Major Depressive Disorder is the “common cold” of mental illness in America, impacting over 17 million people. It affects how we feel, think and behave, and is usually accompanied with unexpressed sadness, hurt, anger, disappointment, fear or guilt.
And guess what? Women are nearly twice as likely as men to have depression. This is why we’re doing this series! Women are drowning in depression and we want to bring HOPE! This week, Tracy gives us an incredible teaching on how we can not only get help, but also how we can DARE TO HOPE.
Consider this your first day of school — breakthrough school, that is! It’s finally time to kickoff a brand-new series and season to help women walk from bondage to breakthrough. We’re bringing light to the secret struggles women face, both in and out of the church.
The BE PODCAST is bringing words of Truth in due season for all of us battling fear, anxiety, grief, depression, self-loathing, comparison and more. This week, listen to part 1 of going From Fear to Faith; you’re going to want to listen once, then again when you can sit down and take notes! Listen wherever you get podcasts or visit bestillbefree.com/213. And be sure to follow @bestillbefree!
I wanted to let you know about a Podcast Series I am apart of on Be Still Be Free. Now more than ever, it has become evident that “for such a time as this” could not be more appropriate. The name of our fall series is Walking from Bondage to Breakthrough: Honest Conversations About Women’s Secret Struggles. And I really (…really…) want to encourage you to subscribe NOW so that you won’t miss an episode! So, go ahead and subscribe using this link: Be Still Be Free…. I’ll wait right here for you!
We have found that women are desperate to hear what the Word has to say about depression, fear, anxiety, grief, pain, self-loathing and comparison. We’ll be bringing not only Truth and relatability to these issues, but will also include the voices of women who have experienced these strongholds along with my counseling insights on each topic.
Monica and Sara started Be Still Be Free about 7 years ago, when God laid on their hearts to connect with women in an effort to live in the freedom of all that God has to offer. They had a burden for the number of women in their own worlds struggling with embracing all that God has created us to be, instead of focusing on all we are not. They are a very Bible-based podcast that seeks the truth of God’s Word to set us free. They are an organic ministry — no profit, no advertising — they’ve grown organically by women who love their mission and share among their circles
The attached graphic below outlines the series which runs from August-November. Every episode is free, and in addition to new podcast episodes every Monday, this series will also include weekly Friday videos and monthly live Q&A’s. This is an excellent opportunity for listeners to interact with us and ask personal questions of myself and Monica and Sara! We can also provide small-group discussion questions for each episode, should small groups want to gather.
Tracy Hurst: Finding Hope While Dealing With Pandemic Depression
So…I cannot say enough good things about Kevin & Taylor and their producer, Griffin on 104.7! It was truly an honor to be interviewed by them and my thanks goes out to Taylor’s sister (I don’t know her name) but she heard me speak at a Women’s Conference a while back, and a recent Podcast with Monica & Sara on Bestillbefree.com. The interview is short and sweet, but I pray it brings encouragement to even a few during the strange time of the coronavirus shutdown. Blessings!
So…let me start by sharing with you one of my FAVORITE Women’s Podcast – Be Still Be Free: www.bestillbefree.com If you are just hearing about this podcast – run over quickly and subscribe now, you’ll thank me later!
Monica and Sara are the real deal and each week they share truth, encouragement and God’s Word. I recently had the honor of being with them. I’d love for you to click on the link below and join in on our conversation on Emotional Wellness Part One & Two:
Melony Brown from www.melonybrown.com recently interviewed me for her blog. She has a heart to share stories of women who have OVERCOME life’s tough challenges, and my life…well… has had it’s share of challenges, yet these challenges and God’s amazing grace has shaped me into the woman I am today. And I can honestly tell you that I love telling my story because it GLORIFIES Jesus and His ability to RESCUE. This article is just a glimpse of our Amazing God and I hope it encourages you today. Please check out Melony’s website and read the other inspirational stories while you are there, and If my story touches you in anyway, please leave a comment on her website, thanks!
“Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone, from angels to armies. He’s standing right alongside God and what he says goes.” 1 Peter 3:22
I absolutely love 1 Peter 3:22, I mean, HOW COOL is it that Jesus has the last word on EVERYTHING (yes, that includes your job, your desire to be married, your family, your dreams and aspirations – EVERYTHING) and EVERYONE (that includes you, me and yes, it even includes the enemy)!!
Jesus has and will forever have the last word in our lives. This truth continues to be the lifter of my head when unfortunate news comes my way. So when “news” comes (and it will), hear it, see it, process it, but be quick to declare this truth and when you do, strength will RUSH into your mind, body and spirit.
You see, because Jesus has the last word, we know how things will end. Jesus is the kindest, most faithful, loving, and patient person you will ever know, and His last word will alway line up with WHO He is. Jesus cannot do anything but lead us to victory, for He is Victory Himself. So hang in there precious one, and no matter what “news” comes your way today, remember Jesus has the last word over your life. Selah (pause and think about that for a moment).
Recently, I had the honor of joining Rick & Dan again on Faith Talk Live and here is a small snippet of my time with them. Please push play and I pray that it encourages you:
Tracy became a Christian at the age of 16 and her life was changed forever. She went from being a depressed, suicidal, rebellious teenager to a dynamic leader for Christ. Immediately after accepting Jesus as her Savior, Tracy fought the school board in order to begin a Bible study on school grounds at her high school in Illinois. The dramatic transformation in Tracy's life has inspired many, including her own mother, to give their lives to Christ.