In addition to the Warning Signs and Resources, I wanted to share this.
There is nothing as powerful as God’s truth over your life and over your struggles. Especially one like PPD/PPA and Postpartum Psychosis, that are so heavily grounded in the mind and thought-world. I’ve put together this list of Bible verses for anyone who wants it.
When I was in the depths of my anxiety or depression, admittedly it was hard to pick up my Bible, to care about memorizing scripture, or even to pray. There are still days (5 months later) that I have a hard time doing those things sometimes.
Satan loves nothing more than to make us detach from the Lord and fall deeper into the pit. Satan loves nothing more than attacking when we are already weak, exhausted, and dealing with big life changes….so it’s no wonder to me that new mothers are so often a target.
I’m STILL 5 months later having to choose daily to say positive things out loud, to speak truth instead of getting overwhelmed by my circumstances, and to read what God says about me. It’s truly a battlefield! And I’m not trying to preach what I don’t do myself, so I felt like I needed to admit all of that up front.
But my goal now that I am on the other side of the pit is to NEVER let myself slip back into it, to intentionally fight my way to the light every day, and to bring my children and husband along with me.
One of the most important things we can do as women who deal with PPD or anxiety is to pick up our sword and take our territory back.
So even when I don’t feel it, I will say it. Even when I feel numb, I will declare with passion the word of God until it changes my heart and mind!
These are some of the verses I have kept on hand and will be trying to memorize this year. (Another special thank you to Ann Snyder who shared some of these with me!)
You can write them on notecards. Carry them around. Tape them to mirrors and cabinets. Hang them wherever you’ll see them all the time and be reminded.
And when those thoughts and feelings start to creep in, use these.
If you’re like me, sometimes you don’t even have the right words or know what to say. But that’s one reason why God gave us his word! So that we would know.
So here is a graphic with all the verses you can save to your phone/computer, share, or screenshot. Look them up and keep them handy.
Mamas, you are strong. God calls you “overcomer!”