Depressed, Sad or Anxious? Come To Me.
You are precious to me, and so I will rebuild your nation. Once again you will dance for joy and play your tambourines. – Jeremiah 31:4 CEV
Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD) may affect up to 20% of the population at some level. This depression often comes on during the dark days of winter and can last for weeks or months at a time.
Plus, for many people the holidays are a hard time. There may be grief, difficult memories, or family friction during the holidays. And with the hustle and bustle many are just worn out. Is this you? Are you feeling depressed, sad or anxious? Come to me.
When these feeling strike you it’s easy to dwell on the way you feel, causing you to spiral downward—stress becomes worry, worry becomes fear, becomes depression. One gloomy thought leads to another. Changing your focus from the wandering pathways your morose mind to the worship of someone worthy of awe and wonder will break that cycle. Turn your mind to me and the gloom will begin to lift.
Imagine walking through a forest valley, you could focus on your feet shuffling along and miss the beautiful views of trees and streams. Your walk could be gloomy or enjoyable. Your focus affects the experience.
Change the focus of your thoughts—instead of dwelling on yourself spend time meditating on my character, read my word, sing songs of praise. It will turn your sadness to joy. I will turn your sadness to joy.
I will do this because I care about you, because I love you. You are precious to me. Your thoughts are precious to me too. When those thoughts run away with you bring them back to me. “So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts.” (Colossians 3:15)
Catalyst For Spiritual Growth
1 – Read Psalm 96: Let it be a reminder for you this week of the greatness of God.
2 – Watch this video on your spiritual journey: Think about how the practices of Jesus introduced in this video could help you find balance in your life.
3 – If you are struggling and need someone to talk to or pray with there are friends ready to chat with you now at NeedHim.org or call 888-NEED-HIM.