Bible Verses About Depression: 15 Helpful Scriptures

by Pamela Rose Williams on November 29, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Depression is something that has been around for thousands of years. WebMD uses the following words in its definition of depression “Major depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities” [1]. People who suffer from depression often are sad or uninterested in anything. Depressed people sleep a lot and enjoy spending time in darkness, rather than the light. God’s Word encourages us to come out of the darkness and concentrate on the things of others.  This will take our focus off of ourselves and help us to find true peace and joy in serving others. I have found some things in the Bible that should help you to overcome depressing times.  Take a look at these 15 helpful Scriptures.

Featured Memory Verse:  Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

God Never Loses Sight of You 

Deuteronomy 31:8 “… It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste.

Deuteronomy 32:10In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye. 

Psalms 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

Your Trust and Hope is In Him; Call Upon Him 

Psalms 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Psalms 32:10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

Psalms 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

He Has Great Plans for You; Hang in There 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. 

Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

What Should I Do When I Fall Apart?

Be sure to listen to the video in the upper right of this page.  “Fall Apart” is a great song to help us realize that we need to call upon the Lord not only in the bad times — remember to count your blessings and praise Him for them too.

Sources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

[1] WebMD www .webmd.com/depression/ss/slideshow-depression-overview

YouTube “Fall Apart” by Josh Wilson

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rachel April 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

Dear all,

A friend of mine is struggling with some quite intense sexual thought she is having about random men and her ex-boyfriend.
Which Bible verses would you suggest she reads to clear these strange reoccuring thoughts from her mind?

It is rather strange and she knows that she should be sexually pure etc before God as this is what God states in His word.

Advice would be good.
Thank you,
Rachel

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Joseph Arcuri II September 12, 2013 at 6:59 am

Dear reader,
I have dealt before with this in my own way here are a couple of good verses to read about it.
1 Corinthians 5:9–11
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 6:9–11
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 10:8
We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. (ESV)

J M Arcuri II

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Blu December 31, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Hello, I normally would not say anything. But I believe this situation points out to a “soul-tie”. I recommend the person seeking information & guidance. These things can continue for years without any proper understanding. Make sure this matter is investigated efficiently. This area in the church still remains unobserved. I speak of my own “unique” circumstances. Knowing the right scriptures can offer temp relief, but remove the root cause & the person will find a permanent solution.

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pastors03 July 12, 2014 at 2:03 am

I understand soul-ties also blu. and have worked as a deliverance minister but after moving from that ministry I cannot find anyone who understands or has heard of it. I now find myself in need of deliverance from a spirit warring against my Spirit and I need to get to the root. Praying for you too.

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Frank April 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

I need some prayer for me and my family I have recenctly find myself falling away from The Lord a little bit I need prayer to help me I know with him everything will be ok I have zcommented before bout my past with my family I was away from my family for 2 months without any contact because of what I did to my wife she has forgiving me and I e been back home for bout 2 months now and everuthing thing is good at home today I went to court for the charge I had against my wife and the state is trying to remove me from my home permantly please pray that they would not allowed that to happen us we have a family together and they want to separate us

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Pamela Rose Williams April 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Frank I am praying now!

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Joseph Arcuri II September 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

Father God I pray for Frank at this moment for your word says that a home should not be unequally yoked, I pray that you use this experience in the past to help Frank out and to allow the court to do the right thing. I pray Joshua 1:9 over him and his family. I pray for his wife that she uses this to strengthen her testimony and grow her into a women of God as well as Frank

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Frank April 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thank You

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Bev April 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

My 34 year old son has been battling addiction for nearly 17 years. He has been clean from the illegal drugs for over a year, but he started huffing canned air and it has gotten him into a lot of trouble–even 3 weeks in jail. He was clean from huffing for 7 months and then gave in to temptation 2 weeks ago and was caught. He has been on probation since December 19, 2012 and was doing well. I am afraid he may now face more jail time. He needs help but he has been in and out of rehab many times and it has not helped. I need this demon of addiction and impulsivity cast out of him. I pray every night for him and for strength for me to get through this, but I don’t see anything positive happening and it is making me question God’s desire for me and my family. Why has it taken 17 years and still I see no hope? Please let me know if I will ever feel hope and peace again. I am 63 years old and I want to live out the remainder of my life free of this constant worry about my son. Thank you

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Trey May 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hey Bev, I’m sorry to hear about your son. My 14 yo son is in a Teen Challenge program, and it has been a blessing. There are adult teen challenge programs across the country. That may be a good option. Here are the hard facts: your son is an adult and has made these choices on his own. You must learn that your responsibility is over and he must face the consequences. God can see things to their end, and your son may need to fall flat on his face without any assistance from you other than your love and prayers. Drugs are the scourge of our time. Satan is using it to rip families apart. Through strength and faith you must let your son go to God.

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Kalene June 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This is great advise Trey, my dad is a graduate of the Teen Challenge program in Lambeth and is now in Bible College to become a youth ministry councellor. His testimony is very inspiring and I’m sure you would love to hear his story just as much as I would love to hear your son’s. Addiction is a powerful thing and the Devil is a hard worker… We must not let him get the best of us and we all need to fight him and trust in God. He has a path for everyone and we must do everything we can to stay on that path.

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Kalene June 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Bev, my father was 36 years old when he entered the Teen Challenge program (less willing than he should have been) and graduated a strong, healthy, and spiritually-filled man. He did not believe in God the majority of his life, and within 12 months was able to fully accept Him into his heart. Have hope for your son and keep praying for him. My Grandmother prayed for my dad every single day for over 20 years and it sooner or later paid off. My dad has now finished his first semester of Bible College and is trying to earn his degree in Youth Ministry Counseling to help troubled youth who have drug/alcohol and depression issues. He has spoken in several schools and churches ALL over Canada and has been an inspiration to so many people. You would do well to hear his testimony and have him talk to your son ( or maybe even give you a few pointers on how to deal with him in a healthy way ). The Lord has a plan, but the Devil is getting in the way. Righteousness will always win in the end, no matter how dark life seems at the moment. Remember to be strong and keep keeping on. Don’t give up on him and keep praying.
Just let me know if you ever want to talk with him and I will see what I can do for you (: Have a wonderful week and I hope at least some of what I have said to you will stick in your heart.

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Amanae July 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

Dear Bev. Don’t ever give up hope, no matter how tired you are. My nephew was a addicted to meth. In and out of rehab. for years. His Mother and Father suffered terribly just as you are suffering. And we suffered because we all loved them and him. In the midst of his addiction, he found the Lord. Did he falter afterwards, yes, more then once. His choice of drugs was Meth. Though he did serve short sentences behind bars, the only reason he didn’t end up in jail for an extended stay was the Judge opted to send him to a Christian rehab.
named Teen Challenge in Lubbock, Tx. They stand on the Word of God and their program includes discipline, prayer, bible study and group therapy along with group and individual responsibilities. I don’t know where you live but this might be an option for your son. I know they do have them other places. My nephew battled his addiction from the time he was a young teenager up into his thirties. Teen challenge is for men of all ages. He has been clean about four years now. He is a model citizen of the community with a wife and daughter and He truly loves the Lord, and ministers to many. This is a young man, who many said he’s not going to change, Don’t let Satan defeat you in thinking there is no hope. I assure you God can do anything. Continue to pray for your son, and I encourage you to draw near to those who love the Lord and have a heart to pray for a miracle for your son. God our creator delights in doing miracles for His children. I hope this has been encouraging to you, I can only testify to it because I have witnessed it first hand. God bless you and I pray right now that the Holy Spirit confront your son, and give him the desire and strength to turn away from his addiction and turn to the one and only Savior who has the power to give him a new and drug free life. Rest in the Lord, Bev. when you feel like your sinking call on the name of Jesus until you feel the comfort. God heals the brokenhearted. Psalms 147:3

