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Look Up When You’re Feeling Down

Dealing with depression?  Find encouragement in these Bible verses and tips.

By Elizabeth Peale Allen

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Pain and disappointment can endanger your mental, spiritual and even your physical well-being. It’s only human for even the most righteous persons to be discouraged when they are overwhelmed. The Psalmist cried out in anguish, “My tears have been my food day and night” (Psalms 42:3).

When life knocks you down, or pulls you back from your hopes and dreams, remember these three things:

  1. No matter what happens, it can be used for good.
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
     
  2. You can learn from the most discouraging experiences.
    “The Sovereign LORD…wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught” (Isaiah 50:4).
     
  3. God is with you—always and forever, in the midst of every challenge.
    “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 31:8).

Regardless of what happens, never give up. Cling to faith and believe the best is yet to be. “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” (Romans 15:13).

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