When You’re Really Down

When You're Really Down

 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!
                                                     Psalm 42:5, 42:11, 43:5  NLT

Have you ever been so down that you thought you might never get up?  I was having one of those days.  My mind was spiralling into the depths of despair and I started to cry while working at my computer so, I decided to stop working and start relying.

I can totally relate to David’s feelings in these verses.  Can’t you?  David repeats himself three times because once just wasn’t enough.  Have you been there?

That’s where I was this morning.  I started off feeling discouraged so I put on Christian music and that helped for a while.  Then the feelings came back and I got so sad I began to cry and let God know what was going on in my life (‘cause He didn’t already know!?!).

I knew I needed to be more assertive on this attack so I decided to go upstairs and get into the Word.

SCRIPTURE CARDS

For the past few years I’ve been compiling scriptures on certain areas of struggle for me in these ringed cue cards and often find strength in them.  At first, I began to read the scriptures but that wasn’t changing anything.   I knew reading wasn’t enough to defeat the lies of the enemy swirling around in my head so, I got serious and began to declare those verses out loud; even inserting my name to personalize them.  I spoke these verses out like prayers to my God and kept declaring until it happened.  A verse almost leapt off the page and into my heart.  To be honest, I don’t think it really had much to do with that one verse but more with the compound effect of all the verses I had declared over my life that morning.

Peace, joy and hope began to overflow and the discouraging sadness was broken.  I put my hope in God and now I’m singing His praises again!

When you’re really down, you need to do something, heck sometimes you need to do a bunch of things.  Taking your thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ1 isn’t easy but when you do, you’re not down anymore!

Prayer

Father…I thank You for the power I can access in You and Your Word.  I’m choosing to Speak Your Scripture over my struggles; Your truth over my trouble.  I refuse to live “under the circumstances” of my life but to rise above victorious in Your Name, the name that is above all names!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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  1. 2 Corinthians 10:5

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Comments(24)

  1. Maree Dee says

    I love the idea of the scripture cards. I decided years ago to be tech savvy and put my favorite scriptures on my computer in categories. It works pretty well but having a scripture in your actual hands is an entirely different kind of experience. I am blessed with a friend that over the years sends me little cards to carry with me when I am having a difficult season in life. Thank you for your post.

  2. Sherry Stahl says

    Maree Dee,
    That sounds like an amazing friend. I’m an excel geek so I love the idea of having your favorite scriptures on computer and then you could easily search them in excel. Oh when I get some free time I’d like to tackle that. For now I have my scripture cards and keep them close at hand.
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  3. Laura Davis says

    On Monday mornings when I visit blogs and read them I am often pleasantly surprised at how God seems to weave us together to promote a certain message or theme for the week. Even in our darkest moments of dispair He still uses it for His good. Case in point – your Scripture verses remind me of my post for today on putting on the full armor of God. Have a great week Sherry!

  4. Sherry Stahl says

    Laura,
    I couldn’t agree with you more. They go hand in hand. I love how God does this. Have a great week Laura.
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  5. Betty Catto says

    I’ve been having a difficult past several months. A sister of mine who is only 56 has Alzheimer’s and was just recently placed in a nursing home. I have been having my good days and days where like you I get so down….I cry, listen to Christian music, cry out to God and read my Bible. 3 years ago when my sister was first diagnosed I had a really difficult time. I would read my Bible and write down verses that really ministered to me. I made several sets…one for my purse, one for the living room where I am most times and one for another room. Last year I gave the set I had in my purse to someone who needed encouragement. I need to write down some new ones for now. Thank you so much for today’s blog as it really encouraged me…..I am not alone. God bless you Sherry and may God continue opening different avenues of ministry for you. You have so much love, wisdom and life to offer people.

  6. Kathleen Derbyshire says

    One of those days is upon me today. It isn’t so bad but it will get bad if I don’t do something. I am grateful to have read this today to spur me into my contingency plan. I am learning to pray instead of talk and this has reminded me I do have a plan of attack I just have to attack.

  7. Adrienne Terrebonne says

    I love you suggestion of compiling scripture cards for various situations. I have done this in the past and it is very helpful. Thank you for your insight!
    Your neighbor at #raralinkup

  8. KellyRBaker says

    Amen! I’ve definitely been there and that pattern is the only permanent fix. I learned chocolate was only a temporary mood-lifter. 😉

  9. Sherry Stahl says

    Kelly, Chocolate and McDonald’s fountain Coke 🙂 I’m going for the more permanent fix for sure! Have a great day!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  10. Sherry Stahl says

    Betty,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. She’s so young. I love your heart. It’s truly the heart of God that gives so freely. I wish it was a one-time fill-up was all we need, but it’s DAILY bread we need to sustain us.
    Know you’re not alone. I have had such a big response to this post. I’ve received many emails from my mailing list subscribers. We’re all in this together girl 🙂 Have a blessed day!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  11. Sherry Stahl says

    Kathleen,
    God had a plan to connect us through the #RaRaLinkup! He cares more than just us getting a few comments on our blog. He knows our heart and knows our needs. So glad you stopped by and were encouraged. Have a blessed day!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  12. Sherry Stahl says

    Well Howdy Neighbour 🙂
    Adrienne, I love how God connects us to the messages we need to hear. Have a blessed week!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  13. Lesley says

    Thank you for sharing this, Sherry. Definitely having one of those days and needed to read this. I love the idea of declaring Scripture and personalizing it.

  14. Sherry Stahl says

    Lesley,

    So glad you stopped by today. Hope you begin to declare scripture over your life. It really does bring breakthrough and Peace!!!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  15. Joanne Viola says

    Such a good post. I loved the Scripture you shared from the Psalms. I have always loved that David spoke to his own soul – to remember, to have hope, to keep trusting God. Sometimes we truly do need a good speaking to and no better way to do so than with an arsenal of verses. Have a blessed Thursday!

  16. Sherry Stahl says

    Joanne,
    I love how you worded that “an arsenal of verses”. We are in a war. Thankfully we know, WE WIN!
    Have a blessed weekend,
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

  17. Sue Moore Donaldson says

    So true – and I will share with my friend who is in dispair. Only God is what’s gone through my mind, and of course, only is euphemism for the Best thing and He is answering with peace and direction. Sigh.

  18. Sherry Stahl says

    Sue,
    I’m so glad you’re going to be sharing this post with someone in despair. That’s where I was heading when I wrote it. I’ll be praying for your friend.
    Blesisngs,
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  19. Crystal Storms says

    Love the encouragement, Sherry, and the equipping for those hard days. Worship, God’s Word, speaking Scripture over your struggles, & and praying God’s truth over your troubles — amen to all of these!

  20. Sherry Stahl says

    Thanks Crystal,
    Praying for you as you minister to so many.
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  21. Marilyn Lewis says

    Sherry, I am only just now learning to manage depression through scripture. These entries are so encouraging to me.

  22. Sherry Stahl says

    Marilyn,
    I’m so glad you’re learning the power of scripture to defeat depression. Praying you hear God’s voice as He directs you through His Word to those verses that will set you free!
    Much love,
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

  23. Marilyn Lewis says

    Thank you, Sherry. I’m still in the process of accumulating appropriate scripture to have on hand.

  24. Sherry Stahl says

    Marilyn,
    Now that’s a wise process to enter into 🙂 Have a blessed time and soak it all in!
    ~Sherry
    xoxo

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