Scriptures Against Depression

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Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill called depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety Lincoln would not allow himself to carry a knife, for fear that he would hurt himself, or worse. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. And sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, seek out and get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you  and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 –  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?

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  1. Sherita Boursh

    I don’t know if I can goon. Just like Job in the bible i have lost everything. I lost f kids do to my past.. i grew up in foster homes under the same judge….that same judge took all my kids. Now im in a new state battling deprdepression and am fighting the state for my fith child. I feel hopeless.

  2. Erin

    I have been struggling with depression/anxiety since 2003–13 years old. I’ve had periods since then when I was angry with God but they wouldn’t last long but then my grandma was diagnosed in July of 2009 with lung cancer. When she passed away in October of that year, I feel like I have spent the majority of time since then cursing God. I found a church in October of 2013 and I was beginning to feel a little better but it didn’t last long. My struggle is long and complex but I felt a need to say a bit in order to make the rest fit.
    Currently I feel like I have hit the bottom for good. I feel like every single day since July of last year I have been on auto-pilot: take medications to appease the doctor and family, keep my dark thoughts away from my family I’ve put them through enough heartache to last a lifetime…I didn’t have a bad childhood–for goodness sake’s I was probably considered spoiled by previous generations–but yet I feel empty. I want so badly to just have the courage to ask a family member for help or be able to go to them when times get too hard. I was able to confide in my brother a few months ago and he really cared yet I can’t bring myself to reach out to him again…he’s got school to focus on. He doesn’t need to worry about me when I’m an hour away.
    How do I just let go and ask God for help–and not continue to curse Him under my breath? I hope I am making sense. I’ve been having a difficult time putting words together lately.
    Thank you

    1. Gail Roberts

      I’m finally at a point in my life when I feel that the years of depressions were an amazing gift. When you are in the middle of this pain it is really difficult to see this journey as a gift, but “You’re a diamond in the rough!” This means that you have some hidden, undiscovered talent, characterisitic or quality that is not immediately clear to yourself or others! This depression is the most powerful vehicle for personal development that exists in the universe. This depression asks you to open the door and look behind it to discover your role in the world, and the way that you will be able to help people. You have a universe of untapped potential or qualities that are unknown to you! Your pain will nurture and refine your divine qualities for goodness in the world, so God can use your presence in the world in a completely unique way!

      “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

      The statement above from Isaiah is a given, it is truth, but the waiting can be very very difficult!

      Let us know, keep communicating your process! This is divine work and you are not alone!

      Sincerely
      Gail

    2. Eileen

      Hi Erin, just some words of encouragement. After the death of my father I was doing the same thing. You have to stop. God is real and He is near. Wait for Him and stay in the scriptures. Just when I was at my lowest point He came through and changed my life and gave me the desires of my heart. His timing is perfect. You are in my prayers.

    3. mufaro

      Hi…I’m back…and I don’t know if my condition has become worse or better…bug all I know is God is in control even though my future seems sutterd.n Ita causes pain in my family…I m yet to talk to an appointed councelor to help because I broke out in disstress a day ago because I had a terrible day at school…unable to bring myself out of the deep dark hole of thoughts…I trust God will come though because I cannot stand letting my parents down nd yet I am the first born..I pray he will give me streangth to overcone and give me tge finl turning point in my life which is now
      ..I was planning to attempt suiside but I thank God…I had to have the courage to face this world head on…I will vast all my cares uppon him because he is our peace…he brings peace surpassing all understanding…I hope soon it will be me…in a good state of mind…

    4. Detra

      A good place to begin is get a scriture
      on depression read it thru out the day just as if you were taking medication on the hour,every other hour. Pray and fast. Take time for your self walking exercise movie praise and worship music down load Pandora. Hope you get better.
      God Bless Amen.

    5. Gail Roberts

      Erin,
      Part of that anger that you feel toward God is actually anger at yourself, so forgiving yourself could be an extremely powerful exercise for you! The practice of forgiveness can be cultivated and will bring the greatest peace and joy into your life. This has happened for me, and though I’m much older than you I don’t think the practice of forgiveness knows any age? You are very young. My depressions began about your age, and people weren’t talking about anger at the self, so I wouldn’t have recognized that this was happening. God can deal with your anger, and can answer to your anger. Don’t feel guilty about your anger.

