It was another day that I struggled to get out of bed and prepare myself for work and the kids for school. How was I going to overcome this depression? Everything from the moment I was awake made me feel sad, hopeless, and empty inside. My energy level was low, and the ability to focus.
How did I get here? What is wrong with me? Why was I suddenly feeling anxious and depressed? I love God and read the Bible, but something just wasn’t right.
My thoughts were always racing and negative. I couldn’t find the good in anything around me.
There wasn’t a “reason” for me to be unhappy with my life, but the feeling of hopelessness was haunting me.
The more I tried to explain these feelings of no joy, sleeplessness, and my low energy level to others, the more others saw me as an ungrateful woman. Depression can be challenging to explain to someone who has never experienced it.
Something I knew was that God knew me already, inside and out, because He created me. I could begin by writing out how I was feeling, and He would understand. I took up journaling and writing my thoughts to help with these symptoms ~ it was very therapeutic.
Words cannot begin to explain what it was like to be in this place of darkness and paralyzed by fear.
I was now on my fourth anti-depressant, but something was changing. I was walking around like a zombie most of the time, with no emotion — a sad state for a woman who desired to walk in freedom and joy.
All I knew was to cry out to God to remove these feelings and restore my soul.
Truth is in the word of God, and I chose to survive this unfocused state of mind. I had the power of God’s Holy Spirit living inside me.
I resolved to begin taking steps to overcome depression and anxiety through Scripture.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, I’d like to encourage you to try these three things:
1. Speak Truth into the Atmosphere
Truth is in the word of God, and everything is measured by it. Proverbs 16:20 says, “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. “ You must regularly fill your mind with Scripture and began to speak it daily.
Each time I started to feel depressed and sad, I’d stop and began repeating Psalm 23 out loud saying,
_“The Lord is LaVonda’s shepherd, LaVonda shall not want, He makes LaVonda lie down in green pastures, He leads LaVonda along the still waters, He restores LaVonda’s soul, He leads LaVonda in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though LaVonda walks through the valley of the shadow of death, she will fear no evil, for God is with her. His rod and staff comfort me. He prepares a table before LaVonda in the presence of her enemies, LaVonda’s cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow LaVonda all the days of her life and LaVonda will dwell in the house of the Lord forever._
You might be thinking; I’ve never heard Psalm 23 like this before.
If so, well, great ~ I’m honored and humbled to the first to share this with you.
Confession Scripture Praying changed my life.
Confession Scripture Praying is praying God’s word. And then I would speak it out loud putting Truth into the atmosphere.
You hear this positive affirmation about yourself and a reminder of who Christ is. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21
Locate Scripture that speaks to your heart and begin personalizing and praying it to remove anxiety and depression from your life.
2. Set Your Mind on Things Above
Incredible things happen when you began to renew your mind with the Word of God. Romans 12: 2 reminds us to must renew our minds.
This verse stresses the importance of choosing where you place your focus. That, coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit, allows you the ability to have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
Distractions are all around you that will attempt to remove your focus off Christ. The internet and social media, when used excessively, can lower your confidence and self-esteem if you allow yourself to fall into the trap of comparing yourself. You must protect your thought-life as much as possible.
The enemy wants to keep your focus on the negative.
3. Fight with Prayer and Thanksgiving
We all experience difficulties and may experience fear or anxiety. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I have discovered that it is almost next to impossible to be thankful and negative at the same time. But I promise you that negative thoughts will dissipate when you start to focus on the blessings in your life with a grateful heart.
The quality of your life, whether you love it or hate it, is based upon how thankful you are toward God. It is your attitude that determines how your life unfolds. You are a blessing and you are Loved!
Your life now is the only life you will have this side of eternity. If you want to find joy, you must embrace having a thankful heart.
Happiness comes from the outside; JOY comes from the inside.
Start today writing down your Gratitude List in a Journal. What Scripture will you personalize and begin speaking out loud to encourage you when having feelings of depression?
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