Day 27 | October 10th
He cares for you!
This is it! The final day of devotionals! Whether you read each day or just one day, you need to know that God cares so much about you. You can be confident in casting your anxiety on Him because of his deep concern for you. He knows your name, He knows your thoughts, He knows what drives you crazy and He loves you so much.
There are so many places and things that we can turn to, to help get our minds on track, but we know that God is the only one who can really give us what we need. Remember that when you are going through the tough things in life. You can keep your mental health on track! We believe in you and God believes in you!
1 Peter 5:7 (NASB) casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
You can cast all your cares on Him. He can do miracles in your life, if you let him! He also will bring a level of peace that you don’t even understand! It’s incredible. The Holy Spirit can and will give you what you are looking for!
Day 26 | October 9th
Keep an eye on where your comfort comes from.
We all want peace. Often we are so desperate for it, that we go searching for it in all the wrong places. The problem with receiving peace from the wrong source, is that the peace is always temporary and often leaves us feeling empty again, with more problems.
Psalm 94:19 says “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul (NASB).” Many things can temporarily delight our soul but we must ensure that we don't fully rely on the wrong source for our peace. God wants to keep us out of that trap and in His love. He wants you to be free from all the things that take you off track.
Luke 21:34 (NASB) “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap
Is there something in your life that you keep turning to for peace instead of God? What can you do to seek God first and the true peace he has for you?
Day 25 | October 8th
Prayer invites the peace of God into your heart and mind.
When something bothers us, what do we want? We want to vent. We want others to hear us out and to sympathize with us. Which can be great! The problem is that we often only talk about our issues to others and not to God. But God is the one who can bring peace to our stress.
In Philippians, Paul tells us not to worry about anything but instead to pray about everything. He said we can tell God what we need and thank Him for what He has done for us. When was the last time you did that? Do you remember what it did for your spirit? I’m willing to bet it was powerful and it brought you peace. Confession is the start of a habit in prayer. Start confessing your fears to God and get rid of the weight that anxiety and stress carry. That way you can experience peace as though the circumstance has already changed, even if it hasn’t yet.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Take a quick moment and pray about something that has been bothering you today and give it to God. Try it again in a couple hours or tomorrow morning. Tell God what you need!
Day 24 | October 7th
Focusing on today prevents worrying over tomorrow.
Have you ever been so focused on a future situation, that you lose focus on present situations? Worry is often about tomorrow, and has the potential to really take us off track.
When we worry, our peace is stolen and we cannot focus properly on our current situation. We often worry about things that are never going to happen and it ends up taking us away from what is happening. It gets in the way of what God has called us to be and do. It is so important that we don’t let worry rob us of our calling. Instead, we must let the peace of God guard our hearts and minds, which will keep us on track with all He has for us.
Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV) But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When has worry ever helped you? Take a moment right now and give God your worry. Remember you can figure out tomorrow's problems, tomorrow! Today is it’s own day and you can win today!
Day 23 | October 6th
Through salvation we receive peace about our past.
We can have the peace that scripture promises us, when we understand how we become right with God. Being right with God does not happen because we have done certain acts to make us right with Him. We can often get off track in our thinking and presume that if we act a certain way or talk a certain way, that makes us right with God. Many people are confused in their thinking and believe that church attendance or viewing is what makes them right with God.
Salvation is all about receiving, and receiving is all about faith and grace. When we trust in God’s promises - like the promise of peace - we are putting our faith in Him. We understand grace, when we realize that we don’t earn, nor could we earn, the grace He pours out on us.
At the end of the day what makes us right with God is what Jesus did for you and I, not what we do for Him. If you get that mixed up it will get you off track.
Romans 5:1(NLT) Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
Do you ever find yourself trying to earn God’s love? What can you do to remind yourself that you have peace with God because of what Jesus did for you?
Day 22 | October 5th
What destroys your peace?
Everyday we have the opportunity to live the life that God has called us to. However, we also have the opportunity to be full of stress, anxiety, depression, worry, fear and so much more - none of which are from God and are not a part of His plan for our lives.
