Where to Go from Here

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I really like the YouVersion Bible app and I’ve been doing some of the Reading plans. So far, I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve done but last night, I finished the 7-day Fighting for Mental and Emotional Healthreading plan. This one is my favorite and it’s really because of how each devotional was written.   

The writer shared his own story dealing with depression and despair and it was relatable to me. I’m mostly drawn to articles that the author shares their own story and testimonial rather than just writing about their knowledge of a subject.  

I wanted to share Day 6 of this plan because it was and (still is) where I am.

When was the last time you were fully alive? Can you think back to when you were truly engaged in life? God did not create you to live half alive! It is time to get back your fight to live. People need what you have. Your life is important. Your role is vital in the body of Christ! Mental and emotional illnesses tend to drain the life from people. Depression and anxiety can feel all-consuming. Sometimes, you might not even feel anything at all. Life might seem dull, meaningless or cloudy. God created you to be fully alive. Jesus gives abundant life! Full life!

Overflowing and to the brim! With His help, it is possible to live fully alive again.  God is fighting for you, but you also need to do your part in the natural. Fight to wake up. Fight to get out of bed. Fight to show up to work. Fight to be present with your family. Fight to love your spouse. Fight to focus on your relationship with Christ. Fight to get to church. Fight to be fully alive!  

Following Jesus doesn’t mean you will not face problems or challenges in life. Take a look at what Jesus tells us in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

No matter what troubles or circumstances you are facing, Jesus has overcome the world. Since He lives in you, you also can overcome. Embrace the peace He promises and fight to be fully alive!  Pray with me today: “Father, today I choose to fight to be fully alive! Give me the energy to live this day to the fullest. Help me to be present and engaged with the people in my life. Work through me as your vessel. Thank you for your life and energy at work in my heart and mind. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”  

I highlighted the important points that stood out to me because after reading this, I realized that I am fighting every minute of the day. I do struggle to get out of bed and found often that I’ll lay there for another hour just because I don’t have hope that the day will turn out good. I also must admit that sometimes when hubby is sharing something with me, I’m half alert.   

I don’t mean to be this way and I don’t want to be a zombie.   

It felt really good that someone would write these things because we sometimes think as Christians that we’re supposed to be all happy all the time. Well, that’s just not true. We are people with emotions like everyone else. Jesus created us to have feelings. What He doesn’t want is for negative feelings from circumstances to weigh us down.  

Living oppressed is not a life at all.   

The reality is that people need us. In my case, my day job needs me (all my team members) depend on me to do my job, my husband needs me to fight for our dreams, my friends need me to be around, my colleagues need to experience the gifts God has given me to share and God needs me to be His child to a broken world.   

To do all this, I have to fight through this anxiety and depression. What I don’t want to lose is my hope that things can and will change for us. I don’t want to lose my dream that not “someday” or “one day” that we’ll have our own home, but that “it will happen” and God is picking out the right house, the right neighborhood, the right price at the right time.   

God is healing me from trauma, not “when He heals me” or “if He heals me“. I know He wants me healed and I know He is healing me.  

This devotional really encouraged me and because the app allows me to save the plan, I can always go back to it and re-read it again + there’s verses that go with each day of the plan to read. If you’re reading this post and you’re struggling with anything, I recommend installing the YouVersion Bible app.   

Here’s the links: Mobile (iOS and Android) – https://www.bible.com/app Desktop – https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.