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alex April 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

my friend is doing her project for a university. her guides are not proper, they do not guide her well..they keep on changing their words on project and always under estimate my friend. the final term days have almost come but her project is not yet over. plz pray for her successful completion.she is ver upset and depressed. her name is anusha

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CHRISSY April 22, 2013 at 7:16 am

I am so lost. I can’t even see straight. My entire life has been filled with hurt, anger and pain. I was just a kid but forced to grow up fast. I forgive the ones who have abused,and tormented me. I battle depression everyday. My heart is filled with a terrible sadness I just can’t shake. I have attempted suicide several times the first time I was 8. I have two beautiful children who I love more than I could ever express. I hate myself because it’s hard for me to say I love you even though I know in my heart I love them. I was not shown love or how to love. The ones that said they loved me hurt me the worst. To hear the words I’m sorry after someone has hurt me is like nails to a chalk board. Those words have been abused to manytimes. I need to overcome this great sadness and beat this demon of suicide that is tormenting my mind,heart and soul. I am trying my best to stand strong for my kids. I know they will suffer great sadness without me I’m all they have, but no one knows the daily stuggle fight to stay in this life. I have screamed and prayed to God take me from this life. I have done no harm and caused no pain to anyone. Yet my soul is empty. My mind travels lost in the chaos of my past. I ask God why am I hear Lord what is my purpose in this place. My kids see me cry I try to hide my sadness from them everyday knowing I would like nothing more than to leave this place. When I get to the point of today is the day. I picture the hurt my kids will go through and I tell myself. You can’t leave them who will protect them from the one who hurt me. How will take care of them when they are sick. Will they know I loved them. Do they know I do now. I try my hardest to let them know. Trapped by depression. So me the way Lord free me from this pain. Heal my hurt Lord make me whole again and full of life teach me to love because I don’t know how. Lord save me from myself I am lost. I am like a ghost stuck in this shell of a body. Set my mind and heart free I am my own worst enemy. Make me whole again. Please pray for me. My kids don’t deserve this person I have become they deserve a whole hearted loving mom. Not a sad lonely depressed shell that sleeps not to deal with life.

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Praying4U April 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

Chrissy, In the Name of Jesus I tell you that Jesus died for you so you can have abundant life in him, I pray that the Lord will free you from all this depression, and lies that the Devil has you believing, you are a child of God, he has cleansed you with his blood, and He wants to bless you and your family. The word of God says: no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD…. Please pray now, Read the Word, and feel free to contact me… I will be praying for you everyday!!
Father, In the Name of Jesus, I declare and confess that your power of the Holy Spirit is NOW with Chrissy, I break all chains that Bound you and opress you in Jesus Name, That the Blood of Jesus cleans your soul, your mind, your life, and you receive by faith, that the love of God fills your heart, that the holiness of God right now enters your life and you be filled with his spirit in Jesus Name, and that you receive a spirit of joy and peace in his name, I confess freedom In the Lord, and that he writes your name in the book of the Lamb, and that you receive a new life in him, starting NOW, and that All things are made new….. Believe in him Chrissy, read his word because in the Word you receive strength and Life, find a bible base church and take your family, no matter what you see or feel, God can make ALL THINGS NEW…… Your sister in the Lord, Isabel

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April June 1, 2013 at 1:31 am

When I read what you wrote here I had tears run down my face. Mostly because I feel exactly the same way you do. You don’t even know how much. You have helped me feel that I’m not alone by sharing & I really needed that tonight. I will pray for you, and your family. Don’t give up before the miracle happens for you because it will. God Bless You.

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Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 2:51 am

Dear Lord, I pray that Chrissy would just stop feeling those suicidal thoughts and she’ll live a happy life. I pray that she’ll find a way out of it and she’s find happiness God. I pray that she’ll forgive the ones who hurt her even if it’s so hard. I pray that you’ll cleanse her soul and her a new, happy, and spiritual mind today. Amen.

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Frank April 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I will be praying for you and keep your head up and keep believing and have faith sister The Lord will take care of you

Amen

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Rather not say April 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I want nothing more than to be a good Christian… Really, that’s all I want right now. I know having sex is wrong but I do it anyways. I just found out I have chlamydia and believe it or not the first thing I did was thank God it was just that because, the way I’ve been it could have been worse.. It could have been aids God forbid. I made a promise not to have sex ever again before marriage. I’m so disgusted with myself. I just need a bible verse to read. Lately it’s been hard to hide my sadness. Everything bad going on in my life is nobody’s fault but my own… And I want to change my life for the better.

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hector May 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

This message is for Bev who just recently posted her request for her son who is addicted to drugs. Bev my name is hector and i just wanna tell u that my mom prayed for me for over 11 years for me to come back to CHRIST and here i stand as a living testimony to what a mother’s prayers can do for their child. dont give up and keep fighting the good fight in CHRIST JESUS. Rom 8:28 we know that all things work together fo the good of those who love GOD those called according to his purpose.

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Kalene June 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Hello Hector, I really enjoyed what you wrote to Bev and Rather not say . Good on yeah, and keep up the great work you are putting forth to change your life for the better !! My Grandmother prayed for my dad for over 20 years for the Lord to cure him of his addictions and the night he was planning on killing himself, a bed opened up at Teen Challenge Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centre. We are all so thankful and proud of him, and I am quite proud of you also. If you would like, I’m sure my dad would be honored to listen to your testimony, and you his. I just love bringing people together to talk about the many great blessings God has brought for them and you are a living example of that. Thank you for spreading Jesus’ love to all who need it, you are an inspiration Hector, keep it up, I will pray for you and your happiness. Try not to let temptation get the best of you, cuz you’re doing great (: Have a great week hon, hopefully you will read this and we can talk more (:

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hector May 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm

This is for RATHER NOT SAY. My name is Hector I too have the same struggles and what i want you to understand is that GOD ALMIGHTY is bigger than any problem we will ever have. Rom3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD. you see the bible says that you are not alone because there is not one perfect person in this world NO not one. Only JESUS the word incarnate was perfect when he walked this earth. 1John1:9 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. 1thess5:17 Pray without ceasing. Just keep asking GOD in victory through prayer and you shall overcome.

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tasha May 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm

hello, this is my first time visiting this website. I’ve found it by goggling bible verses for depression..I’ve bee battling depression for some years now. I’m just now admitting it to myself that is exist within me. I have three grown children, my oldest is back and forth to prison a lot, and my two youngest children stay with me but are no help to me. I’m currently unemployed for the past 6 months but upon the grace of God, I was hired with the post office but I still feel depress..I’m happy but not happy…At times, I want to leave everything behind including my kids and just start over with just me..no kids, no friends, no family, just me..As I’m typing this, I’m crying…It seems like I’m not where I’m suppose to be..I feel this everyday..Everyone is getting ahead except for me. I’m lost…I’m tired of taking care of others, worrying about their well-being, tending to their needs and forgetting about mine..I need help!!!… My spirit is tired..

