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How to Use Biblical Affirmations to Overcome Anxiety

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Do you or someone you know suffer from anxiety? It can be debilitating. Everyone suffers from a little anxiety at times. For instance, the fear of public speaking is cause for anxiety to many people. But anxiety can become wider in scope, encompassing all aspects of life, or it can be triggered by certain events, as in PTSD. Whatever form anxiety may take, help is available. I believe mental health issues need to be treated in a holistic manner. There are medications available for anxiety, which can settle you down and make you feel better in the moment. But medication alone isn’t going to heal a mental health condition. So in addition to treating the physical, we need to address the mental and spiritual aspects. Medication gives us the clarity of mind to work on our mental and spiritual habits and beliefs.   What kinds of things do you say to yourself? Do you say things like, “I’m so...

3 Christian Misconceptions about Mental Illness

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I slept 14 hours last night. I’ll get back to this in a moment. I want to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to have bipolar disorder by sharing things as they happen. It’s time to dispel some myths and the best way I know to do that is to become much more open with the details of my life. When I read all the misinformation from Christians condemning other Christians for having mental health problems, it breaks my heart and makes me angry. Dear Christian, if you have a mental health problem, it’s not because you’re a worse sinner than anyone else. Mental illness is not caused by your sin, nor is it a sin to have mental health problems. Okay? There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1). Don’t let other Christians make you feel guilty. With that said, mental illness needs to be treated holistically—physical, mental, and spiritual. We cannot merely pop a pill and hope it makes us...

Enough Suicides Each Year to Fill a Sports Stadium

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When a mechanic stole a plane from SEA-TAC airport, it first looked like a joy ride, but as air traffic controllers confirmed, the pilot stole the plane to commit suicide. While I’m inclined to give him points for going out with style, the reality is heartbreaking. What brought him to this point? What series of events in his life led him to believe there was no hope for a better tomorrow? According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US every year, with about 45,000 people committing suicide each year. Think about that a moment. 45,000 people is equivalent to a sports stadium full. If a terrorist bombed a sporting event, the nation would be devastated by the tragedy. But that many people commit suicide each year and no one cries out to put an end to suicide.     What’s even more disturbing than the suicide rate is the...

Five 5-Star Christian Books on Mental Health and Physical Disability

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When it comes to mental health issues, Christian responses are all over the board. That’s why I’ve been reading Christian books on depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. I want to hear a wide range of thoughts, but more importantly, I want to know which books to recommend on the topic. Out of my recent batch of a dozen books on the topic, I found five books worthy of a 5-star rating and worth reading if you have an interest in mental health from a Christian perspective.   Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace Michael S. Beates 2012 194 pages   Mental illness falls under a larger umbrella of physical illness and disability. Our theology for one ought to be the same for the other. I was absolutely delighted with the way Michael Beates went through the Bible discussing every instance of disability. It was astounding to read how many times God says...

Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: It Is the Beginning of Something New (A Message to Pastors)

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Sheila Walsh on Mental Health: It Is the Beginning of Something New (A Message to Pastors)