    6. Lona

      Good evening Erin. I hope all is well tonight. I read your comment and it touched me. I have suffered from depression since the age of 8. I am now 46. If you don’t mind me asking….why are you so mad at God? Hanging on to anger keeps us standing still. Everyday, think of a reason to thank God and you will find that anger subside. People like us always think we are being burdens when we seek help from friends and/or family. We are put here to help one another. You are giving someone else purpose by allowing them to minister to you. I am not 100% over my bouts, but I do now recognize the signs they are heading my way and I change my routine at those times to trick the spirit. It confuses things and makes the depression not last as long and it reduces in strength. I hope any of this helps

    7. CT

      Erin peace and blessing to you,
      You probably heard this before, forgive yourself and love yourself as God has made you(His workmanship created for a good purpose, Ephesians 2:10). Being angry at God will not change anything on your end but worsen it, because at the end of the day you are his creation, and he has the final word.
      I can also suggest that you trust him and cast everything on him who is the sustainer of life. Find a sense of worth in yourself; remember you have a purpose, you just need to find it. Often time, the devil wants to bring us into that place where not only we feel worthless and helpless, but we loose any enjoyment of this greatest gift, life.
      Let it go and even love those who hate you( It may sound crazy). Don’t forget, you are unique.

    8. Kay

      Erin – I was reading over the postings and I’m wondering how you are? It must have been a terrible loss when your grandmother passed, I sense she was the family member you felt closest to, and of course grandparents always think their grandkids are perfect! You said your church experience wasn’t helpful for too long, I hope you’re ready to try again, perhaps you’ll connect more with a different pastor and there’s nothing wrong with trying several. There is also nothing wrong with cursing God because he also hears the underlying cry for help and understands our needs better than we do. In my bible study class I’ve asked why God didn’t just leave the Jews alone when they were constantly disobeying him and find another group who appreciated him more, seems logical to me, but of course God was keeping his promise, just as He has promised to never desert us. Maybe you could find new doctors b/c you should be getting better, not worse. Maybe a family member might be more receptive to you now, you could try again. As for how to deal with God, you let go and ask Him for help just by telling Him, God, I need your help, please let me feel you, let me know you are with me, please guide me to where I need to go and stay by my side. Please post how you are doing, you will be prayed for.

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  4. catherine Findlay

    Hi David, I am an x alcoholic. Ex because God took me from it and I know I will never take another drink.
    I was in that place where i went to a god of alcohol to solve my problems. I drank from the age of around 36-46 and now am over 5 years sober. I tell you this because i too made bad choices. Do you go to church? I know it isn’t always seen in a good light but the fellowship with good people helped me. I learnt to forgive myself for my bad choices and they continually pra for me now. I will keep you in prayer as I know it works, but think of finding a church and asking for prayer. God bless you .

  5. ReeRee

    Please pray for me. I am in the so I am in one of the roughest seasons in my life. Lot’s of anxiety and depression, job concerns, finances, hopelessness. I’m feeling like I’m living in a cruel dark world with little light that’s difficult to penetrate Satan and the darkness. God Bless each of you.

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      FaithMechanic

      ReeRee – Keep your mind and mouth in the word of God, and your eye upon God Himself. You have plenty of hope. You just can’t see the hope because the Devil blinds you to it in these situations. Talk to God, confess your sins if you have to, and then move on in faith.

      Put His word into you in every way possible. Look at the scripture lists and confessions on this site and start quoting the ones that jump out at you. Speak them till there is peace in your heart. It will take a while. You will feel nothing at first. Faith is not seeing for feeling. Faith is a knowing – one that comes from the word of God, both written and spoken. Get it into your heart and then peace will come. Peace is the emotion of faith, just like depression is the emotion of hopelessness. Fight hopelessness will all you can. Your victory depends on your faith, so get faith with all you can. Then keep it and walk in it. We love you. Rex

    2. David Lindquist

      Hi my names David I’m 20 years old I wanna start off from the beginning for as long as I can remember I was a crhstian I believed in God I was saved and happy but as I got older I lost touch slowly so slow I didn’t realize it was happening. When I was young I sufferd from being over weight and picked on and I wanted to change that but what I didn’t realize is that I was happier then long story short at around 14 I started working out and as time went on I saw improvement but not enough I started doing the wrong things looking for help in bad places and praying to the wrong God and it worked I have what I always wanted the body of my dreams and it sounds silly I know but now that I have what I wanted I’m even more depressed I sold my soul to the devil for what I thought I wanted and now I face the worst depression ever. I’ve fought I’ve prayed to God to save me I’ve seeked help from doctors all of them and none have worked they say it’s ADD. And throw me on a pill and it works for the day but at the end of the week its like I’m just fanding away more and more. I try and stay in touch with God and pray but something’s distracting me pulling me away every time I try. I’m gunna keep fighting it’s just who I am I’ve made some bad choices in life and if is the fate I’ve earned then so be it the devil might have my soul but I’m still made from God! My first son will be born in February of this year and that’s a blessing and I thank god for that! I hope you all pray for me I just wanna be a good father and if i could feel a little relief from my sins and depression I would be truly greatful. Thank you all for your time and support if anyone older and wiser has gone threw the same thing and knows a way to get threw it I would appreciate the advice thanks sincerely David L.

