If you were to open my mothers Bible the first thing you would notice would be the handwritten verses and quotes that helped her mental health.
Dig a little further and you would come across underlined verses, cut out sections from the church newsletter and notes from sermons. I’ve just realised I do much the same in writing this blog.
Mum had her favourite verses that kept her secure in God.
I recently asked the Turning the Page facebook group what their favorite verses were for their mental health.
14 Verses to help your Mental Health
- God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
- Be. Still. And know. That I AM. God. Psalm 46:10
- “Be strong and do the work.” 1 Chron. 28: 9-10
- He restores my soul. Psalm 23:3
- Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- This is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24
- He makes me lie down in green pastures. Psalm 23:1
- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. Philippians 4:6
- You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:14
- The Lord will save me,
and we will sing to stringed instruments
all the days of our lives,
at the house of the Lord. Isaiah 38:20.
- It came to pass [e.g. 2 Chronicles 20:1]
Note from contributor ‘This reminds me that no situation however horrid will last forever. On the flip side- also reminds me that no earthly situation- however wonderful -will last forever so enjoy the moment.’
- Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. Luke 18:13
- The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to make a quick end of them, otherwise the wild animals would become too numerous for you. Deuteronomy 7:22
- The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever. Isaiah 40:8
Big thanks to those of you who contributed to this list.
Some Final notes
- Many of the verses are short, therefore they can be remembered easily.
- People have used different translations of the verses
- Some of the verses, on the first appearance, don’t have an obvious Mental Health focus, but once you start to mull the verse around in the mind then flavor comes out.
- Psalm 23 is mentioned twice.
- Notice how many verses are poetry.
So, let us dig a little bit deeper into the Bible and let it transform our thinking.
Quotes to consider
- A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. Charles Spurgeon
- Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water … Eugene H. Peterson
- The question is: Why have these poems and prayers endured? Why, thousands of years later, do we still have them? And the answer you’ll return to again and again is: They speak to our human experience. Rob Bell
Questions to answer and leave a comment below or anonymously
- What verses of scripture help you with your mental health?
- Why do you think poetry speaks so deeply to the human soul?
- What habits do you have to keep verses of scripture alive in your thinking?
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