A few people have asked, what’s up with The Bible stuff? Why are you doing it?
Here are the top three reasons:
I was anxious, lonely and depressed after moving to Texas. I thought, “if I don’t find something to help me get out of bed every day, I won’t.” I’d already read everything by Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. I’d read The Purpose Driven Life, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting, the Yoga Sutras and The Secret and I was still lying face down on my bed. Why not add The Bible to the list? Why not read the best-selling book of all time and do what it says as an experiment? That’s literally how much thought I put into this, nearly-three- year project.
- I wanted to be a writer, not an insurance salesman. I didn’t have the courage to pursue what I wanted and I was jealous of people who did.
- I was burdened with rancor for the Religious Right, Republicans, Monsanto, Karl Rove, The Bush Administration, BP, Enron, Lehmann Brothers, Fox News, the pharmaceutical industry and the machine that created Justin Bieber. But that was proving tiresome and unhelpful.
So I read The Bible, studied it and tried to do what it says. Here’s what things look like two and a half years later:
- My life didn’t get easier. It got harder. The holy magic wand that many Christians secretly expect as a reward for their obedience, didn’t pass over my life and sparkle everything up. Instead, my attitude toward my circumstances changed, which takes practice. Life is hard now like swimming in the ocean is hard – especially when the current is strong – but I swim every day with determination because it’s rewarding. Eventually, I hope to swim gracefully, for long periods of time, with many other people, because swimming in the ocean is fun and an awesome privilege.
- I write every day. When I was stubbornly forcing my life, plotting, competing, conniving, I got to sell insurance. When, per The Bible’s suggestion, I surrendered all that to God, I got the space and the courage to write a book.
- Rancor still raises its ugly head but The Bible helps me choke it. I quit watching the news because the American media is in the business of feeding indignation. It was making me bitchy and that sometimes soured relationships with people I like, who happen to vote Republican. Thanks Google and Twitter for making this possible.
So here are two scriptures I used to combat depression and anger and one I used for courage. My teacher put the text in the first person, which makes them easy to say out loud. Stick them on the bathroom mirror. They help.
Depression – God is my shield, my glory and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3
Courage – I am strong, vigorous and very courageous, I am not afraid, neither am I dismayed for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go. Joshua 1:9
Anger – I speak soft answers that turn away wrath, not grievous words that stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Try it and let me know how it goes.
4 thoughts on “Scripture Help for Depression & Anger.”
I made a decision to do life the way that God says and what I’ve learned throughout the last few years, and the last year especially, is that when I do things God’s way it works. It works every time. The Bible is truly a guidebook to life. It has amazed me over and over. It is what will truly lead you to the good life!
Mamanellie – That has totally been my experience too. Sometimes I wonder what took me so long.
Erin, 2 scriptures from the Bible have really helped me. One is I Thesselonians 5:18. It says, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you always.” The other is Ephesians 5:20. It says, ” …giving thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our our Lord Jesus Christ.” At 1st glance these may seem the same, but one says “give thanks IN everything” and the other says “give thanks FOR all things.” This has made a huge difference in my life. To me this means giving thanks in all the things God gives us, no matter what they are. And the other means giving thanks for all the things that God has given us.” No matter what that might be. For example, I had breast cancer, so I gave thanks to God for the doctors & nurses that helped me through all of that. That was FOR all things. Then, giving thanks to God IN all that I learned and all the wonderful people I met. These 2 scriptures have held me in good stead for years & years. I pray that in some small way that it wil help you, too. I think of you often. And now that we are back in Ft.Worth, I am here for you in any way that you need. Just let me know. Love you!
Thanks Patty. You are always so stalwart. Glad to hear you guys are in Fort Worth. Msg me your number and I’ll give a shout next time we’re in town.