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After years and years suffering from debilitating depression, I have asked God to make me an expert on joy! I already knew more than one woman should ever know about depression so I was determined to turn it all around … and focus on joy!

This is what I know:

Depression weakens you and joy strengthens you!

Depression is cruel and joy is kind.

Depression cuts off the source of life and joy fertilizes abundant life!

The language of depression is blame and bitterness; the language of joy is blessing and benefit!

We were not made for depression … we were made for joy!

The question remains, however, “How do we get from depression to joy?”

We turn away from depression one minute at a time. We set one emotional foot in front of the other and walk away from depression and toward the Kingdom of joy.

We choose to read the Bible. Every day.

We choose to worship enthusiastically when we would rather mope.

We give generously to people who don’t deserve it.

We forgive completely and refuse bitterness.

We walk away from depression and toward joy one step at a time … one choice at a time … one minute at a time. The choice is yours. Which way are you walking today?

Practical Application: 

1- Determine today that not one negative word will come out of your mouth. Every word that travels across your pearly whites should only be words of blessing, praise and thanksgiving!

2- Be the most thankful version of yourself possible! How about listing 4 things today for which you are grateful? #beatdepression!


From this day forward I will only walk toward joy and never toward depression. The words of my mouth will only bring blessing andencouragement.


“Jesus, I ask You to sit on the throne of my emotions. My emotions will bow to Your loving and eternal Lordship. I need Your presence and Your strength as I travel away from depression and toward joy. Thank You for Your help. Amen.”


Romans 15:1-13
1We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
8Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
9And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
10And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
11And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
12And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Inspirational Lifestyles: 21 Days To Beat Depression – Depression Is The Opposite of Joy (Day 14)  was originally published on