Friday, April 26, 2013
So I just shared this with two of my close Spark friends, but thought I would post it as this week's Depression battling tools. Maybe it will inspire you to pick up a new/old book.
Last night, I found a book my friend had given me years ago about battling depression and changing your thought processes called "Battlefield of the mind".
It is from a Christian writer and uses bible verses to get her points across. It uses the premise that most of our negative thoughts come from an ungodly source and that in order to have positive thoughts and good attitude, we need to follow God's plan for us. We need to expel these thought processes and use the Word to create new patterns and reshape our minds.
I never read it before cause I don't really like "self helpy" books and especially hate "Preachy Christian" books. I literally have had it for more than 5 years and have not thrown it away because my best friend gave it to me. But last night as I was looking for an inspirational book to read, I felt like I should read it. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me or maybe it was my desperation for change.
But in any case, I thought ok I have nothing else to lose. I am at an all time low right now and have been suffering from such negative daily thoughts about myself for months. Anything to help change these feelings is a welcome gift.
So I read the first 3 chapters last night. And although it was hard to keep my mind open to it, without feeling it was preachy or wanting to roll my eyes, I am happy to report that Today I actually feel like I am having less negative thoughts .
I really tried to reflect on the spirit of the message and reflect on the Bible verses it quoted.
So the next step is read it daily and work on re-establishing a daily prayer schedule too.
Once I finish this book I want to find other encouraging books to inspire and motivate me.
Will Keep you posted...