Job 8:21 - He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
As I have written before, relationships take a toll for people who battle emotional pain. And sometimes we are the ones who unknowingly sabotages our relationships.
For some, it is difficult to watch someone they care about who struggles with who they think they are, and how they cope living with depression every day.
It’s hard for others to watch us suffer. They want to help, but they don’t know how. You muster up the courage to talk about what you’re going through, but unless they have dealt with a mental illness they can’t understand.
So, they begin to back off on the relationship. And in doing so they hurt us.
Why can’t they just let you be you? Why do they doubt what you’re going through? Why won’t they try to keep our relationship together instead of letting it fall apart?
This leads us into a deeper depression than we already fight. Losing their friendship cuts deep into our heart and can lead to our closing ourselves off from the world.
How do we maintain relationships while struggling with emotional pain? Tinybuddha.com in their article, “How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship When You’re depressed?” Gives insight into how the relationship crumbles, and how to help you stay in relationships such as assessing boundaries and opening your heart back up to joy.
The Bible verse above talks about how God will once again give us reasons to laugh and find joy again in the relationships we have. A man in the Bible named Job had lost all he had – his home, land, children and health. Yet God restored him in the later days of his life by blessing him with more than he had in the beginning. As we learn how to cultivate relationships we will find more ways to stop sabotaging relationships, climb out of depression and find joy again.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.