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Mom, you don't have to go at it alone! The NIV Devotions for Moms is a trusted source of wisdom to help you along the path of mothering. Its 52 weeks of Monday through Friday devotions are filled with practical, scriptural insights to encourage you day by day. Refresh yourself with wisdom from God's Word on topics like time management, mentors from moms, sibling rivalry, being content, and others.

Monday Morning Blues - NIV Devotions for Mom - Week of Jan. 28

Monday Morning Blues

Verse: Ecclesiastes 7:13-18

Additional Scripture Readings:

Psalms 42:5

Isaiah 61:1-3

Whether experienced as “Monday morning blues,” “rainy day feelings,” “winter blahs,” or just “down days,” folks struggle with bouts of depression. Moms are no exception.

Depression is generally defined as discouragement resulting from the experience of loss or internalized anger. We who walk through its valley of shadows tend to consider ourselves abnormal and even condemn our pessimistic periods, seeing them as detours from faith.

Many Christian psychologists and theologians are attempting to change this negative view. The truth is that life is tough. Adjusting to it is hard. While we are immeasurably strengthened through our relationship with Christ, we will still face difficult adjustments in life. In some cases, we may need the help of a trained professional to successfully travel through deep valleys.

But on other days, we do well to remind ourselves of the truth of Ecclesiastes 7:14: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” There are fifty-two Monday mornings each year. On your next blue Monday, take the advice of the writer of Ecclesiastes: stop and “consider.”

This devotion is from the NIV Mom's Devotional Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.