Here Are Seven Awesome Psalms To Read Whenever You Are Struggling With Depression And Anxiety.

They are:

Psalm 23:4

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

God’s words bring peace (psalmsquotes)

Psalm 27:1–3

“God, You are my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? You are the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked come against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear!”

Psalm 32:7

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God’s words bring peace (bibleverseimages)

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

Psalm 61:1–3

“Hear my cry, O God; from the ends of the earth I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you are a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy…”

Psalm 34:1–10

“I will bless You at all times, Your praise will continually be in my mouth. I sought You, Lord, and You heard me, You delivered me from all my fears. When we look to You we are radiant. Your angels encamp all around those who fear You and You deliver us. Help me to taste and see that You are good, oh Lord. You say I will be blessed when I trust You. Those who seek You lack no good thing.”

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Depressed? Alone? Tired? Afraid? Take heart–God Thinks You Are Great.

Something motivating for you today.

If you think you’re thick and naff
Hate to see your photograph
Self worth sinking in the bath
God thinks you are great.

Wander through a boring life
Avoidance of all kinds of strife
Sever friendships with a knife
God thinks you are great.

Need to change your point of view
Jesus died alone for you
Wants to make you all brand new
God thinks you are great.

Jesus knocking at your door
He is what you’re looking for
Let His Spirit heal your sores
Cos God thinks you are great.

Overcoming The Power Of Depression

In recent times, suicidal deaths have been a source of concern to Nigerians and the human race at large. According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. NGO’s, care groups and even the government have created laws and means to curb this menace yet the answer looks far from our reach. Our Christianity is beyond emotions. It is our commitment to live with God through life and whatever it throws at you.

But how do people overcome it?

The story of Charles is a wonderful testimony on how he overcame depression.

He was 21 when everything went south. He was dumped, he lost his car and he found himself unemployed all at once. Things began to spiral out of control from there. Depression settled in and Charles turned to the bottle as a source of escape.

Things took a dark turn for Charles. But with the help of his roommate, and religion, he overcome his struggle with depression.

He was invited to an event hosted by a preacher, and it was there that he rediscovered his faith in God and religion. It has helped him grow his faith as an evangelist.

He’s looking to spread that message now across the world.

Overcoming depression requires the renewing of our minds through the word of God. When you trust in yourself and things don’t go as expected, it can result in depression. It is important that you always encourage yourself in the lord. Take the focus off you and focus on God. Understand that there are somethings that are beyond your control and learn to pray about that problem. Confess the word of God daily over your life. Ever heard the popular saying “why worry when you can pray”? I am sure the writer understood by experience that prayer is the only way out in times of distress.

Secondly, unrealistic comparisons with other people implies you are telling God that He has failed you. We are all on individual journeys in life and so face different challenges, hence stop comparing your life with others. Stay on your lane, pray and watch the miracle worker do wonders all around you.

Finally, the journey of depression ends in hopelessness so instead of feeling like you are a burden to others, speak up. A problem shared is half solved.

You Overweight Pig

A story about a fat girl who got bullied, depressed, finally got her life together for a year. And she finally proved it to her best friend who always picked on her every single day about something that she just realised that day.

All I did was shove all these food down my throat whenever I feel the feeling that I always felt, hoping that it would’ve made it better. But I knew clearly that it’ll make it worst.

I’ve been over weight since I was a kid. Bullied and just disrespected just because of how I looked.

I tried to go on a diet, and exercise, but it was always hard for me. I never had the motivation. I never had people to support me. And no one understood the struggles I had.

People called me names. They actually still call me ‘Piggy’ every time I walk into school. They pinched my fats and pushed me down and told me that I was always too slow to ever make it in time to class, when actually I just really wanted to avoid classes as much as possible.

But now is a new year. A new year where I’m going to change who I am. I’m going to change how I eat, how I live my life, and how my mind set is. I’m going to be positive and set a goal. I’m sick of it already.

My mother agreed with me and let me stayed home school for a year until I become healthy. I told her that she won’t regret it. Nor would I.

So I woke up every day at five, looking at the mirror and telling myself that I’m going to do it. There were a lot of ups and downs and when I told myself that it was just a fantasy. But it’s not true. Dreams can be real if you actually work hard for it.

