How many moments have you focused in on your challenges? How many hours have you remembered your pain? How many days have you recalled your suffering?

And you find yourself stuck. Stuck in the memory. Stuck in the bitterness. Stuck in the situation. Stuck in the frustration. Just stuck.

It occurs to you, you are unmotivated, depressed, and downcast. Stuck. Maybe it lasts for just a moment or a day. Maybe a week or a month. Maybe you can’t remember the last time you were not stuck.

Mine lasted for a season. I would find myself stuck on my couch. Unable to get up and make dinner or take care of my kids. I couldn not find motivation to do anything. I was consumed. Downcast. Stuck.

Stuck physically, stuck emotionally, and that led to being stuck spiritually. In those moments, I wish I would have read these insightful verses from Lamentations.

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.

I well remember them and my soul is downcast within me.

Yet this I call to mind and therefore have this hope:

because of the Lord’s great love

we are not consumed for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:19-23

Our lamenter was downcast. Stuck in his pain and bitterness. But he tells us his secret to move from depression to joy, from hopeless to hopeful, from lamenting to rejoicing! He calls to mind these truths:

God’s. Love. Is. Great.

His. Compassions. Never. Fail.

Every. Day. Is. A. New. Day.

Great. Is. His. Faithfulness.

God has a deep awareness of your turmoil. He has a keen understanding of your suffering. Each day with his love, he wishes to relieve it. Each day with his grace, he desires to release it. Each day, he can free you to move again. One simple step at a time.

He did for me and he can for you.

Trust in his love. Call to mind his faithfulness. Claim his freedom over your feelings.

Father help. Help me move again. Write your truth on my heart and drill it down to my toes. Make me stand on your truth. Make my feet move again in your grace. Help my spirit rejoice in your great faithfulness. You have, you can, and you will. In you I put my hope.


P.S. If you are reading this post on a Saturday or Sunday, make every effort to get to a church service, open your heart, and see if God doesn’t fill it with his love and joy! I know I am anticipating it!

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    Thanks Erin again for being so transparent. What a lovely verse of truth to hold onto when we feel low and need a reminder of His great love for us. Love you!

  • testing