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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah, I so appreciate this reminder that no matter how I might feel on a Monday morning, God is fully-alive and ready to meet me more than half way, and He delights in even my most tentative obedience that moves me in the right direction and away from my own selfish tendency to live small and safe.

  2. I cannot tell you how this speaks to where I am this last week, what I have been praying about…..no words just amazing!

  3. I feel stinging eyes and know your words are meant for me..I’ve been doing the same life Sarah Mae, and I see my daughter doing it now… God help us now and thank you for your lovely blog and your sweet message.. today is the day I lay it down…again and for real.
    Happy Monday in Jesus \0/

  4. Sarah Mae,
    Wonderful post, and may I add that getting help for anxiety and depression may mean that you need medicine to replace a deficit of chemicals in your brain. I did, but I fought against having to take it for a long time. God gives us good doctors for a reason and there is no shame in having to take medicine. Mental illness is just that….an illness! If someone was a diabetic or had a heart condition you wouldn’t tell them to read scripture or pray themselves out of their condition? The same is true for someone with a mental illness (anxiety, depression, eating disorders, etc.) . I have found the best therapy is a combination of medicine and counseling. Some depression or anxiety that is situational or due to past events can be worked through with therapy alone. Always, having a Christian mentor/counselor to remind you of the Truth, as you climb out of the pit of lies, is paramount. It’s time we erase the stigma of an illness with which so many of us battle! Seek help…..there is hope! Look at Sarah’s post. God wants us to have life and have it abundantly! Praying for all of you who suffer with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Please seek help. There is NO shame. YOU matter!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, all I can say is Amen! < I'm glad you are in this community. Like you, I have battled severe anxiety and depression, and The Lord led me to awesome doctors, counselors and necessary medication. I am feeling so hopeful, and I know that hope is from my Jesus! <

      Sarah Mae, I will he printing your post out and putting in my Bible and journal! Thank you for your openness and transparency. <

      Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!

      Joy In Jesus,
      Lara <

      • Lara,
        I am SO thankful for YOU as well. You help me to feel like I’m not alone! I have really felt convicted lately to speak up on mental illness. So many people suffer needlessly and sometimes the Christian community doesn’t help because there is still this under current that says if you just prayed harder, read more scripture, had more faith you wouldn’t be in this position. I know I felt that. It’s hard enough to overcome the pride and shame to get help, but heaping on guilt and somehow it’s your fault is a tough obstacle to overcome. Someday, hopefully, there will be a cure, but till then praying you forward in health, healing, and wholeness!!
        Blessings sweet sister,
        Bev xo

        • Bev, my sweet friend, thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂 I am printing this article out right now. Thank you for being so transparent. You have inspired me to continue to be open about my severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Many people will be touched and encouraged by your words because they will know that they are not alone, and The Lord is with them!

          I, too, am so thankful for my counselor and for my doctor who prescribed medication to me. I’m doing very well now. I also have an amazing husband and family, friends, church family, Bible Study small group, and my Jesus to encourage me. Life is good!

          Bev, I want you to know how thankful I am for you and your voice as well. I look forward to meeting you in person one day … the coffee or tea is on me, my friend! 🙂 Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! <

          Joy in Jesus,
          Lara <

          • Lara,
            I know just how hard it is to speak up about mental illness, but I truly feel that if those of us who have experienced the devastation, yet found hope and healing do, then others might find the path to that same hope and healing. The more we keep it hush, hush, the more others who suffer will feel all alone. And, YES!! I’d love to have a steamy, hot cup of coffee with you (I’m a java junkie lol). Would love to in this lifetime, but if not, in the next….definitely! What part of the country do you live in? I’m in NC.
            May you have a blessed day!!
            Love,
            Bev xo

  5. Sarah, I have also been struggling with this lately. Praise God , he is pulling me into the light as well by reminding me that he came so that I could have life, and have it to the full! Thanks for sharing this today.

  6. Thank you. I appreciate your honesty in laying your inner self on the table. You reminded me that I was not alone in my struggles – you spoke straight to my heart. As a certified control freak I need help in surrendering my problems to Him. You gave me a big nudge today.

  7. These words are so timely. Here lately I’ve wondered if I’ve lied to myself for nearly the last three years that motherhood isn’t that hard—because it is. I am very much being overtaken by waves of life. Parenting a toddler, running a household, and working a full time job outside of the house are pushing me into survival mode. I’m coasting most days, but not the kind of coasting that’s fun. It’s the coasting that is brainless and let’s life just happen. Thank you for reminding me that God invites me DAILY to surrender and truly seek the help I need to live fully alive.

  8. Sarah, this is so, so good. I just shared your words with a group of friends. Thank you for this: “…in the weakness of surrender, God filled me with His strength…” For some reason I’ve never considered the “weakness” is surrender. That makes total sense! Praising God with you for His gentleness toward us!

  9. AMEN, Sarah! I, too, “praise God for His help and His love. He is so good and so kind and so gentle.” Just before Christmas I’ll be celebrating my 70th birthday. As I look back on all the ways God has protected and provided, guided and strengthened, comforted and encouraged, etc. over these SEVEN decades, my heart is filled with wonder and gratitude. You are so right: God cares for us and delights to help us!

  10. Sarah Mae,

    Depression, anxiety & other psych issues are no laughing matter. It can happen to anyone at any age or stage in life. This country needs more psych hospitals, & mental health professionals. Everyone needs to be informed about how to deal with psych issues. We need to understand how you are feeling & why. There are so many things I don’t know, but I do know this: God cares for you and delights to help you. He delights in us so much He rejoices over us with singing. I don’t like people telling you “pray more/harder, read scripture, had more faith” & you wouldn’t be in this situation. They have no clue. Sometimes you can’t just pray this illness away.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. I can totally relate to this article as this is where I am. Taking in God’s Word and letting it change me into what He purposed for my life. Treasuring His presence above all others. Seeing change and excited about more

  12. Sarah, such a beautiful piece shared straight from your heart. Thanks for your vulnerability and being real with us in your journey.
    I’m a writer as well, and for me, I can be so determined to reach a certain point that I push God out of the picture. So many times I need to take a step back and refocus myself to get myself back on track. This post was encouraging and another reminder to me. Thanks!