Almost everyday we end up taking what the world gives us and we allow it to destroy our peace, but Jesus himself tells us that He came to bring us peace! That means, when we are annoyed or frustrated, fearful or stressed, experiencing something that is throwing us off, we can remind ourselves of the promise that Jesus came to give us peace. He did not come to give you the negative feelings you are experiencing - those come from all different sources - instead, He came to give you peace!
Claim that peace everyday!
John 14:27 (NIV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
When you are struggling mentally, what can you do to remind yourself that Jesus came to give you peace? Put a system in place right now to help you in your next tough moment!
Week 3: Right People, Right Thinking
Day 20 | October 3rd
Do they help me think?
As people who follow Jesus it’s extremely important that we choose our close friends carefully. Sometimes we don't need answers, we need questions. Expressing to others what is going on in our heart is so helpful in working through things in our lives. Don’t look for people who have the answer - look for people who will ask the right questions and will help you think things through. The best people aren’t the ones that always have the right thing to say. In fact, many times the best people often don't say much at all - they listen. They take things in and they hear us out. As they do this they also ask us questions that help us dig deeper into what we are going through and help us consider why we are going through it.
You need valuable people like this in your life. When you find people who listen and help you process the things going on in your life, let them know how much you appreciate them because they will continue to help keep you on track!
Proverbs 12:26 (NIV) The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Take a moment today and ask someone how they are doing, like really doing. Do this with the desire for them to have someone hear them today. Being the right friend for someone else will bring the right friends into your life!
Day 19 | October 2nd
What are the results of their conduct?
Have you ever been given advice from someone and then wondered if they follow that same advice in their own life? Before we allow someone to influence our choices, we must consider if they live a life we want to imitate. Everyone has an opinion but not every opinion is wisdom.
Are they qualified by experience? It’s important to be aware of their background and the fruit of their choices. We also need to know their values, and if they line up with ours. Oftentimes people will want to offer advice that would work for their life, but it may not be the best advice for our lives. It’s extremely important that we consider these things as we choose the people who support us in life.
Hebrews 13:7 (NIV) Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Take a moment to think about the people who influence your life.
What is their marriage like? What are their friendships like? How do they treat their family? How do they carry themselves? How does this encourage you?
Day 18 | October 1st
What do they bring to the table?
If you’re going to get your mental health on track and keep it that way, you need a team. Relationships are like a potluck dinner where everyone brings something different to the table. The advice and guidance we need in life can’t just come from one person. We need people. Having a few great people in your corner, who have different life experiences, will bring clarity to you and help guide you on your path in life.
Who are the people that you have given permission to help keep you on track with the direction God has for your life?
Proverbs 11:14 (NIV) For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.
Write down what each person in your team might bring to the table. Take a minute and reach out to encourage those people by thanking them for who they are in your life.
Day 17 | September 30th
It’s not who you know, it’s who you listen to.
When we are talking about staying on track with our mental health we know that the right people are our greatest asset. There are so many voices in the world that want us to listen to them. So how do we determine who will help keep us on track?
- LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU PROCESS YOUR EMOTIONS.
- LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO CAN GIVE YOU ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE.
- LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO BUILD YOUR FAITH AND ENCOURAGE GOD’S BEST FOR YOUR LIFE.
- LISTEN TO PEOPLE WITH WISDOM.
Proverbs 27:9 (NIV) Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
Take a minute out of your day today to write down your team of 3-4 people who you trust. People who you know want God’s best for your life. Put reminders in your phone to connect with them and reach out on a realistically regular basis!
Day 16 | September 29th
Serving others positively impacts your mental health.
Do you remember the last time you had a rough mental day? Maybe you’re having one right now. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make us feel down; we just feel “off” or we feel like nothing will turn our attitude around. It’s easy to feel stuck in times like this. It’s also pretty comfortable to want to just leave things the way they are. I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want to have a pity party - I don't want to feel better!
The good news is that there is a formula we can follow to turn things around quickly. You see, God created us to do good works and when we do what we were created to do, it lifts our spirits! Serving others positively impacts our mental health. When we serve, our attention comes off of us and onto others. Next time you are down, find someone to serve.
“When we do something for another, just because they need it and are without, our brain releases oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone”. Oxytocin is a mood elevator and makes us feel more positive and hopeful.“ - Dr. John Townsend
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Do you remember the last time you served someone? Take a moment today and serve someone! It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just try doing something to make someone else's day better. You’re doing it for them but I promise you that you will benefit from it!
