Forget and Un-Forget

Jeremiah 50:4–5 (NLT): Hope for Israel and Judah
“In those coming days,” says the Lord, “the people of Israel will return home together with the people of Judah. They will come weeping and seeking the Lord their God. They will ask the way to Jerusalem and will start back home again. They will bind themselves to the Lord with an eternal covenant that will never be forgotten.

Forget… God is so easily forgotten… especially during the holidays… Busy with family and friends… Shopping before Christmas, Boxing Day sales… Travel for some people… Devotions are skimmed or put aside…

For others, Christmas can be a really difficult time of year… An empty chair where a loved one used to sit… Family too far away or simply unable to get there…

Or we ourselves, we can feel forgotten… Have there been parties you heard about that you wish you had been invited to? Do you hear about the great family time others have and are jealous? (Can we say borderline!?!?!?)

Satan, though, always remembers us during the holidays… Suicide Hotlines are extra busy… Our brains can revive all those thoughts that can come back as simple as a light switch… all the hard work can seem to be gone at the snap of fingers…

Then THE cycle starts… the spiral of mental health… The longer the spiral, the harder it is to stop…

The GOOD news is, with God’s help we can stop the spiral… God ALWAYS provides a way out…

We CAN regain what we thought we have lost… We’ve already been there so it’s logical that we can get back! We can “un-forget”…

Mental health illness is a combination of physical aspects (chemistry and physical changes in our brains) and environment…

The way to recovery is mental thought medication to deal with the chemistry and changing our thinking… Our thoughts and our views of us and our world…

As Christians, we have a huge advantage… GOD! God will help us to see ourselves as He sees us… God will help us to change our thought patterns…

Is it easy? No…

We have a sign in our house that reads “Faith doesn’t fix things but it makes it possible

Our poor self value we have wasn’t created in a day… It’s going to take time to retrain it…

I took classes offered by my local mental health support which helped challenge my thinking…

My “Ace in the pocket” is Celebrate Recovery a Christian 12 step for far more than just drugs and alcohol… It’s for hurting people… So basically everyone… (abuse recovery, divorce, mental health, porn recovery, gambling, money spending, food addiction, codependency +)… We all have hurts or habits or hang-ups that need to change…

Honestly, totally truthfully… 5 years ago I was so messed up… I look back on my journalling back then and I don’t recognize myself… It was the love and changes… The challenges and encounters with God that have me where I am today…

Trust me… I’m not like Mr. Rogers… I don’t have my house and my life all together… Far from it!!! What I write about I have usually personally experienced or had friends experience… I too fight in the daily battle of mental illness… Sometimes it’s easier than others… For some I know this is a difficult Christmas…

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