3 Myths about Therapy Christians Shouldn’t Believe

3 Myths about Therapy Christians Shouldn’t Believe

When you’re sick, I’m sure you never hesitate to set up an appointment with your doctor. And when your eyes have been strained, you’re quick to get a new prescription from your eye doctor. So why does therapy seem like less of an option?

 

Mental health is just as important as physical health, so we’re going to cover 3 myths people believe that can be an obstacle to getting help.

1. Thinking You Have to Have It All Together

It’s isn’t uncommon to fall into the trap that you have to be perfect at everything you do and that any emotions or thoughts you’re struggling with are a failure on your part. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Remember, Christ came down to Earth to die for our sins because we couldn’t on our own. We need a Savior because we’re imperfect beings, and God’s grace is there to cover us. It is what frees us from the chains of perfectionism.

Now, it’s understandable that you may not want everyone knowing your struggles, but a counselor who’s sworn to confidentiality is a wonderful person to tell your story to. Talking to someone can be freeing just as God’s grace is.

 

2. Thinking Counseling Is Only for “Serious Problems”

While therapy is very helpful to people who have been through traumatic and violent experiences, it is also for those who have been through other things. Counseling is a place for you to talk through your thoughts and feelings with someone trained to help you figure out and process them.

Also, if you’re not careful, a small struggle can turn into a big one. So get help where you are now instead of waiting.

 

3. Thinking You Have to Be Strong

Yes, the Lord is your strength (check out Psalm 28:7), but it is important not to confuse God’s strength and your strength. Our God is perfect, all-knowing, loving, and all-powerful, but we are not. If we confuse the two, we will end up thinking we’re strong enough to take on all the problems we get in life on our own and put off counseling.

If you look at God’s strength a little more closely, though, you’ll see the beautiful thing about it is that it’s for us in our weakness. When we’re low, God can bring us back up. How?

Well, sometimes, that is through counseling. If you seek out a faithful Christian counselor, it can be a way to work through issues and how to be strengthened by God in everyday life!

Dealing with Anxiety Biblically

Dealing with Anxiety Biblically

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

The idea that “Christians have it all together” is not accurate. Many people in the church are struggling with anxiety and depression. We have seen preachers and ministers of the gospel committing suicide because of depression in recent times. Anxiety should not be taken lightly.

The truth is:

However spiritual you are, there are things you are going to face that will weigh you down.  Loved ones will disappoint you, people in the church may hurt you. You may lose your job or business, and your loved one may pass away. None of us can run away from difficult times.

Pretending that you are okay so that you can save face will not make everything okay.  Admitting that you are anxious and finding ways of dealing with anxiety will help you avoid depression and its effects.

But how should Christians deal with anxiety?

By Praying

The first and best way to deal with your anxious thoughts is to pray.  See,  only God can give you rest.  He is the only one who knows what you need and how you can get it.  Go to him in prayer and pour out your heart to him. (1Peter 5:7)

Some people believe that we should not tell God how we feel. But when you look at some of the prayers in Psalms, you see the Psalmist pouring his heart out to God when he was depressed. Don’t act fine or hold back,  tell God exactly how you feel.  He can handle all the troubles of your heart. (Psalm 42:4)

Read the Word

It is hard to read the word when you are depressed, but it is the best thing to do because it is only in knowing what God says about your situation that you are able to become strong in faith. If you do not stand firm in the word of God, you will become a victim of Satan’s lies.  Study the Word,  meditate on it and use it to fight against the lies of the enemy. (Proverbs 12:25)

Talk to someone

At times we are too anxious that we fail to listen to the voice of God.  A spiritual friend or leader will help you deal with anxiety.  They may be the channel through which God will use to reach you and heal your soul.

Praise God

Yes,  you may look at praise as part of prayer, but most of us only tell God our problems when we pray.  Praise means focusing on God irrespective of what is happening to you. David encouraged himself in the Lord through prayer. So stop looking at your situation. Do not allow thoughts of anxiety to flood your mind.  Take them captive and choose to praise God.  Focus on how big God is and not how big the problem is. (Psalm 118: 1-18)

Though we are believers, we struggle with wrong thoughts from time to time.  Anxiety is not something that should be taken lightly. Turn to God,  praise him,  talk to a friend, and encourage yourself in the Lord through scriptures and songs. God loves you even when you are anxious, turn your cares to him, and he will help you.

Bible Verses for Strength

Bible Verses for Strength

Many of us are searching for strength and some solid ground to land on. Life can be busy, stressful, and fill us with a sense of instability. There is hope in God and the strength he can offer us if we ask Him. Today, here are five verses that speak to God’s strength.

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.

Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—  my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

A Burden Lifted: Bible Verses on Anxiety and Worry

A Burden Lifted: Bible Verses on Anxiety and Worry

 

Going through a hard time? Distracted by all the pain and suffering in your life? We all do sometimes. The easy thing to do when we’re dealing with tough emotions or fatigue is to give in to anxiety and negativity. We can think of the slipperiest slope of situations and bog ourselves down even more.

However, if we are Christians, we have everlasting faith in a Savior that cares for us and will give us the strength to deal with hard times when they come out way. He wants us to look to Him in prayer when things get overwhelming.

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” God is right here waiting for us. If we call on Him, He will come, and He will take care of us. There is nothing to worry about when we have Him there to make sure we make it out okay in the end.

Things can weigh us down, but God is right there to take the load and carry it for us. God calls to us in Matthew 11 verses 28 through 30, saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”

He is here for us always.

Here are some other verses on worrying:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25-27

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his  span of life?” Luke 12:25

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27