When you’re pursuing a big goal (like my ranching and writing goals) it’s not uncommon to have times when you feel discouraged or even depressed about your progress (or lack thereof!). I think my scatter-brained, overly analytical, pleaser personality is especially prone to getting down on life and myself.
Sometimes depression comes because of tragedy, sin or life comparison. Other times, depression just sneaks in and settles on you like a dark cloud, seemingly without a source. No matter the reason, depression is a debilitating emotion. When I feel depressed I tend to let important things go in my life – things like pursuing my writing and blogging career, exercising, eating right and spending quality time with my family.
Depression is serious and keeps us from the full life Jesus promises us in John 10:10.
Depression is a hard emotion to overcome. No amount of feeling guilty or angry about it can make you feel better. The only thing I’ve found to pull me out of that pit is to seek truth. For me, truth is the Bible.
Ways to Combat Depression with Truth
- Read your Bible (though often when I’m depressed I’m too distracted to read. Listening to an audio version works better for me!)
- Listen to Christian radio broadcasts, podcasts or shows. I often tune into online broadcasts on the websites of Focus on the Family, Joyce Meyer and Family Life Today.
- Listen to Christian music that’s saturated with truth-filled lyrics
- Get a book of verses. I bought this inexpensive NIV one. It’s divided into topical sections, which makes it easy to find verses that are relevant to the situation I’m in.
- Speak truth. There is something so powerful about our words. Find verses that fit your situation, memorize them or hang them in your house and speak them over your life. Claim God’s promises for your life.
Depression is often a difficult emotion to beat. Have you been discouraged or depressed lately? I’d love to hear how you overcame (or are overcoming) those feelings!(Of course, remember that I am no medical expert and there are some folks who need to seek treatment from a doctor to combat depression.) Photo Credit