Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. She is the author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness, an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film, Heaven, as well as on many other national and regional radio and television programs. She is a contributor to Zondervan’s NIV Bible for Women and writes at LaurieCoombs.org. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their three daughters.
My girls were home for spring break last week, and I took some time to be with them. But I wanted to leave my readers with scripture that can help those who struggle with depression. I like to write scriptures that speak to me on index cards. I have a little index card binder I bought at Office Depot that holds all of them, and I try to read them out loud every day at some point. This is particularly helpful when I'm struggling. If you think this would be helpful for you, try it. Instead of sitting in your struggles, turn to God’s Word and speak truth over your mind, your situation, and your feelings.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.
I will be with you always
Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you.
Be strong and courageous! …Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Matthew 6:34 (Jesus speaking)
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Mark 5:36 (Jesus speaking) “Do not fear, only believe”
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Psalm145:18 The Lord is close to everyone who prays to him, to all who truly pray to him.
God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me.
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
God can do all things.
Those who try to keep their lives will lose them. But those who give up their lives (to the Lord) will save them.
Be still, and know that I am God.
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.
Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and he will take care of you.
Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
The LORD hears good people when they cry out to him, and he saves them from all their troubles.
Be strong in the Lord and in his great power.
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.