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Ever feel depressed and have no idea how to get out of your funk? I used to get all dark, for like weeks on end, til I figured out something, depression is all about my way of thinking, not about my circumstances. Like I wrote in Devotions for the God Girl, most of the time depression is either about getting what I want and realizing it wasn’t what I thought it would be or not getting what I want and being upset about it. Either way, it’s all about me, not God. So, unless you’re dealing with a real medical condition, like clinical depression, feeling better about life just has to do with reassessing what you want.

When you can change your focus from loving what you want to loving whatever God wants to give you, then depression starts to fade away. When you trust that God is truly involved in the lives of those who love him, then you don’t need to be all depressed because suddenly you see things through new lenses. You see life—the good, the bad, the ugly, all of it—as a gift from him, one that you might not understand just yet but trust that one day you will appreciate.

Depression and moping around about life are often symptoms of spiritual sickness, and you can change your attitude if you are willing to trust God and look for him relentlessly. Take your focus off of what you want, need, or demand and put it onto looking for God and finding him in the middle of your mess and your emptiness. 

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Comment by Cassandra Jones on March 30, 2017 at 7:46pm

This post is really helpful. My faith honestly got me through my depression.

Comment by Abigail Leah on January 19, 2015 at 4:52pm

Is clinical depression still a sin because it distracts from God? Can a medical condition be a sin?

Comment by Mallory Pugh on September 14, 2014 at 9:26pm

Thank you very much I needed to hear this.

Comment by Danae Pierce on October 13, 2013 at 11:28am

This is really awesome! Thanks so much!

Comment by jane doe on September 11, 2013 at 4:31pm

Wow, that seriously makes sense. thanks! been kinda struggling lately so this really made sense..

Comment by Ashley Elizabeth on March 1, 2013 at 8:22pm

i have depression and i think of happy things like floers and puppies that always gets me to smile.

Comment by Kuini Seuseu on January 19, 2013 at 8:21pm

Love this.

Comment by Sasha Tess-Elizabeth on January 7, 2013 at 7:58pm
This kind of reliance on God has changed my life.
Comment by Emily Grace on December 7, 2012 at 12:12pm

Wow, that helps make so much sense of that weighted down feeling. Thank you Ms. Hayley!!!

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