Bible First Aide

This is a all growing list of verses or insights I use in my walk with God in dealing with mental health…

I hope you also find some peace and joy as I have…

They are in no particular order

Psalm 9:10 (NLT): Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV): Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Phil 4:4-8 (I am choosing to) Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say (I choose to) rejoice!
(I will REJOICE until my) Let your gentleness is evident to all.
(And I am able to do this as I) know) The Lord is near.
(I will show that I am not anxious…. If I’m still anxious I will choose to instead rejoice) Do not be anxious.
(How will I know I am not anxious?)
In every situation
(Because whatever the situation is), with prayer (and I know that I have prayed for God’s will) and thanksgiving (willing to submit because in know God has planned it)
Present it (still rejoicing, not anxious) to God
And the peace the transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind I Christ Jesus!

2 Cor 6:10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy!

2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

(I’m weak, He’s strong. He provides what I need, when I need it.)

2 Cor 4:16-17 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are [aging] dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
Psalm 9:9 (NLT): The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble

Hanukkah 3:17-18
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!

I plug in my personal even thoughts:

Even though the darkness seems to surround me,
and it is hard to find the light;
even though oppression is heavy,
and negative thoughts abound;
even though the world seems to offer no comfort;
and the battle seems hopeless,
yet I WILL REJOICE in the Lord!

1 Col 1:13 For You have rescued me from the DOMINION of DARKNESS and brought me into the kingdom of Your Son whom You love, and in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.

Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand

John 14:27–28 (NLT): “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NLT): For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ

Psalm 55:16-18 (NLT) But I will call on God,
and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.

Psalm 55:22 (NLT) Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Being Peculiar and Crazy

1 Pet 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

I grew up listening to Gospel Music… and I still love it…

As a teenager, I was attending a Sunday school class and our teacher mentioned that we are peculiar people… and another guy, who not also grew up on Gospel music, and I instantly started to sing this song (sorry, no YouTube could be found)

We are peculiar people
We rejoice when things go wrong
We shed tears when we are happy
We sing a new glad song
We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus
We are the children of the heavenly King
And if you care to join us
Just come and sing with us

Needless to say, the rest of the class just groaned while we grinned like two Cheshier cats…

The really funny thing was that the pastor just happened to be preaching on the same passage… the back pews were shaking as all the teens couldn’t help but laugh as my friend and I sat at opposite ends and mouthed the words… and the adults and pastor decided that yes – we were peculiar…

With mental health we maybe aren’t always feeling this type of peculiar – but we can feel like we don’t belong… growing up I NEVER felt that I fit in… not the best athlete – my goal was to NOT be the last picked for teams…

As a teenager, I found I had little empathy for girls who were complaining that they had chipped nails… petty things in comparison… my life just wasn’t like theirs… I was one of the outliers on the Bell curve…

Now though, as an adult and enjoying my relationship with God, I am no longer alone… I have my relationship with God – and my network of family and friends…

Now I’m able to show others the path I have been travelling for the past 5 years…
2 Cor 5:13 (NLT) If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit…

So – yes I am peculiar and crazy!

Care to join me?

Looking to find a support network check out Celebrate Recovery

I don’t get paid or have any affiliation with CR – I just started attending 5 years ago and I know it has been a life saviour to me – literally…

From Ding to Thanksgiving

I had gone to the postal pickup box and I was expecting a cheque to arrive – but instead, I received a notice that I wouldn’t get the funds for another 2 weeks… and I had been really depending on that cheque to arrive!! As a single mom at the time – every penny counted!! So, I have my 3 young children in the minivan and I know that God will see to all our needs… I start the vehicle… get the dings that remind me to put my seatbelt on – and then it happened!!

That extra ding!! the “you need gas” ding!!! Now, earlier I had looked at the gas gauge and it had read at 1/2 a tank… now it read empty… the gauge had been stuck… I calculated the amount of driving verse the gas I had put in – and yup… I needed gas…

I was frustrated – but I also knew that God would provide our needs – He had already proven Himself – so with minimal thanksgiving – I heavily thumped the steering wheel and somewhat aggressively proclaimed “Well praise God anyway!!” and my gas gauge jumped to 1/2 full again… and it stayed that way for 2 weeks – until the next cheque arrived… seriously – angles must have pushed my minivan everywhere because there is no other explanation – mathematically – I drove on fumes…

Phil 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice (notice not if you feel like it – it’s not an emotional request that you have to start rejoicing – you can start regardless of your emotional state)

Let your gentleness be evident to all my children need to see me in control… not a screaming yelling out of control mom…

Do not be anxious I was a bit grumpy but I didn’t act and freak out asking now what!! or well this is just great!!

The Lord is near – the “well praise God anyways!!!!!”  – I addressed God… I knew He was there with me…

But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God and the peace that transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus… now, I didn’t say any other words out loud – and I didn’t have to – this wasn’t a time for a long time with God – I had 3 children to look after…  God knows our hearts and our thoughts before we utter them… He knew I was doing my best to trust Him at that moment… and yes, I had peace… my burden was lifted… God was in control…

We don’t need to “perfect” before we go before God… even the little God help me prayers on the days when just getting out of bed seems like a climb up Everest… just a simple “Hello God” is enough… you are acknowledging that God is there with you… you don’t even need to get out of bed and dance through your house… just breathe and say Hello God… He knows your intentions… just choosing Him over the dark thoughts is praising Him… and addressing Him – you realize there is a brighter side and that you even thinking He there is. that idea there is a way out – that slim ray of hope – that being about to take a better breath….  admit it – you are thankful…