When you’re depressed, it seems like doing anything is a tremendous effort. It’s easy to lose focus on what’s truly important, and it’s so easy to be overwhelmed! In Matthew 6:33, Jesus encourages us all that God will provide for our needs as long as we seek His kingdom and righteousness first. That means doing and being what god has for us to do and be (living and thinking right) no matter what’s going on.
God is pleased with your desire to follow what Jesus talks about, and He stands ready to help you do what you can’t do for yourself. With depression, your ability to do things can vary daily, and God understands that. He only expects you to do and be what you can and leave the rest to Him. We know He takes up where we leave off.
Encouraging Scripture: Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Father God, please help me to embrace serenity prayer living. Please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the things over which I am truly powerless. Please grant me the courage to change the things that I can along with all that I need to be able to make those changes. Please also grant me Your wisdom to know what I can and can’t do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thinks to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Is there something you know God wants you to do but your depression gets in the way? Have you asked God to empower you in spite of how you feel?
2. Have you ever felt depressed and ministered to someone else’s needs? Did you feel better afterwards?
3. Does knowing God is always there to love, support, encourage and help change your relationship with Him? How?
4. Do you know someone who is burdened with depression? Can you ask God to help him or her know that they are loved and supported and can choose not to feel hopeless or despairing in spite of life’s hard times?
5. Have you asked God to show you His plan and purpose for your life and show you what He wants you to do and be for the Kingdom’s sake?
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