Carissa’s Corner : Depression

Today we are going to talk about a topic that nobody likes talking about, because although its uncomfortable, it’s real and needs to be addressed.

Here are some bible verses I found for today. Feel free to choose any one of them, or all of them, to memorize because yes that’s actually helpful. Crazy I know.

Psalm 34:17-18 - “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord Is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

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That voice in your head always telling you that you aren’t good enough is a liar. Lies, all of it is lies. Meant to drag you down and away from God, away from people. You isolate yourself. You stay away from people as often as you can. You sit on your own and allow all of these lies to soak in and take the place of what God has already said about you. You are precious and loved and this world would never be the same without you. You are a light. (Matthew 5:14) And have you forgotten that God sent his one and only son to die for you? He just could not bear the thought of losing you to sin. Satan knows these things. He hates it. So he tries to break you down.

“You’re not good enough, you never have been and you never will be.”

“Nobody likes you.”

“All you ever do is make mistakes.”

“Everyone would be so much better off if you weren’t here.”

Deep down you know it’s not true but as time goes on it just becomes what you believe. It gets worse and worse. The accusations and the pain and the tears and the lies. You get so sick of it. You don’t feel like dealing with it anymore. I’ve been there. There’s a way out, but not the way Satan tries to make you believe. No matter how long the night may last it can’t last forever and the sun is going to rise and you will see the light again. Look up to your heavenly father. His heart is breaking for you and hes here holding you, he always has been. He’s bringing you through this and he’s fighting for you as we speak. He’s that still quiet voice telling you to keep going. He’s the sunshine you see in the morning that overwhelms your heart with joy because it feels like it’s been dark forever. He’s the inside jokes you have with your friends and family that make you laugh so hard your side hurts. He’s that extra sweet snuggle from a little furry friend. He gives you all of the little things that bring you joy. (James 1:17 - “Every good and perfect gift is from above...”) because he loves you.

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So let me say this.

You feel like you’re not strong enough to get through this? That’s okay. God is. Hold onto him and never let go. He doesn’t expect you to rely on your own strength.

You feel like things wont ever get better? They will.

You feel like you’re not loved? You are, in fact you are more loved than anyone will ever be able to comprehend, and you always will be, that’s just the truth. Don’t believe me? That’s okay. Don’t go by my words alone. Here’s some proof. (Romans 5:8, Romans 8:39)

Don’t think you fit in? That’s okay. God doesn’t expect you to fit in. We were made to stand out.

Think you’ve done too many things wrong to be loved by God? You can be forgiven.

Let me share something really cool with you, we have the authority to make the devil flee! (James 4:7) Your thoughts are not your authority, God is. Let me quote this verse for you, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee.” Isn’t that awesome? So is Satan going to constantly throw things at you intending to bring you down? Unfortunately yes. Is he going to keep trying to get to you and throw lies into your head? Once again, unfortunately yes he is. But what you choose to do about it is completely up to you. You could give in and choose to continue isolating yourself and you could choose to believe what hes telling you. But you could also choose to make the devil flee from you and acknowledge that there is no truth in what he’s trying to make you believe, and you could choose to hold on to Gods truth and who he says you are, and you could choose to find joy in anything you possibly can. I’m not sitting here trying to tell you that this is going to be easy and depression will go away at the snap of your fingers (I wish.) And I’m also not trying to tell you that once it goes away it’s never going to come back, because chances are it will. It’s a battle. Give it to God, hold on to what he says, and just keep on going. He will fight for you. You don’t need to try to fight on your own. You will see the light again. I promise. Like I did in my last post I’m going to share some activities that help me with depression, in hope that it will help you as well.

*Open the blinds/curtains. (If you haven’t already) Let the light in. I know you might just want to sit in the dark and think. Don’t. Not a good idea.

*Continue to take care of yourself, even if you don’t particularly want to, and even if you have to be angry about it the whole time. Lol.

*Turn on your favorite worship music and let the words soak in, sing along if you would like.

*Study the bible. Set aside some time just to be with God every day, even if it’s only 5 minutes.

*Just like I said with anxiety, try to have your day be a continual prayer, anytime you start struggling again give it all to God and try to leave it with him.

Do something with me if you would like. 🙂 Get out a notebook or a few pieces of paper, write down all of the blessings you can possibly think of. I can’t see how that could bring you anything other than joy, so let’s do it!

God is with you, he is strong, and he will carry you through. You are not alone. God bless.

Carissa Hendricks


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4 Comments on “Carissa’s Corner : Depression

  1. So true Carissa. Depression is one of the hardest things to overcome. Once I am filled with all the negative thoughts of not being good enough, putting my mind back in the right place is not an easy task. It's almost like if I get depressed I just want to stay there in my misery. Knowing that God is always with us and never leaves us even with all our faults is one of the best things in the world. Being reminded of Gods forgiveness and love for us is wonderful.Thanks for giving me the reminders
    God Bless,
    Anna

  2. This is an excellent message Carissa!! WOW! Lots of practical wisdom & Godly counsel with special spiritual verses from the Word to assist. It's soooooooo hard going through depression or watching a family member go through it (I had/have a Dad & son with it). I love how you've taken the tough stuff from it & used it to get alongside others to teach, nurture & encourage them. May God bless you abundantly as you serve Him in this way. Blessings. Kerryn

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