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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah Mae,
    This post truly spoke to me. I just came through a rough weekend of lamenting. The anxiety and depression were rearing their ugly heads and that didn’t help me in coping with other life issues. I was a train wreck. Even though I take medication that keeps my fallen brain in check, usually, there are times of break through. I think I just needed to get all the pain out. God did give us tears for a reason. There is something holy and cathartic in pouring your heart out before God. He knows before we even utter a word what is on our mind and heart. He loves us dearly and He catches every tear that falls. Praise for a Father who draws near (doesn’t run away) in our times of anguish. Thank you for this beautiful post…
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev,

      Praying for you sweet sister. God knows your pain & He will send His healing to you. Praying you have a better week this week & fewer relapses. May you feel His comforting arms around you.

      Blessings 🙂

    • Thank you so much for this post and encouragement. It was much needed! Bev’s response was my weekend exactly (I feel you, sister!). A tough one for me as well. Some days it feels like I can’t fight any longer. Will I ever overcome the depression and anxiety? And even though my precious and patient husband has been my go-to in my lamenting, he can only comfort me so much. Some family or friends don’t want to hear about my depression and anxiety. They say “just push through” or “snap out of it!”. Thank God He is the One and only who will listen, let us wail and weep and understand. He allows me as long as I need to lament! He never grows weary of listening to me!! God bless all my sisters in Christ who are faced with these seasons (or what feels like a lifetime) of lament! He sees and hears and one day whether it be here on Earth or at home in heaven, we WILL find the true healing and peace we are seeking! Praise God for His promises!

      • Cindy,
        I’m so sorry that you had a lamenting weekend as well. I have found that anxiety and depression are like the thorn in Paul’s side. He asked the Lord to remove it several times, but that’s when the Lord told Paul that His grace was sufficient. Many times I have wished that I didn’t have to deal with this. Thankfully, due to medications, I can keep it somewhat in check, but I know having it has made me a much more compassionate person than I would be otherwise. It has helped me to learn that God’s grace is sufficient. Praying for you sweet sister. Just be the helpless lamb in the strong and comforting arms of our Savior. That’s how I picture myself when I’m hurting. You are loved!!
        Blessings,
        Bev xx

  2. Amen. Thank you for this message. I’m stuck in this online relationship that has caused me so much pain. I have cry out to God to help me let go or give me strength to stay,

    • Mildred I will pray you do what God says is right for you. That you do what pslam 128 verse 1 says. Plus listen to his Holy Spirit for guidness.. To know what to. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  3. Sarah Mae,
    Everything my heart needed to hear this morning. Especially as I sat with my 12 year old last night and we talked about how her heart was hurting so after the loss of a precious grandmother and all the changes that being 12 brings a girl. Such great biblical reminders for me to share. Thank you.

  4. There is a world out there that needs Jesus. People crying in sadness. Because they have lost loves ones. From a Child to an Adult taking their own lives. People crying because their loves ones Children and Adults been told they have cancer. They are not going to get better. Doctors and no treatment will make them well. People taking Drugs and addicted to Drink and can’t do with out it. People with Depression. This list go on and on. We as your people Jesus have cry on you in prayer for theses people. Not judge them. Be thankful if we are not like this and that we are alive today to see another day in your
    Beautiful World. We are saved know Jesus as our Saviour. Not talk about theses people. PRAY for them and for their families and what they are going through. That they will find Jesus. As Jesus would want us to PRAY for them. Keep praying for them. Plus pray for the people who are trained to council theses people and help them come of the Drugs and Drink. Plus with Depression. As their job not an easy one plus pray for Doctors and Nurses caring for thoes with cancer. As we tend to forget about them. Just pray for the People and Kids with Cancer. The people with Drink problems and Drugs problems and Depression. Also need our Prayers. When God gave us people like this to help theses people get the help they need. Remember God does here our PRAYERS he will answers them. As it says in Psalm 126 verse 5v The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad. Let us be glad we can pray for things like thing. Excellent reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

  5. I just signed up for the daily devotionals and what a gift that this is the 1st one I receive! Thank you, dear child of God! You are a blessing to my heart! I’m printing this out. I’m going to boldly share it with my in-laws in their late 80s.

  6. This message met me right where I am and ministered to my very soul. Thank you for being a willing vessel.

  7. Sarah Mae,

    Such wisdom in this post. So true that lamenting our problems/pains to God will help. David did it so often in the Psalms. Satan has us to believe that past mistakes nullify God’s love for us. Not so. God loves us & understands that we are merely flawed humans. Cry out to God in anguish. Tell Him all about your trials. Let the tears fall-that is part of the healing process. When my aging dad was hospitalized with severe dementia I cried to God often. Asking Him to just take dad. Don’t let him live like this. Several times I would sit in the hospital lobby just crying to God. Once I called a few people & got my anguish out I was ok to drive home. It seemed to calm my nerves a little. This world is so full of bitterness, pain & hatred. We as Christians need to find relief. That comes in trusted friends & God. He along with the Holy Spirit can heal our broken places. Then we can show the world how to seek their own healing.

    Blessings 🙂

  8. Hi, thank you so much for your article. I’ve looked for a word that describes the physical and emotional feelings for 60 years. Lament describes so clearly the depth that God reaches into my soul and demands release of these physical feelings in my body along with the rage and depth of sorrow deep inside. It seems that He has to tear me open to reach into the depths of my soul, to remove the feelings and set me free for Him to be able to fill me up with the sweetest, most accepting, and caring love I’ve ever experienced. God bless each of you. Laurel

  9. Such a powerful post, Sarah Mae! Thanks to all the sisters who made additional comments that were pertinent. May the Lord help us to receive healing so that we can be used as ministers of healing in this broken and needy world.

  10. This is beautiful and so true. If we don’t process our grief and lament, how do we process those painful emotions and move to a healthier place? It is not always pleasant to lament, but when we do talk to God and trusted friends, we feel so much better and are not then trying to hide our feelings or run from them. Thanks for encouraging us to process and lament.