I started eating healthy. In fact, and drank more water. I slept earlier, instead of staying up all night, worrying about the bullies and what people called me. Cause they’re going to be a joke when I go back to school.

After a year, I’ve fitted my sixth year old clothes again. Maybe it was rather bigger actually. I was happy. I had friends. I ate well and I feel awesome and fit. This was the best decision I’ve ever made.

“It’s time for you to go to school honey.” My mother called me from down stairs while I stared at myself into the mirror. I smiled at myself, thinking about how people are going to react.

I drove my car that my mom just bought me during my birthday and parked it in front of the school. I walked out with my sunglasses over my hair and walked into the school like I belonged there. Every guy that I passed were staring. And all the girls were whispering.
Then I waited at the genius who made up my nick name’s locker until a person came. But it wasn’t her. This person looked different. She looked tired with her eye bags. Her skin was unusually paled with red dots, and she was actually chubby. Not as chubby as I was before, but it was close. She had a cigar in her fingers, but the only thing that made me know that it was Amanda was her pink golden phone case that she always have in her hands everyday.

“Excuse you.” She snapped at me before I could even say anything. Now I’m pretty sure that it was Amanda.
“What happened to you Amanda?” I asked softly even if that wasn’t the question that I was going to ask.
“None of your business weirdo. Now move, I don’t even know you!”

“Oh, so you forgot the girl who you used to kick and pick on every single day. So you forgot the girl who you made depressed and who you almost made her actually kill herself and thought it was a joke. The girl you called fat and the girl you told everyone not to talk to because I was so fat that they might even catch it.” I actually chuckled a little bit at the thought of how stupid that was.

“Piggy?” She looked at me full of confused as if she didn’t believed me.

“You know what Amanda… I just came here to say thanks. Thank you for everything. Without you, I wouldn’t have lost weight, have real friends and have my whole life together. So basically I wanna thank you for not making me end up like you right now. Because all this time, I got myself back up just to proof some mean girl that I could’ve been better than her. I thought that maybe it would have made me happy if I showed the person that never even cared about me that I was not only a pig. But I just realised that I didn’t need to proof this pathetic rude girl that’s standing in front of me anything. I just wanna say sorry as well because whatever happened to you the past year.. You look horrible man. And you gotta get a life instead of making fun of other people and making up such smart nick names for them. Snapping at everyone you see and just be a bitter lonely person. So I just wanna wish you good luck.”

I smiled at her even if I saw her glaring eyes into mine. I walked passed her after I patted her back.

I continued walking while I just realised that we were crowded with a bunch of people who were actually clapping after what I just said. Then I walked through the crowd without a hassle because they made a path way for me.

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The Warfare of Peace When Feeling Depressed And Scared

Punchline: The devil cannot handle believers who know how to “hold their peace”.

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When trouble comes, our first temptation is to get upset, speak out of our emotions, and start trying first one thing and then the other in the hopes of finding something that will work and turn the situation around. All of these are unacceptable behaviour for the believer who is walking in faith. Nine of them will bring victory. Jesus gave us peace. It is our inheritance. The devil regularly attempts to steal it, but peace is ours, and we must hold on to it. (See: Exodus 14:14).

As believers, we are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). The word seated refers to rest, and the words rest and leave are equivalent to one another.

The book of Hebrews teaches us to enter the rest of God and cease from the weariness and pain of human labour. (See Hebrews 4:3, 10-11) This peace is available to us and as been since Jesus Christ came, died for us, was resurrected from the dead, and ascended on high.

Once upon a time in my life, the devil played his mind game, throwing different negative thoughts in my mind, like: Will I be good enough married, how will I foot the bills for my wedding, how will I get a bigger space to raise a family, will I still have a job since am a contract staff, fear of the unknown now kicked in, everything became Bla bla bla!!! At some point I got knocked down and fell to his mind games. One day I tuned in to Daystar television, Joyce Meyer was ministering ,and the topic was peace. It’s like God took me to that channel deliberately. From there on, I regained my strength and thank God am in a process. I kept on saying “Greater Is He that’s in me, than he that is in the world” I went all scriptural in my declaring. I don’t have to feel condemned, I don’t have to be afraid because Christ lives in me. I will not worry over what tomorrow brings, because I trust the Lord for securing my future and whatever plans I make, He’s always there to see me through. Fear of the unknown is very dangerous to our health. It can make one sick, or commit suicide if not careful. The peace of God is very essential and needed in our life to put our trust in Him, and be joyful.

