The other day I was feeling, down. No particular reason I could put my finger on at the time. I’m just in a time in my life where I just wanna check out. I wanna leave town with my husband and not come back. My life with my mom and my cousin living with her, is complicated. It’s hard to watch people self destruct. I don’t want to do it any more. I want to be done.
Maybe you feel that way too. It doesn’t have to be watching someone self destruct, it could be parenting young children or teenagers. It could be you’re parenting alone. You’re going though a divorce or you don’t have children and want them. Maybe your marriage is in danger of ending and you feel like you can’t fix anything.
We all have these tough things in life and life get us all down at times. So the other day, I was feeling sad, sitting on the couch going though fb and came across some videos. Funny videos. I watched one after another. Some I posted on Facebook. You could go look at my timeline and see exactly what day this last week I am talking about. lol
Anyway, I was sitting there and I realized I can’t keep this up. “I’ve gotta get out of this funk today.” So …
I got off the couch, went to my room. Opened the curtains, made the bed and separated the laundry. All while praying. OUT LOUD. I just told the Lord how I was feeling and I rebuked the enemy of depression in Jesus name. I will NOT let the enemy win.
Many Christians say you shouldn’t give the enemy that much credit, I say, we should take away his power. He does have power, but only power we let him have.
He is sneaky, and doesn’t want us knowing he might be involved, so I like to take away any power he may be trying to get in my life.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Just with all that I began to feel better. Just getting off the couch and making a snap decision to STOP feeling this way. Of course we can’t always do that on our own. We NEED Jesus. He already knows. He isn’t surprised by our feelings. Then doing something productive. Something mundane, but productive made me feel better.
Worship! After I started the washer, I began to sing a song from many years ago that I used when I felt this way. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” Over and over I sang this song. No one was home, so I was safe. lol With that, I began to feel even better.
I turned on Pandora to the Christian Station I have saved and filled my house with the Joy of the Lord.
There are a couple songs I really enjoy when I need to refocus. You can read about and hear those in my post, “2 Worship Songs That Will Inspire You to Trust Him”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I did one more thing later that afternoon. I talked with someone about how I was feeling and I came up reasons why. It was good to have someone to talk with that would just listen. My daughter is a good friend that way.
Friends, it’s amazing how the Lord changes our hearts and minds when go to Him. He can do it, but we have to make the choice. If we don’t like how we feel, we must change what we are thinking or what we are doing, or both. That day it was both.
I changed what I was doing by getting off the couch and Facebook, then being productive. I changed my thoughts by praying to the Lord and talking with a trusted friend. I also refocused my thoughts to praise of the Lord through worship music.
It worked. My heart and mind were lighter. Did I still have to go watch people in my family be self destructive? Yep. Everyday. But that day, I did it with the Joy of the Lord, Peace in my mind and Hope in my heart.
Thank you Jesus!
What do you when you’re feeling down in the dumps? Have you tried any of the things I mentioned? How did they work for you?
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