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Many are reporting a low grade depression during this COVID-19 crisis, even those who are usually very upbeat and encouraged.  It’s too bad that the word ‘depression’ has become something that believers are afraid to acknowledge. There is nothing wrong those who are battling circumstances in their life that are making them sad. 

Psalm 43:5 (NLT) “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”

What are some of the signs and symptoms of low grade depression? Even though they vary from person to person, you can expect some of these. You’re tired or restless. You can’t think straight. You have lost your appetite. You have low energy and don’t really want to do much. You’re sad, but not super sad.  You jus don’t think it will change.

Having these feelings and emotions suddenly appear in your life is understandable. With all of the pressures that you’re facing personally, and all of the restrictions you face publicly, and all of the negativity you hear daily, it wears on your mind, body and emotions. You may even begin to think you’re not a good christian because are discouraged. It’s not true.

What you’re facing and feeling today is normal for a person experiencing what you’re experiencing. I’m reminded of how many times in the Psalms David speaks of his own discouragement. Even Elijah despaired of his life! Living in this fallen world can be hard. Circumstances are very difficult.

Let’s choose not to stay there. God wants to encourage you, strengthen you, and help you through the trial!

I’m encouraged by what Pastor Chuck taught us, “Direct your thoughts away from the problem and put them on God; away from your own weaknesses and onto His strength. You need to remember that God loves you and is in control of the circumstances that surround your life.”

Let me suggest some practical help:

  1. Pray and talk to God about your feelings.
  2. Reach out and talk to someone you trust.
  3. Get out of the house for fresh air.
  4. Exercise, regularly.
  5. Change your diet.
  6. Stay off of social media for a week.
  7. Stop watching the news for a week.
  8. Read your Bible.
  9. Attend Church services in Person-again.
  10. Ask to speak with a pastor at your church.
  11. If you have any, and I mean, ANY thoughts of suicide, reach out for help right away. You can call the suicide hotline any time, day or night at 800-273-8255 It’s ok to call.

It’s true. You’re going to make it. We are going to make it. In the strength of the Lord we will get through this!

If you’re up for reading an excellent book on this subject, get a copy of Depression, Looking Up From a Stubborn Darkness by Welch.


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