The Season Of Broken Hearts And Depression

The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; and he rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins. Psalm 34:18

 

God is close to those who are having a hard time. He is close to those whose hearts are truly breaking. He never holds a grudge and he always rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins.

 

Psalm 147:3 states the following; "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

 

The holiday season is so rough for many hurting people. God has given me both a heart for, and a ministry, to encourage those who are hurting. This holiday season, more so then almost any other time of the year, brings up a lot of issues from failed holidays of the past and some people find themselves a bit depressed. We are surrounded by ads of happy families eating together with big smiles on their faces and for some of us our family experiences are not anything like that.

 

This is a time of year when being poor, or short of money, can hurt more then other times. The parent with children feels so inadequate when he or she finds himself or herself without the money to buy their children the things that they see other children, from families with more money, showing off.

 

I want you to encourage yourselves and your children that those things may pass away but the love of God for you all never will fade. When you look back some day at your Christmas memories it won't be the gifts you will remember but the family around you and the closeness you all experienced. There truly is no place like home and the people in it. We can center our day on games we play with family, watching the wonderful classic Christmas movies and eating some goodies we don't get to enjoy during the rest of the year.

 

Now someone reading this is going to say, "That's great but I am all alone and I don't have a soul to spend Christmas with!" I truly understand that heartache and someone much more important then me does too. Being made flesh, and dwelling on earth with us, our dear Lord Jesus suffered being lonely too. The night before he was to be betrayed not one of the disciples stayed awake with Him. In Mark 14:37 we read this,  "Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?"

 

It helps when you are lonely on Christmas day to remind yourself that it is only one day. It will last 24 hours and then things will go back to normal in the world. Treat yourself well. Make a nice dinner just for you and enjoying relaxing in the peace and quiet of the day. Don't spend the day dwelling in self-pity and feeling sorry for yourself.  When you find your thoughts drifting to self-pity tell yourself to STOP and consciously turn your thoughts to other things, read a great book or watch a Christmas movie. Before you know it the day will be past. Concentrate on Jesus, our Savior and the fact that He is the gift that will never be taken from you and the fact that HE IS WITH US ALWAYS!

So much can change in a year. The world gives us the hope for a better tomorrow if we simply choose to be brave and wait for it. God has a perfect plan for our future and when the time is right God changes things within the blink of an eye! Sometimes it's hard for us to be strong, and the God that made us knows that. When we acknowledge our weaknesses to Him then He comes on the scene to strengthen us in supernatural ways.

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. " 2 Corinthians 12:9

As a person who suffered severely from depression at one time of my life, I understand it all too well. My life changed when I cried out to God for help in overcoming depression and He begin to teach me about the power of my mind. He taught me that I could control the thoughts I was having, and that it mattered that I made conscious decisions on a daily basis to not dwell in the land of my thoughts that were bringing me down and causing me to be miserable.

We have the power to actually take those negative thoughts and hold them captive. We have the power to change our mind and decide that we won't go "there" in our minds. Satan's greatest tools against the believer are depression and discouragement.

Sometimes being depressed becomes a way of life. In order to walk free of it, and WE CAN WALK FREE AS I AM LIVING PROOF OF THAT, we simply cannot let ourselves be held captives by our negative thoughts and self pity. It doesn't do a bit of good. Sometimes the pay off is having people feel sorry for us, and in that way we get the attention we feel we need. But after a while no one can stand being around someone that is constantly depressed and so they leave and we are alone again with another reason to feel sorry for ourselves. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind." Romans 12:2

If you are letting depressing thoughts hold you captive this season, or anytime, its time to tell those thoughts, "Adios and goodbye!" The book that I recommend to people I counsel is "Battlefield of the Mind, Winning the Battle in Your Mind" It is written by Joyce Meyer and can be purchased at Amazon.com or at Joyce Meyer.org .        

 God, like any other loving Father, does not like to see His Children depressed and sad. He doesn't like to see His children in any unhappy situation. Sometimes it takes a while for those hard situations to dissolve. In the meantime our attitude about our situation can determine how long God leaves us there. One day I realized I could spend a day being miserable or I could be happy each day regardless of what was going on. I pray that you too, beloved, will learn to live God's best for your life each day!

 

If you feel sad, or lonely, beloved, give it to Daddy God! He cares about anything that hurts His children and as the first scripture says, "He cares about the broken-hearted!' It is the knowledge of His eternal love that can sustain us through the most difficult of times!

 

Merry Christmas,

Cathie

 


 

For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God