Is it a woman thing; the attack which seems to work its way into our minds? Above all other struggles in life, the one which hits hardest is the fight which takes place in our head. It’s time to rid ourselves of this enemy…
Let’s face it, we all have struggles in life. For some of us, it’s our heath. Others battle money issues or marriage problems. It’s just a given fact that, at some point in our lives, we are going to face problems and should learn how to overcome them.
To me, the hardest battle to fight is the one in my head. These exchanges are not always rational, causing illogical fears which have no basis in reality. Others hit too close to home, causing me to rethink the path which has been set before me. No matter the challenge, mental blows are just as stressful as physical; sometimes, even more so.
If you’re anything like me, you struggle with this on occasion, too. I don’t know about you, but this is not a happy experience. The sooner I can rid myself of this nonsense, the better. But, how does one manage to put the matter to rest and allow our mind to move on in peace?
Through Prayer – Instead of using prayer as a last resort, the first thing I need to be doing is praying. Why try dealing with this issue on my own when the God of the universe can tackle this for me? Let’s start this fight off on the right foot; pray!
Through Scripture – There are so many incredible Bible verses we can bring to mind which offer peace and comfort. In times of need, access the Scriptures for encouragement and help.
Through Action – After praying, I need to determine if there is anything which can be done to relieve my mind. Is there action which needs doing? Is there a problem I need to fix; an act of forgiveness, grace, or mercy which needs to be extended? If working through this issue will ease my mind, this is my next course of action.
Through Busy-ness – Some issues of the mind and heart can only be handled with time. Waiting is not a fun game! Instead of stewing and stirring the mental pot, so to speak, find something with which to distract yourself; get your mind to focus on something else entirely. Be it chores, be it a field trip, be it fellowship; choose to put your mind onto some other activity.
Through Fellowship – Speaking of fellowship, sometimes talking the matter over with a friend or councilor is just what we need. It is wise to hear others thoughts on our struggles and gain outside perspective of the issue. Find someone you trust and admire, ask them for advice and prayer.
Often we battle mental struggles on our own; we assume they are simply moments of anxiety and irrational stress. We need to start seeing them for what they are, attacks from the enemy. Whenever he can, Satan will use fear to prevent us from action. It is high time we started seeing this issue for what it is and putting on our armor.
Time to Chime In: What course of action do you take when dealing with struggles of the mind?
“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.” - Philippians 4:6-7