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Emily May 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hi Tasha,
It sounds like you are dealing with a great deal of demonic oppression. The enemy loves to come in and kick us when we’re down! Based on some things you wrote, I can tell you love the Lord, but perhaps feel weary in this battle. First, let me remind you, my precious sister, that the battle is not yours, the battle is the Lord’s. As humans we naturally want to fix everything ourselves, and it is very hard to “let go and let God” as the saying goes. It took me a very long time to do this in my situation (I posted I think back in November waaaay up at the top of this) :) Running away from the issues will not make them go away. It may seem like a good idea, but the enemy is trying to bait you with these thoughts. If you did act on that, at some point you would be buried in guilt for leaving everything/everyone behind, and the enemy would use it to make you feel even worse than you do right now. The best solution is to face the issues head-on, in the confidence of God’s promises. Galatians 6:9 says “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” I know your spirit is tired, but I pray that you will take comfort in knowing that if you remain obedient to the Lord, He will reward you abundantly. He is not on our time frame, which is something I had to learn the hard way. You have to come to a point where, no matter how long it takes for your blessing to come, you are going to remain obedient to Him. Jesus wants us to come to Him when we feel weary, or like we just can’t go on another minute. He said in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Put on some prayer music, I suggest something like Kimberly and Alberto Rivera, you can find them on YouTube. When I really want to get on my face before the Lord and feel surrounded by His presence, that is what I listen to personally. Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Memorize this because it is an anchor when you feel like you’re going in all different directions emotionally. I am telling you this because I’ve been in this valley for many months now, having to fully rely on God. My husband filed for divorce after nearly 10 years of marriage, we have children involved, I had to move out on my own with the kids and totally rely on God to meet all of my needs. And He HAS. He has never failed me yet. I stayed obedient, and I kept standing even though the enemy did knock me down a few times, Jesus picked me back up again. I am standing for the restoration of my marriage/family because it is God’s desire for restoration, He has already spoken it to me several times. Many times I have felt like you in past months, so I say these things to you because I do understand. And I pray for the Lord to wrap His arms around you and give you the peace that He has given to me. Don’t worry about anything sister, tell Abba Daddy what you are in need of, and thank Him for the blessings He has already given to you. Try not to rely on your feelings too much because they can change every few minutes. Rely on God’s Word and His promises. He is faithful. I love you my sister.
Emily in FL

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Kendra May 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I’m a sixteen year old girl. My life goes up and down. I’m faced with so many stresses: grades, fitting in, learning how to drive, feeling pretty, etc. A few months ago I realized that I hadn’t been the child of The Lord that I am meant to be. I wasn’t praying and reading my bible. Instead I was too worried about boys and all of the “talk” at school. So I did start to read my bible and pray. Now I do it every single night, even if I’m exhausted from doing homework. I still devote myself to my savior. The thing that brought me to this website was I typed in “bible verses for depression” on google and this was the first one that popped up. Since I was in middle school, I’ve always had self image problems. Everyone always says “you’re so beautiful you have no reason not to love yourself”, “you’re so skinny, I wish I was your size”, and things like that. But when it comes down to it, you have to be comfortable in your own skin and what other people see does in a way affect your feelings but it doesn’t exactly make you see it. I’ve always been the girl to make people laugh in school. I guess in a way I’ve been popular. There really isn’t anyone I don’t talk to or don’t get along with. My point is, even the girl who comes to school and makes people laugh and keeps her head up in the hallways doesn’t mean she doesn’t hurt. Some nights she gets so upset that she thinks about if anyone would miss her if she were to die. Just because someone seems super confident to everyone, doesn’t mean they are. If you’re someone who judges others, stop. It’s not our place to judge anyways. And if you so happen to be a girl, or boy, who is going through my same struggle know that you’re not alone. Sometimes it helps to simply know that you’re not alone. And talking to The Lord will help you. He lead me to this site and I already feel better because I was able to express myself without feeling judged. To end things off, I’ll leave with a bible verse that has gotten me through a lot lately. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but The Lord looks at the heart” 1Samuel 16:7

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Diamond June 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Amen…it’s awesome for you to be so young and have a strong relationship with God…contiue to hold his word in your heart…My the bless and guide as you become the Godly women he created you to be

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Julien May 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

I’ve been going through depression for the past year and a half. My home is in foreclosure and there’s nothing I can do about it. I lost my job and still not able to find another one. Im in serious debt and my 3 yr marriage is on the rocks. I feel like I have the world on shoulders and it’s bound to fall off. I pray and pray but nothing seems to happen. My depression is getting worse and I’m even contemplating suicide. I’m lost, scared and most of all drained. I have nothing else left within me. I don’t know what else to do, I just don’t know.

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Isabel May 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Julien, I saw your message, and right away started to pray for you… Please her me, when I say that there are things that happen to us, and sometimes we don’t know why, everything happens for a purpose, and God always brings us though, Be strong, There is a prayer group also on Facebook, and I will add your name so when women of God, get together with you!! you know what could happen, please feel free to look us up… its called womens bible cafe…
I will have you on my prayer list….
Izzy

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Diamond June 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I’m a widowed mother of the 3 with my last son not being my husband…I have been suffering from depression for 6 years with good days and bad days…recently I found out my son’s father will be going to prison for some years currently he has no involvement in his life and I see him weekly at church with his new girlfriend…lately I have been feeling abandon,angry,weak,tired and frustrated…I have endured so much heartache and pain and it keeps coming…I’m just asking the Lord for mercy

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Mezza June 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

I’m fearful that I will never be totally rid of this darkness, I keep landing in. One minute I’m feeling free and steady and even balanced. The next minute I’m back in this space of loneliness in a crowd, that I told myself I was never going to revisit.
I am aware it begins with a comfortable drifting, when things are going smoothe and I get lax in doing things that I know keep me focussed and healthy, including reading God’s Word. Then some stupid issue suddenly ignites a flare I can’t extinguish.
When I find I’ve lost confidence in my direction, I slide rapidly into believing negative thoughts and projecting them on to others with my snappy aggressive words and actions. Suddenly I find myself where I hate most to be, alone and hating myself. Anger and emotions keep me awake, and ‘blame and exuse’ conversations roll around in my mind.
I feel stuck, exhausted, and out of reach.

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izzy July 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Mezza, there is no darkness to dark for Jesus to place his beautiful piereced hand into your life, I have been where u have been, and when I say have been its because I know the power of Jesus and his blood.

I hope its okay, but would like to add u to a prayer group I won’t mention your name …God knows who you are……

there is a book called battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer – wonderful book that has helped many… regarding the mind…. Read it It helps you realize many things….

Hope you come back and give us some praise about what God is doing in your life, I truly believe if u want some thing new – He is the way

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Mezza June 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

After another wrecked night and late late sleep in, today’s reading in ‘The Word for Today’ reaches me. (God reaches me when I feel out of reach.) “We have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus… cleanses us from all sin” 1John 1:7. The reading talks of how Christian family share a relationship that is beyond the ‘me generation’ where ” when the going gets tough, it’s acceptable to bail out of a relationship and move on.” This is the repeating issue I struggle with. I am so ‘me’ focussed and I have no money in the ‘friendship bank’. I know this is the triggering issue that repeatedly shoots me into the flaming darkness.

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Mezza June 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

Heeding the word that had touched me, I consciously stepped through burning debris to begin to think outside of me: A simple text message to an estranged friend, saying ‘It’s a beautiful day’; a detour in my travels to apologise for an offence; and a phone call to another. The day got brighter. The flames shot down as there was less rubbish in me to burn. I thank God for his desire to have a relationship with me, his design that causes us to live best in relationship with others, and his example and choice to help us do that.

