120. AMA: How Do I Choose Joy and Peace When it Feels So Far Away? Part 2

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May 6 2024 • 20 mins

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We are on part 2 of answering Isy’s question.

Isy said, “I’m a Christian and I love God, but I struggle with both depression and anxiety, and I feel sad and tired a lot of the time, I desperately want to keep looking to the Lord and receiving His joy and peace, but it just feels so hard to be joyful when I just feel so down and anxious. Do you have any tips on how I can keep on choosing God’s joy and peace even when it feels so far away?”

Ladies, if you are feeling like Isy, I want you to know that you aren’t alone and I also want you to know that there is hope.

I remember being in a place similar to this. I struggled so much with anxiety and depression…and honestly loneliness and I didn’t know how to break free. I would see these people walking around with smiles on their faces like they didn’t have a care in the world and I couldn’t understand and didn’t even know if it was possible to ever get to that place, but I did.

What I’m sharing in this series are the steps to how I went from struggling with depression and anxiety to living a life of joy. Is everything perfect…no, not at all, but I know that God is on my side and that He’s fighting my battles for me…and the same is true for you! In Isaiah 41:10, God is saying to you, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Last week, we began talking about 6 things we can do to overcome anything the enemy tries to throw at us. Briefly, I’ll summarize what we talked about, but if you haven’t listened to part 1 of this series, I encourage you to go back and listen!

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