Updated: Jun 17
“In the name of Jesus, I bind and rebuke the spirit of Depression, Loneliness, Self-doubt, worry, suicide, frustration….”
Whew, chiile! After all of that praying and tarrying in the Spirit, sweating, oil rubbing and slinging, doing the ugly cry, calling down fire from heaven, and finally that hug…that sweet hug of comfort…we leave the altar with swollen eyes, a damp Kleenex with confidence that prayer was IT! We are finally free from depression and suicidal thoughts. TUH!!!
See Sis, I’m going to tell you something very important about depression that your pastor or ministry leader will not tell you. And not because they forgot or don’t want to but simply because they either do not have the personal experience with depression, they themselves are depressed and have NOT yet received help for it, or they have the mentality that prayer and being around the saints is a good resolve for depression. SO here’s the truth:
DEPRESSION DOES NOT GO AWAY…EVER.
Okay, now that we have that out the way let’s talk.
For my Black girls who have considered suicide as a result of depression, mental illnesses can cripple your lifestyle socially, physically, and spiritually if you do not reach out for help beyond prayer. Although the prior statement may seem like doom, let this one inspire you…There is HOPE!
Life DOES get BETTER! You can believe in your Higher Power out loud AND cope successfully with depression. How do I know? Because I live this life every day. I’ve have realized that 1) YES! asking God to help me with my depression and suicidal tendencies help tremendously because I 2) coupled that prayer with practical actions. Faith without works…come on Church! Is DEAD.
As a Black woman who loves the Lord dearly, I have realized six important things about coping with depression:
1) I can be a Faith believer and still be depressed…and that is OKAY!!! Really honey, IT IS. Be Real so you can be Healed.
2) I can get help to deal and cope with depression in a productive and positive manner from people and/or organizations that are not FAITH-BASED!! If one more person tells me to just pray about…chiiile!
MOST Pastors are NOT equipped to help you deal with depression on a clinical level (most of us need that help HELP) and that is OKAY! Ask your Pastor, if there is a trained therapist he/she recommends. Sis... the person you should see just maybe OUTSIDE the church.
3) Activating my faith to cope with depression requires me to actually get up, get out, and do something about it. Joining a support group with like-minded individuals is LIFE! Creating a positive environment within my personal space (Sage, Lavender, Sandalwood anyone?) helps with your mood.
4) Negative thoughts that creep into your mind when you are out living your best life will happen….because DEPRESSION does not go away. However, you have the power to change the narrative that is forming in your mind.
5) Choosing to use the medication your psychiatrist recommends is OKAY! If it helps you, use it and still Believe in your Higher Power and pray, Girlfriend!
6) You can be depressed and STILL BE A FAITH BELIEVER. And don’t let anyone tell you differently.
So, how are you going to live your life? Suffer in silence or Thrive out Loud…I choose the latter.
I hope you join me!
Leave a comment, let me know how you are dealing with depression.
Remember: You are not alone, if you are considering suicide, please CALL SOMEONE.
The National Suicide Prevention Line provides 24//7 free and confidential support during your crisis. Dial 1.800.273.8255.
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About the Author
Danielle Parks is a freelance writer, published author, and speaker who enjoys advocating for Mental Health Awareness & Wellness among Black and Brown women, Period Poverty Awareness, and being a mom to her amazing daughter and cat.
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