Thanks for the opportunity to work through this pain in this forum. I’m not sure it is intended for this purpose, but I found it so helpful just to share like this and reflect on God’s amazing way of working things out in and for us. I hope it helps someone else.

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Nisha June 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I am 25 Years old. i got married in last year and i have lots of money problem.i got three loan and now i am tighten from that..Now i am feeling to suicide myself. i have only mother.my father has passed away. i have a brother.he also not helpful to me.so i don’t have anybody to solve this matter.i feel sick.my mother is trubbling me to settle all this payment and she called me every time.Now i am in depression.even i cant get my foods.please some body pray for me to settle this.I am trusting god..

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lost pregnant wife July 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Please pray for me. I am 25 married, pregnant, and depressed. I live in Atlanta where its impossible to find work. We are having to move into a hotel room because we cannot continue to pay our rent. I have a 3 year old son and my daughter is due in nov. I hate myself because I am not completely happy about bring pregnant. I feel guilty that my kids will have to suffer and live the childhood that I did. My husband says that I stress him to the point of “not wanting to do this anymore” Do I now have to face being a single mom w two kids and no income?? I need prayer and salvation

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leeanne August 9, 2013 at 6:17 am

Dear lady
Isn’t it interesting you are not happy about being pregnant and I want to be a mom.

I pray that first you would plan wisely to be able to raise your two kids. My mom always said that although your husband is the head of the home, you need to have something in mind to help yourself. I pray you would celebrate how blessed you are to be used by God to bring 2 children to life. May you fall in love with yourself and them. I pray your husband will also love you and together you will raise beautiful God loving children, who knows who God wants your children to become

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izzy July 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Lost pregnant wife First know that when we are pregnant we have our hormones all over the place, and please know that I will place u on a prayer group, have faith, when women pray things happen… Please know that there is no need to hate yourself, u r a child of God, and he loves you, even if u don’t think he does. I will be praying for a miracle, please let’s us know what God has done, because I know something Good will come of this in Jesus name
izzy

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Tracy July 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I’m so depressed I can’t even get out of the bed please pray for me

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Emily July 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Tracy,
As I am typing this, the song by Meredith Andrews called “Not For A Moment” is playing. If you have never listened to that song, I would encourage you to YouTube it now and listen to the lyrics, taking comfort in the fact that God is for you, He is never against you, He is with you and loves you more than you can even fathom. He is the one constant in our lives, when things are falling apart all around us. Believe me, I know this personally as I am currently separated from my husband of ten years (today is our tenth anniversary). I was so depressed I wanted to die earlier this year, I did not speak that out to anyone, but there were times when I thought it would be so much easier if I were dead. That’s a lie from the enemy. He wants to keep you in bed, depressed, with no joy so that you will remain weak and tired, unable to pray correctly or be a warrior for God. I say to you now, in Jesus’ Name, rise UP. I break this oppressive spirit off of you right now by the blood and power of Jesus Christ. The joy of the LORD is your strength, you can do everything through Christ who gives you strength!!! It is NOT OVER, whatever your situation is, know that FATHER GOD IS LORD OVER ALL THINGS. No matter what it looks like! Amen?? You are in my heart Tracy. I am on Facebook if you click the link up there. Send me a message so I can pray with you if you’d like.

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Tracy July 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Thank you so much Emily I really needed a boost and I am praying for you also. I know what its like when someone you love is gone. I buried my only child in 2005 her father five years later send the man I thought love me just left me about a month ago. I’m about to lose my home and to add insult to injury I have become so depressed I can’t leave my house for work. And I know that only God can fix it for me.

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Emily July 15, 2013 at 8:13 am

You are so welcome. I know the feeling of depression as I suffered from Post-Partum Depression after my son was born for about 18 months. I was on anti-depressants and also anti-anxiety drugs until the Lord miraculously healed me from it. I was having a panic attack, my husband immediately laid hands on me and spoke healing in Jesus’ Name, and I was healed. That was Christmas 2008. I have not had an anxiety attack since to the glory of God. I didn’t need pills anymore. If He did it for me, He can and will do it for you too. :) I speak healing right now in Jesus’ Name to your mind, your spirit, and every broken place that is within you. I pray right now that the Lord will provide all of your NEEDS according to His riches and glory, including adequate housing, food for your table, electricity, a working vehicle, and enough money to afford everything He provides for you with some to spare. Now let me say this – there is no shame in moving from a home you can’t afford. One of my pastors recently had to do the same, and he’s much happier now that it’s not hanging over his head. I’m not telling you to do that by any means, but you should pray and ask God to direct your steps as to whether you should move in maybe with a relative for a while or even into a small studio apartment while you start over. When my husband filed for divorce, I had two options: to stay in the home that I knew I could not afford on my own, or to move out into an apartment temporarily until I could get on my feet. My husband has our home. As much as I want God to restore our marriage, I know that hubby has to want it, and right now he doesn’t. So I am on my own with our children about 65-70% of the time, the rest of the time they are with him. He is a great dad, he just doesn’t know how to be a Godly husband and at this time does not want to learn how. He has a free will.. I pray that his will lines up with God’s will, as satan is out to destroy families and the attacks are increasing. He must know his time is very short.. At any rate, sorry I got off down the rabbit trail there.. my point is that if you turn this over to God, completely submit to His leading, and don’t be led by your feelings, He will bring you out of this on top. It may help you to read some stories online of how God has miraculously healed people from depression, maybe some YouTube video testimonies and things like that. The woman with the issue of blood is my favorite Bible story. She had spent all the money she had trying to fix her problem, she had exhausted every avenue trying to fix herself (and we all do the same, just in different ways!). Her last resort was to simply reach out IN FAITH to touch the fringe of Jesus’ robe as He passed by. She pushed through the throngs of people and was able to touch just the little fringe of his robe, not even His skin.. and the Bible says that she was healed instantly because of her faith. And as an added bonus, her faith stopped Jesus in His tracks, He turned around and said (paraphrasing) “Who touched Me? For I perceive that virtue has gone out from Me.” :) That’s the kind of trust in God we should all strive to have.. when we know 100% that our situation is hopeless without God. Keep your eyes towards heaven Tracy! He loves you so much and will help you!

I’m not sure why my Facebook link didn’t appear, but it’s facebook.com/darkphoenixjg (after Jean Grey aka the Dark Phoenix in X-Men…I’m a nerd. haha)

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Emily July 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

There is a song that may help you, called “Rescue”.. I can’t remember who sings it. But the lyrics to the chorus go “I need You Jesus, to come to my rescue, tell me where else can I go? There’s no other Name by which I am saved, Capture me with grace, I will follow You.” it’s so beautiful and uplifting.

