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    Depression: It’s Real and We Want to Talk About It!

    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but The Lord delivers him from them all. (Psalm 34:18-19)

     

    Growing up, I remember getting so frustrated with my little sister when she would get in one of her “moods.” The sun was shining and life was good, but she just wanted to sit alone in her room or sleep the day away. I remember times when she would get so angry or start to cry about something that seemed so insignificant to me. “Just snap out of it!” was my typical response. Because, to be honest, I just didn’t get it.

    I love this scripture in Psalm 34 because we see that God addresses two very important things:

    1. That even the righteous (those made Holy and blameless because they have hidden themselves in Christ) will have troubles, can be brokenhearted and can feel crushed in their spirit.
    2. That God is CLOSE to those who are hurting…and that he will deliver us from oppression!

    Before I became a Christian (the summer before eighth grade), I had this view that if God was real and if He was truly on my side, then that meant that life would be perfect, right?! Made sense to me! He should answer all my prayers, I should be happy all the time, and if there happens to be a partly cloudy day amid all the rainbows, then it’s my job to just fake it till I make it….

    But as I grew in my faith and began to take God’s word at face value, I saw verses like Psalm 34. I saw the life that Jesus modeled and the suffering that He had to endure. I pictured how alone and scared Noah must have felt, building an ark while everyone around him thought he was crazy. I thought of Mary watching her son be beaten and mocked. I read the book of Job.

    Unfortunately, the promise of faith isn’t that life will be perfect, that you will feel happy all the time or that you won’t face trials trying to kill your light. I know some of you reading this have felt darkness closing in like nothing I could ever imagine. You have felt alone, scared, anxious and hopeless. But can I tell you something?

    The promise of faith is that you are NEVER alone! That even in your darkest hour, God’s word says that he is NEAR to the brokenhearted. This verse in Psalm 34 also tells me that if you are depressed, it isn’t your fault. Sometimes you can’t just snap out of it! You can be a believer and still be brokenhearted. You can be a believer and still have times of trouble and despair. But you shouldn’t feel like you have to walk through the pain alone.

    If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, talk to family and friends who love you! Don’t be ashamed, and don’t believe the lie that no one will understand. If God’s word says that He is near to the brokenhearted, my guess is that He wants to use His people (His hands and feet on earth) to hold you, encourage you and walk beside you.

     

     

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    Two best friends with big dreams and even bigger hearts watched as their worlds collided to form their band Kaleidoscope. Influenced by artists such as Britt Nicole and Demi Lovato, this is a fun and fresh pop duo that offers an exciting and current sound to Christian music. Kaleidoscope’s Natalie Brown and Cammie Avers met in college and knew the Lord had joined their paths for bigger things than they could even imagine. Sharing the same dreams and passions for ministry, music, and teen girls, the two decided to join forces to make an even bigger impact on the world together. Ultimately, Kaleidoscope desires to see hearts and lives changed through their music. These women represent more than just songs, but truly portray the idea that even the ordinary can be used in extraordinary ways!

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    1. IK the feelings of depression all too well….. but getting better at handling them. 🙂

      On another note, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my fav psalms being used in this article. Shortly after one of my closest dogs passed (several years ago), I got depressed for months about it. Well, at the time I was reading Jerry B. Jenkins’ and Tim LaHaye’s “Left Behind: The Kids” series, and got to the one part where a main character had lost someone close to him, and was speaking w/ the two prophets at the Wailing Wall, one of which quoted that very psalm, only slightly differently. I just broke down right then coz I felt, no, knew, in my heart that God had put that right there, at just that time, for me. I can clearly recall that I kept flipping back to view it repeatedly even after moving on in the story, and I would break down every. Single. Time. Such powerful and moving verses!! :’)

      • Sorry. I clicked post before my last comment. I have been depressed as a pre ten to a teenager. Now I’m fifteen, and every once in a while I ask myself if I am still depressed. I tell myself I’ve overcomed it. I find myself crying here and then hiddenly. I struggle with forgiveness and letting go of my past.

        • I believe that you can be and ARE healed from depression! The enemy likes to fill you with doubt in this and tell you that you aren’t, but keep proclaiming healing from depression over yourself! Jesus died on the cross for a reason, He has already forgiven you and will continue to forgive you. I encourage you to keep talking about this with a leader or your parents. Community and vulnerability are so important in this journey of life, never bottle it up to yourself. We love you and will be praying for continued healing! That you can live in complete freedom, peace and joy!

    2. I have occasional bouts of depression and anxiety. But the greatest I felt like this is during these past few weeks until now. I just can’t seem to get this off. 🙁 I know God loves me but this dark blanket of depression just won’t go.

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