2020-03-06 Be Strong.

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of
power and love and self-control.”
2 Timothy 1:7

I don’t watch the news. It’s way too depressing. Even before COVID-19. However, I do scan the headlines that come with my phone. Mind you, I understand full-well that they are extremely biased and stampede-driven, but they do provide some useful information. One thing I am seeing are more and more articles on mental health. Let’s talk about that.

First, it is my experience and belief that our first line of defense is our Lord. Yes, secularism can teach you how to survive, even thrive, in difficult situations, but there is nothing like the supernatural strength available through our God and Savior. How do I tap into that? By walking with him through prayer, reading his bible, and by spending time with other believers to encourage and be encouraged. Also, there is nothing like sharing the gospel for a shot of positive attitude, especially when you tell others of how God has delivered you. Trust me, I’ve been sharing the gospel a lot lately. It does wonders!

Here are some other things that you can do.

Get Up Early and Make Your Bed. Here’s a link: https://youtu.be/KgzLzbd-zT4 The whole video is inspirational.
Drink Plenty of Water. Start off your day by chugging a full glass.
Eat Right. Ditch the garbage food. Eat healthy in moderation. Comfort food is a trap that will not satisfy.
Exercise. Skip the gym and do basic calisthenics and stretches at home. Keep it simple. 10-15 minutes is all you need.
Get Outside. Get fresh air by taking a walk, visiting with neighbors, or playing with the kids.
Clean Something. Do some small project each day. Don’t tackle it all at once. Make it sparkle!
Involve Others. The whole family can do these things together. Make it a game. Be creative.
Be A Leader. You may be a follower by nature, but even you will need to encourage the leaders.
Do the Hard Things. Make a list of all the things that need to be done. Do the hard ones first.
Reward Yourself. Whoa, Cowboy. Reward yourself on a job well DONE. A small reward. Learn to savor.

It all starts and ends with how we think. Really stop to examine your thought patterns. You CAN change them, you know.

Romans 10:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what this the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Folks, these are extreme times. You will experience anxiety and depression. You are human. However, it is up to you to do what you need so that you don’t succumb to these things. It’s one thing to be beside the ditch; it’s quite another to be in it. You may need professional help. No shame in that. Get it. You may need medication. Follow your doctor’s advice. Here’s one thing to remember, self-medicating DOESN’T work, whether it be illegal drugs, alcohol, TV, laziness, you name it. Sin never satisfies for long.

Be strong and courageous. God is with you. Seek him with all your might. Be all-in, no holding back. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Father, teach us. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

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