Tommy Nelson serves as the pastor of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas. He's a husband, father, best-selling author, and well-known speaker. But not too long ago he walked through an unexpected journey of depression and anxiety that stemmed from overcommitting in his job. Stretched too thin, his body and mind began to break down under the strain.
My mind couldn't stay focused. I lost 20 pounds and got to where I couldn't work out. I would just put myself to sleep at night on some kind of medication and then I would jolt awake in the morning and go through the day unable to relax. All I could do was pray and just try to make it through the day. It's scary, you know, you can't define it.
Tommy shares about his path to healing after identifying why he was feeling the effects of anxiety and depression. He also shared about the role his wife played in praying for him and keeping his faith up in the midst of the storms.
When you're going through this the whole world is made of salt and you're an open wound. Everything can be painful. And I remember her just laying on the bed with me and putting her arms around me… Just knowing that she was there meant so much. She would fuss at me, but in a good way, you know, she'd keep my faith up.
If you or your spouse have experienced anxiety or depression in the past, or even today, there is encouragement for you in this episode! Tommy also shares about a 4-hour teaching he has available for streaming right now online.
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What we chat about:
- Tommy’s backstory of overwork and his physical/mental breakdown because of it
- How proper care and medication helps level the playing field with depression and anxiety
- The importance of protecting your mornings and protecting your evenings and balancing your schedule
- How spouses can support each other when depression or anxiety strikes
- No on goes through life without stressful situations. Sometimes God uses these times in to stretch us
- How vital sleep and relaxation are for your body to restore itself
- God is not a genie. Healing takes time and trusting in God’s goodness
- Staying strong in the word and strengthening yourself in the Lord can
- Sometimes the struggle with depression and anxiety can bring you closer to God
- For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. 1 Corinthians 7:14
- Praying out loud for your spouse is powerful
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