How is your fall? I love the crisp morning air. It is a welcoming change. I hope these series are helpful in living out your God Word. Through each dimension, I pray the Lord is revealing areas of your life where He wants to increase your wisdom and experience and you are open to His refining.
In our intentional pursuit, we all need pruning to allow for God to be reflected. I encourage you to press in, trust Him, learn His attributes, cling to His promises, carry out His commands, and draw close to your eternal Father. He is so good and will always come through.
Week 5: Mental
What comes to mind when you hear the word mental? A definite negative connotation occurs for me. Mainly because of watching the struggle of mental illness as a child and knowing the associated suffering on so many levels. However, the term is primarily an adjective referring to those things relating to the mind such as intellectual, psychological, cognitive, and conceptual. It is things occurring in the mind. On the flip side, mental as a noun is usually a disorder of the brain’s faculties seen as an unhealthy state of mind.
Our mental wellness is very involved and depends on several factors. It determines how we handle stress, deal with others, obtain productivity, carry out day-to-day coping skills, etc. The mental dimension requires us to know the signs of being unhealthy and willing to take the measures to maintain a positive mental health status. This goes beyond the mind to eating correctly, getting enough sleep, staying upbeat, obtaining adequate sleep, and even seeking professional help if that is what you need.
Application: So, what impact does your God Word have on your mental health? Does it assist you in staying positive and under God’s authority mentally? Do you struggle in this area and want to keep it a secret? Are there times of anxiety, depression, and mental overload? The Lord wants for you to be complete in all dimensions and able to reach His full potential designed for you. Therefore, it is good to know about mental wellness and warning signs of unhealthiness.
Here is an article to give you a general overview: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/154543
Applying your God Word to your mental health takes self-honesty and knowing when outside counseling and medical attention is needed. It is also being consistent with proactive measures to stay mentally fit.
Accountability: No one wants to hear that they are unable to cope or are showing signs of mental concern. However, it is essential for each of us to spot areas in our lives which need attention before they spiral out of control.
The mind is a mysterious thing and it can even cause us to believe in lies and deceptions. Our thought process is influenced by our surroundings. So, we have to contemplate what we will allow in and around us. How will we hold ourselves accountable to feeding our brains only God’s goodness when we live in a fallen world? My heart cries out, “Holy Spirit help! I can’t do this on my own”.
Do you need accountability to maintain mental wellness? What comes to mind when pondering how your God Word fits into this category? How determined are you to be mentally healthy?
Thanks to the internet, there are many resources to help assess our mental state. Please remember not all sites are completely reliable and if you feel there is a real issue, seek medical attention. The main take away is being self-aware of our mental status and carrying out wholesome habits to prevent illness. Also, there are numerous factors which can alter our mental health—so, even though we may be perfectly fine today, tomorrow can bring change.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Matthew 6:34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Ephesians 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Father God, walk alongside us and keep us stay mentally healthy, so we can continue to glorify You and do Your will.