Mental health: The Christian & mind battles.

Swiftly taking leads of patient x who laid motionless with no signs of life, in order to move onto the next… patient y, leaving no time to mentally process the loss of a human soul gone to soon 35, but we have another 30 plus bodies to attend to. My mind couldn’t fathom how quickly patient x had gone, because x was alive roughly 30 minutes ago. O how fragile life is, like spilt water that can never be gathered back up again. I didn’t even notice x slip away, my mind fogged by all the monitors beeping and the many footsteps pacing. What my eyes perceived at that very moment in time was a very sorry sight. I felt like I was in the midst of a horrific battle site.

And there were many more events like this.

Chest compressions, difficult conversations being had, I hated walking through that area, it hurt me, it hurt my heart. My heart frequently felt heavy, which led to the sleepless nights, and oh yeah the panic attacks. The worry of ending up like people like patient x were haunting. So many concerns piled up within, such as concerns over family health. Nights weren’t fun, I felt like I couldn’t breath, someone make the itching stop please. I can feel my heart pounding in my chest, and hear my heart beating in my ear. Why is my body and mind reacting in this way? I felt like I couldn’t breath so I got a diffuser, which calmed me for some time. It was superficial treatment, it patched up the symptoms without dealing with the root cause.

I couldn’t breath until I spoke. And when I spoke my healing came.

Don’t stay silent. Talk to God. Talk to man (woman).

Cast your burdens unto me (God) for I care for you.

Interlude

My prayer for all those dealing with bereavement, is for you to receive an immeasurable amount of peace with surpasses all human understanding. And for comfort to abound in your hearts.

Good day beautiful people

I hope you’re all well and safe? I decided to open up today’s post with a poem, rather than my usual hello. It was my intention to capture your attention immediately. If you’re not yet aware, this post is a follow up blog to last weeks discussion on mental health and the Christian. It is my desire to help iridicate the stigma attached to mental ill health. Our modern society needs to become more mental health aware, and individuals need to understand that we all have mental health. A person can either have good mental health, be mentally ill, or be somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.

In life we will all experience emotional turmoil. So remember you’re not alone when you face psychological difficulties. Take David for example, the Bible states that he was a man after God’s own heart, but honestly the man faced immense heartache throughout his lifetime.

Imagine being betrayed by your own son and having to flee for your life. And also picture one of your own sons raping his half sister and then getting killed by his half brother (who is also one of your sons). Reading through the book of Psalms one can note that time after time again, David pours out his heart through his writings. We see a record of the hardships he faced, and how he had to continually encourage himself to trust in God, and to believe in the Lord for salvation. (I can just imagine writing being an opportunity for King David to let of some steam).

I truly thank God for David’s openness and honesty, as he didn’t paint a false picture of always having it together, even though one would think he ‘should’ considering the fact he ruled over the great nation of Israel. This honesty helps quash the lie that being a Christian exempts one from encountering suffering.

Psalm 143:1-12 ~ “Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous. Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you. My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”

Psalm 42:5 ~ “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again my Savior and”

Psalm 42:11 ~ “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Saviour and my God!”

So when you pass through the fire and the flood remember that you have a God who will never abandon you. God cares DEEPLY for you and He will provide you with the strength you need to pass through the fire.

Isaiah 43:2 ~ “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

Isaiah 41:9-10 ~ “I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. 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.”

Lastly we should not allow our poor health hinder us from drawing closer to God. Paul brought the gospel message to the people of Galatia whilst he was unwell, yet they still chose to receive the truth. The gospel message is MORE THAN just ‘feeling good’. Salvation is priceless, and is not a gift worth giving up because of experiencing ill health whilst on earth

Galatians 4:13-14 ~ “Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News. But even though my condition tempted you to reject me, you did not despise me or turn me away. No, you took me in and cared for me as though I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself.”

Keep safe, look after yourself, and do not be discouraged.

God bless

Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart

Mental health: The Christian and anxiety.