Peace is available, but we are encouraged to enter it. We enter the peace of God by believing His word and by trusting in Him instead of in ourselves or someone else.

We benefit when we defeat the devil, but Jesus also benefits. It gives Him glory when we operate according to His word. He is able to bless us with our inheritance in Him. Talking about the promises of God is encouraging, but possessing them is much better.

God’s plan is to work in our lives to bring us to the place where we can keep ourselves at rest during times of adversity. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Fear not, for I am with you, do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My right hand of rightness and justice.

All those in strife against you, those who come at you with a spirit of contention and war, shall end up as nothing. So hold your peace. As you hold your peace, I can work because it shows that you are trusting Me.

The next time something or someone threatens to steal your peace, don’t give in. Instead, release God’s power by holding on to your inheritance and trusting that He will take care of the situation for you.

7 Ways To Beat Depression

Over the years, I’ve struggled with bouts of anxiety and depression. It’s tough, but there really are beautiful, simple ways available that can help us escape the clutches of feeling like crap. Depression kills when we feel nothing is changing in our lives. We tend to shut ourselves out and stay in isolation. My story is just an example, God has been good even If i don’t deserve anything from Him.

He led me out of depression and shame to be where I am today, even if am not there yet but i believe am still on the move.

Here are 7 ways to beat depression;

1. Sleep and Don’t Feel Guilty About It.

Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Insomniacs are 10 times more likely to have depression than their well-rested counterparts. I know this is true of me. When I’m tired, I’m more emotional. When rested, I’m more even-tempered, less prone to act irrationally.

2. Reconnect with Friends.

Be around people who can make you laugh when you don’t even feel like smiling. The worst thing you can do during depression is isolate yourself from the rest of the world. Although you think, “I have nothing to give. I have no energy to connect with anyone right now!” that’s not true. Being around other people actually energizes and revitalizes our souls. It gives us the energy to make it through the day. The less people you see, the longer your depression will last. So think back to best times of your life and reconnect with those people.

3. Journal At Least 3 Times Per Week.

Try to practice this discipline for a month. The healthiest people are reflective, not reactive. They take time to process the day’s highs and lows and to understand their own emotional responses to stressors throughout the day. Mine consisted of three questions. What was your high today? What was your low today? What are you excited about for tomorrow?

4. Watch Only Funny Movies.

Laughter is literally healing for the soul. When you laugh it actually changes the chemistry in your brain, releasing happy hormones. Laughter is a drug free antidepressant. Go watch Brides Maids, or Anchor Man, or even back to the classics like Dumb and Dumber.

5. Find A Creative Outlet.

What floats your boat? Figure it out and go do it. This can be writing, painting, gardening, or fixing motorcycles. The only requirement is that it’s creative, making or doing something with your hands. It’s physical and experiential. Your whole body is involved, not just your mind. The key here is to access different parts of your brain besides cognition, or thought, because when we’re depressed, we get stuck in certain thought patterns. Mine was rock climbing 🙂

6. Volunteer Somewhere to Help Someone Less Fortunate.

Get out of the narrow focus called “me-myself-and-I.” Best way to stop thinking about yourself? Think about someone else. Happy people are people who serve others. They are reminded that their glass is “half full” (not “half empty”) when they serve someone who’s got it worse than they do. Go find something like a convalescent home, a food kitchen, or a homeless shelter and get your hands dirty. One of my favorite quotes comes to mind, “someone is praying for the things you take for granted.”

7. Take Time to Play.

Children know how to play. If you don’t remember, go hang out with a friend who has kids or observe kids in a park (without being creepy). They’re natural explorers and adventurers. As adults, we need more of that in our lives. So figure out a way to build play into your day. Play can include a walk through nature, a bike ride, a board game, or sports. The point is, it has to be fun. Be spontaneous. Be anti-boring. Be stupid. Think like a child and go have some fun!

How to Get Back on Track When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

When your “get up and go” has “got up and left,” when there’s no more “pep” left in your step, sometimes the best thing you can do is just stop trying for a while. I get it sometimes when things just feel confusing and body gets lazy. Motivation sounds enticing when thinking and getting ideas, but the major thing is to start executing those ideas and be productive.

