Daily Devo

Depression Bites

Dear Lord,

I’m sluggish. I have to fight to get out of bed. I have to push to interact with people. Going to work exhausts my introverted personality.

I know we aren’t supposed to claim sicknesses or diseases, but I’m feeling pretty rough. Good things have been happening to me and yet I can’t seem to get excited about anything for long.

I notice every time I laugh, maybe that doesn’t happen enough. What can I do practically to get better? Is this just a momentary feeling that will pass? Please help me know what to do. I do all for your glory.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

I wrote that prayer from my heart this morning. For some odd reason, I have been feeling so heavy lately. I know I was raised to just rebuke it and work past it, but is there an underlying issue that I’m missing?

The last few years of my life have been pretty stressful. Maybe my body is just reacting to that? Anyway, please pray for me ladies.

Of course, I won’t just leave you all down like that. I will try to write what the Bible says about this, and hopefully, it can help the both of us.

One of the most well-known examples of this type of behavior is found in 1 Kings 19. The mighty prophet Elijah had just made a statement for the Lord and killed all the prophets of the false god Baal. After this major spiritual victory King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, threatened his life.

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone broom or juniper tree and asked that he might die. He said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.”

— 1 Kings 19:4

This great prophet, who had just experienced this major move of God suddenly was full of fear and wanted to die. What I love about God is, is that God told him to go to sleep. He had an angel come and feed him and twice told him to rest.

Maybe in our fast world, we never have the time to deal with our fears. When things begin to build up they can become an issue far bigger than you could ever imagine. I have seen women in my family deal with debilitating fear, to where their body reacts to it as if a sickness!

 

But what am I afraid of? Many people who are down, are down because they fear no one loves them, or they fear they won’t be able to handle an upcoming challenge, or they fear they won’t be able to pay their bills. I pray against the spirit of fear today.

Although I am in no way diagnosing myself, I am noticing a negative attitude lately, and I want to be vigilant about my mental health. If I can feel a screw is out of place, I want to fix it now. I want to be intentional about making sure I’m okay.

Today ladies, remember that you can trust in the Lord. He will provide for you! He has been taking care of His people for thousands of years. I honestly feel much better after having written this, and so I encourage you if you are experiencing any issues like this to talk to someone. You may fear that they will reject you, but just be wise about who you decide to talk to.

Most importantly, talk to Jesus about it! Write a letter to Him, pray in your room, ask Him for His help. He captures every one of our tears, and He loves us fiercely. Never forget His love and provision for you, and because He wants you to get the victory over whatever you are facing, He will always be there to show you how.

Be blessed ladies, be vigilant about your mental health. Fight for happiness. Allow God’s love in your heart, for His perfect love casts out all fear. Place your burdens on HIs shoulders. You can trust Him!

Below are some verses of encouragement. Jesus is the WORD. Get your encouragement from Him when times get tough.

“Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.”

— Psalms 146:1

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

— Nehemiah 8:10b 
Daily Devo

The Discipline of Worship

Many people don’t understand the importance of praise and worship. We all recognize the profound power that music has in connecting people. When King Saul lost his mind, it was only David’s anointed playing of the harp that allowed him to feel any peace. 

One of my favorite Worship songs right now was written by a Gospel artist named Todd Dulaney. A link to a youtube playlist for his song Free Worshipper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOx2YNuakF0&list=RDqOx2YNuakF0. I will try a website app to allow you to click and listen to the song.

Music has set people free from bondage, has encouraged slaves to trust in the Lord for freedom, and has brought healing. What we listen to can uplift us, or hurt us.

You may be going through a tough time where you need strength, where you need peace, and you need to be able to hear from God. Music helps to position us for God to bless us or even for spiritual warfare.

I have had times in my walk (I still do all the time) where I am too lazy at the moment to pray when I know I need to. One thing that helps me is to play worship music. After the music plays for a bit I usually feel a bit more spiritual strength to pray. Music helps to usher us into the presence of God, and it’s in the presence of God that we can be healed.

In order to avoid being redundant, the point is this: worshipping is an important discipline to a Christian. I say a discipline because sometimes it means turning off your typical diet for a bit in order to seek God. There are moments where it’s the last thing you want to do, but it is what is necessary for you to spend daily time with the Lord.

Having a built up spirit is how you win battles over the flesh. If you find you have been making more mistakes than normal or unable to defeat or stop a bad habit, it may be because you need to build up your spirit more.

When I was riding home on the train from work last year I wanted to play my Friday night playlist of fun songs to help me get ready to enjoy the weekend. I remember God (through my spirit) telling me not to listen to it, and to pray for my brother instead. So I played worship music and prayed. I was a bit upset because I just wanted to relax before I got home after a long week!.

As I got off the train my mom gave me the good news that my brother had just texted that he won a major court battle down in Lynchburg. I already knew that, because God had told me exactly why to pray for him. 

This may seem like a silly example, but it illustrates the importance of music in regards to hearing the voice of God. If there is something you need, if you are experiencing spiritual hardship or just simply feeling down, I encourage you to listen to music that builds you up. Try listening to praise and worship only for a day or two and I truly believe you will feel a difference. It’s a good way to keep your spirit built up and fed and can help you reset your lifestyle.

If you try a music fast like that let me know how it went! I have done it in the past and it has helped me through tough times. 

Verse for Reflection:

1 I WILL bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble and afflicted hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

— Psalms 34:1-4

Daily Devo

Prayer for Peace

Instead of a devotional today, I’d like to say a prayer for peace for you ladies. 

First, a few reminders”

1. God loves you unconditionally

2. Sin draws us away from God, it makes us want to be less close to Him. Remember that if you sincerely repent He is always ready to forgive you, no matter what you did.

