Special Preview: Introduction to Midnight Mercies

as featured at the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship
Because depression skews our perception and interpretation of reality, it can be difficult for us to see ourselves rightly or describe our experiences accurately. But with God’s help, acknowledged emotions can become more manageable emotions. Thus, I’d like to help you to connect your groans to someone who went through a similar experience and consider if their groans reveal something meaningful about your own.
What did you expect when you found yourself expecting?

Years ago, I imagined motherhood would be full of joyous milestones and memorable moments. What I didn’t expect was so much hurt, heartbreak, conflict, and disappointment. I’ve often felt clueless and incapable. I’ve beaten myself up for not being the mother I thought I should be—the kind of Christian woman who can handle whatever comes her way with pep in her step and a smile on her face. That’s one of the reasons that I wrote this book. I wanted to debunk the notion that faithful believers never groan as they wearily plod through the miserable muck of life. God knows they do. Frequently.

Although much of what I share in these pages is relevant to suffering saints in general, I offer Midnight Mercies specifically to depressed mothers because there are so few biblical resources that give voice to their experiences of despair. Suicide attempts among pregnant and postpartum women are a real and pressing issue. That “mommy needs wine” to cope with stress and sorrow has become a highly marketable and socially acceptable message in the United States—even among professing Christians. As a mother whose story includes suicidal ideations and alcohol use in depression, I want to bear witness to Christ’s light in the dark night of the soul.*

* This post contains the full introduction of my new book, Midnight Mercies: Walking with God through Depression in Motherhood. Read the entire article here.
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