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Courtni July 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I’m a 17 year old girl who has had problems with depression for years but never really told anyone about it; when I was really little (like 5) I sometimes got suicidal because I was depressed about not living up to my mum’s expectations, not that she was pressuring me, but I also felt like I was a burden to people. I also accidentally got introduced to porn between the age of 6 and 10 and have been having problems with lust ever since, something I also haven’t told anyone about. When I was 14 my mum died of cancer, but through that I found salvation, despite the fact that I was still struggling with my lust problem, going back and forth, for example, before I got saved, I was able to deal with the problem and stay clean for a whole two years, but one day I just went back and I haven’t been able to completely stay clean since. My problem now is my family, who I’m forced to live with because of my mum’s death. I live with my mum’s younger sister and her two kids; my aunt has never liked me and has always been like a bully to me. She’s two faced, pretends she can’t remember bad things that she’s done, very rude at times and is quite bipolar; sometimes she’s nice to me, most other days she’s horrible. Recently, I feel like my aunt and my cousins hate me, or that I’m a nuisance to them, like they wouldn’t care if I just ran away from home (which I’ve considered many times). My aunt rarely ever communicates with me (she usually talks to me through her children) and when I want to help, or when I try to be around them more (because she’s always claiming that it’s me that doesn’t like them) she gives out a ‘go away’ sort of aura. I really feel like I don’t belong here, in my own house with my own family! It’s not like we met through my mum’s death; I’ve always known them. I also pray for her because she’s been at odds with my Godmother’s family since my mum died, since I wanted to live with her instead of my aunt. She even told lies to the rest of my family who are in Ghana about my Godmother’s family, who have been like family to me since I was born because my Godmother was my mum’s best friend and none of my blood relatives were around me until I was around 10. I think my aunt is jealous of the sisterly relationship that my mum had with my Godmother because my aunt caused my mum a lot of trouble when she was alive. My aunt makes me depressed very easily; one comment makes everything else come back, such as my disabilities and me fearing that I there’s nothing I can really do to help my family or God. I’m going to Ghana next week for 5 weeks, meaning I’ll be stuck with my aunt without support from my church or my other family or friends. Any words of encouragement before I go? Thank you.

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miky July 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Hi Courtni, I just prayed for you. Sorry to hear that you’re going trough hard times with your family and depression. Is good that you are open about your about it and willing to confess, so the Lord can purify your heart. You are not alone, depression is commune and also family/relationship issues are commune (my experience is functional family are rare). I have been going through some of the same issues too. Above, at the beginning of this page there are very encouraging Bible scriptures on depression and hope; you should read them, meditate and pray about them often. I did that today and it helped me feel better. In the past i too had purity issues. I used to struggle with lust most of my life and before my conversion, but God helped me overcome. When i find out it was a sin every time i got tented I refused to give in, every single time i was tented i had to say no and refuse to act on and trust that God’d take it away from me. In time He broke the stronghold of lust and gave me freedom; that was about 15 year ago. I still get tented sometimes but i have freedom and a choice, it has no power on me. The Word of God is true, if you resist temptation, satan will run from you. The Christian life in not free from troubles, but we know that God loves us, we know the truth, we have a choice and a way out, if we trust in Him. You are on the right path, don’t stop doing what’s right, keep going on. Trust God and obey His Word, there’s no other way, that’s the answers to all our troubles. I hope that helps. Wishing God’s peace, miky

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Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 3:01 am

I’m never outside, I feel like my friends do not want hang out with me, and I feel as if my crush will think that I’m a too ugly so I avoid him. I don’t really have a good excuse for my depression, but I have it. I’m even sure if I really do, but I’m really sensitive. When my sisters hurt me, I feel broken because they always have fun in the sun and hang out with their friends while I’m at home. I feel like I’ve become socially awkward because I never get to hang out with my friends or go outside because they also give out an excuse. I feel so ugly because my crush has dated cuter girls than me and I feel ugly and stupid. I’m drowning in insecurity and depression and loneliness. Can someone please pray for me? I know this is kind of not as bad as the others, but it’s killing me in the inside. So can someone please pray off the depression, the loneliness, and insecurity. I want to feel happy again :”(.

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Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 3:06 am

I’ve been addicted to porn ever since I was a young girl and I still struggle with it. It’s tearing my parents apart and now I’ve gone several days without it. Please pray for me, I really want my lust addiction to go away and I’m praying to God about this. Also please pray for my insecurity and depression. I’m the same girl who’s “anonymous” and I just wanted to add this in.

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Fighting For Someone July 28, 2013 at 3:27 am

I am asking for prayers for someone I love. He is struggling with depression because he lost his job, is about to loose his home, struggling with the death of a father figure. The list goes on. He bounced around from home to home as a child because his mother was an addict. He relives the pain of his childhood over and over again. He does not value himself anymore. He says he is a failure and that he is not worth anything.
I love this man and I honestly feel that I was put here to help him, but I don’t know what to do. I used to be able to pull him out of the sadness but not anymore. His stress has only increased his depression. He admitted tonight that he thinks he needs to be medicated. He has been told by a doctor in the past. He has no health insurance. We don’t know what to do. He needs prayers. I need to find the strength to pull him free of this. I hope he finds the light again. I hope he can trust that the Lord has a plan for us all. Please pray for us.

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Calajah July 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Hi my name is calajah I’m 15 years old. Recently my father walked out on his family leaving my mom to handle all the bills & emotional distress by herself …my mom doesn’t have a job so it’s really hard on her trying to provide for 5 kids… School is getting ready to start back and I really don’t believe my mom will be able to fund us going back to school…I tried to get a summer job to help liquidate some of the cost but noone would hired me …I really believe all of this stress is going to kill my mother… & it would be so painful if I have to bury my mother before I graduate… So with all of this being said I really am just asking for prayer for my family and for my mother that all of these hardships & money problems would just go away !!!

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Frank July 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Hi everyone it’s been a couple of months since I’ve been here I recenctly got in trouble for assaulting my wife back in December and I was away for my family for 2 months and this is when I discovered this website this site hep me get through my depression and I thank The Lord for it my wife accepted me back home and forgave me we were doing great when I got back home until my court date came up and the judge order me to leave my home and not have any physical contact with my wife for 5 months but I’m allowed to talk to her on the phone we knew it was gonna be hard it’s been 2 and 1/2 months since I’ve seen my wife I talk to her on a daily basis on the phone but lately it is getting really hard on my wife I’ve drone everything I can to help out as much as I can but it is getting really stressful for my wife that I’m not home I am asking for yals prayers for my wife to be strong and that she can get threw this and that we will one day soon be together again she is a good person and I love her with all my heart and what I did was wrong but we have moved passed that and I just need yals prayers for me and my family thank u

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Rick August 18, 2013 at 1:10 am

Good luck I understand loving someone with all your heart prayers are with you

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Candy July 31, 2013 at 8:35 am

I was depressed for several months and I took to this page to ask for help. I prayed even when I thought it was useless. You prayed. My friends and family prayed and thank God I am recovering from my depresseion presently.
What causes my depression is fighting for unrealistic goals and overwork.
The job that I had I quit but glory to God I saw how futile it was now to use a basket to carry water.
For all those who are struggling with depression know that God is fighting for you it might not be apparent now but I pray that you will persevere to see it.

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With Love August 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Listen Anonymous,
I understand how you’re feeling. I’m currently 15 turning 16. At the age of 7 I was introduced to porn & struggled with it/suicidal thoughts until I was 12. That was when I met God. & now, I’ve seen lust in my life again in another form. But we can’t give up and . Remember you’re not alone in this. Because of you, I’ve realized there could be so many other ppl in the world struggling w/ this. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13 hope this helps.

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leeanne August 9, 2013 at 6:10 am

Praying for God’s physical and emotional healing-from years of infertility and a failed adoption attempt.I have prayed so long and had so many others pray for me, been anointed with oil, soaked in the spirit, cried, wailed, been silent- stopped asking for God to intervene, kept asking for God to intervene figured I would keep the thorn and wondered whether I did something so wrong that the desires of my heart haven’t come without tons of work. I pray that somehow I would be content and not desire what God hasn’t provided-absolutely lost

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Jack Wellman August 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Hello Leeanne and thank you for your comment and prayer request. Job had terrible trials yet he was not to blame and so don’t try and blame yourself. Sometimes God allows these to make us rely on Him fully 100% and when you can do nothing yourself, God is shown mighty and Jesus is glorified since we pray in His name. Let me recommend to read Psalm 103 to see just how much God loves you and cares for you. I would also call your pastor and make a request of the church too, even if it is “unspoken needs” and that way you will have dozens of the saints of God sending up prayers for you.

