If you are a friend or family member of someone who is depressed–diagnosed or not–I have discovered something tangible to pray for them. Motivation. If there are small children involved, pray for their safe self sufficiency for increments of time.
You have heard my tales of overwhelmedness(I know, not a word). My desktop frequently is piled with papers. I know I need to get some paperwork done to help our situation–filing tax returns, filing bank statements, getting rid of all things mortgage to clear my mind. Today, and inspired by a friend who asked how she could pray, I decided to just start sorting without over thinking.
I am a depressed woman who will talk myself out of any task that requires more than 60 seconds and 1 step. Today I needed to take a few steps out of the pit my mind tends toward and get something done. For me, if I can just make one move, it will probably jump start the rest of me. And I think God fills in with some odd motivational factors–like Annaliese peeing on her entire bed ensemble overnight which got me going on the laundry. It was smelly but effective. 🙂
So, pray for one step, slower thinking, children occupied elsewhere, deaf ears to negative voices.
Back to the paper monster in my living room. And lunch. And a shower. And picking up Maddie from school. And…