For us to build authentic community and relationship, we have to come to a place where we are willing to talk about the things that are sometimes hard to talk about. God heals, and there is power in prayer! However, many times, the way God brings that healing through us doing the hard work of facing and walking through our everyday struggles with someone a trained professional that can help us navigate these places with us. Take some time out today to prayerfully consider what next step you may need to take when it comes to your mental health. Then, read over John 16:33 and be inspired to move forward
Holding space with loved ones is so valuable for both parties involved. It also echos the same type of compassionate companionship seen in Matthew 26:36 – 46 when Jesus invited His closest friends to join Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. He didn’t ask them to fix Him or the circumstances ahead—just to be there with Him. Is there someone in your life that needs you to hold space with them? Check in on them this week. Offer to be a listening ear or a partner in prayer. As you steer clear of judgmental language towards them, show them tender love, empathy, compassion, respect, and care.
Here’s a mid-week reminder that you matter! You matter to God and others around you. So be sure to create some space today to engage in some self-care. Whether that looks like taking an extra 10 minutes before bed to listen to some worship songs, or sipping your favorite tea as you read some encouraging scriptures—begin paving a new path to refresh the body, mind, and soul God gave you. Psalm 1:3 reminds us that to grow and yield fruit in the many seasons of life, we must be refreshed daily. So grab an extra glass of water, take a deep breath, and reflect on the whole health provision from God!
God knows that you need quality rest to refuel and stay on a healthy path toward your goals and dreams. However, when we have unfinished business or anxious thoughts running around our minds before bed, it’s difficult to stop or silence them. Research shows that if you recite a favorite song or poem, it can help your mind burn off excess energy and calm it down. So tonight, try reading or reciting Psalm 4:8 or singing one of the songs we sang on Sunday (Tremble & This Is How I Fight My Battles). Pray and ask God to give you sweet peace as you drift off to dreamland tonight!
Talking about mental illness is so brave and important! There may be days when you feel like you are drowning in the waves of life, and we want to encourage you to not only let Christ be the anchor but also to let others hold the rope with you. Proverbs 3:13 reminds us to seek wisdom and understanding. If you (or someone you know) are looking for a counselor, please reach out to our Care Pastor, Dino Norphy ([email protected]). As you pray today, ask the Lord to help direct you to a trusted friend that you can share your everyday struggles with. Take a next step to set up a meet-up with that person this weekend!
TALK IT OVER
- What is your favorite worship song to listen to?
- Who is the one person you think knows you the best?
- What types of activities help you feel refreshed and refueled?
- What are some of the things you look for in a trusted friend?
- Who are some people that have helped you navigate some tough life situations?
- In what ways has this series helped you to grow in your faith?
- What are some ways that you create space for self-care?