Depression – the unspoken evil stealing our joy and slowly robbing us of good souls.
I hope we are all well. I first shared this piece with my Bible Study Group but I just thought this could also help someone out there. These are more like tips on how to navigate through hopelessness to find the light and be happy in Christ. Mental health is very important to our overall wellbeing, so I pray this helps you
1. Talk to God
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
I know sometimes it’s hard to explain what exactly is bothering you. What I would suggest is go before God with an open heart. Try to be as real as possible. Tell Him how all this is making you feel. If you feel like crying, cry! Take your burdens to Him.
David called out to God in prayer in the following verse.
Psalms 61:1-3 NIV
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”
As you pray remind God of his promises and what he says in the Bible. He said He is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Joshua 1:9 NIV
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:5 NIV
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
2. Read the Word and Meditate On it.
A good way to remind yourself of God’s promises is to read the word. Read and apply it to your life. Understand that this is God talking to you through his word. We can also find encouragement when we read of the great works he did for others. We see how he is loving and is working on what’s best for us.
3. Praise and Worship
Sing praises to him. By doing this you acknowledge that He is the Almighty and He is in control. Singing naturally helps boost your mood. Worship him and Thank the Lord for always being with you.
Listen to Gospel music. It will relax and refresh your soul. We are reminded that in Him there is Hope and Victory.
4. Faith over everything
It can be really hard to stay calm but remember to exercise your faith. Speak joy into existence. Get up and proclaim that the Joy of the Lord is your strength. Believe you’re not alone. Believe there is hope in Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
5. Let it out
Talking about what’s bothering us or how we feel can help us process what’s going on. It gives us a better understanding of the situation. However even if it doesn’t, knowing that someone is listening helps. It’s the reason why some people suggest even just telling a stranger. (Feel free to send a message if you want to talk, my DMs are open for this.)
Another effective way would be to write it down. Get a journal and try to express yourself on paper. Other people find comfort in joining a support group. Attending church gives us a sense of community and a feeling of belonging.
Music can help so here are my Gospel Playlists.
Spotify: Click here
Apple Music: Click here
If you need guidance try Reading a Bible Plan on Hope, Dealing with anxiety and depression on the Bible App (bible.com)
The Abide App is extremely helpful in dealing with anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It is a Bible and Sleep Meditation App. Imagine sleeping whilst listening to God’s Promises and the love He has for you. It was honestly the best tool when my mind would go through all the worries of the world. I’d rest to a reading of a bible verse. You will not regret this one.
I pray this blesses you. Love and light x