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Rick August 18, 2013 at 1:01 am

Hell I need help in a lot of things but right now I am having second thoughts if there is a god cause I have been praying for quite some time now and trying to know there is but I’m loosing faith I’m haveing realationship issues and I want to fix it so bad it hurts I just read some scriptures you have on here about depression and I need more any ideas on what to read and help understanding it thank you very much for any help I can get

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mack September 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

brother the words says love over comes sin, trust in God dont turn your back on him, we have all been there in relationships. Jesus is real, keep the faith. praise him in your bad times and watch him move.
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god bless you
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Izzy August 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

Rick, I have written some a link, where you can go get and see some bible versus on relationship….http://www.openbible.info/topics/dating_and_relationships

But, I need to tell you that we all have problems in our relationship, because it is a part of growing up and learning to overcome, I will take your name and pray so that the Lord helps you, and remember there is a God, you can see him in his wonderful creation, in the air you breathe, sometimes we go through stuff for several reasons, look at your attitude in the going through, what does God want you to learn, maybe take some time to rest in the Lord, read a Psalm… Psalm 46:10 says Be still and Know that I am God.. If you need more prayer and a specific topic to help you in the Word, let us know…. here… God Bless….

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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mack September 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

JESUS THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE DOING FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, TIMES ARE REALLY GETTING HARD WITH BILLS.AND WORK, BUT I KNOW YOU LORD AND YOU WILL DELIVER. THANK YOU.GLORY TO GOD.

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Mackenzie September 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

hi, I’m a twelve year old girl in middle school with ADHD and I think depression, but I don’t have a good connection with anyone but my best friend, but I can never talk to her because she does an after school activity that takes up most of the remainder of the day. Despite my prayers, which to be honest, and I know this is wrong, I only say when I need help from God, when I feel like I’m in the dark.
I don’t have any bold print reason for how I feel, which this feeling of nobody being close, abandonment, exclusion and pessimism, and my brother says its just because of middle school. However I know this isn’t the case, or at least I think, because its been going on since mid-elementary.
I found this website and when I began reading the Bible verses, I was brought to tears. By the time I finished reading, my whole face was streaked. But when I finished reading, I broke down again, because I was confused. I don’t know why.
My school life is hard, but it has been that way since pre-k. I shouldn’t be complaining because compared to many children my age and younger/older, I have it easy. I tend to over stress a lot of unimportant things, but the important things I leave out. This has caused me to believe strongly that I can’t set priorities nearly as good as I should be able to. I have been told numerous times that I’m terrible in both my elective classes,and my grades are dropping fast. My mother always finds a way to criticize me, but it is never direct. She thinks she’s doing what’s best for me by only pointing out my weak points and shouting at me a lot, and I know she’s trying her best, but if I tell her that she’s causing me to stress out (partially) then I’m afraid she might get mad and yell at me and make it sound like my fault as she usually does when I try to tell her something. I’ve been praying for help from God for two weeks, but I haven’t found a response. I’m not asking for you or anyone to pray for me, but I just needed to get this out there.

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Anthony November 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Dear Mackenzie,
Please hang in there. Jesus has so much in store for those who believe that Jesus is God and came to earth to die for the sins of the world. The devil is very dark and does try to hurt us and lead us away from believing in God. I think you are a believer, Mackenzie, so keep reading and praying and God will answer all your prayers. I am 40 years old and you know who my best friend is ? Jesus ! You are a precious young girl and Jesus loves you so much. He wants you to believe in him and love him back. He can and will work miracles in your life. I am going through the same thing you are right now. I am suffering so bad. It is the darkest time of my life. But I have been through this before and Jesus always comes through, He promises that. But you must believe in Him and love him. He will enter your heart and save you from the darkness. He already is working with you. We live in troubled times and I know it must be hard for a young girl in the world. But believe me, He is with you right now. I am going to pray for you today. You can do it, I know you can.
God Bless you !

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Mackenzie April 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Thank you Anthony I really needed that. I saved that paragraph and it helps me when I’m sad now. It’s been happening less and less now, and I think it’s because of what you said and how you reminded me that God was always there. I prayed for you when I saw you had responded and after I read your response, but I hadn’t gotten around to responding myself. I found this website again because I’m going through another troubling time, and I remembered. Thank you.

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Dixie January 7, 2014 at 7:34 am

I struggle daily and for years with failure. My children have all walked away from God because I did not raise them as I should have. They are all struggling in some way or another. I am constantly going from job to job and not leaving on a positive note. I lay awake at night with my failures of the day,weeks,months and years. I know that The Lord gives me a new day every day. But I have been in this long funk for months now. I am working on being in the scripture every day and my tapes of Christian music help. I don’t usually ask for help because I don’t want to bring attention to myself and my mental history is hard for some Christians to understand or not judge. But I found this site when looking up scriptures on depression. Any advise would be welcome.

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Jack Wellman January 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hello Dixie and thank you for visiting us and for your comment. I am not really the author of this fine article but let me say this if I may intrude. First off, I am going to pray for you. Let me say also that children are responsible for their own actions once they leave home. The Prodigal Son had a wonderfully loving father yet this son still went out into the world to sin, so you should not and in fact, must not blame yourself for once they leave home, they are responsible before God. I will not judge you because all believers struggle at one time or another with depression…even Abraham, Moses, David, Job, Jeremiah, Jonah and yes, even Paul once said that he ever despaired of life but they kept on going because they knew that someday Jesus would come for them as He will you. We also have an article that addresses how to deal with depression using practical steps and applications for the believer at this link:
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-depression-help-biblical-encouragement-and-advice/ and read these wonderfully encouraging prayers you can pray to God to help you too at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/5-prayers-for-help-with-depression/
We care and so do others.

Call your pastor and counsel with him. Do you have a pastor? Do you attend a Bible-believing church? If not, find one now. Ask them to pray over you to receive the Holy Spirit and you will be saved. I can only pray for you but you must fall on your face before God and ask Him to intervene and put your trust in Christ. Don’t wait another minute. If you don’t have a church home, then you are at risk to the Enemy the Devil and his fallen angels, demons for spiritual attacks.

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Dixie January 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Jack,
Thank you for responding. The scriptures and your kind words have been a life line. I know my children will go their own way and I am to never stop praying for them to find their way back. The feeling of failing them and so many other areas of my life is my struggle. But I know my god is the lifter of my head. He gives the tools to not stay in this mind set. I do have a church and a sense of failure follows me there because I have not been in the word as I should be. But that was yesterday and everyday I am treing to be reminded of his mercy every day. The devil is a liar. Thank you for your prayers, and you time.

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Jack Wellman January 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Amen Dixie. I am so glad that God never gives up on us or we would have long ago be dispatched from the possibility of heaven. Great comment and yes, he is the father of lies. I pray others will join with us in your behalf Dixie.

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catapillar January 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

i lost my car, my house, and two jobs.. ive been unemployed for 4 months.. i keep getting denied for nursing programs… i am now living in depression.. i try to make myself happy and that only last for so long befor i settle back to reality, which is depression.

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Jack Wellman January 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

What a trial you have been and are going thru. Rest assured, we have many prayer warriors on this website, because many of the readers comment and stay in touch.

