Being a Christian and Living with Depression

Today, I just want to send a short message of encouragement to those who are struggling with depression.  Depression is an issue that is not discussed often but one that is very important. In the past two weeks, close to a handful of friends have disclosed their struggle with depression.

When others disclose that they have depression, it is important that we show love and support.  Depression is no different from any other challenge that we face in life such as: lack of money, feelings of inadequacy, doubt and even fear.  Each one of these causes us to lose our joy.

Today, my encouragement to anyone who suffers from depression is to know that God still has plans to prosper you and give you hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11).  No matter how dark today may look, try your best to remind yourself that God’s glory rises to shine upon your face each day (Isaiah 60:1).  Each day that you have life is a day that God has purposed and predestined.  Though your thoughts may cause you to walk in doubt, God’s thoughts of you say that you are: loved, appreciated and valuable (Romans 1:7).

At times, you may feel like you have to fight for happiness a little harder than others but in those times remember that God is at your side.  He sees the struggle of the day and He is ready to fight on your behalf.  When thoughts of defeat come to mind remind yourself that God goes before you and He goes behind you.  There is power in your voice and that power begins working on your behalf when you use it.

The biggest goal of the enemy is to silence your voice. If he silences you, you’ll have more time to listen to him and instead of God.  Each day you wake up, declare that it will be a day of victory for you. Speak a positive word before any negative thoughts get a chance to sink-in.

Whatever you do, know that you are never alone.  You have a God who loves you deeply and you have friends that are actively praying on your behalf. Be encouraged to continue down the road of greatness. You are a person of destiny and you have the power to overcome everything that seeks to overcome you (Romans 8:37).

For a great book on overcoming negative thoughts, please check out “Switch On Your Brain” by Dr. Caroline Leaf.  She’s a scientist and Christian who has written a wonderful book on how to literally reprogram your brain by removing negative thoughts and replacing them with positive and Godly thoughts.

Caroline Leaf

God bless you & Be Encouraged!

Love,

~ETE

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4 Comments
  • Anonymous
    January 21, 2014

    I have been living my life for a few years now captivating positive thoughts, it is a very important step that is often missed in many persons lives. Rather te listening to and watching negative messages delivered in music and movies try to choose ones with positive messages. Satan will often try to enter your mind it is a battlefield, it is important to remind yourselves what you thing and feel is only temporary and will pass, do not live and act in those moments but let them pass and embrace the good times. Coping techniques are express your thoughts at the time on paper it makes a huge difference and you positive thoughts after you have overcome it, meditate in the work of GOD, surround yourself with positivity and support, manage your breathing, have your doctor review any medications, and remind yourself it will pass. GOD bless you all.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 21, 2014

      Thanks for sharing your encouragement today! I pray that God blesses you tenfold for your honesty & encouraging words.

  • Roselyn
    January 21, 2014

    We all go through very challenging situations and depression is one that is holding many captive. Our God as you said Erika has a plan and it’s laid accordingly. Sometimes when we are in line to reach the highest point in life or when we have worked so hard to attain favor, is when the devil intervenes and throughs balls labeled as “lack of money, feelings of inadequacy, doubt and even fear. Each one of these causes us to lose our joy” as you stated. These balls thrown can be very painful, hurting and when we are not careful can weaken us severely or even permanently. All we have in such moments is taking refuge in the Lord, word and prayer. Thank God for the internet, something that has been helping me lately is by going online and typing into google search for scriptures that relate to the current state or challenge being faced. The bible has encouraging and hopeful scripture for all we through you name it and you will find a scripture. I love what you posted yesterday about asking for help. All we need to do is type in what we want and the Internet can provide scriptures. Reading those scriptures and standing on the words of the scripture to pray can be a means by overcoming the challenge. Another means is by having a spiritual partner someone you can pray with, share and discuss the bible with, or even by joining a group at church for by study. The gaol is try to occupy one’s self so the mind is busy and not idle. The devil begins to play on our thought when we feel lonely. So let’s keep our minds occupied with positive thoughts and encouraging messages constantly, so we can fight this battle and be victorious! James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”. We thank God for people like you Erika who give us hope and to us persevere!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 21, 2014

      I love what you just said! Especially the emphasis on not allowing our minds to remain idle. It’s so so so important! Not just with depression but with any stronghold. If we’re constantly moving, the enemy has nothing to grab–he has nothing to hold onto. I also believe that having a friend/accountability partner is invaluable. It goes back to “two are better than one.” God never designed us to go through life alone. This is why he gave Eve to Adam, and it even explains why he commanded Noah to take 2 of every animal on the Ark. There is power and strength in numbers, and when going through life we need a number 2 to help us fight the good fight of faith. Even though you’re far away, I consider you to be a number 2. If I need prayer or an encouraging word, I know that I can turn to you for love and support. Thanks so much for always taking the time to spread messages of hope and encouragement on my posts! It means the world to me and I know that it makes God’s heart smile. You are such a blessing my friend–to me and to the world =)

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