By Nancy Virden (c)2022
I write about mental health, the support of those in need, and faith. These three topics are so intricately entwined in my recovery that I do not see one without the others. My mental health is supported by people and a close walk with Jesus. He is the reason I live, move, and have my being.
Since I see the Bible as inerrant and the Highest Power’s (God’s) instructions, and since it promises that He has given us everything we need, I plant my feet firmly on what the Good Book says. This is why I write about faith. Christ is the key to wholeness, peace, freedom, and eternal life.
There is nothing new under the sun. King Solomon discovered this for himself after years of searching for the meaning of life. He said that it is not so when someone says they have found something new.
He’s right. Sure, there are philosophers and theologians who present their versions of “new” interpretations of the scripture. Society can get downright rude about disagreeing with the current flow of reasoning. Some people regurgitate disproven conspiracies or rehash ancient pagan ideas as if they have invented something. None of it is new.
Wisdom is from God alone. Human sinful nature is consistent; rebellion against God’s wisdom is our favorite go-to when we refuse to give up pride. In a world and lifespan where events run on cycles from the temptation to fear, to despair, to superficial hope, and back again, what joy to know the One who does not change! God’s Word is a good and perfect gift, an anchor for the mind, and our place of grounding. I’m not talking about religious rules (which also change), but about God’s declared steadfast love and His power over all circumstances and sin.
“… The word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
Dear Almighty God, I praise You because You are steadfast and trustworthy. Please help me to not be fascinated with the latest ideas, but to rest on what You have already promised. Amen
Today’s Helpful Word
“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. In the EU call 112. (For other international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair. NOTE: Nancy is not a doctor or a mental health professional, and speaks only from personal experience and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
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