Awkward Prayers?

If you are like me… It somehow seems hard/awkward about what to tell to God about… Something’s seem “cheesy” while other things seem pretty or lofty… or selfish…

This treasure regarding prayer was from a Chuck Swindol email…

Francois Fenelon, a 17th century Roman Catholic Frenchman, said this about prayer:

Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pain, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

Love verses Depression

The words love and depression seem to be polar opposites…

(Cue cheesy announcer and a bell clanging) In this corner we have Depression wearing words of self-loathing, fear, negative thoughts, remnants of abuse, addiction and feelings of despair…

And in this corner we have Love wearing sins of the world, salvation, peace, acceptance, oil of joy, forgiveness, everlasting, unchanging and hope…

God is in our corner and He desires we be filled with love… Paul tells Timothy the recipe… And remember God is love

1 Tim 1:5 (NLT): The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.

A pure heart… While physically words are spoken the meaning behind them come from our heart… Our hearts store a lot… A throne where either we sit or God/Holy Spirit sits… Our feelings, deepest feelings reside in our heart… Feelings we have collected during our life time… The memories are recorded in our brains but the emotions for them are felt in our hearts… We need God sitting on the throne and His cleansing power over sin to have a pure heart…

A clear conscious… The head game… With mental health issues it can be like a buffet of items… Thinking of all the bad things, the past sins… An account of things “I am hiding” from God (yeah right)… A record of wrongs… But God keeps NO record of wrongs

Genuine faith… A faith that is noticeable to others… Not just in quoting scripture or going to church, tithing… But based on a real relationship with God… Regardless of what life might be or has throwing in your face… That is a genuine faith… It’s a catch-22 you need to trust God and have faith… And then our faith grows then we can apply this growing faith in God that no matter what situation you find yourself… Depression, anxiety, love, contentment… Your faith grows…

You see, when you truly have a pure heart, a clear conscience and genuine faith…

My take is… Keep a list of items that are preventing you from the pure heart &/or clean conscious or genuine faith… If you are have a hard time sorting through all of this… Find a friend who you can call upon..

OR BETTER YET… Find the closest Celebrate Recovery

ASAP My ASAP

I am so NOT a morning person… I tell friends and family that anything I say, utter or promise before 11 am I cannot be held accountable for…

AVOID SATAN AND PRAY

My days are always better when I include God as I start my day… even if it is a hop out of bed and hustle my kestier to where ever I need to get to (read: I am NOT a morning person and the snooze option can be over used) Regardless – I try to always, and can make time to stop and spend a couple of minutes with God – especially if I am racing the clock – take 30 seconds – slow down – and breathe…. relax my shoulders… and be still and know that God is God… that He is in control… I can recited the pieces of the armor of God – I may not spend time looking at each piece but I can rattle them off… it’s better than nothing! And while I’m already spending a bit of quality time – I can set up my safety space and renounce Satan from having anything to do with me…

1 Cor 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.

And just to make sure that Satan gets the idea…

1 Thes 5:5 (NLT): For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and nigh

So ASAP with my ASAP and your day likely will be better…

Give Me Life…

Psalm 119:37 (NLT): Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word

Life… How much do we value it? With mental health there are times where our lives seem worthless… Where we can be caught up… Or make that down… spiraling down…

Yet, God ALWAYS provides ways to halt the downward spinning… Psalm 119:37 “give me life through your word”

That pretty much sums it up…

There is a sign in our house that says “faith makes things possible – not easy”

The battle for the mind, the heart and the soul are constant… And the battle will only end the moment we see God…

Until God calls us home (note calls not us getting there by suicide)… We need to fight… fight the same way the Jesus did when He was on earth… Scripture… Reading, memorizing, growing our faith, networking with other people, attending church…

Maybe finding a Celebrate Recovery? Recovery isn’t just drugs or alcohol… It’s recovering and dealing with the hurts, habits and hang-ups we all carry with us… Nobody’s life is perfect… Celebrate Recovery has had a huge impact on my life in dealing with my mental health issues… CR is what set me on my path of healing…

Mental health illness has 2 areas of life to deal with… A physical side… Our brain chemistry isn’t correct and for some, our brain is physically different…

There is NO SHAME in needing meds to help!

Would you think any less of one who needed to take blood pressure meds or meds to control their cholesterol?

And more importantly… There is the Spiritual side… The going to God…

Is that easy? Absolutely not! Remember that this is a battle and we need God’s help…And as the verse says:

give me life through Your word…