Ladies can I talk about something that might be uncomfortable? Can I be open, raw and honest with you? Can I share something that most people will never publicly talk about?
I battle depression.
Sometimes it’s a daily fight and sometimes I don’t hear from it for months. It is an overwhelming darkness that envelops me and reduces me to tears. Once there are no tears left it’s just a empty sadness that is seemingly impossible to get out from under.
If your friend came up to you and told you this, what would you do? Would you try to hide your fear because you’ve been blessed to have never dealt with this? Would you pour into your friend for a while but then die out because you just don’t know how to help, or everything you’re doing seems to not be doing anything? Would you wrap your arms around your friend and tell them you are here for them, that they are important, and that you want them here?
It’s hard to be uncomfortable with people. It’s really hard to be raw and let someone see all the really messed up and dark parts about you. But have you ever ever noticed that sigh that your soul does when you finally can do those things? That freedom you feel when your walls have finally fallen with that friend or two.
THIS is what Jesus intended when he said we should be bound in fellowship and community. Loving one another—UNCONDITIONALLY—through all the crap that life throws at us. There is hope for the broken. There is rest for the weary. But when the broken and the weary don’t have the strength to get up and come for hope and rest, we need to come to them.
Sweet sister, I don’t know your story. I only know mine, but if you’re anything like me, don’t push out those who are trying to help. I know it’s hard and I know you might feel like a burden but those people are genuinely wanting to help and love you. Let them. Let them help. They may not fully understand but Jesus will give them what they need to love on you well.
Remember, you are not alone in this fight. I am here. I see you and I know your pain. But as much as I know your pain and try to help….Jesus knows better.
“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two…and at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Luke 23:44-45 & Mark 15:34)
He has felt the full force of isolation and abandonment, even more than we can imagine. Why? Because He loves us. He died so that we might live. And not live in this cloud of depression. But live a life of joy and happiness through Him. He is the Greatest Father, who only wants the best for his daughters. For His sons.
You are not alone. You are needed. I know your pain. You are not invisible. We are always here if you need someone to talk to.
Love always, Jenn || #thegracescripts
Jenn (@jenn.alexx) is an author + creative at thegracescripts.com. Jenn is passionate about women’s ministry. She attends Southeastern Seminary. She and her husband live in North Carolina.