6 years ago I was so depressed that I would wake up and fall asleep crying.
My mind constantly went to the worst case scenarios. Sure, there was some hard things going on in my life at the time – but I would let whatever was going on in my life that made me so sad play over and over and over again in my brain until the situation was turned from an unfortunate event to a life-crippling monster that choked all the hope out of me and made it impossible for me to get out of bed in the morning or find joy in anything.
I began to see a psychologist, then a psychiatrist who almost instantly put me on strong and addicting anti-depressants. In the end; after months of all of this and the mind numbing drugs/”therapy” I was only sinking deeper into a even darker hole. Then one night God rescued me when I was so low that the only place I could look was up.
I found the book “GET OUT OF THAT PIT” by Beth Moore which God used to speak the truth into my life about my sadness. I changed so much from reading this one book that both my psychiatrist and psychologist separately told me they have never seen anyone as depressed as I was waltz into their office a completely changed bright-eyed and positive human being so fast.
After I finished that book and began to focus on God to help me, I never saw either of them again.
So, why am I sharing this all with you today? I felt like I needed to get this out there because I know that SO many people deal with depression. I also wanted to share this post because I am aware of how depression can creep its way back in if people who used to be depressed let their guard down and pick up old thought patterns or actions. I want to remember always to stay away from the lies that caused me to become so depressed.
I think that the only hope and way out of depression is God. Everything else that we seek to make ourselves happy is worthless, futile and a lie. I have seen so many people on both ends of the spectrum: those who live their life with God and those who live life to please everyone around them and what I have found is that although it rarely happens instantly; with time – sooner or later – the people who live their life for the world’s approval will hit a dead end of utter hopelessness. The people who live their life with and for God, have peace and HOPE when the going gets rough as well as when life is good.
“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7
“There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature; but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; to him we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world be nothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seeking our portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is our comfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in.” - Matthew Henry
Another way that God has helped me to stay out of depression and full of happiness is GRATITUDE. When I catch myself believing lies about my life or myself, I will say thank you to God OUT LOUD everything I can think of until I feel better! THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL PRACTICE I USE FOR STAYING OUT OF DEPRESSION. Surprisingly, I find that the small things bring the biggest smile to my face when I do this practice.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
- Melodie Beatty
Here are Some BIG + LITTLE things I am giving thanks for today [in no particular order] :
Just The fact alone that I can walk, hear, smell and see!
ONE OF GOD’S BIGGEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL BLESSINGS – MY DEAR FRIEND CASSANDRA.
HOW HAPPY STARBUCKS SOY ICED CHAI TEA LATTES MAKE ME!
MY HUGE NEW RIDICULOUSLY COMFORTABLE ALL WHITE BED – JUST LIKE I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED! (THIS IS ESPECIALLY AMAZING AFTER SLEEPING ON A OLD TWIN MATTRESS ON THE FLOOR FOR A WHILE WHEN I FIRST CAME BACK!)
the fact god decided to create SUNSETS. HE SURE IS AN AMAZING PAINTER.
Take a moment to count your blessings and say thank you. This practice not only keeps you happy – I believe it also will bring more of what you are grateful for into your life!