Christian Artist Mandisa: ‘Healing Comes From Walking Hand In Hand With God’

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Christian Artist Mandisa: ‘Healing Comes From Walking Hand In Hand With God’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Grammy-award-winning Christian artist Mandisa recently opened up about her mental health struggles in her new book, Out of the Dark: My Journey Through The Shadows To Find God’s Joy

“I think there is a lot of shame surrounding depression and feeling like you are less of a Christian if it’s something that you battle with,” Mandisa told CBN. “But as I read the Bible, I see a lot of people who I think struggled with depression, and what I see is God’s compassion.”

The musician’s depression began after losing a close friend to breast cancer several years ago. 

​​”My depression was rooted in disappointment with God,” she explained. 

After returning to Scripture to make some sense of her emotions, Mandisa saw that she was not alone in her feelings of depression. 

“Look at Elijah, who one minute is calling down fire from heavens and defeating the prophets of Baal, and then the next moment sitting by a tree and asking God to let him die,” she explained. “And then I think about David, who is very honest throughout the Psalms about the pain he felt internally, and he was someone God called a man after His own heart.”

By opening her heart up to God, Mandisa says she was able to start healing. 

“I think it really has less to do with depression and anxiety and more to do with, ‘Are you bringing it to Him? Is it something you’re talking to God about?’ Because for me, I feel His pleasure when I do so as opposed to just stuffing it down and acting like I don’t feel it,” the singer said. “He knows I feel it, and when I bring it to Him, that opens the door to my healing in ways that I’ve never experienced before.”

Mandisa concluded, “I don’t want people to think that I have just overcome and I’m victorious, now I’m great. This is very much a journey that I’m still on today. But I believe that healing comes from walking hand in hand with God.” 

Movieguide® previously reported on Mandisa’s career:

Mandisa was a frontrunner on season five of AMERICAN IDOL, ending in the ninth spot. While on IDOL, Mandisa experienced some negativity when Simon Cowell made some snide remarks about the gospel singer’s weight, but she didn’t give in to anger, but instead forgave him. Mandisa noted her words in the forgiving exchange with Cowell, “I want you to know that I have forgiven you. You don’t need someone to apologize in order to forgive somebody. I figured that if Jesus could die so that all of my sins could be forgiven, I could certainly extend that same grace to you.” Simon Cowell was “humbled” by her kind response. Since her IDOL days, Mandisa has released a book, Idoleyes, and multiple albums that feature songs with other popular Christian artists like TobyMac and Britt Nicole.

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