Do you ever feel melancholy?
Google defines melancholy this way, “a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.”
As someone who struggles with depression, I feel melancholy a lot. And that’s where today found me. I felt sad and lethargic for no apparent reason.
This should be a joyful time in my life. My mom is here visiting. My son is getting ready to graduate high school. My other son is joining the Army Reserves. My daughters love spending time with their mom. My husband is extremely supportive. I have no reason to be sad.
But sad I am.
Feeling melancholy can put a severe damper on our faith. It’s like, “Where’s the joy of the Lord?” #AmIRight? But God created our emotions and I believe He totally understands our moods, even the ones we don’t understand ourselves.
So what do you do when life leaves you melancholy?
I was tempted to go back to bed, but I didn’t. Instead, I looked to Jesus to see if He could help me out of my funk. Here’s what He showed me…
4 Things To Try If You Feel Melancholy
Read the Psalms. Any of them. All of them. Just pick up your Bible and start reading.
So many Psalms remind me that I’m not alone. David (who wrote many of the Psalms) struggled with depression and anxiety. And when he did, he turned to God. And that’s what I can do too.
Other Psalms pour out praise for God. They remind me of His faithfulness. That He is worthy to be praised. That I am His. The Psalms remind me that God is always good, even when I feel melancholy.
Another thing you can do when you’re feeling melancholy is to turn up the praise and worship music. Let your heart pour out praise to the One who created you. It helps take your mind off yourself and put it back on Jesus. Sometimes, when I feel like I’m at the end of myself, this helps me more than anything else.
Next, if you’re feeling melancholy say a prayer. Ask God to help you. Ask Him to fill you with the joy of the Lord. Because He can. He is the God of the possible. And no amount of sadness is more than He can handle.
Last, but not least, we have to put our trust in Jesus. We can trust that this is just a phase or a season and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Trusting that Jesus will help us even when we don’t fell helpable.
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What do you do when you’re feeling melancholy? Is it something you struggle with a lot? If so, I hope you know that you are not alone. It’s something I struggle with on a regular basis. Thankfully, I know God is with me no matter how I feel. And I hope you know that, too.