Day 15 | September 28th
You were made to connect with others.
Have you ever had a friend who just gets you? When you spend time with them you leave a better person? When you’re in the right community, you just do better! The key phrase here is “right community”. God designed us with relationships in mind, which means it’s all about finding people who genuinely want God's best for your life. You do better and are better when you are connected to the right people!
For whatever reason, sometimes we find ourselves isolated from people; isolation makes us devil bait. We need the right people in our lives to encourage us to check our hearts when we are off track. The right people help us stay out of trouble, and see the bigger picture. The right people listen, and help us be better. God puts people in our lives because He knows we are made to connect with each other.
Proverbs 18:1 (ESV) Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
Who are “the right” people in your life? Take a second today to text them, call them, or reach out in some way and let them know how much you appreciate them!
Week 2: Boundaries
Day 13 | September 26th
Renew your mind.
When your house is cold, what do you do? You don’t turn the cold down, you turn the heat up. This seems like such a simple concept, yet this doesn't seem to be our natural response when it comes to our thinking. In our thinking, we don't have to dwell on having “less darkness”, we can simply replace the dark with the light! How do you build a new network in your thinking? Renewing your mind with the word of God. Changing your thinking, will change your life! You have the power to write over the messages of the past. Meditating on scripture is the key. The word of God must be planted in us; we must allow it’s roots to run deep into our souls, to push out the wickedness that arises within us.
James 1:21 (NASB) Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
What is the process that you’ve taken in your life to have the word of God planted in your soul? How can you implement that this week?
Day 12 | September 25th
Take God’s word to heart.
What do I do if I’m stuck in my thinking? What do I do if I feel stuck in my emotions? Scripture must move from our head to our heart. Not just reading but believing! Imagine taking the word of God and applying it to your situation; looking at how to deal with people through the lense of what scripture tells us. What would that look like in your life? When we rehearse how we are going to deal with something, we must step back from what immediately came into our heart, and examine how to deal with it the way the Bible has instructed us to do so.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
What is it in your life that might need a transformation? How can you make sure you deal with it in a way that will bring God's best out of everyone?
Day 11 | September 24th
Break the habit of responding quickly to your feelings.
Have you ever said something and immediately after you said it, you wished you could take it back? It's amazing how often our feelings override our thinking. Anger is a powerful emotion that can get us in some uncomfortable situations.
Just because the anger rises in you, doesn’t mean you have to let it out! So often your emotions misrepresent the truth. Give up your right to be angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Remember: Feeling like you have a right, doesn’t make it right.
James 1:19-20 (NIV) My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
How can you take steps towards being slow to anger? Set up a system now before you get angry to help you slow down in those moments and help you have freedom in future conversations.
Day 10 | September 23rd
Choose your thoughts, don't blame your thoughts.
You are responsible for what you hold. Our thoughts are our thoughts, they are ours to own and take care of. It is as if we are security guards to our minds. What do security guards do? They keep people and places safe, they deal with people who are out of order and acting inappropriately. We must act like security guards to our minds; this means we must pay attention to every thought that comes in and make sure that the thought is not there to cause us harm but to align with what Christ is doing in our lives.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB) We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ
What would taking every thought captive look like in your life? How can you implement this idea in making your thoughts obedient to Christ?
Day 9 | September 22nd
Boundaries set me free to be healthy.
When you hear the word “boundary” what comes to mind? Often it's the thought of a limitation, and when we think about a limitation it's usually in a negative context. But what if the freedom you’ve been looking for could actually be found in boundaries? Paul Gave us 6 filters to run our thoughts through it help us develop boundaries for ourselves. These filters help us to think like God thinks. When we set these boundaries on our minds we save ourselves a lot of pain, turmoil, and frustration in our thoughts.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
What are the boundaries that you should embrace for a healthy thought life? How can you run your thoughts through the 6 filters Paul gave us in Philippians 4:8?
Day 8 | September 21st
A healthy mind is a journey, not a destination.
