A Cure for the Seasonal Blues by Diane Burwell
I am sorry about the depression and exhaustion many of you are experiencing during this season. There is a long list of things you are doing right and you may have a long list of possible fixes for your circumstances. I have a suggestion that may not be on your list.
My suggestion is a regular quiet time with God. I’m not talking about a “legalistic” discipline or reading the Word to be informed only. Reading the Word can be a supernatural experience when we ingest the very truths of God through His Word. This allows the supernatural to become part of who we are, not just something we long for. The supernatural brings personal healing, emotional wellbeing and certainly wholeness in every arena. The supernatural brings a level of discernment that replaces all the guess work. The supernatural brings the power of the Holy Spirit in a new way that removes us from our continual personal pain and delivers us to see the “bigger picture” of how we fit into the Kingdom of God in our sphere of influence.
We still may experience unexplained grief and pain, but God desires such a relationship with us that He overrides the pain. As problems arise in our household, here is how I inquire of the Lord.
What is happening here?
1 Is my heart pure before You, Lord?
2 Are those in my family in distress?
3 Am I “picking up” (in the Spirit) on the atmosphere in our businesses?
4 Am I “picking up” on the atmosphere in our city, state, country?
5 Is the enemy attacking in a specific way?
6 Am I to ignore it all and bring a sacrifice of praise to You, Lord?
If we are not consistently in the Word of God and in dialogue with Him, we really cannot expect answers to our inquiry. This is so critical to our survival; I cannot stress it enough.
I will pray for you now. Lord, I bring (put in your name) to You and ask for Your healing hand to be upon her/him. We praise You that You are Jehovah Jireh, Lord, our healer. You are interested in her/his plea for deliverance from depression and exhaustion. I ask You to show her how You long for fellowship with herhim. You delight in their praise and worship, as it comes from their heart for You. I thank You, Lord, that You answer when we ask. In Jesus’ Name, a-men.
These Bible verses are powerful yet comforting in times of trouble:
- Job 5:11:“He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.”
- 2. Psalm 27:13-14:“I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord.”
- Isaiah 41:10:“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
- John 16:33:“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
- Romans 8:28:“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”
- Romans 8:37-39:“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 15:13:“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4:“Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
- Philippians 4:6:“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God.”
- Hebrews 13:5:“Let your lives be without love of money, and be content with the things you have. For He has said: ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you.'”