Christian musician Sara Groves has a beautiful, crisp, clear voice and sings encouraging messages that lift the soul. Groves recently was interviewed by “CCM Magazine” and discussed her battle with depression and her public panic attack. Here is part of the interview, titled “Eyes on the Prize,” in which she describes her music and her need to reach out to God during this difficult time.
CCM: Depression is a real, but often glossed-over issue for so many people. Where do you think the genesis of yours was?
GROVES: Three years ago I was singing at a prayer breakfast, and I was halfway through ‘Add to Beauty,’ a song I’ve sung hundreds of times and I had a panic attack on stage … It was terrible! It began because it happened while I was on stage … It became very difficult to fulfill my obligations. But I knew I wasn’t quitting for this; it right away drove me to my knees. I had to wrestle with the Lord. Right away, I knew that I was going to get through this…That first year was just awful, but I’ve had so much victory this past year.
CCM: Did you see anyone to help you through that time?
GROVES: I saw a great Christian counselor and she started helping me right away. From the first time I talked to her, she said, ‘Your emotions, your own body is lying to you. You feel like you’re going to die, but you’re not going to. You can do everything you did before. Right now, your mind is telling you, you can’t.’ I had to learn to ignore my emotions…
Groves is an inspiration and proves you that you can get through anything with God’s help! He is the one to turn to when you feel sick, lonely, depressed or anxious. You can remove these things from your life–they are NOT FROM GOD!
In the Word, the Lord says, “Do not be afraid” and “Do not be anxious.” The Bible tells us to pray instead and that God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds! It is written and the Lord will fight for you! The name of Jesus is powerful and you can cast out any type of anxiety, worry or fear when you speak His name.
Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, by PRAYER and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 6-7).
I pray this will influence anyone who experiences depression, fear or anxiety. Call on the name of Jesus and he will comfort you! God is always near so you are never alone. If you feel overwhelmed, call a friend to pray with you, read your Bible and seek the TRUTH. Use your spiritual weapons and you will have VICTORY!
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
I have given you AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to OVERCOME ALL the power of the enemy; NOTHING will harm you (Luke 10:19).
Watch the “Eyes on the Prize” video with singer Steve Mason from Jars of Clay accompanying Groves.