There are different forms of depression. If you are suffering from depression, I would recommend you to seek professional help from your Doctor. Some kinds of depression do not go away on their own, but after professional treatment or medication and taking care of yourself, you will recover. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. You may be feeling that you just want to hide away, but confide in a friend that you can really trust, how you are feeling and let them help you if they can.
Above all pray and tell Jesus how you are feeling. He is the Best Friend of all!
If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association www.PeaceWithGod.net
I hope the following article and others on my website will also help.
A Letter From The Web. Writer Unknown
For the last 1 week, I have been experiencing extreme exhaustion. These few days, I am beginning to experience symptoms of depression.
I am finding it hard to wake up in the morning, terribly exhausted, my mind so slowed down that I can’t think or feel properly, no energy to do anything, can’t enjoy anything I do, my feelings are basically flat, and a terrible sense of uselessness is overwhelming me… but I am praying and resting in God.
I know that God loves me and He is sustaining me through this valley experience. He has a purpose for me to go through this and His grace is sufficient for me, as He promises. He will restore and deliver me in His time.
Meanwhile, I will make use of whatever resources He has given me to get better. I am praying and reading the Bible, and other encouraging books, and looking to God to strengthen my soul spiritually.
I am going to rest as much as I can so that in time to come I will be ready to serve God again. I will endeavour to keep up with my exercise daily to strengthen my body and mind.
I need to fight the negative thoughts that threaten to overwhelm me. It is important for me to remember that these thoughts will go away once I am better. So learning to recognize them and challenge them is important so that they do not pull me down further.
IF none of God’s saints* were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace.
When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, “Still will I trust in the Lord;” when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh, what honour it reflects on the gospel!
God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers.
Saints* bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring—that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as He is pleased to keep them in it.
This patience of the saints* proves the power of divine grace. There is a lighthouse out at sea: it is a calm night—I cannot tell whether the edifice is firm; the tempest must rage about it, and then I shall know whether it will stand.
So with the Spirit’s work: if it were not on many occasions surrounded with tempestuous waters, we should not know that it was true and strong; if the winds did not blow upon it, we should not know how firm and secure it was.
The master-works of God are those men who stand in the midst of difficulties, steadfast, unmoveable. “Calm ‘mid the bewildering cry, Confident of victory.”
(*Saints means believers, Christians, People who are ‘born again’.)
These wonderful words of this old hymn are so helpful when life is calm AND when the storms of trials surround us!
It Is Well With My Soul
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
(Refrain) It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
Words: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873.
He who would glorify his God must set his account upon meeting with many trials. No man can be illustrious before the Lord unless his conflicts be many.
If, then, yours be a much-tried path, rejoice in it, because you will the better show forth the all-sufficient grace of God.
As for His failing you, never dream of it—hate the thought.
The God who has been sufficient until now can be trusted to the end.
what a blessed assurance and comfort! God’s grace is sufficient for me.
His strength is made perfect in my weaknesses.