Moving forward feels great, but movement takes energy. When’s the last time you took a break without feeling guilty?

If you dislike the idea of resting, it might help to know that it’s a productive and appropriate project that could help you get your groove back.

Having said that, maybe you don’t have the option of sitting around doing nothing. Somehow, you’ve got to find or create the motivation to get moving again, regardless of how stuck you feel.

That’s when it’s time to do two things.

The first is to remind yourself of your own agency. No matter how helpless you may feel at a time like this, no matter what challenges you face, you have control over the little things in your life.

You’re the only one who gets to decide whether to brush your teeth, rinse out that empty yogurt container, or sweep up that debris on the floor near the front door.

When life won’t give up its rewards to you, you can still reward yourself with clean hair, a timeout, or—here’s a novel idea—a carrot. (Make it a baby carrot with peanut butter; you need the nutrients.)

Losing motivation creates a sense of powerlessness, not to mention a lack of direction and purpose. It casts a spell that makes you forget your autonomy. But total powerlessness is most often an illusion.

Who else makes those moment-to-moment decisions about whether to wash a dish, darn a sock, or do a push-up?

When you feel paralyzed by obstacles like apathy, low energy, or indecision, taking small, unrelated actions can rev that idling engine.

The best activities are simple acts of grooming and household management.

Sprucing up your résumé and applying for jobs on the Internet is not a small action; don’t ask yourself to do that before you have some wins under your belt in the form of clipped nails, a tidy drawer, or a changed light bulb.

Once you inspire yourself by being proactive in smaller tasks, you’ll be better able to roll up your sleeves and do some heavy lifting on the bigger stuff.

The second thing to do if you’ve lost your mojo is to follow these three, simple words: Just start it. I remember an instructor in graduate school telling us that if you simply begin to do a task, motivation kicks in within 10 seconds.

You read that right: 10 seconds may be all it takes to shift from “I don’t want to do it” to “I’m already doing it, so I might as well continue.”

Let’s say, for example, you’re trying to get yourself to go to the gym. Get up right now and gather your workout clothes and/or shoes. Fill a water bottle or do whatever it takes to prep for a trip to the gym.

You’re far more likely to follow through and actually go if you start doing anything related to your goal.

Between these two tools—inspiring yourself through small actions or committing to just 10 seconds of activity—you’ll be able to make more progress than you would by sitting there berating yourself for being stuck.

The best way to get things in action, is to do your best and leave the rest to God to take control.

Video: How To Avoid Depression As A Christian #Dipo Adesina #motivation #depression

By: Dipo Adesina

Most people feel sad or depressed at times. It’s a normal reaction to loss or life’s struggles.

But when intense sadness — including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless — lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it may be something more than sadness.

7 Ways To Achieve A Positive Attitude #Robert Viney #positivity #motivation

When doing your research or probably on a social network platform, you tend to learn new things, ideas, and ways in which we can impact our lives positively.

When asked, the most successful business people say that a strong, positive attitude has been more important to their success than their ability. Havard Business School has consistently reinforced this view by saying that a strong mental ability is more important than ability for attaining meaningful business success.

So how positive is your mental attitude?

Having a strong, positive attitude can give you much including having strong mental and physical energy, more clarity in your thinking and more creativity in your thinking and your actions. You will also bounce back quicker from set-backs, have a greater influence on everyone in your life, including your customers and your employees and, importantly, be less stressful.

Generally, the more positive that you are, the more successful you will be in your business. The most successful in business often put their success down to their positivity, so if you want similar business success, you have to create greater positivity and develop a strong positive attitude, yourself.

I have found the following 7 simple ways work really well to create and enhance a strong, positive attitude:-

  1. Be optimistic
  2. Kick out negative thoughts
  3. Look to the future
  4. Don’t have problems but have challenges
  5. See the good in everything
  6. Learn from your mistakes
  7. Be grateful for what you have in life

BE OPTIMISTIC

Being OPTIMISTIC is a great boost to POSITIVITY and can come from belief in your own ability to succeed and the confidence to know that you will succeed.

If you have doubts about your success, keep saying to yourself: “I CAN DO THIS.”

