Depression can feel like a wet blanket that weighs us down or a dark fog that keeps us from seeing clearly. It can lead us to feeling helpless and alone—even to the point of hiding our feelings because we’re afraid of being shamed or misunderstood.
But when we’re struggling, we have two choices: we can either sink even more deeply into our own sadness or—through God’s grace—we can seek help.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: You can win the book A Surrendered Yes by this week’s podcast guest. Keep reading to find out how!
Rebekah Lyons spent years battling fear, anxiety, and panic until she found freedom in surrendering to God. From moving to New York City with young children to adopting a child with Down syndrome, Rebekah learned that saying yes to God is the first step to letting go and living free.
Today on the 4:13 Podcast, Rebekah will help you move from striving to make it all happen into finding freedom, joy, and rest. She’ll share her own rescue journey, and she’ll encourage you to give up the illusion of control.
Have you ever felt stuck? My friend, Leslie, sure has—and, girl, we’re talking quite literally!
Your unspoken broken.
We all have it. It’s that thing in us that we don’t talk about because we don’t know how to put words to it. It’s that feeling that rises in us and makes our throats tighten and our voices tremble.
It’s the disquiet in our soul, the ache we always feel but never get used to; the silent companion who takes up too much room in our hearts. It’s our unspoken broken.
The mom who tries to manage her mentally ill adult son — she feels the sting, the ache. When you see her on Sunday and she smiles and hugs you and asks how your week went, can you hear what is not said? Can you hear her unspoken broken? It is there, screaming to be heard and held and helped.
Our body language tells our secrets even when we think we’ve got them all under wraps! For example, body language experts say that when women feel shame, they may become small in posture by slouching or turning away. They may avert their eyes, kind of like a baby covering her own eyes and imagining she’s hiding. The experts describe the body language of shame as an attempt to be invisible or an effort to hide.
Wishing she was invisible? Longing to hide? That has to be exactly how the woman who had been caught in adultery felt when she stood before Jesus.
“I needed God to rescue me. I couldn’t rescue myself.” -Hannah J.
Hannah was stuck.
What started as a choice had become a chain. Fear enslaved her.