Hope everyone had a blessed Turkey Day, and, unlike me, did not GOBBLE until you WOBBLED! I was on Ellis Mountain in Kenbridge, VA, and Mrs. Ella and her “girls” cooked and baked their hearts out and I expressed my total gratitude by eating far, way too much. I was actually in Fayetteville, NC, and traveled back home with my parents, in a good old fashion road trip on Wednesday, so that’s part of why I’m posting late this week. As most of you know, I normally post a theme or topic based on many different factors but I try to always let the message be something I feel God is leading me to share. So, that’s the other part of why I am late this week. I plan to finish on #PrisonerofPraise, and, after much soul searching, etc. I think we should discuss Mental Health for the next few weeks.
In conclusion, on the topic of #PrisonerofPraise, I shared a few weeks ago about how blessed I am to live next door to my mom and dad and their church had a good old fashion revival recently. Leading up to the revival they had a week of prayer for one hour every evening, and I attended several nights and enjoyed the acapella singing. My mom shared how their prayers worked and the revival was a very powerful uplifting event. Mom also shared with me how she had to get up in church one night and tell everyone “What my Church Means to Me:”
“My church, the little church at 2119 Prince Street, with the big heart, means a place where we can worship and praise the Lord together, as brothers and sisters in Christ.A pl ace where we can share fellowship, praises, love, joy, acknowledge God, a church where we love one another, lift one another up, not criticize each other, and does not kill each other with our tongues.
A church where we trust God, a church where we support one another and build one another up. A church where we come to pray together and if we pray together we will always stay together…like a hospital is healing for the body the church is healing for the saints, where the word is healing for their souls.
My church, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where the pastor is Rev. Charles Chapman, means more to me than words can express that’s why my membership here is so important. Being a dedicated, true church member means never having to say you are sorry but always God Bless you, brother or sister in Christ. My church is a church that sticks by you, through thick and thin, meaning that when things get thick, “we/they” do not thin out on you! That is what my church means to me, a dedicated, spirit filled church … we can go a lot further together than we can alone!
Well alright momma … thanks for sharing and I hope your honest, heartfelt testimony encourages someone to give God Praise! I also pray our weeks of sharing on #PrisonerofPraise has inspired some of you in your own unique way to give praises as it really blessed me to be grateful and praise God for all the things he has done, is doing and will do for me, far greater than I can ever think or imagine!
Now back to the subject of Mental Health, many of us are aware that the “Wonderful Life” and “Happiest Time of the Year” season, can be the most loneliest, depressing time. The following is a post some have shared on Face Book including my good friend Dawn Barry Kaufert:
“Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season … It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some have problems during the holidays and are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now. I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly post this status to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. Be grateful.” Dawn’s post led to the following:
June Wojeski Burger And invite someone who is alone into your home … which led to my post:
Debra Fuller Ellis And give a gift to a child through toys for tots or to a single mom or elderly person!
So, first, one in five people in America have some form of mental illness. Sadly, most people don’t seek treatment because of society’s stigma. I am attaching a brochure “Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays” … also, please feel free to comment, as it will help guide us through this discussion. And, I for one, know there were times over the recent holiday and for the one coming next in a couple of weeks, where I probably got on someone’s nerves, someone(s) DEFINITELY got on mine, and I did not always feel like “having myself a merry little Christmas” now and I had to and will have to exercise some serious prayer!
TO BE CONTINUED …
SONG: God in Me (Mary Mary)
CANDLE LIGHTING SERVICE:
We light the candle of truth that God will help us dispel ignorance and misinformation about major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. (Silent prayer)
We light the candle of healing that troubled minds and hearts, broken lives and relationships might be healed. (Silent prayer)
We light the candle of understanding that the darkness of stigma, labels, exclusion and marginalization might be dispelled for the sake of those touched by mental illness. (Silent prayer)
We light the candle of hope for persons and families living with mental illness, for better treatment, for steadier recovery, for greater opportunity to work and serve. (Silent prayer)
We light the candle of thankfulness for compassionate, dedicated caregivers and mental health professionals, for new discoveries in brain research and better medications. (Silent prayer)
We light the candle of faith to dispel doubt and despair for those who have lost hope and are discouraged. (Silent prayer)
We light the candle of steadfast love to remind us of God’s love and faithfulness and to remind us to share the light of love and service for those living with mental illness. (Silent prayer)
Scripture (58 Bible Verses on Mental Illness):
Psalm 34:17-20 ESV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 4:24 ESV
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
John 16:33 ESV
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 17:14-20 ESV
And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. …
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Luke 1:37 ESV
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Jonah 2:5-7 ESV
The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
Psalm 56:11 ESV
In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
1 Peter 5:7 ESV
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Matthew 11:28 ESV
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Isaiah 43:1-28 ESV
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. …
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
1 John 4:1 ESV
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:19 ESV
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Romans 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Luke 11:24 ESV
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Psalm 46:10 ESV
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Isaiah 61:1-3 ESV
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Luke 9:1 ESV
And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,
James 4:7 ESV
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
Romans 12:1-21 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. …
Isaiah 53:5 ESV
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Luke 12:48 ESV
But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
John 6:37-40 ESV
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 14:18 ESV
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Psalm 57:1 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
3 John 1:2 ESV
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
Mark 9:21-27 ESV
And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” …
Luke 12:3 ESV
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
Luke 9:1-2 ESV
And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
Matthew 25:39-40 ESV
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Psalm 118:17 ESV
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
Romans 8:38 ESV
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
Daniel 4:1-37 ESV
King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation. I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. …
Luke 4:18-19 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Psalm 9:9 ESV
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
James 5:13-15 ESV
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Mark 5:1-43 ESV
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. …
John 8:1-59 ESV
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” …
Romans 8:22-23 ESV
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (email@example.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/