Depression is a lonely place to find yourself. It's a destination no one wants to visit but often a location we all end up at one time or another and some of us take longer, more permanent trips. But there is hope.
It's taken years for me to finally realize that is a red flag for me. Depression is on it's way or it's already at the door.
"I Don't Care!"
Do you have a warning phrase? Give it some thought because this is important to know the warning signs of depression.
It's not that I don't want to care, for some reason, I just don't. Sound familiar?
So what are we to do when the "I don't cares" start to move in? I have a few places to start but this is not an exhaustive list. I will have an entire list of ideas for dealing with depression at the end of the series.
- Always start with prayer. I know you don't feel like it and you're probably upset with the Lord but do it anyway. Tell Him how you are feeling and ask for protection.
- Memorize one scripture you can repeat over and over when you start to feel down.
- Cry. Maybe you're already crying all the time but if you're holding it in, you need to have a good cry and let it out. It's amazing how cleansing this can be!
- Music therapy. Listen to upbeat songs that make you smile or remind you who you are in Christ. Do not listen to any depressing music. They do not help.
- Memorize this scripture: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
- Pray: Lord, I want to be set free from the bondage of depression. Your word says you've set me free. Please let me feel it in my heavy heart. Please protect me from believing satan's evil lies and help me to trust your truths. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Take these little steps today. Small steps lead to big changes. Trust the Lord to change your heart and view. He will do it but it isn't always instant.
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Day 2 - Step Out of Yourself
The next 31 days we will be discussing depression and healthy ways to combat it but we’re going to get real too. Because for those of us who wind up in the pit often, we know platitudes and fluff pieces do nothing for us. My expertise is only based 0n my own very personal battles with depression and is no way, professional or medical advice. Your participation in this series is voluntary and Melinda Todd is not legally responsible for any choices or actions of participants. Participants release Melinda Todd and Trailing After God from responsibility and liability and continue at their own risk and discretion.