KICK OUT NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

If you have doubts in your ability, these are NEGATIVE THOUGHTS and these along with other negative thoughts will diminish how POSITIVITY.

Whenever you have a negative thought enter your mind, you should think to ‘KICK IT OUT’ and replace it with a POSITIVE or a HAPPY thought.

LOOK TO THE FUTURE

You should always look to the future and NOT THINK about the past – what has happened has happened and is the past and worrying about it will deflate your POSITIVITY.

Try thinking about your goals and targets in the future rather than worrying about the past.

DON’T HAVE PROBLEMS

Positive people don’t have problems, instead they have CHALLENGES and rather than thinking: “I can’t do that”, they instead think: “This is going to be difficult, but how is the best way to proceed?”

SEE THE GOOD IN EVERYTHING

Try and think that something GOOD always comes out of something BAD and always try to see the good in everything. Life does not always go to plan and there will be set-backs and you will make mistakes, but don’t dwell on these, instead bounce back quickly and continue to move forward.

You should analyze what went wrong and learn from the situation and don’t repeat the mistake.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

Successful people think that failure, set-backs or mistakes are all part of learning and are part of the success process and you must think the same.

Set-backs are there for a reason and you should see the good, positive side in every one. You should think that every mistake or set-back has a lesson for you in how to achieve your business success. You should learn from each and move on.

BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE IN LIFE

Many of us are luckier than we possibly think. We often don’t stop and take stock of our lives and think about what we have and what we have achieved. This could be family or this could be career, anything really.

It is good to have a vision for your life and for your business ambitions, but too often we concentrate on what we don’t have rather than what we do have and that can lead to feeling depressed or negativity.

It takes a short while to develop these ways, but believe me these do work when put together. Just change your thinking to be more positive and you will be surprised how much better you start to feel.

This piece is originally written by Robert Viney

Overcoming Anxiety With Faith

Trusting God with your life is not as easy as it sounds. Once upon a time, i had no idea it even meant. I thought it was enugh to go to church sometimes and pray, even if i wasn’t sure my prayers were being heard.

But putting total faith in God requires us to let go of what we think we know and let Him handle it.

Once we desire a spirit of truth, we trust that He will steer us in the right direction according to His will. In faith we know that God’s will is the best way for us, even when we do not understand it.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

I can look back at some negative situations in my life and see good in them- God was refining me. At the time they felt excruciating, but now i see the error of my ways. When we don’t have God at the center, the world competes for that spot,  and that’s when we become deceived. More light of this can be read in (1 Peter 5:7)

My brethren,  when troubles come your way,  consider it joy for you know that when faith is tested,  your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow,  for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete,  needing nothing. 

Selena Gomez Boldly States ‘I’m a Child of God’: Repost 

My heart limps for joy when I get this kinda news about celebrities turning back to God. I am just overwhelmed and happy for Selena Gomez, for tracing back her connection with the most high God.

According to Christian headline, Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez recently opened up about her Christian faith and boldly proclaimed “I’m a child of God.”

Gomez shared her testimony at a recent Hillsong Church conference. Gomez can often be spotted attending Hillsong Church services, the same church love interest Justin Bieber also frequently attends.

According to Latina.com, the 25-year-old Gomez said that she thought fame would provide her with what she needed, but that turned out to be a false hope.

“You will feel like the loud screams from thousands of people while you are onstage will be the thing that saves you, but it isn’t,” she said.

“I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting on-stage, or right after leaving the stage,” she continued.

Gomez went on to say that it was on her 23rd birthday that she finally gave her life to God and He became “real” to her.

She shares that she heard the Holy Spirit speak to her and say:

“Selena, you are enough! Not because you’ve tried hard, not because you have loved hard or put on your best face. Not because you have been given a large platform and not because others tell you ‘you are enough,'” she declared. “You are enough because you are a child of God who has been pursued from the very beginning. You are enough because His grace has saved you and covered you. And every good thing you do will flow from this truth. What you give to others will always be an overflow of what He has given to you. Selena you don’t have to try so hard. You can rest.”

What an inspiring testimony! We pray Selena will continue to walk with God and share her faith. Also will be happy if she releases a good gospel album.

Credit: Christian Headline 

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