When Sadness Sinks In

Sadness

Depression has plagued me since I was a pre-teen. There have been days where I have been so sad and down, even when there is nothing to be sad or down about.  I have a beautiful life – why am I so sad?

I believe almost everyone who suffers from depression has asked themselves that question at some point in time.  Sometimes it may be a chemical imbalance, occasionally it may be circumstantial.  But regardless the reason, the sadness sinks in, and it can be hard to shake.

After giving my life to Christ, things got better for me.  My happy days started to finally outweigh my dark days.  But the sadness didn’t disappear for good.  It still crept in, sometimes disappearing after days, other times taking months.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18.

Psalm 3418

There is hope – God is near me.  Even in the unexplained sadness I have from time to time.  Even when I want to be full of joy in every moment, but all I can manage to do is crawl into bed.  God is there, waiting for me to reach for Him so He can wrap His arms around me.  He is there for you, too.

Don’t push God away in the sadness.  As easy as it is to push others away – please don’t push God away.  He is the only one who can truly rescue us from this battle we are in.  God is near the brokenhearted. He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. He love us so.

And if I can be so brave…. Let’s talk about it.  Speak up!

I always think, ‘They won’t understand.’ Or, ‘I’m a Christian, I’m not supposed to be depressed anymore, right?’

Wrong.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we won’t get sad or battle with depression.  The great thing is, we don’t have to be alone through it.  We have an amazing God and Savior – but more than that – we have brothers and sisters in Christ.  Many of which have also gone through this battle.  You don’t have to suffer in silence.

Maybe you have never suffered from depression, I’m so glad for you.  And while you may not be able to relate to what your brother or sister in Christ is going through– just love them. That’s one of the main things Jesus has asked of us anyways, right?

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34

Prayer:  Father God, whenever I go through sadness, please help me learn to reach for You.  Wrap your arms around me when I am feeling broken and please help me love on others who struggle as well.  Thank you for your goodness and your love.  In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Memory Verse: “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18.

Discussion:  What has helped you get through a time of sadness?

This post is part of my series for April called “Evolving Emotionally”.  We will be spending the month of April taking an emotion and seeing what God has to say about it.  Join us on Tuesdays and Fridays as we go on the journey of emotions together. To see previous posts in Evolving Emotionally click here.  If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe via email!

This week I’m linking up at Crystal Storm’s Intentional Tuesday and Jennifer Moye’s Jesus & Coffee Linkup.

Chelsey

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  1. briennemom

    This is so good and true! I actually have a blog post set up for next week about post partum depression and it follows along these lines in your post. I had never suffered from depression until I had my third baby. I think I was allowed to go through it so that I can understand what it feels like. Especially since my middle school daughter is now suffering with depression. Thank you for the reminders in your post!

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  2. Kelly Basham

    Good morning Chelsey. I have suffered from both depression and anxiety attacks in the past. I’m glad you mentioned this in your post – “Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we won’t get sad or battle with depression.” It’s so true!!! As Christians we will still have struggles. I have learned that if I start praying at the onset of sadness or depression and ask my friends and family to pray too, it helps me to battle it.

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  3. CrystalStorms.me

    Thank you, Chelsey, for sharing your own struggles and opening up the conversation. I’ve seen both my mother and a dear friend suffer through depression. Psalm 34:18 is a great verse to hold onto.
    Sweet blessings to you, friend. : )

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  4. Megs

    Chelsey, way to be brave in sharing your story to inspire others in hope. It reminded me to include my friends who suffer from depression in my prayers way more often than I do. Happy Wednesday!
    Megs
    Visiting from the Jesus and Coffee linkup!

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  5. Jennifer Moye

    I struggled with post partum depression with our second son and felt so ashamed. Just as you wrote, I am a Christian….I should not feel this way. It just isn’t something that is talked about enough in the church (in my opinion). It is real. And it is a struggle. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with #JesusandCoffee this week!! Have a wonderful week my friend!

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  6. stephaniemillercoach

    I love this reminder, that we are not alone when we are struggling with feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. I love the memory verse you included and I also love the verse, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” That has provided me with comfort throughout my time dealing with depression as well.

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  7. Steven Hotze

    I struggled with depression for many years while I was married. Getting divorced was crushing. But, working through the pain with the help of Divorce Care, talking with friends and family, God has brought great healing and strength.

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  8. Marlene DeForrest

    This is such an important topic! Thank you for your vulnerability and courage in sharing!

    I have struggled with depression/anxiety also. Three different times over the last 35 years, I took antidepressants. The first time, the depression seemed to come out of nowhere and I felt like such a failure as a Christian. The second time was postpartum depression and I still struggled with feeling like a failure, but not as much. The third time was situational and I knew that if I needed help, it was okay.

    Each and every time, I learned more about God’s heart of love and understanding for us. I believe the crown of thorns that was beaten onto Jesus’ head symbolizes the sharp, painful thoughts of depression and anxiety. This, along with sweating drops of blood, shows that Jesus truly understands; and He loves us or else why would He go through that for us. Knowing that has really helped me!

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