Mental Health with Prudence

When I am in the middle of a mental health battle everything can and usually does seem wrong – bad – against me – nothing is going right and “NEVER” will again… and we all know that this is bunk when we are at the other side of the battle… 

The battles are dark and potentially deadly… and because of the deadly part – wisdom needs to be used… 

Proverbs 8:5-6 (NIV)
You who are simple, gain prudence;

You who are foolish, set your hearts on it. 
Listen, for I [widsom] have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.

Prudence:
1: the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
2: sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs
3: skill and good judgment in the use of resources
4: caution or circumspection as to danger or risk

So #2 doesn’t really apply here but the other 3 most certainly do! 

#1 Govern and reason – Reason and mental health – basically mortal enemies and not used as a pun – 2 Cor 10:3-5 How do these words, arguments line up with God’s words and truth? It isn’t just a thoughts game – it is a Spiritual battle! Battle plan – praying, praying and more praying – and reaching out to have my network pray… 
#3 Skill and judgments and resources – as a Christian I have my Bible and my trusting “Bible First Aid Kit” – memories of dark times I have been through with God – verses in the Bible that talk to me about how irrational my behavior and thoughts are
#4 Caution – Keeping in touch with family and friends – my support network really helps keep me from big slides… I am accountable to them and they help me if they see changes in my behavior… 

Journalling – for me – journalling is important – I can look back and see success and joy!

But how about the hard times? Aren’t those depressing? 

No – I get to look back and see how God got me through the hard times! I get to look back and see just how far God has brought me! I get to go back and know that God has already helped me fight bigger battles and won them – so I know that whatever battle I find myself in – God will get me through now… 

This is called WISDOM – knowledge is knowing something can happen – WISDOM is putting knowledge into practice… 

Empathy with Charlie Brown

I grew up watching and reading Peanuts cartoons – their Christmas TV video is still a must…

The main character is Charlie Brown – a guy who seems to have the world against him at times…

Often dealing with mental health battles it does seem like the world is against me… which is an exaggerated generalization… and it seems like others are just getting their own way… the “lucky ones” – the ones that “always get the break”… their life seems to be so much better, together, less of a struggle…

How about the people who “understand” mental health – they were “depressed” when the item they wanted to buy either sold out or they couldn’t afford… or that their aunt Alice dealt with depression…

When people just “don’t get it” it’s frustrating – but then I also think – I wouldn’t wish this on anyone… so I just nod my head…

It seems like God has favorites… often one parent or grandparent or teacher or aunt or _______ has a favorite person… and it isn’t you… it doesn’t matter how hard you try…. nope…

I found this verse today when reading through my devotions:

Gal 2:6b (NLT) By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.

Bad things happen to good people – it’s the price of sin – someone else can decide to do a wrong and it effected on other people… remember – mental health long term disorders are not just feelings but also physical differences in our brains… it stated that mental health issues are a combination of your environment AND your genetics… no one asks for it… it just is…

Depression is all about negative… healing is all about faith, love and hope with God…

and the greatest of these is love…

1 Cor 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and loveand the greatest of these is love…

Kathy Troccoli has a song called How Would I Know

When I look back on some of the most trying times in my life – I can see how it was only with God’s involvement that I got through the hard times… and because I have had them, I know – I REALLY know that God is real, He loves me…

And – because of the hard times – I can totally relate to non-Christians who need to seek God… without my own trials – I would only be a person who “knows” because of aunt Alice… Our mandate as Christians is found in Matt 28:18-20

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Sympathy is one thing – empathy is another… Christ on the cross shows true empathy… and He most certainly didn’t get special treatment…

Rejoice to the Max!

Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

But is there ever a “max” rejoice level?

If you’ve read any other blog postings, then you know that I constantly push rejoicing…
To me, rejoice is the exact opposite of depression… It’s what I can get when I do the 180 and seek God… the rejoicing is how I actually do the 180… The more I rejoice and the longer I rejoice the closer to the 180 I complete…

Is it easy?? Heck no!!!

I still have my pity party days – my days of feeling totally overwhelmed – days when I need to follow my own advice and put my Bible First Aid Kit into use… I’m certainly no saint or perfect Christian… I “blow it” on a regular basis – just not as many times or for so long I think/hope…

We had a big event this week and I ended up feeling overwhelmed – and I “excused” myself to allow my non-God choices to self-soothe… and I KNEW I was but I just kept going on that path for a while… and then I finally realized the futility of it all… that it wasn’t going to solve my issue…

When I finally came out of denial – finally start to listen to the nudges I get inside – God’s Holy Spirit – I started by talking to God – just like I would to anyone on a phone call…. “Hello God” … I take a few deep breathes and remember

Psalms 46:10a He says, Be still, and know that I am God…

I find Him in the chaos of my thoughts… He is always there… and He is always loving and patient with me… always willing to forgive me… not that I can choose to sin because He will forgive… And – I also still have the consequences of my actions… those chocolates and chips don’t just disappear off my waist!

My devotions are taking me through the book of 1 Kings – David is now old and about to pass away – His second eldest son (the first was no longer living) had decided HE would be the next king and started having a big party to proclaim this…. The only problem was – David had been told by God that Solomon would be the next King…

David goes about and throws a bigger party for Solomon and (here is what stood out to me)…

1 Kings 1:40 And all the people followed Solomon into Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound…

Joy to the max! When the earth shakes – that’s when there is maybe starting to be enough rejoicing!!

Heaven will only be amplified!!

Looking for a place to rejoice!! Check out Celebrate Recovery – where I found my faith in God restored… where my sanity returned…