January 21st, 2019 is nicknamed “Blue Monday”. This is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. What is interesting is it was Sky Travel (a holiday company) that first released this! It’s actually a very good marketing strategy!
Yet it is true, January can sometimes feel a little bit low. Is God interested in our emotions? Is He interested in our bad, sad, and mad days? Does he still love us when we are angry or scared or even super happy and forgetful of his blessing?
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Do you have time in your day where you just pause? I’ve started doing this recently. I get back from work, put dinner on, make a cup of tea and just pause; open my journal and allow God space to speak.
Today I have felt quite low. In the moment of space, I gave to God. I reflected on why. Yesterday was a long day, I didn’t, therefore, eat well, I overslept this morning, didn’t have time for the gym and came to work in a rush. Just that pause, meant I could recognize this.
Ask yourself: How have I been eating or drinking, what is the weather like, did I sleep well, what is playing on my mind. Then bring these things to God.
In that short pause, I recognised and then repented. Instead of going to Him for comfort and strength I had turned to a junk food dinner! The physical feeling hasn’t left me, but grace has lifted my soul
Sadness is ok
There is a vast amount of lamenting in the Bible. Sometimes the lamenter builds themselves back up with words of faith. Other times, they wait for the Lord’s answer.
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help
When we are feeling low or sad, don’t feel you can’t bring it before your Father. I used to hate crying, I’d avoid it even when I was alone. Now I have learned to allow the tears to come in fullness and when I can I tell God exactly how I feel, and when I can’t speak I just allow His grace to hold me. He is not afraid of your emotions. He even created our body to help itself. Tears actually release the chemicals that make us feel better. It is also ok to pour out your anger, or disappointment to him like this. The lie we believe is He will turn His face from us; the truth is it brings us closer.
I think I mentioned before I have a fight songs list on my Spotify. Songs that boost me when I feel low. Equally though, there are times when I need those calming songs that still my soul. Singing also releases some of our brains feel-good chemicals and the breathing involved to sing helps us get oxygen to our brain. More importantly, studies have shown when you sing with other people in a non-competitive way; it has a huge mental health benefit!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging
I used to read this thinking I was meant to stare fear in the face, stand strong even though life was crumbling. Instead, this is about staring God in the face, when the troubles come. It’s about him being our refuge and our strength our ever present help
God put us into community for a reason. If you are struggling with your emotions and mental health then speak up. Young Minds now has a crisis messenger which provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258 (free). Kooth.com is also available to you 24/7. Here are some other people we recommend. These are people who can help, but you also should speak to people who know you, and care for you, so they too know how you are feeling.