A healthy mind doesn't just happen, it's a journey of choices. When we want our bodies to be healthy, we continually make the choice to eat healthy and exercise. In order for us to work towards healthy minds, we must remember that we are on a journey. Journeys rarely go straight from point A to point B. There are often detours, mistakes, and unexpected bumps along the way. When these things happen it's so important that we do not get down on ourselves, instead we just get back on track! On this journey there are choices we get to make over and over; choices to meditate on the new things God wants to do in our lives. God created us to be like Him; don't settle for anything less than that! He can make us new in our attitude everyday if we allow Him to! God's desire for you is that your mind would be healthy and that everyday would be a blessing to you.
Ephesians 4:20-24 (ESV) That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Has something taken your mind off track lately? If so that's ok it happens to everyone give God a quick moment right now to renew your mind right now. Put on your new self!
Week 1: Liar Liar
Day 6 | September 19th
How to discern a lie? Your heart contradicts your mind.
“It just didn’t feel right.” Have you ever said that? Maybe you’ve said ‘no’ to an opportunity before and you can’t fully explain why… it just didn't feel right. Sometimes our feelings contradict our thinking, but your heart and your head should agree. If something doesn't sit right with you, maybe there's a lie you're working with.
1 John 3:20-21 (NIV) If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
How can you be more confident in what your heart is telling you? How do you align your thoughts and feelings to make the best decisions possible?
Day 5 | September 18th
How to discern a lie? Your words reveal lies.
Sometimes we say something that we didn't plan on saying, it just slips out. Oftentimes there are things that are going on in our hearts that just are not true. We lie to ourselves, and then we say something to someone or ourselves that does some damage. We must examine where our words come from. Words come from thoughts so why are we thinking these certain ways and how can we submit them to God?
We have to find the lies in the thoughts. Our words will reveal the lies in our heart.
Proverbs 15:4 (NIV) The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
What have you said lately that you wish hadn't slipped out? Where did those words come from and how can you watch out for this kind of thing in the future?
Day 4 | September 17th
How to discern a lie? You’re living below your potential.
The enemy wants you to devalue what God says you should value. We have all been created on purpose for a purpose. We see the world in a specific way because we are all meant to have an impact on the world we live in! Oftentimes the very things that make us so special are also the things that make us insecure. We must look for the lie behind the limitation. When we expose the lies in our hearts it helps us be all that God wants us to be and to live in freedom.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
What has been the fruit of your thoughts lately? How have you been held back? What are you going to do to move forward with God’s plan for your life?
Day 3 | September 16th
How to discern a lie? You’re in conflict with the Word of God.
In our day to day lives we often find ourselves in conflict with the Word of God. This isn't something that most of us desire, it just happens. The good news is James gave us a clear direction on how to deal with this. Don't just hear the Word of God, do what it says!
One of the greatest things that we see happening in our world is that people have more and more access to the Word of God; It pops up on our phones, our computers and even our watches. When we read God’s Word it is so important that we read it through the lens of application not just observation. This will help bring peace, joy and unconditional LOVE into your life.
James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
What thoughts could be leading you down a road of deception?
Day 2 | September 15th
The Devil is always scheming
When Satan wanted to take Adam and Eve off track he didn’t attack their bodies, he attacked their minds.
Jesus told us that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. His scheme is all about the wrong thoughts he puts in our minds. What he does is he uses lies, accusation, temptation and deception to scheme against us. Paul wrote in Ephesians that we are to put on the full armor of God. Why do we need armor? Because we need to ATTACK the enemy. He is trying to scheme against you, so we don't just sit back and let him do his thing. We are in a battle that we can win.
The devil is the father of lies. God is your father. Look for the lies that come into your heart and remember that they don’t come from God the father, they come from the father of lies.
Ephesians 6:11 (NASB) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Do you feel that the enemy is lying to you in your life in any way? How can you discern and deal with him?
Day 1 | September 14th
You are made in God’s image.
God made sure that the very first book and chapter of the Bible let us know that we aremade in His image. It’s no accident! Does this mean you look like God? No, God has no human form. It means everything that we know God to be is in us as well; life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice. We have all of those things in us. Unfortunately, we are imperfect so we don’t always see these things operating in our lives, but that's ok! We can come back to the Bible and be reminded of who we are in Him!
As you go through your day remember, no matter how you feel or what happens to you today you are made in God’s image and God makes no mistakes!
Genesis 1:27 (NIV) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Where do your thoughts about you come from? How can you adjust the source of your thought life?