s about a red lizard. Depression, in its many forms, is always connected to our Spirits. When we seek to be healed from depression (mind, body, and Soul), it can be healing in our Spirits. Don’t miss out on this Healing Series on Depression. Please share with family and friends who may be struggling with this issue.


ECLIPSE OF THE SOUL: Overcoming Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, and Hopelessness: Part 1



We are in troubling times. We are in a national pandemic with Covid-19, but we are facing an invisible epidemic with the highest suicide and depression rates the United States has ever seen. In the last six weeks, 1 in 4 adults, ages 18-24, have contemplated suicide. In this Healing Series (Part 1), Meredith shares her story of a two-year experience of a deep and dark depression that suddenly came upon her and the steps she took to overcome it. She illustrates how depression is similar to an eclipse but to the soul, and she shares the first two steps in healing and how the enemy of our souls wants everyone to fear this one thing.

  • Current Depression and Suicide Statistic Rate reported by CDC (2:52)
  • Why an eclipse is a great illustration on depression. (5:03)
  • Given enough time on earth, depression will more than likely cross your path. Jesus never said the Christian walk would be easy. He gives us the keys to understanding how to walk through it. (7:20)
  • Why was I going through this terrible darkness? (17:09)
  • In my recovery journey from depression I could not allow myself to trust my feelings (27:20)
  • Powerlessness and Surrender: The First Steps to Healing (28:30)
  • How to receive the Spirit of God and how does that help one with depression? (29:27)
  • Charles Spurgeon comments on the ‘Valley of the Shadow of Death’ (32:25)
  • The worst fear of depression? (33:50)
  • Is depression permanent? (36:00)

Season 2 Episode 7- Kindness Matters



The Bible says we are to be “kind and compassionate with one another.” And we are to “love our enemies.” Often, it is easier said than done. Certain things come up in life that can test our patience, alter our moods, or arouse feelings of frustration, resentment, or anger. It’s our response to those challenges that can change the situation for the better- if we choose the right course of action. Kindness is a ‘fruit of the Spirit’ given to believers in Jesus Christ through the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. In this episode, Meredith shares this biblical concept of choosing kindness to approach all matters in life. She also gives examples of people in the Old and New Testament who chose the path of kindness in the face of evil. This podcast is 15 minutes.


Season 2 Episode 6-Where There Is Breath, There Is Hope



Hope is like lungs full of breath; it is the sustenance that drives us to our next moment, our future destination with excitement. But, what happens when we lose the ‘breath’ of hope? With the crisis of 2020 and the unpredictability of many circumstances, it is easy to get discouraged in our faith and worry about the future. As Christians, we have a surpassing hope that resides in Jesus Christ. We serve a God who can do the impossible! He can calm a storm, heal a disease, mend a relationship, provide sustenance when there is none, Jesus can do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Meredith shares compelling biblical stories in this episode that will activate your hope once again and give you a new vision for life- a life full of the ‘breath’ of hope!


Season 2 Episode 5-The Invisible War-How to Fight Spiritual Battles



We are in an invisible war in our nation and world. From the coronavirus to deadly riots, our nation is in upheaval. Who is to blame for all of this mayhem? In this episode, Meredith shares the root cause of the division and lawlessness that is sweeping our nation and how we as Christians can combat the enemy of our souls, Satan. We are in a deep spiritual war and in this type of war we need to be equipped with the right armor to fight back. Meredith shares biblical insight and strategy to win this current war and how to gain victory daily as we live through this invisible war.


Season 2 Episode 4 -The Holy Spirit, Our Internal GPS



GPS, global positioning system, has become a technology that everyone uses to find and navigate their destinations. When we make a wrong turn or are heading in the wrong direction, this system alerts us. As a Christian, God has His own navigation and safety system. God is much bigger than just our globe, He is the universal creator of heaven and earth. He has given us a positioning system, within our souls, that is God’s positioning system (GPS). The navigator of this system is given to the third person of the Trinity. Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is our comforter, advocate, helper, intercessor, strengthener, and standby. We can call upon our helper at any moment of the day with any need, and he will intercede on our behalf, and direct our course in life. In this episode, you will learn more about the power and person of the Holy Spirit that is given to every believer in Jesus Christ.


Season 2 Episode 3- The Pause in Pandemic



The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for Christians across the world. The ‘pause’ of the entire world from this pandemic has caused many to reevaluate their lives. To reaffirm what is important, and what is not. Many Christians and non-Christians have sensed this pause to be a time of reflection and decision making, and many are seeking answers to issues that our nation and world are facing. Meredith discusses the ancient ‘Laodicean’ way of living and compares it to how many have been living prior to COVID-19. How will one live after this pandemic is over with? And is this a time of a great revival and awakening throughout the world? As people are being forced to have their body temperatures taken to enjoy commerce and travel, is it possible the Lord is calling us to take our ‘spiritual’ temperatures like he did the Laodiceans? This message is an urgent and dire warning to those of us that call ourselves Christians. This pause may be our last chance to get right with God.


Season 2 Episode 2- You Have to Know… That You Know… That You Know…You are a Christian



There is nothing in this world more important than knowing the true authentic Christian faith and what that means for you. Christianity throughout the world, especially in America, has created many ‘cupcake’ Christian teachings that often align with many rampant false teachings that spread like wildfire, including the law of attraction philosophy. In this podcast, Meredith dives into what it means to be a true follower of Jesus Christ, what authentic Christian teachings look like compared to what some Pastors are teaching in our present day (Cupcake Christianity), and what the Apostle Paul meant by his words in 2 Corinthians 13:5 when he says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves”. Meredith shares her own struggle with cupcake Christianity and how she got back on the right path of solid Christian doctrine. She lays out a scriptural litmus test that will reveal if you ‘know… that you know… that you know’…. you are a loyal follower of Christ.


Season 2 Episode 1- The Resurrected Life



In this Easter Episode, Meredith shares her favorite quote from movie, ‘The Gladiator’, and how that quote aligns with what Jesus shares with us in the ‘Parable of the Sower’. As Christians, we should be living ‘Resurrected Lives’, but many of us are not living out our new lives in Christ and we are missing out on our life callings. Living a resurrected life is living an authentic life ordained by God. It’s the life you were meant to live. It’s the life that produces multiple crops like the parable says, 30, 60, or even hundredfold harvests. The resurrected life produces powerful results here on earth and those results continue into eternity… It’s an invested life, an ‘all-in’ approach to the Christian walk committed to call and mission of what God has appointed you to do. So, if you are sick and tired of the life you are living and feel like you are missing something in your life, tune-in for a powerful message that will spark resurrection power in your soul!