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Fluffy January 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I read these posts here and wonder how the people are doing who have posted. It’s so touching that there are people at this site who have reached out to strangers
across the distance and in return someone out there prays and responds to them.

My son struggles and suffers under the burden of many issues and his mental health is in decline and compromised.

He was raised as a Christian but doesn’t seem to be able to find his way back in terms of the desire to go to church or press into God although he says he does pray for Gods help.

This person lacks the motivation to seriously get help and doesn’t seem to have the energy to focus or to get work done and generally feels overwhelmed in every area of his life. He no longer talks to friends he use to and feels like he’s too embarrassed to reach out to them and that they have moved on in their own lives. He has a girlfriend but she’s not as supportive when it comes to him discussing his deeper issues; she’s of another culture and sees it as a weakness.
I’m really the only family member he talks to though others have tried to reach out to him, he avoids people. It’s getting so that going to work is wearing him out. He works the night shift and says that this is not helping. The last time I saw him in Oct he looked like he had lost even more weight and is significantly underweight for his height and bone structure.

I’m extremely worried about both his mental and physical health and would like to know if anyone here knows of resources, ministries, books on depression and anxiety
or ideas of any scriptures/prayers I can read and
send to him. He lives in Orange county Calif. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman January 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Thank you Fluffy. I too wonder about those whom we don’t hear from again. I have true concern for them and many have been prayed for by me and our other precious readers. As for your son, please read the link in this comment section. It may be a broader look at reasons for your sons condition and things that can be looked at. Perhaps you can read it and even suggest that he reads it. Truly, I think the best thing you can do besides tell him your concerns and let him read this link about Christian Depression is to pray, pray, and ppray so more. That is what I will also do. Let’s join together and anyone else reading this I plead with you to join with Fluffy and me in praying for this son of hers. Read this link to at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-depression-help-biblical-encouragement-and-advice/

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christina March 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

I feel like I am dead. In 2009 I committed a crime (didnt hurt anyone). I have been applying for jobs since then and have not been successful. I get job offers and then once they do a background check, its taken back. I have two young boys 4 and 9. I cant take care of us financially. I have given up. I am so depressed. I feel like I will never become anything in life because of that 1 mistake. I was in an abusive relationship. I called the police and now he has a record and he is struggling with finding employment. We are still together raising our boys. He has gotten the help for his problem. It is my fault and there is nothing I can do to make it better. I am dead inside. I recently got back into the bible. I dont think that God can help me in this situation. I have a record and God cannot erase that. I have given up. Until I can get a job thats how it will be. I am dead inside. I am willing to work hard. I am defined by the mistake I have made.

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Izzy March 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Christina, I want you to know, that we have all made mistakes, and you have to know that God can make things new again, if you want him to, I know you do.. First, let me say, that you writing on here, is the first step to your victory.. God can make things new, you said you FEEL like you will never become anything, well first let me tell you that God can make it happen, so you must have faith, and not go by what you feel, I can only imagine what you are going through, but I will be praying for you, and their is POWER in the Name of Jesus, there is always a way, because it is he that does things we can never do, It would be nice if you can read your bible or read it to your children, give yourself a chance with God.. He can erase your sins, so why can’t he erase other things, or maybe someone will be able to give you a job.. I will be taking this petition before the Lord, who alreadys knows what is going on in your life, but I am sure he wants to hear your voice… Also your mistakes don’t defined your life, they make you stronger, because you learn from your mistakes, I hope you come back here, and know, There is always HOPE, I can only lift you up in prayer, but I have Faith, I have seen God do so many things, Heal, Renew, Bring People together after marriage broken… He does it for his Glory, He wants to love on us… In Jesus Name I break all chains, that hold you back, because God will open the doors to getting a job, and helping you have new life, Please seek his face, and talk to him, tell him how you feel, and when you can, please come back and let us know how you are doing!! Your sister in Christ, Izzy!

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Jack Wellman March 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Christina, like Izzy so wisely said, “God can make things new again.” Amen to that Izzy. Thank you Izzy for your spot on the mark words. Let me say that you are forgiven of every sin that is confessed (1 John 1:9) and that all have sinned (Rom 3:23) but 2 Cor 5:21 says that we have the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and whne we confess our sins, God sees us as having Jesus’ own righteous because He became sin for us. Now, you have to forgive yourself and to learn how to do this, I urge you to read this at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/ Please forgive me Pam, the author of this fine article, for intruding to help Christina so that she can know that she is forgiven and now needs to know that she can forgive herself for there is no sin so great that the blood of Christ cannot cover. Believe it. God said it in His Word.

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Dixie March 4, 2014 at 4:37 am

Christina,
Calling the police when you are in an abusive relationship I don’t believe was wrong. You said that the father of your two boys has gotten help for this problem. I wonder if that would have happened if you have not taken that step. Your sons will not have to live with the abuse as well. A whole family suffers when there is abuse. Please don’t let the devil put the quilt on you. He is the king of lies. And guilt is one of his favorite weapons.
Have you tried the local unemployment agencies for help with a job. They can sometimes help with this and maybe even help going to school to be able to find a position that you can do with your record. There is also usually agencies that help with inmates trying to get work as well. Sometimes they take you through a process but they might be able to help. You might try temporary agencies for employment. If you have a church home they might have other suggestions.
I hope I haven’t made it more frustrating by mentioning things you might have tried. I wish I could just fix everything for you. But my God can. He can sustain you and find a way. He can made the dead inside feel alive.
I am praying for you and you family.
Dixie.

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Sweet Gal March 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

I am 24 years old, a single mother. I’ve been happy with my child and my family. I met this guy, fell in love with him even if my parents don’t like him for me. We kept our relationship in secret. I know that I have disobeyed my parents, but I kept on praying that one day they’ll accept my boyfriend. Last February, I have confirmed that I am pregnant for more than a month already. At first, I felt scared that I am pregnant with my second child while we are not married yet. (The same mistake I have done before). I opted to abort the baby, but I kept on praying for a couple of days. Read the bible, asked for an answer… yet, the Lord answered me by hitting me hard with a Bible verse about life and faith in Him. I chose to keep the baby, now, I am almost two months pregnant yet my parents still doesn’t know my condition. I have been so depressed these past few days, because I am worried that they might be so mad at me, that they might neglect me, they might not accept me. I am depressed, my work is already affected, been crying every night and morning. I still don’t have any courage to tell this to my parents, I am scared on what would happen. Been opening this up to my friends, they are praying for me and that is what I’ve been doing too. But still, I am scared and depressed, I don’t know what to do. Help me. =(

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Jack Wellman March 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

Hello “Sweet Gal” and thank you for your question and please forgive me Pam for responding but this seemed important and time sensitive. Let me say that you are a grown woman and an adult…you are not responsible or accountable to your parents once you leave the home but I would hope that you would still honor your parents as the Commandment tells us. Are you living with your parents still? Is this “guy” you “fell in love with” a Christian? If not, you must cut off this relationship immediately. I cannot believe that if he loves you he would have you participate in sexual immorality. True love waits for marriage. True love does not commit sexual immorality for that is taking advantage of someone. Having sex outside of marriage is selfish and this man, and yes you too are responsible, is sin and so this relationship must end now. Sooner or later you must tell your parents but God is the One you are ultimately responsible and accountable too. Have you spoken with your pastor about this? What did he say? I would talk to him immediately. Tell your parents right away and get it over with….the longer you wait, the harder it will become. Again, let me ask, are you living with your parents? If so, this relationship and having sex in their home outside of marriage is an offense to them and to God. You must repent of this, confess it to the Lord and your parents (if you are living at home that is), cut off this relationship with this guy, and talk to your pastor right away. If this man were really a good man he would know not to have sex outside of marriage and you too know this is wrong. Your friends can pray for you but they can’t solve this by prayer alone. You must confess and profess this to all concerned.

