Why do folks feel depressed during the holidays? Maybe trying to overcome depression adds to the pressure of life.
My neighbor and
I stood in front of the mailboxes near the sidewalk, chatting about
life. She sighed. "Things are bad all around. More shootings all the
time. I can't seem to get out of debt, and my job is on the line."
"I'm so sorry," I said hoping to give her a bit of comfort. "Life is
not up to us...it's up to God. He provides, guides, and comforts all who
call to Him."
OOPS...wrong thing to say. She grunted. "Not
everybody has the outlook you have," she said.
But was it my
outlook or the truth that God repeats over and over again that He never
meant us to live a life of pessimism no matter what bad news flash
through our mind, through the TV screen or the internet?
that is not His plan, we all succumb to the temptation to check out the
latest news. And those details mix with personal conflicts that don't
seem to stop. No wonder so many are feeling lousy, down, defeated and
Who has the answer?
Only one person, who's
active, caring, aware, and willing to give you the right answer, the
reliable promise, and lasting assurance. His first sign was on the
cross, His arms open, His heart submitted, and His love abundant.
He said in His action and in His words too: "God is our refuge
and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1 NIV).
How's that for the ultimate reassurance? The profound confidence and
the guarantee for a lifetime! He took it all--the pain, the heartache,
the loneliness so you wouldn't have to.
Emotions come and go,
feelings are deceiving, but His help is ever-present, ever-abundant, and
That's why we don't take on the task to
overcome depression. He already has. Jesus, on the cross, already "felt"
the pain so we wouldn't have to. He overcame so we wouldn't have to be
in the battle. He triumphed so we wouldn't have to do the fighting. And
He sang victory so we wouldn't have to seek it on our own.
with me: Father, I'm tired of wrestling with feelings of depression.
I ask that you open my eyes to see your hand at work to heal me. And to
receive your grace to lift my darkness. In Jesus' name, amen.
When will you give your depression to the One who died to set you
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