If you have never dealt with depression, be thankful. If someone near you is battling with it, do not tell them to ‘snap out of it’ as it only makes it worse. Be patient, be a friend. If you are, be kind to yourself.
I have dealt with bouts of depression in life. Many of you reading this may be or may have been or may know of someone in your life that is depressed.
I know what it is like to have each thought in the pic.
I have said, “I’m Fine” way too many times.
I know what it is like to wear a smile when I just wanted to crumble.
I know what it is like to sit in church and nobody realizes the despair I am in.
I know what it is like to want to sleep forever and hope I never wake up.
Thankfully, I knew when it was time to get help.
Having a Counselor, a true Christian Counselor, to talk to has helped me, one that prayed with me at times and I believe for me.
I know, too, “IT’S OK” to have a Counselor and to not feel I have a lack of faith or feel further condemnation.
I know to journal my thoughts and feelings and to work through them. I recommend.
Most importantly, I know to read/study my Bible, trust God and to pray. I totally recommend.
If this all hits home, please KNOW…. God knows your name, He knows where you are, He sees each tear that falls, and He knows the heartache within that you cannot explain. When I understood just that and grabbed hold of it, repeated as necessary, I felt encouraged.
He absolutely loves me (YOU). He cares. ❤️
Take one day at a time and when that is too much, take one hour at a time.
Did I feel like praying or praising the Lord through the depression? No!! Actually, I felt worse as the lies from the enemy were bombarding my mind of unworthiness, etc.
Encourage yourself in the Lord, even if it is just a word (Jesus) or a whisper (I need you Lord Jesus).
Work through this, don’t give up.
Find a Counselor or a trusted friend to confide in.
Trust the Lord. Draw close to Him.
When others let you down, and they will, there is only ONE that you can trust and depend upon.
May YOU be ENCOURAGED!!
But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the of my head. Psalm 3:3
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“the idea is that everyone has their own battles they face. they say that the biggest lie people say is when they respond “i’m fine” or “i’m tired”. i guess i just wanted to bring this to light or something, because i know so many people who hide things behind their smile.”