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Paul March 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

As a 52 year old man, I have experienced plenty of what this life has had to offer up to now. Employment, unemployment, marriage, 2 children, pets, love, hate, happiness, anger, sadness, divorce, vehicles, money, toys, women, friendship and now depression. I am a christian believer as of 2006, living alone and what has happened is that the enemy has struck my body with an illness that is slowly taking my sanity and ability to breath. I am a taking classes at a local bible college and spend my days doing the homework necessary to pass the classes. Studying to show myself approved so I can mentor I guess. Here is my problem. I am lonely, I am ill and facing a terrible depression. So much so that it is uncomfortable for me to rest in my own space. My mind is recalling past memories both pleasant and unpleasant and resting is just difficult. Many of the students here are much younger than me and friendship is difficult. Most of them seem to be searching for Jesus which is good but some seem to be searching for a mate. I have so much regret in my past and the enemy is slapping it back into my mind….. I need some good sound christian advice. I am doing a term paper on depression and found your website / scriptures. What do you think I can do. Of course you will tell me to get into the word, pray, mens groups but I am seeking deliverance from these ailments. I know that as a believer that I am called to suffer as Christ. I miss my children, my ex, the life that was…… Love…….Ok enough of me…….. God Bless you all who read this…. Amen

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Jack Wellman March 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Thank you Paul for your comment. I am not the author of this article but let me try to help. First off, there are a lot of prayer warriors on this site and connected to this article and I will join them in your behalf sir. Let me direct you to a fine article by Derek Hill called Why do Christians Suffer at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/why-do-christians-suffer-is-this-gods-will/ that may help you some as well as Job’s story and lesson from his suffering at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/job-bible-story-summary-with-lesson/ These may not solve anything of course but we do know that God often uses our suffering to refine us to be more like Him and to glorify Him and in both cases it is more for Him than it is for us alone.

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Judith Doherty March 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Dearest Paul,
may you find strength at this difficult time. God is walking with you and I pray he brings the right people into your life to help you. I have suffered from depression for over 20 years due to many traumas as well as a chemical imbalance. I believe it has brought me closer to God and given me a better understanding of life. I received christian counseling which was amazing but I am on medication and may be for the rest of my life. It is perhaps my cross to bear. Counseling helped me to understand my relationship with God, others and myself but it was not easy. Many people believe that depression is Satan trying to bring us down and I have no doubt there is that danger but God also gave us many ways of healing and talking is one of those ways. I believe that prayer and talking can go hand in hand. Depression has many different levels which include spiritual, emotional and physical. Symptoms include lack of sleep, concentration, struggle to get through each day, deep pain and a loss of faith. It sounds like you have been through so much and I pray that you continue in your faith and hold tight even when all seems lost. You can and will pass through it but take your time and go easy on yourself and find a good understanding christian counselor.
With much love and blessings
Judy

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newton April 25, 2014 at 3:53 am

yes very ok

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Aelita June 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I have been suffering from social anxiety my whole life. It is now getting so bad that I am having physical problems (losing weight, loss of appetite, severe stomach pain, vomiting, etc.). I am unable to go to college, get a job, or really go anywhere or do anything. I now am having horrible depression too. I know that some of it is due to my anxiety but I’m not exactly sure why I’m feeling this way. It just suddenly came upon me. I have never felt this bad before, physically and mentally. I am just so worn out and tired and I don’t know where my life is headed or what my future will be like. I am really scared. I have been praying a lot for my depression and anxiety to be healed but I haven’t been feeling as close to God as I used to. I hope to change that and I hope that I don’t have to feel this way forever because I’m not sure how much more I can take.

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Jack Wellman July 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Aelita, I don’t know if anyone has answered you yet but let me direct you to Psalm 103 and 37. Let me direct you to two very good Bible-rich articles from some of our great writers. One is called “8 Prayers for Anxiety” at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/8-prayers-for-anxiety-and-stress-relief/ and another is How to Overcome Anxiety at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-anxiety-7-tips-for-christians/ Read this and I will pray for you too. I also suggest you talk to your pastor about this.

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Angela jones July 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I am dealing with reconciling my relationship with my spouse. While we were separated he had an affair. We been back together a year now married over 25 years and every day I find myself falling into depression. The two of them remain friends. He has her on his cell phone bill, helps her out with other bills as well. He says they are just friend and that’s the least he could do since he hurt her. Well I’m still hurting regarding this. Do I think it’s anymore then friends no my husband will give a stranger his last dollar. But the fact that he committed adultery with this person it’s like the situation is still being thrown in my face. Can someone give me some scriptures that can help me get through this.

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Jack Wellman July 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

Hello Angela. I apologize for the delay but wasn’t sure if the author would respond or not and so please allow me to. I know that one of the best ways to alleviate depression is to help others. I go to our local nursing home and listen and visit to these men and women who, among the residents, only 60% have visitors. Anyway, here are a few of my favorites:

He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:3-4 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 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. I would also recommend Psalm 103 and 37. These are very encouraging.

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Sharan July 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Hello Everyone, like some of you i was searching for bible verses and came across this site. I think I’m either depression, overwhelmed with boredom or under spiriual attack in my mind. I’ve been through like most of you a lot:
Drug addict (clean 10 years now)
Battered woman abuse (happen 15 years ago)
Divorced (4 years ago)
I’ve been a born again Christian since I was a girl. Lost my way and for a minute and living christian lifestyle now for a while. My issue is I can’t shake this impending feeling of “there has to be more to life/christian life than this” I’ve so lonely and bored to no ends. I work, exercise everyday and go to church. Its not a fleeting thought, everyday my mind is consumed with where am I going from here, am I going to die and this is it. My church is about 45 minutes away and I’m not involved in service work and that bothers me becasue I’m came from a church family and my current church is setup like a busines and I have made any lasting connections. I’m not sure if I’m getting depression because I’m okay going home eating dinner and going to bed. I wouldn’t have post but I feel like I’m starting to loose it with the impending sense of doom sorta!

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Pamela Rose Williams July 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hello Sharon,

It seems to me that it might be time to find a church that is a little closer to your home and offers the support that you desire. You need to be in church more than just for worship once a week. Serving in your church and joining in fellowship and activities with like-minded Christians is essential to your Christian growth and joy. The impending sense of doom might be coming from your focus on what you seem to need. I have found that when I start really focusing on myself and not on edifying others my joy is robbed. True joy comes from serving others and holding them higher than yourself (Phil 2). Consider what you can do to help someone else today. And truly, I think it is time to look for a church that lines up better with what you need and more importantly what you can offer to others. Pastor Jack and Pastor Daryl here at WCWTK have written some great articles on how to find a good church, I hope you will read them and consider this to be your quest. I think you will be blessed. Here are links to those articles:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-find-a-bible-believing-church/
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-choose-a-church-7-things-to-look-for/

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Sharan July 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Pamela Rose, thank you so muh for a speedy reply and your observation. This may sound crazy, I stay at my old church way past my expiration date, meaning it was time to go but I kept holding on until there was nothing left for me there and I had to go. I don’t want to waste anymore time going around the same mountain again. Thank you for the article links.

I’m happy I found this site.

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