'I do know above all else that God is there and He is there for me." - Bethany
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad but when it extends over a period of time, it is called depression. Depression is an illness that interferes with daily life. Depression affects the young and old, men and women, and all ethnic groups. This video describes a young woman’s experience with depression as a child. What does depression look like in children? As a child, she struggled with school and did not feel good about herself. She didn’t want to attend class and hardly got out of bed. Internally, she felt something was wrong and told her mother, “I am sad all the time and I don’t think I can function properly.” Her mother sought help and advice from a doctor. Medical tests confirmed that she had depression and anxiety. Her friends were not supportive and she lost her only best friend.
God was her source of comfort through trial and tribulation. She reached out to God and wanted to know why depression and anxiety had taken over her life. God responded with his love and reassured her through Bible verses that no matter what comes our way, his word is a path to enlighten our faith. As an adult, she still struggles with daily activities but knows God will give her strength.
When life knocks us down, it is important to seek God’s help: “Surely, I will wait for the Lord: who bends down to me and hears my cry. He draws me up from the pit of destruction, out of the muddy clay; He sets my feet upon a rock and steadies my steps” (Psalms 40:1-3, NASB).
Words to Live By:
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" Psalm 42:11 (NIV).
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV).
"...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).
Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cures - D. Martin Lloyd Jones
When the Darkness Will Not Lie - John Piper
Unmasking Male Depression - Archibald Hart