      1. Gail Roberts

        There is a sincerity in your writing that is really positive. From my point of view, the ADD diagnosis and drugs are a lie! It sounds like you have a powerful drive or capacity to accomplish things in your life. Not everyone can train their bodies in the way that you did. This drive and capacity will be with you in everything you do. Doctors aren’t really the answer for most of us as our medical system has been corrupted by the pharmaceutical industry.
        My depressions lasted for a very long time. In my case and in my personal beliefs the biomedical or medical based rhetoric about depression as a disease is a total lie for selling pharmaceutical drugs. I began to feel liberated from depression with forgiveness, and as so many people say when I sent forgiveness out, it came back to me and taught me how to love myself. It’s a divine and magical concept or practice that you will get better at practicing as you use it. I looked “forgiveness” up online and found steps on the web for practicing it. I just sound a site on this practice:

        http://www.wikihow.com/Forgive

        Thank you for sharing your experience! The healing and sincerity of God is with you! Gail

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          FaithMechanic

          Gail – This is actually good – http://www.wikihow.com/Forgive Thank you

          David – Forgiveness for ones self is a huge aspect of healing and walking in God. If you have truly accepted Christ then the past is a thing of the past and it should stay in the past, forever. Our job is to walk in the ‘now’ with the grace of God and all the things He did for us on the Cross.

          I don’t think the medications are the answer but I don’t down play their use. However, the only long term solution is God. Only He can go deep enough to really change things if you allow Him and work with Him. We love you. Rex

          David – There is a comment for you up a little higher. I agree with her comments.

      2. Eileen

        Hi David some words of encouragement. I am older and had deep regrets and pain but the Lord pulled me through and healed me. Walk by faith and pray constantly. If you find you can’t pray then listen to sermons and godly music. God is real

  6. catherine Findlay

    Hi there Gail, i just wanted to let you and other readers know that i have now published a book of poems. I just want to let folks see that we can overcome anything when we get in the right mindset, and in my case hand everything over to God. He alone made this all possible by pulling me out of that deep pit i had put myself in.
    Catherine

    1. Gail Roberts

      It’s great to hear about your publication! Congratulations! I’m not a writer so I’ve never had such a success! It’s very impressive! I’d like to get more details about your book, so I can take a look at it!
      Thanks for letting me know! Gail

  7. Kris

    Hi,
    Great site and informative spiritual help tips…but when depression hits it destroys all hope. Thats where I’m at now…and not sure God is still hearing me..I can’t really take much more..I don’t want to quit but can’t see any way out of this hopelessness …it’s awful.
    Bless you all. K

    1. Gail Roberts

      I’ve been where you are at now! It does destroy all hope! The power of depression is so all encompassing! Amazingly it’s over for me now. I can’t believe it because the depression went on for decades. The idea that it was/is a disease wasn’t helpful for me. Ideas can save us. Ultimately it is our thoughts, creative solutions that can save us that come through our conversations with God. I remember times when all it took was to stand up and move across the room, and my mind would change. Depression literally cannot exist with physical movement, like walking, or any kind of physical exercise. When you do any kind of physical movement long enough the mind will be released with very creative thinking. Your entire universe can and will change this way. Other people can help you immensely, there is wisdom and true genius among the common folks around you who have traveled the same journey you are on now. They can and will show you the way!

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      FaithMechanic

      Kris – You actually said it perfectly – “…but (I) can’t see any way out of this…” Depression is the result (the feeling) of hopelessness, and hopelessness is the result of a blindness to the hope that is around you. It is like being in a well lit room and thinking that it is dark. People will tell you that it is lit but you can’t believe them because you don’t see the light.

      I don’t know exactly how the Devil blinds us to the hope that is out there, but he can and once that happens, we become hopeless. Hopelessness is actually ‘hope blindness.’ The answer is to do all you can to see hope again and to build your hope back.

      Walking outside, reaching out to someone, reading scriptures, or doing something that you know you should do but is hard to do can help. All of these can do a little bit to bring the hope that you actually already have into focus. It might not all leave at once but it will start.

