Morning Keri thank you so much for asking me to help you. I can assure you that you should not blame nor feel bad about what it is you are going through. As I always say almost every one of us are addicted to something. Therefore, we are all on the same journey just in different boats. The only difference is that some people choose to do something about it as they realise that their life does not have to be that way. It could actually be better and they could break free from whatever it is that is holding them down.
The fact that you have come to this realisation it means you are half way there. Most people are held down by something and they do not even recognise or acknowledge that they are. The journey you have chosen to get off the boat so to speak is not an easy one. You will fail and fall many times and it will take a long time. The most important thing to remember is to always get up. No matter how hard or low you fall get up and continue. It is not easy it is hard but it is not impossible as many people have and do it.
As a mother, you live for your kids. Draw strength from them. Be the woman your want your sons to marry and be the woman you want your daughter to grow up to be. Show them tell them, every chance you get how much you love them and that they mean the world to you. Here are a few texts that you can read. I hope these texts will help you get peace and closer to God, your partner, and your three lovely kids. So, remember to count your blessings and praise Him for them too.
The Bible is full of characters that also went through what you are going through. They put their trust in the LORD and the LORD saw them through. Therefore as you read these texts, I want you to meditate and think about them. I want you to hold tight God’s promises and before you know it, you will see and feel the difference. God is in the business of transforming people to be more like Him everyday and He never fails.
For depression, here are a few texts.
Isaiah 41:10 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “… The LORD goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” In a desert land, he found him, in a barren and howling waste.
Deuteronomy 32:10: in a desert land, he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.
Psalms 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
Psalms 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
Psalms 32:10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
Psalms 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Psalm 37:23-24 23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
For addiction, here are a few texts
Ephesians 5:18-20 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Colossians 3:5 “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Romans 6:16 “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.””
Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Hosea 4:11 “Whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding.”
1 Peter 2:11 “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions is not from the Father but is from the world.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Proverbs 23:20 “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,”
Isaiah 5:11 “Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!”
Ephesians 5:5 “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler not even to eat with such a one.”
PLEASE READ AND MEMORISE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TO HELP WHEN YOU ARE FEELING DOWN.