“Everlasting joy will crown their heads” (Isaiah 51:11).
Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling sad? There is no real reason for it, you just feel sad without knowing why.
Depression is common. It is important to understand that just because we feel sad does not mean things are actually hopeless. Feelings do not always tell the truth.
Feelings of sadness can be caused by hormones, diet, illness and bad news. You must not give in to depression. Don’t hide from people, or just stay home. There is always hope. There is always Jesus.
Depression is a major weakness of my life, but it can never beat me. I do not fight it alone. Jesus fights for me and with me.
So often when I am hurting, I end up getting a phone call or a message that makes me feel better. Recently on one of my bad days, I got an e-mail from someone I had known 15 years before. She told me how much she loved me. I could hardly believe it. God told somebody 10,000 miles away that I needed them. What He does for me, He will also do for you.
Depression must be faced. To deny it is a problem in your life is to give it the upper hand. Make yourself accountable to someone—a doctor, a friend, a pastor. If you ever have thoughts of suicide, force yourself to call this person. By facing the problem head-on, you can win.
It may hurt your pride a little to ask for help, but do it anyway.
Remember, the Bible says three things endure forever: faith, love and hope.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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