By David Moshier, Connecting NowFaith
Many people who get to know me today have trouble believing that I struggled with mental health issues for much of my life, including addiction.
Today, I’m a new being – I have a unique purpose that is far better than anything I could imagine.
The real gift of mental health, sobriety, and the reward of walking with God is not fame or fortune but peace, the peace that exceeds all understanding that keeps us in union with Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Faith can play a vital role in healing mental health challenges. I am still a work in progress and feel blessed to share some essential resources to help you overcome your mental health journey and strengthen your faith-walk. They are prayer, scripture, and fellowship.
Prayer does not always change our situation, but it can change how we deal with our problems. It is easy to be overwhelmed by depression and anxiety, focusing on regretting the past or fear of the future, but prayer can help us stay in the present, in His presence.
Scripture can give us practical steps to take to trust God rather than leaning on our understanding. One of my “go-to” passages is Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
”Fellowship can help us feel accepted, less isolated, dispel misunderstandings, reduce the stigma associated with mental illness David Moshier. and treatment, and facilitate access to treatment for those in need.
God created us to be in connection with Him and with our neighbors. Prayer, scripture, and fellowship can help us realize how we fit into God’s reality of eternity, finding comfort, and our true identity in these uncertain times.
David Moshier is the publisher of City Guide of Sebastian & Vero Beach. He is also the Creative Director of Oasis Creative Resources and Host of the City Guide Talk Show.
He can be reached at 772-925-4154, by e-mail at David@ CityGuideSVB.com