I’m struggling with you right now winter. The enemy is trying to take me down and make me sad during these gray, cold days, but I’m not going down without a fight. The enemy might try to invade my mind with anxiety, sadness and self doubt, but he will never get my heart.
My heart belongs to Jesus Christ, my God, my Savior.
At the very moment I felt myself starting to go down yesterday, a neighbor showed up and forced me out of my house for coffee. She also struggles with depression and anxiety in her life. She is one of those friends I know will not judge me or view me as weak. We connected through our kids and started praying together a few years ago. This is the way Jesus works to help us. If we keep our eyes on Him, He will put people in our lives to help us fight our battles and better see His amazing glory. There are no coincidences.
We prayed together in my car outside of Starbucks for Him to take control. We demanded the enemy to leave and have no power over our lives. Together we battled back through prayer. Depression and anxiety would not define us. We are defined and made whole by the love of our Savior.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”– Philippians 4:6-7
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
One week later…..I am reading back on this and thanking sweet Jesus because He showed me His power and glory by getting me through that horrible day and returning me to a place of security and confidence. The enemy wants us to think the solution to our problems could never be as simple as reaching out to Jesus. When you are in a dark moment you may not believe that praying to Jesus and asking Him to take full control over your life could actually be the solution. For me, surrendering to Jesus and trusting him to show me the way out of whatever difficulty I am facing has proven over and over again to be the path back to peace.
I tell my kids if they are having a hard time, are scared or are facing a tough moment to say the name of Jesus out loud. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” It sounds so basic, but I want them to learn early on the concept of turning to God to handle life’s difficult days. There is so much power in the name of Jesus.
Thank you God for surrounding us with the power of your perfect love. You are life, breath, love, comfort, living water and peace. In all of your glory and mysterious wonder you guide us and protect us during times of need. I love you God and am forever grateful to be loved by you unconditionally through all my broken and imperfect ways. Amen.
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. -Ephesians 3:16-21