In the Midst of Depression and Anxiety, There's Hope - Jesus Calling (2024)

In the Midst of Depression and Anxiety, There's Hope - Jesus Calling (1)

Please be advised: This post contains references to suicide and suicidal ideation.

In 2001, I attempted suicide.

I came to a place where the emotional pain was too heavy, the darkness too strong. Hope was gone, and God seemed far away. As a Bible college student, a pastor’s wife, and a long-time believer, depression felt like a failure, and two lies became poison that led me to feel like there was no way out:

I am worthless. I will never be well again. If you have also struggled with these lies, my heart-felt desire is to free you. There is one name that proves both wrong: it’s in the beautiful and incredibly powerful story of Jesus.

I am worthless.

Jesus’ life and death prove this isn’t true.

Until I faced off with depression, I didn’t realize that my version of God’s love involved proving my worth. I had mistakenly come to think that God’s affection and value of me relied on my spiritual résumé. I would never have said that, but deep down, that’s how I was evaluating myself.

The truth is that you have a God who loves you so much.

The Bible says you are a masterpiece created by God (Ephesians 2:10). When you go to an art gallery, you don’t expect the art to do anything. You are there to admire the beauty before you, created by the hands of an artisan.

“I am the Potter; you are My clay. I designed you before the foundation of the world.”
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You are an invaluable part of His collection; nothing replaces you. You bring Him unspeakable joy. He sings over you (Zephaniah 3:17). He thinks about you constantly, and if you decide to walk away from Him, He will follow you. He chose to give His life for yours.

You don’t have to do anything to be worthy. You are worthy. You were worthy before you were born. Nothing can stop His love.

I will never be well again.

Jesus’ resurrection proves this isn’t true.

I won’t lie to you: even as a therapist, I still struggle with depression and anxiety. However, that doesn’t mean that hope is lost.

I will promise you two things: you will have struggles in your life, and God can take your broken heart and somehow bring life, despite your challenges. Take in His words every day, and allow His power and love to revive hope.

It takes daily effort: therapy, time with other believers, meditating on His words, and sometimes medications. Don’t do it alone. Rely on the One who conquered death already.

There will be days when the miracle is just getting out of bed—He understands and values that. You have a unique ability to connect with God. David wrote, “My sacrifice, Oh God, is a broken heart; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17). Because you are broken, you have something to offer Him that is special and beautiful.

You are not home yet. You might be depressed because your spiritual eye can see this world has nothing to offer. The hope that can rise in your heart can empower you to know that God does incredible things in the hearts of those who are hurt.

You are in the center of the most incredible love story of all time. Don’t miss it:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

(Romans 8:35 –39).

Dear friend, you are worthy. And there is hope.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (en español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255), or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

About The Author

In the Midst of Depression and Anxiety, There's Hope - Jesus Calling (2)Jenita Pace, MA. Ed, LPC is the author of The Healing Names of Jesus (BroadStreet® Publishing). She began her passionate pursuit in 2001 to help people who battle depression after overcoming her own battle and now runs a private practice in Minnesota. Jenita and her husband live with their two sons in Minnesota. Find her on Twitter @threeriverspace, on Instagram @jenitapace, and visit her website at

In the Midst of Depression and Anxiety, There's Hope - Jesus Calling (2024)


What does Jesus say about anxiety and depression? ›

Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

How does God say to deal with depression? ›

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” A popular scripture, Matthew 11:28-30 promises that God will help lighten all heavy loads — whether mental, emotional or physical.

What did Jesus say about worry and anxiety? ›

In Matthew 6:25 Jesus commanded His followers, “Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

What is a powerful scripture for anxiety? ›

Matthew 6:25. "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.

Is anxiety a lack of faith in God? ›

Feeling emotionally broken is not a sign that your faith is weak. In fact, seeking healing for your heart may be the most powerful act of faith God is calling you to today.

Why is depression considered a sin? ›

Depression is associated with sin because people experiencing depression are seen to lack some of the spiritual fruits that are regarded as evidence of genuine Christian faith: When dealing with people in the church... some see mental illness as a weakness —a sign you don't have enough faith.

What should I read in the Bible if I'm depressed? ›

Psalm 34:17-18

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.” The Psalms are such a comfort to those who are struggling with depression.

What is the spiritual root of depression? ›

Spiritual depression is a type of depression involving a feeling of disconnection from a higher power. It may be triggered by guilt, trauma, or existential questioning. While recovery may require time and professional support, consider reconnecting with God through prayer and meditation.

How to give Jesus your anxiety? ›

Jesus' example of total surrender can help you surrender your anxieties over to God. Every day, you can offer up your worries to God in prayer. Hand them over to him and trust him to take care of those matters. Do this as many times as needed to surrender to God, and you'll experience God's perfect peace.

How does God want us to deal with anxiety? ›

God wants you to talk to Him about your thoughts, and ask—invite Him into the process of overcoming anxiety. Tell Him your struggles—even about praying. This introduces a new action and reiterates the last one—be thankful and ask for what you need.

What are the three things Jesus says we should not be anxious about? ›

Jesus gave three specific categories of things that the Christian should not worry about: what we eat and drink, our bodies, and our clothing.

Is it a sin to struggle with anxiety? ›

The above verses (and others) about anxiety find their home in Hebrews 11:1 and what it tells us about faith. Anxiety in and of itself isn't sinful. Not trusting God is sinful. It's sinful to live as if you need to take care of yourself because you can't trust God to provide.

How does God say to deal with anxiety? ›

1 Peter 5:7 counsels us to, “cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God's shoulders are broad and his view is sprawling. He knows exactly what's coming because he's already there—nothing is uncertain to him. Think about whatever is making you anxious, and cast all those cares on him.

Did Jesus struggle with anxiety? ›

In Luke 22, we read about Jesus' experience in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew his arrest and crucifixion were imminent, so he brought a few of his friends to an olive grove to pray – but they fell asleep. Then, as Jesus prayed alone, his anxiety was so overwhelming that it manifested physically.

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