Dark clouds and sunshine, Lesotho

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true. . .” (Philippians 4:8)

I am sure we have all read this verse many times. It has edified and encouraged, it is also hard to read at times, especially when gaining control of our thoughts seems out of our control.

Depression is an illness, it is a disease that, left to its sinister ways, can destroy and degrade a life. Depression is made that much harder to cope with when you are not able to take the drugs that help so many others.

I have personally suffered varying forms of depression. It sneaks up on you like a dark damp fog rolling in off the bay. Sometimes you can even see it coming, but it fools you into thinking that the darkness won’t be so bad this time.

PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is a dramatic form of premenstrual syndrome. Most women get grumpy and irritable at certain times, but 3-8% suffer severe deep dark holes of depression and anxiety that are (can be) short lived each month, but left unchecked can be dangerous to themselves and others.

When you are unable to take medication to help this sort of depression due to your own bodies inability to tolerate the chemical input, dealing with this type of rolling depression becomes all the more difficult.

But God has made a way (in His Word). Learning to identify the darkness as untrue and focusing on God’s truth –even when the dark feelings do not leave, even when your emotions are trying to tell you its truth and you are battling to believe God’s truth, keep pushing back.

Tell yourself the truth, even if it makes no difference or sense to the ‘feeling’ of truth. Believe the truth of God’s Word over the feeling and emotion in your thoughts.

GOD loves ME
I AM His child
My emotions and thoughts may be real to me now but this will pass or change.

You may not be able to change how you feel at that time but you can tell yourself Gods truth which will help you to believe you will feel change in time. Gods’ truth will always win.

About the Author:
Julie Munro lives in New Zealand and is mother to a wonderful daughter who is pursuing a career in Radio. Julie lives with “invisible illnesses” that God is using to teach her lessons she many never have learned.

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