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I Take Antidepressants AND Believe Jesus Heals

(Psalm 69:14-15)

The word “mire” in Psalm 69 refers to something sticky — like mud — that’s stuck to us and hard to get off or out of. It’s something that covers, surrounds, and swallows us. It’s not easily or comfortably brushed off.

It is something we cannot get ourselves out of. We must have outside help.

Enter Jesus.

He can deliver us. Whether that’s by providing a profound spiritual revelation, professional counselors or medication, He doesn’t want us stuck in a place of all-consuming unrest, worry, and sadness.

FRIEND, HEAR ME WHEN I SAY, THERE IS NO SHAME IN GETTING OUTSIDE HELP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.

Sometimes it’s a temporary relief to kickstart our joy again. And sometimes, it’s a more prolonged effort of deliverance through Jesus’ provision of counseling and medication.

If you’ve prayed, sought [B]iblical wisdom, and feel seeking help is the best option for you, then do it.

God isn’t going to let anxiety and depression win if we allow Him to help and provide for us.

But we have to ask Him first. We have to make the step toward relief. Talk to trusted friends and family, then seek professional help. This trusted community of friends and professionals can be a step our health needs.

Most importantly, let’s trust Jesus in His promise of deliverance. He can and will deliver us through opportunities of prayer and trusting Him, providing just the right listening ear and even sometimes the exact combination of medication and counseling needed.

It’s comforting to know we can even find medicinal measure being taken, and blessed, in God’s Word. Take the following example, for instance.

Then Isaiah said, “Make an ointment from figs.” So Hezekiah’s servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered! (2 Kings 20:7, NLT)

Since I’ve sought help with my doctor and began taking a low-dosage of antidepressants, life makes more sense and feels better. The fog has cleared and my racing mind has slowed. I let the little things go and have the energy for the important things. I can hug my sweet kiddos without fear of them getting struck by lightning (or some other bizarre and unlikely scenario) and not have a meltdown because I don’t have Pinterest-perfect Halloween goodie bags for the Pre-K party. I fall asleep more easily, don’t restlessly pace my house, and enjoy my husband and kids more.

I don’t know how long I will take them, but for now, I’m closer to feeling like “myself” and farther from feeling myself sink.

Sure, there are still bad days, but the good days outnumber the bad by a long-shot.

So friend, if you suffer from any symptoms of anxiety or depression, don’t hesitate to ask Jesus and your doctor for help.

Your everyday life is waiting for you to get back to yourself.

Jesus, I ask that you deliver us from the sticky mire of anxiety and depression. Hide Your face from our sins, and blot out all iniquities. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast us away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation, and uphold us by Your generous Spirit. Jesus, thank you for your provision of skilled health care professionals and modern medication to help begin a process of healing. Lord, guide us and direct us in the path of deliverance you have laid out for us. We trust You and know You are worthy to be praised. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Kristin Funston
Kristin Funston
Kristin Funston is the author of More for Mom: Living Your Whole & Holy Life and helps busy women engage with God and live with proper perspective and peace in the daily grind. She writes in a way that is relatable and practical, often with a healthy dose of humor. Kristin is a regular contributor to various blogs and has been featured in places like The Better Mom, TODAY Parenting, Scary Mommy, and City Moms Blog. Kristin resides outside of Memphis, TN with her husband and three daughters. You can connect with her at KristinFunston.com or on Facebook or Instagram.

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