Christians don't always comprehend the road to robust mental health. Our detour isn't always a sign of slipping away, but can be a sign of rising up.
There are days I am short with my words. People struggle with impulses toward lust, food, or money. The Bible warns if we don't practice self-control, we will become slaves to the worldly things that control us.
If we took a few moments to consider our words wisely, or to determine if our words are necessary at all, we would change things. Most importantly, we would change ourselves.
Worry builds barriers against my ability to pray in faith and promotes a position of fear. I won't have it.
When I finally released every stronghold relating to worry or fear, the woman God intended emerged even stronger. With a bold faith and guided wisdom, fear vanished.
I remember walking into the church for the first time with a sense that I didn't belong there. My life was a mess, I was a single mother of two, near destitute, mentally broken, unstable, and a sinner beyond sinners.
As time goes by, I experience my Father on a more profound level. I obtained confidence in accepting this relationship for what it is- complete.
It is easy to trust him in the light and good times, but it requires courage to trust Him in the dark and unknown moments.
The creator of the universe knows me, and that means my life matters. If Christ died for me, I have value.
Romans 15: 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.