Scripture Writing Plan to Overcome Depression

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What do you do when depression or anxiety strikes? Get a plan! Arm yourself with the Word of God. Here are 31 scriptures to write in your prayer journal that will help you overcome depression.
I have always struggled with depression—well, I would probably call them depressive episodes.

Normally they strike in February or March—when there isn’t much daylight and winter is getting long. Most of the time these episodes last only a day or two, but other times—they last for weeks.

I know I’m not the only one who finds herself stuck inside the darkness of depression from time to time.

Sometimes life just sucks—it gets hard—and then harder yet.

You just start to feel like the light has gone out.

But as believers in Christ, we know that the darkness NEVER wins. The light never actually goes out—we just have to focus on the Light to see it.

Setting the Battle Lines

About a year ago, I realized I needed a plan for when depression started to creep in. To help me focus on the Light.

I turned to God’s Word—His promises.

I began to write out a single scripture in full each day and meditate and pray about what God was trying to teach me.

And you know what happened?

I started to believe—with my whole heart—in what I was reading.

The Battle Plan

Now I have a list of 30+ scriptures that I write out when I feel depressed or anxious.  It seems like such a simple concept, but what it’s doing is handing the fight back to God and letting Him take over.

Writing out these scriptures reminds me that I can’t do anything in my own strength alone. The toughest part for me is admitting that it is depression because there is such a negative stigma attached to that word.

But what I have learned is that not everyone with depression is suicidal. I have never wanted to die, but I have wanted to hide under my covers for a couple of days. Ya know what I mean?

I don’t want to breeze past this part—some people who suffer from clinical depression do need to seek counseling (everyone should get counseling, anyway—in my opinion) and if you do feel suicidal—don’t keep that to yourself.  Call someone or tell a friend.

These are the verses that pull me back into the sun–that remind me that the Joy does come in the morning.

Scripture Writing Plan: Overcoming Depression

Day 1: Romans 8:18

Day 2: Psalms 37:23-24

Day 3: John 16:33

Day 4: Nehemiah 4:20

Scripture Writing Plan to Battle Depression

Day 5: Psalms 42:5

Day 6: Hosea 6:1

Day 7: 2 Timothy 1:7

Day 8: Philippians 4:13

Day 9: Isaiah 41:10

Day 10: Philippians 1:29

Day 11: Psalms 56:3

Day 12: 1 John 4:18

Day 13: Luke 12:22-26

Day 14: Psalms 27:1

Day 15: 2 Corinthians 2:4

Day 16: Philippians 4:6-7

Day 17: Joshua 1:9

Day 18: Isaiah 35:4

Day 19: Psalms 55:22

Day 20: Mark 6:50

Day 21: 1 Peter 3:14

Day 22: Deuteronomy 31:6

Day 23: Zephaniah 3:17

Day 24: Deuteronomy 3:22

Day 25: Psalms 91:1-16

Day 26: Proverbs 31:25

Day 27: Matthew 6:27

Day 28: Psalms 94:19

Day 29: 1 Peter 5:7

Day 30: Joshua 24:15, 18

Day 31: Psalms 103:10

 

What do you do when depression strikes? What’s your battle plan?

What do you do when depression or anxiety strikes? Get a plan! Arm yourself with the Word of God. Here are 31 scriptures to write in your prayer journal that will help you overcome depression.

25 comments

  1. Erika Michelle says:

    Ally! I needed to read this tonight. I have been severely battling depression and I need to get back into the Light!

    Thank you for your honesty and hope that we aren’t in this alone. I’m starting your plan tomorrow morning so that I can once again be in the sun.

    So many hugs, kisses and blessings to you for writing this post!
    ? Erika Michelle

    • Ally says:

      I have a feeling we aren’t alone 🙂

      I hope your scripture writing blesses you as it has me! Praise God that He gave us all the answers we need!

      Love you Friend

    • Ally says:

      Sorry about that! Fixed it! It’s actually Nehemiah 4:20 Not sure what happened there!

      Enjoy the rest of the writing plan!

  2. Jenn says:

    I think this is a nice gesture but I don’t think it there should be something here that says if needed people should seek medical treatment if needed.

    • Ally says:

      If I’m understanding you correctly…you’re saying there SHOULD be something here that says to “seek medical attention if needed” If so, there is a link in the last paragraph to a hotline.

      But maybe I should say something about seeking medical attention even if you aren’t suicidal.

      I’ll consider that. Thanks for stopping by!

      Ally

    • Ally says:

      Oh my…yes–John 4:8 doesn’t make any sense! How confusing for you! I think I wrote 1 John 4:8 twice. I added another favorite “2 Corinthians 2:4”

      Blessings my friend!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story & fight with depression. I look forward to reading these scriptures. I fight daily with chronic health problems causing some depression because I feel so bad. Your site has helped me. I look forward to seeing more. I hope to start a Christian blog of my own to help others going through chronic pain & disease.

  4. Bev says:

    hello, yes, some of us who have major depression do need to seek medical attention when it gets to the point of psychosis or suicide….that should ALWAYS be said….but, then, when you are so bad off you might not BE ABLE to ask or seek help…others have to help you. this was me….10 years ago I was in a very bad way, hearing voices from demons, and suicidal acts…..I actually took poison, more than once, and it didn’t work!!! God had another plan for me….I was in this state, vacillating back and forth, for about 10 years….again, that was 10 years ago when God intervened. He healed me, AMEN!

  5. Karen says:

    I suffer from severe depression. Not one of my family wants to help me or just talk about how im such a pain and my kids are cruel to me. My faith is strong but yet i still cry about how my kids treat me. My older son is verbally abusive. I need God’s help

    • Ally says:

      Oh friend–my heart hurts for you. This situation sounds like the perfect place for the local church to step in and support you. I’m praying for you, sister–as well as for someone in your community to come along side you in your time of struggle. Psalm 18:39

      • karen says:

        God bless you for even getting back to me. I appreciate your kindness and concern. You are a kind soul. If u may, would you please pray for me. Please keep in touch and if u have any ideas to overcome this please let me know. Thank you.

  6. Melissa says:

    God bless you for this timely and important message! Depression is a growing problem in this age, and so is the stigma attached to it – despite the efforts to raise awareness. Many who have not experienced it don’t understand the bondage. Praise our God that He provides freedom from ALL bondage!

    I completely agree that counseling and, if needed, medication are an important part of the equation, as well. A good Christian counselor will combine both. 😉

    God’s blessings to you, and to your readers who I know are being blessed through you!

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