      Have hope that there is hope, and that you will see it again. Let that motivate you to start you on the path to looking again. It is there. It really really is. We get stuck when we don’t move. Do something good, anything. God will show you. He is God and whether you see it or not He is close by and is waiting to help you. We love you. Rex

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  9. mufaro

    Hi….I have a problem of a grandose type of fea which is leading me to scarery unwanted thoughts tht haunt and torment me day and night…I belive stongly that God is the solution and he gas been my piller of streangth through this but I swiich between epusodes of rrcovery for bout a week or a few days and thease thoughts come back and haunt me again;becoming worse everytime and I’m afraid of how worsr they will become…after every intence episode of thease thoughts I cry and stay low for the whole day…I loose apetite and ive always been a tiney person and I noticed I’m loosing even more weight and now I think my family have noticed how my apetite flactuates between those episodes..lately I could go for weeks depressed and unhappy and think of surrendering to my familyabout it but I do not have enough courage and the current situation is not appropriate for me to add on but I rilli think I need professional help as soon as possible because I fear I may get mentaly retaded…i ve conluded this by analysing the too many mistakes I make…delayed speech confusion etc and it is affecting my friendships and schoolwork….I rilli fo not know what’s next…I put my lif in Gods hands and hope I am rescured immediately because I cannot bear it any longer…offen my flashbacks of recent events sre all filled with cludy thinking…there is not one day I remember thinking straight…it is rillu killing me inside and I have not told anyone yet to full detail…I once budt into tears while at a church service out of nowhere because of thease thoughtd…I try as hard as I can not to think of thease devastating thoughts but this only agrivates the extent and honestly right now I am tired and weak and worn…its up to God now to rescure me because I do not know rilli whay is next…I’m a 18 year old girl ad doing advanced levrl and it is realy affecting my studies…I have parrents who expect so much rom me and I cannot bear letting them down..I’ve had thoughts of suisde and I ask Hod to pull me out immedietly because I cannot visualise a positive near future with this…please pray for me and I’ll pray for you…

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      Mufaro – As you probably already know this is a spiritual attack of evil. It would be good if you could get someone to pray for you directly and take authority over the demonic forces that are coming against you. There is no distance in the spirit and I will do it from here. If you are not a Christian already read this and pray it out loud – Salvation. Read this book on praying in tongues and God will help you with it – Seven Reasons Why Every Believer Should Speak in Tongues.

      You might not know it but you have authority over this demonic attack through the use of the Name of Jesus. What He purchased for you on the Cross was given to you in His Name. When you use His Name you are using what He fulfilled. Here are two articles – OneTwo.

      Now, I break the power of the Devil over you in Jesus Name. I speak mercy and favor and protection over you and all that you have. You will be delivered from this in Jesus Name. Satan, take your hand of of this beautiful young girl in Jesus Name and leave her NOW. We speak freedom and deliverance over you and you will be free in Jesus Name.

      Speak this over yourself and say this out loud to yourself. You will not feel anything at first, but keep at it. Believing is not feeling. God will honor it. We love you. You will be free.

      Read articles that jump out at you. Let God speak to you. His word to you will give you the faith to have victory. Again, we love you. Rex

    2. Lily

      I will pray for you also. I have the exact same symptoms and each day is so hard when you feel you have no control . Wow Mufaro I never knew someone could be experiencing the same thing . It’s so stressful and scary

  10. catherine Findlay

    Yes Gail thats fine. I share all my poems on Fb and also am waiting to see if a wee collection i have made into a book will pass review, all for God’s glory. And also for the purpose of letting other addicts see there is a way out.

  11. catherine Findlay

    Here are some of my poems, this first one is from 2011….On the Edge!

    Standing at the ecge of the abyss

    Wanting to jump, there must be more than this

    I don’t understand

    I need Your help Lord

    Catch me before I leap and leave this land

    The mess I’ve made

    The lying games I played

    Stealing, lying, just to get

    The next drink to oblivion

    Crying myself to sleep

    Hating, feel only disgust for me

    Supposed to be model daughter

    Minister Dad, No I just bad

    Bad,sad,great life I had

    Till ugly drink made it stink

    Lord, from the brink

    You caught me

    No longer I think

    Of that person I was

    I’m renewed, refined

    Oh God divine

    Your child returns

    Written in 2010…..
    Look at me!

    What do you see when you look at me?

    Bloodied face, tousled hair

    Crying deep inside myself

    What do you see?

    To you am I just a washed up alki?

