O my Savior, help me …

“O my Savior, help me.
I am so slow to learn, so prone to forget, so weak to climb;
I am in the foothills when I should be on the heights;
I am pained by my graceless heart,
my prayerless days,
my poverty of love,
my sloth in the heavenly race,
my sullied conscience,
my wasted hours,
my unspent opportunities.
I am blind while light shines around me:
take the scales from my eyes . . .
Make it my chief joy to study Thee,
meditate on Thee, gaze on Thee,
sit like Mary at Thy feet,
lean like John on Thy breast,
appeal like Peter to Thy love,
count like Paul all things dung . . .
Let not faith cease from seeking Thee
until it vanishes into sight.
Ride forth in me, thou King of kings and Lord of lords,
that I may live victoriously, and in victory attain my end.
Old Puritan prayer

-from p.46 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

He[Jesus] came to …

“He[Jesus] came . . .
To comfort all that mourn . . .
To give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
(Isaiah 61:2-3, KJV)
He has taken away our susceptibility to a debilitating, long-term “spirit of heaviness.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” He said (John 14:27). He wasn’t saying, “There, there.” He was saying, “Don’t allow it! It’s bad for you.””

-from p.39 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

If your depression, your sadness, is longer than brief …

“If your depression, your sadness, is longer than brief, it starts to become your very dangerous enemy.
Many people don’t realize what a threat sadness is — and any danger which is unrecognized as a danger is all the more dangerous. There is no stigma against sadness. There is no embarrassment, no alarm, no rushing to the Lord to eliminate it.
But God’s Word says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
And when a Christian is sad — whether he realizes it or not, his power is diminished and he’s vulnerable.
A country that has internal unrest is the least able to resist any threatening foreign power. And a believer with sadness inside is the least able to resist any attack of Satan.
Depression is a sinister “fifth column” at work within the Christian community.”

-from p.38 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

There is a time for tears …

“There is a time for tears:
over sin and its resulting human misery (Matthew 5:4),
in the burden of ministering to others (Acts 20:31),
in compassion over the plights of others (Nehemiah 1:4; Romans 12:15), and so on . . .
In our living, we need to feel the full stretch of human emotions. When you need to cry — whether you’re a man or a woman — let the tears flow and don’t be ashamed.”

-from p.39 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

This is your secret to overcoming loneliness …

“This is your secret to overcoming loneliness: Fix your eyes on Him. People suggest lots of prescriptions: get busy, get involved in your church and community, do things for others, find a friend, join a small group — no, no! Not first!

First in your loneliness, draw from Jesus. See how He drew and drew from His Father, His ever-flowing Source of all love and comfort and hope and pleasure and fullness:

Very early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus got up . . . and prayed (Mark 1:35).

He even deliberately sought aloneness, for the best togetherness of all:

Crowds of people came to hear him . . . but Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:15-16).

You do the same. Sit at His feet, and spread out your loneliness before Him. Apologize! Admit you’ve been fixing your eyes on yourself — no wonder.

He is complete in the Father, and He says you are complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10). He — and only He — is full of fullness for you. When, humanly speaking, you feel all alone, your heart can still be happy and satisfied: You are complete in Him.

Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me (Psalm 27:10).”

-from p.30 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.