questions to consider - mental health
The following are some questions to consider and perhaps share in with others, following our teaching on Sunday 9th August 2020 on the theme, 'Rooted to Thrive - Mental Health'. You can read the notes from the teaching here on the blog, or watch the service either on our church Vimeo page or on our Facebook page. It is best to either read the notes or watch the service before reflecting on the questions below.
READ Psalm 13
Think about each phrase of the psalm – have you ever been able to identify with the different feelings and emotions which David expresses here? Do you feel any of these emotions now?
If you have been there in the past, think back to how you came through that time and what helped you. Give thanks to God for this.
If you are still in that place, what do you think you need to do to help you deal with those emotions/feelings?
Do you need to share them with someone else and ask them to stand with you in prayer?
David says in v5,6 ‘But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me.’
Take time to remind yourself of the Lord’s unfailing love. Think about the wonder of your salvation and all the ways the Lord has been good to you – perhaps make a list of as many things as you can think of, and then come and thank and praise the Lord for his many blessings – you may like to sing your heart out to the Lord (perhaps play some worship music and sing along)
READ Philippians 4:4-9
‘Rejoice in the Lord always.’
Take time to rejoice in the Lord – not in the blessings and things he gives, but in him.
Perhaps list down as many things that the Lord is to you e.g. Creator, Lord, Saviour, Friend
‘The Lord is near.’
Still your heart, welcome his presence, and enjoy him.
‘What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.’
This week is a week for lists. Make a list of everything that is on your heart and mind at the moment and then bring each item to the Lord in turn in prayer, thanking him with expectation for his answers.
‘Whatever is try, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – anything excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.’
Make another list that you can take with you through this week, that you can take out and look at and remind yourself of at times when negative emotions make their way forwards in your heart, mind or spirit.