    Don’t give a second glance

    Not even a chance

    To talk to help you understand

    I used to be like you

    Clean respectable

    Good job, polished shoes

    Can you see that?

    Still have a family,only just

    Welfare services now a must

    Wanting the pain to go away

    So back to the bottle i again stray

    God, where are you?

    I cannot see

    But I know this is not where I should be

    All these thoughts around my mind

    Please can’t you see

    The real me

    Through all the blood and dirt disguise

    I could be you, you could be me

    We are not really different you and me

    Just a person who took the wrong road

    Who needs to find her road back to God

    2012
    Fill Me!

    The calmness of my heart

    Is a new feeling for me

    To sit with You in the quiet

    Just listening, letting You be….

    Letting You be in my head

    Filling my heart with Your love

    Such beautiful sounds and thoughts

    You send down upon me from above

    Lord, I feel You changing me

    I want more and more

    Pour out Your anointing oil

    And allow my heart to sore…

    Keep filling me Lord

    And each new day

    I will speak from Your Word

    And honour You in all I do and say

    AMEN

  12. catherine Findlay

    Dear Gail,
    I am going to work soon but when i have time i will gladly post some of my older ones when i was in a dark place and also ones that show the difference when God pulled me through. I was a Christian before all my alcohol troubles. A ministers daughter. Depression, alcoholism knows no bounds. But thanks be to God He never takes His hand of us when we turn away.

  13. catherine Findlay

    A Light Shines Through Your Darkness(For Times Of Depression and Despair)

    In the darkness of our sadness there is a Light

    A Light that shines through for me and you

    Whatever troubles our hearts

    God’s Love always shines through

    In the dark recess of our minds

    When we go through some hard times

    God’s Love shines through for me and you

    No matter the trouble and sorrow

    He makes sure there’s a brighter tomorrow

    We need only look up, not down

    Knowing we move onward to the Crown

    So my friend don’t feel alone

    That all hope is gone

    Cling to that faith that’s seen you through

    Pray with me , and for me, and I for you

    1. Gail Roberts

      This is so beautiful! Thank you for posting this. I was going to ask you if you felt comfortable posting your poetry! I kept thinking about asking you so this is great! I’ve never had this kind of gift! I’m a bit of an artist and I can play music and even write songs, but I’ve never been able to write poetry.

    2. Gail Roberts

      I’ve created a little file for all of these poems that you’ve written! I want to take my time going through them, and want to review them when I get a chance. I have a cousin whose been in big trouble with alcohol addiction and I might forward one or two of these to him if that is OK?

  14. catherine Findlay

    I have been on anti depressants off and on most of my adult life. I ended up an alcoholic for over 10 years but have been sober for over 5 now. I suffer chronic pain and have to work as a cleaner and it doesnt help painwise. I also have problem at home which i have coped with for 23 years and every now and again it gets to me. I am a Christian and hide this very well but when alone i crumble. I write poetry about my alcoholism and how God pulled me from it, to help others but this depression keeps coming back. I am not on anti depressants at the moment. Keep bursting into tears for no reason and hide at work qhen i feel it about to happen

    1. Gail Roberts

      You mention that you burst into tears and you think there is no reason. There are reasons for your tears though you may not be able to access those cognitively right now. Physiologically extremely powerful toxin’s literally fall out of the tear ducts when we cry, so God has given you this mechanism for healing and you may notice that there is a sense of relief after tears. Sometimes there is greater angst when we are unable to cry. Tears are a gift even if you can’t access the reason now. I would have taken anti-depressants myself except that I witnessed years of prescription drug abuse perpetrated against my brother by psychiatrists. He got worse and worse, so over time I began to believe that something was terribly wrong with psychiatric practice and the cocktails of toxins they routinely give to patients. They will tell you that you’ve got a chemical imbalance to get you to take the drugs, hopefully for life, and then the pharmacists can laugh all the way to the bank.
      I’m very sorry to hear of your chronic physical pain. I have more physical ailments in my life now that I’m older, sometimes I wonder if they act as a safety valve for my emotions, but I don’t have to work right now and have been able to afford very cheap acupuncture. You mentioned the problem at home that you’ve coped with for 23 years. You may not be able to divulge or write of these events in a forum, but journaling about this can be powerful if you haven’t already. God can work with our pain more easily if we are able to express it more easily.
      If you can put your successes with abstinence from alcohol to work for other people, you will definitely help other people, but most of all yourself. This will work much better for you than anti-depressants. I like your line, “God pulled me from it to help others.” This is your ticket to health and empowerment, and maybe even a new line of work. Let us know how things are going!

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