Good day beautiful people

I hope you and your family members are keeping safe, and I pray that you’re all well. Today we shall be talking about anxiety, I believe it’s a issue that is dismissed A LOT of the time, and simply seen as something a Christian shouldn’t experience at all! This couldn’t be further from the truth, this subject in particular is one which I am very passionate about, as I believe there’s a need to destroy the stigma attached to encountering mental health challenges.

Panic attacks are for real, and intense feelings of anxiety are no joke at all. Such emotions can negatively impact ones everyday life in a very BIG way. Feeling fearful is not abnormal it happens, but problems arise when we allow fear to completely take hold of our life, and dominate our decision making processes.

On MULTIPLE occasions God told many individuals to fear not, now scripture wouldn’t have recorded such events without cause. I believe the reason why the Bible repeatedly expresses to us ‘not to be afraid’, is because fear is a normal and natural human response, but we are not to allow fear cripple us. And remember that there is healthy fear, which helps us flee from danger, but our fears should never stop/hinder us from fulfilling our purpose.

Joshua 1:9 ~ “This is my command be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 10:8 ~ “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”

Joshua 10:25 ~ “Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,” Joshua told his men. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.”

We have many examples of people in the Bible who faced extremely challenging emotional encounters, so remember you’re not abnormal, and you’re not a freak of nature just because you going through a rough patch. The storms of life will eventually come your way, but you will not be alone in it, God WILL be there and He is always in absolute control. Elijah felt alone, he felt like all hope was lost and he asked for God to end his life, he wanted to die. But previously when he prayed fire fell from heaven. This is a reminder that in life we encounter both ups and downs, we cry and we laugh, we mourn and we celebrate. But in the midst of it all God is there, and He will never abandon His child.

1 Kings 18:36-38 ~ “At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!”

1 Kings 19:4 ~ “Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

Which leads me to my next point…The importance of receiving help in the midst of the storm. Attending counselling is not ungodly. Good counsellors are actually gifts from God! They’re blessings and one should not belittle the counselling occupation, or deem it as ungodly/unspiritually safe. If you suffer from a chronic mental health illness don’t feel ashamed to seek counselling wether it be Christian based counselling or by accessing help through being referred by a medical Doctor.

Isaiah 1:26 ~ “Then I will give you good judges again and wise counselors like you used to have. Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice and the Faithful City.”

[Side-note: At times it takes prayer and receiving wisdom (revelation) from the Holy Spirit to be able to differentiate between demonic oppression/possession and just having a bad stint (period) in life. So pray about all things].

People in positions of power/influence have counsellors but they just refer to them by different names for example ‘official’ or ‘advisor’, and I tell you any governor or prime minister without such people around them, will greatly concern the people they lead. A good advisor is there to help support an individual make wise choices, and not forcefully make decisions on a persons behalf. And a good counsellor helps empower their client through highlighting to their service user that they have the ability to choose.

Advisor: A person who gives advice in a particular field. In essence another word for counsellor.

Official: Someone who participates in the exercise of authority (a person who shares responsibility with you). A person who helps you!

So never feel embarrassed about asking for help. The Holy Spirit is also referred to as a helper. He is gentle and not forceful, a wise counsellor, so seek Him for all the help and advice you need.

John 14:15-18 ~ “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognise him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans I will come to you.”

John 14:26 ~ “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative that is, the Holy Spirit he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

Remember you’re not alone, history just repeats itself. You’re not the first person to experience low moments in life, and you won’t be the last. This is a vast topic which we must not sweep under the carpet. I understand that this pandemic has been extremely tough for people both financially, and mentally, which is why we will continue this segment next week. Next week you’ll be presented with a write up on a personal encounter with an intense mind battle. I also intend to share some words of wisdom on how one can PRACTICALLY deal with handling mind battles. And remember the mind battle is not a one off, throughout life your mind will be bombarded with one concern or the other, our concerns change over time, but what is important is building up a defence against allowing Satan steal your joy with his lies.

God bless and stay safe.

May God’s peace, joy and wisdom guide you throughout this week

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Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart