Make The Word Personal
I have had several people reach out to me recently. They are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other stress related mental health problems. I always share my story with them. I was able to overcome severe anxiety by using affirmations and making the Word of God personal, along with an awesome support system and a great counselor.
It is very simple. I declare "I Am" statements throughout the day. Here are a few examples:
Greater Than My Circumstance,
Capable of Greatness,
The Apple Of God's Eye,
Ready For Change,
Open To The Perfect Will Of God.
I then being to read the Bible and personalize scriptures that bring me comfort. Psalm 23:4 was a lifeline during the height of my anxiety battle. The King James Version reads: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
As I read the verse over and over I made it fit my own life: "If David trusted God while he walked "...through the valley of the shadow of death..." Then I, Sherrica Sims, will fear no evil in this life. I know God is with me; His rod and staff they comfort me. I belong to Him."
Sure enough over time my mind began to clear and my thoughts aligned with what I was declaring and affirming. I no longer feared life or the opinions of others. I finally realized depression and anxiety are not identities, but circumstances. They are changeable not permanent.
Feel free to share these images with anyone you know that may be suffering from depression or anxiety. Support is the only way to break the hold of these particular mental health issues, as many will isolate themselves.