3. I love you and I pray for you all each day! I pray God help you and that He help me write what you all need to read. 

I’ll put the verses I reference below the prayer.

Abba Father,

Thank you so much for every person reading this. Thank you for their desire, or even their curiosity to grow and know more about you. Thank you for putting it on their heart to support me as a friend or peer. 

Lord,  I have no idea what situations they are facing today. I don’t know what type of hardships and pain they have to deal with day in and day out. I don’t even know if they are all saved, but I know that you desire for them to know you and receive the love you give them.

I pray for a peace that surpasses understanding as they go through whatever trials in life. I pray that you bless them, keep them, cause your face to shine upon them, and give them peace. In this war-torn world peace is hard to come by.

Only you can give a peace that lasts, that doesn’t evaporate when times get tough. Calm her spirit. Help her to trust in you. Show Yourself mighty in her life and prove to her that she can rely and depend on you regardless of her past. 

Help us to love others, to be patient with others, and to be a light that will shine to whomever we meet. May our lives give you glory today, In Jesus’ precious name.

Amen!

6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;
26 The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).

— Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP)
Daily Devo

Test-imony time: Watch God Work it Out!

There are times in life where we are brought to the ends of ourselves. Where our ingenuity, hard work, and beauty cease to bring about the results we expected.

In some situations we face God is allowing us to be stretched because He understands that pressure will bring out the best in us.

I don’t know about you, but I have never sought to be stretched. I prefer to grow without hardship or challenge. I wish it was something that you could just pray away and God fix everything immediately.

I have had jobs where I was mistreated, yelled at, even threatened (not physically). Yet, God told me to stay. I wondered at this point in my walk with Christ why God would allow for me to experience things that weren’t fair.

I experienced this at a job right out of college a couple years ago. I was talked down to and manipulated on multiple occasions. I struggled with my self-esteem when I left and really had to be healed due to the stress of that time period.

God used that situation to open up an opportunity for me to work in Washington, D.C., which was my dream. If I had not continued to work at this job and decided I would just quit although God asked me to stay, I would not have gotten the opportunities I am enjoying now.

I started as a marketing and publicity coordinator yesterday and I can tell that this will be a job I will enjoy! I believe that the hard work, stress and tears of the last few years have prepared me for whatever challenges I may face.

I was not nervous at all yesterday because I know now that man cannot do anything to me– they have tried in the past, and although it hurt in the moment I am still standing– no one can take away what God has for me.

Endurance is key ladies! If we are women who quit whenever times get hard God will never be able to give us a testimony. God used the Israelite nation to show His power and strength to surrounding nations. He allowed Israel to experience difficult situations (sometimes they caused difficulties because of their sins,  other times they were simply being attacked by other countries) so that He could show himself mighty.

“Summon your might, O God.
Display your power, O God, as you have in the past.”

— Psalm 68:28 (NLT)

One of my favorite Biblical passages is about the Prophet Elisha. The King of Aram had tried multiple times to come and conquer Israel. But Elisha was so close to God and because of his prophetic calling, God would tell Elisha every time where the other nation would attempt to attack Israel. Every time the Israelites were prepared and were able to defeat the king (we can know the Lord like that too! That’ll preach!).

The king became so angry that he brought an army to Elisha’s city to destroy it!

“15And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16So he answered, Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.”

— 11 Kings 6:15-18 (NKJV)

Rather than God just keeping the army from coming at all, He allowed the army to come knowing that they would not and could not harm Elisha or the people of the city. Wait on the Lord, and He will strengthen your heart. He will always give you the grace to do what He has called you to do.

Daily Devo

Fighting Fear

The enemy uses our doubts to stop us from doing what it is we know we should do.

 You think you have something to say that people will actually want to read? You think your pitiful story and mistakes can help other women? You’re a joke. Nobody cares about what you have to say. Most of these people probably just feel sorry for you.

And he won’t stop talking until you tell him to SHUT UP!

No man will ever want to be with you, let alone marry you. You’ll be single forever, and if you get a man he will cheat on you or leave you. He won’t accept you for who you are. He won’t truly love you. He’ll treat you just like the last guy. He’ll get tired of putting up with you.

You have to stop him in his tracks and protect your peace and your God-given dreams.

You’re not loved. God doesn’t care about what you do. When’s the last time you talked to Him? He’s not going to hear you when you pray. You’re too sinful. You mess up too much and by now He’s given up on you. Why say you’re sorry when you’re only going to do it again?

Especially when he tries to lie to you about God’s love for you. The devil lies because his goal is to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you. He understands that causing you to doubt yourself, your worth, and your abilities will keep you from ever accomplishing the plans God has for your life.

I have been struggling with fear in an incredible way lately. With each new opportunity comes new challenges. Below are verses to read whenever you are being attacked with negativity and fear. (I can send a longer list of verses related to fear in a pdf that you all can print if you like. Just comment or email me and let me know).    

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.

— Philippians 4:6 (AMP)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

— 2 Timothy

When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.

— Psalm 56:3

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

— Matthew 6:34 (NLT)

In the past, I worked for people who spoke negatively to me constantly. They told me continually that I couldn’t do what I needed to do, I just wasn’t good enough. I have had to combat those lies. Words plant seeds and those people were being used to tear me down.

Please know today that God is with you throughout whatever you are going through. Trust Him, sis, please do. If Sarah could believe she would have a child at 99, if David could believe he would kill a 9-foot giant with a smooth stone, if Gideon believed his army of 300 could defeat Israel’s enemies, then we can believe that God can help us through our mess and trials.

He loves us, He is a good father. If our earthly father attempts to do good things for us and protect us, how much more would God do for us? He has all power in His hands and we are His daughters. We are precious to Him and no matter what He will never leave us or forsake us!