Find The Gold

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Today is World Mental Health Day. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

Scripture does not come out and specifically speak of the term “mental health”.  However, it does tell us how to treat others regardless of who they are, what they look like or where they have been.  The term ‘mental health’ is seemingly far more prevalent in society than most of the Christian world would like to realize.  While many in the church do not want to recognize the reality of our social state it has become a very prominent topic.  Many people come through the doors of a church hurting, broken and suffering.   So we cannot afford to ignore the stigma of mental health and brush it under the proverbial church carpet pretending it’s not a real thing.  A topic like mental health can easily focus on the pain and struggle one endures and it is no respecter of persons. When we are interacting with others who experience anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any other form of mental health, we need to treat them as we would want to be treated. It is imperative that we treat people body, mind and soul. Scripture is very clear on we are to treat others.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 

We must remember everyone’s struggles are different.   If we are going to reach out to our fellow Christians who struggle with mental health, we need to recognize it.  Personally, I suffered in a very dark place in my life, and after coming out of the darkness I know that I know how very real it can be in someone’s life.  I never dreamed I would be there, but there I was right in the middle of it all.  But I also know that we do not have to stay in those dark places and caves.  We can come out stronger than ever before with God’s help.  God created us mind, body and soul and as our Creator, He made us to have emotions and loves us on the mountain tops and in the valleys.

David was called ‘a man after God’s own heart’ and yet he suffered with depression Psalm 42:11 says, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”  Job suffered great loss, devastation and physical illness and he said, “I have no peace, no quietness, I have no rest, but only turmoil.” in Job 3:26 Jeremiah wrestled with great loneliness, feelings of defeat and insecurity.  Jeremiah 20:14, 18 says this, “Cursed be the day I was born…why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble an sorrow and to end my days in shame?”  Hannah was in depressed, in despair and desperate because she was barren according to 1 Samuel Chapters 1 & 2. 

It is not for us to judge others in whatever state they are in according to Matthew 7:1-6 so what can we do?  When I was going through the darkest place in my life I didn’t want a pat Christian answer any more than I wanted experience anyone’s judgement, but because more times than not people don’t know what to say or do those are the exact things that can occur. What can we do?  We can be a light of hope in someone else’s darkness.  We can offer to pray for and with, provide a source of encouragement and we can just love them with every act of love.  We can choose not to judge others for what they are going through, and remember we are not walking in their shoes.   We can choose to be the one to not see the dirt, but be the one who finds the gold.  We can tell someone that “No matter where they have been, what they have done or what’s been done to them or where they are right now at this moment; they are Simply Beautiful by God’s Design.”

PRAYER:

Father God, help us to live a life of compassion for others.  Let us see others as you see them and please help us to not worry about fixing them, but rather leading them to You.  Give us eyes to see and ears to hear when we see others struggles.  You created us so unique and complex that only You can heal each of us mind, body and soul.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

DIGGING DEEPER:

Philippians 4:6-7

1 Peter 5:7

John 14:27

Jonah 2:5-7

Philippians 4:13

2 Timothy 1:7

Matthew 6:34

2 Corinthians 10:5

Isaiah 41:10

Matthew 11:28-30

Romans 12:1-2                                                                         

Romans 8:18

Romans 8:28

Matthew 9:12-13

Luke 5:31-32

Proverbs 16:24

Ephesians 4:23

PRAISE & WORSHIP:

With Every Act of Love – Jason Gray

LIFE APPLICATION:

What steps will you take to find the gold in someone rather than be worried about the dirt every day?

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Reminder

As I am listening to King of the World by Natalie Grant while getting ready for work, I looked over and read my coffee cup and realized I needed this reminder today… anyone else need to be reminded to “Be still and know that I am God.”?

#thankful

#bestillandknow

#godisincontrol

#gracegotyou

#kingoftheworld 🙌 ☕💄

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, please forgive me for forgetting at times that You are in control as the King of the World. Thank You for the reminder today. In Jesus Name, Amen!

DIGGING DEEPER:

*Psalm 46:10

*Psalm 103:19

*Psalm 47:2

*Psalm 95:3

*Isaiah 44:6

PRAISE & WORSHIP:

King of the World – Natalie Grant

LIFE APPLICATION:

Do you need to be reminded that He can’t be put in a box? What do you need to do today to put Him back in the rightful place as King of the World?

Got Your Six, Sister!

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Being successful in whatever you do means that you need to “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” so that when you experience those who do not have ‘your back’ you can continue on with passion to reach your mountain. Sometimes as women we can get petty and some of us may have experience in another saying ‘being stabbed in the back’ by so called friends, Christians and even family members, but as sisters in the Lord, we really need to be saying to each other, ‘got your six’, Sister!  In the military,  ““got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock position. If you picture yourself at the center of a clock face, the area directly in front of you is twelve o’clock.”  The enemy doesn’t want us to succeed in anything we do and simply does NOT have our back.  As Women of God, we need to stop being petty with back biting/stabbing gossip and become who God called us to be – women who rise up and say,  ‘got your six’ and speak life to one another.  To be successful you’ll also need this saying, “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe”, but what does this mean? “Your tribe will accept you for who you are. They will be your support system, your cheering squad, and will provide you with a sense of community that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.”   Make sure you are attracting those who will build you up and not tear you down, but with all certainty be that person in the lives of other women as well.  Scripture tells us this, “So, encourage each other and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11   Let’s do this, Ladies!!!

#befearlessinthepursuitofwhatsetsyoursoulonfire

#gotyoursix

#yourtribeattactsyourvibe

#loveoneanother

#speaklife

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, please help me to be the kind of woman you have created me to be.  Forgive me if I have ever been a back biter, gossiper or back stabber to other women.  Lead me to those who will be a source of encouragement in my life as well as I pursue what sets my soul on fire.  In Jesus Name, Amen!  

DIGGING DEEPER: 

*Romans 14:19

*Ephesians 4:29

*1 Corinthians 14:26

*Proverbs 27:17

*Colossians 3:16

*Hebrews 3:13

PRAISE AND WORSHIP:

SPEAK LIFE – TOBYMAC

LIFE APPLICATION:

What will I do today to speak life into another sister in the Lord to show her that I “got your six”? 

Game ~ Set ~ Match

If you have forgotten who you are in the midst of your circumstances it’s time to change the game and remember who you are! Wisdom means knowing how to apply the truth in every situation. Game, set, match is short for declaring that you’ve won! Declare it, Game ~ Set ~ Match!!! Declare it until you believe it!

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 1:9

You are chosen to be God’s special possession cherished and loved!

PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to remember who I am in you no matter my circumstances. Let me feel your love like never before so that I may never forget I’ve already won in You. Give me the boldness to declare:

Game ~ Set ~ Match!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

DIGGING DEEPER:

*Proverbs 31

*Psalm 139

*Galatians 3:26

*Ephesians 1:7

*John 8:36

PRAISE & WORSHIP:

For King and Country
It’s Not Over Yet

LIFE APPLICATION:

What do you need to do to change the game in your life?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Ask God to show you where your heart is towards Him! Do not key anything get in the way of receiving all that He has for you.

You Are Loved

2018 

Simply Beautiful Ministries is praying that your 2018 be prosperous with a bountiful year of blessings.

Merry Christmas 

Mary, Did You Know