[Additionally, if you want, make a prayer closet, a war room. For a simple plan, click here. Make it a time to reflect on verses and on God's character, to praise Him for whatever you can praise Him for, to intercede for others, to lay your requests before Him, and to spend time quietly listening to Him. Write it all out in a notebook or on a master list. Be deliberate about this prayer time. It is so true that we are in the midst of a spiritual war. Yet how little we are aware of it or live like it.]
And I believe that godly music helps protect us and our faith. Demons are attracted to negativity and discouragement and anxiety and fear, etc. And if we give ourselves over to those negative things, we give them “open doors” and “welcome mats” and will be more vulnerable to attack. But filling our homes and minds with godly music is repulsive to them and it will keep them back more, protecting us more from attack and giving us time to gather our strength.
Am I blaming God for other people's mistakes and the ways they let me down? (Remember that God has given us all the right to do right or wrong. If other people choose to do wrong, it's not His fault. And it's not that He doesn't care. It's just that they had the right to choose how they wanted to act. And they - we all - will be held accountable for our choices.)
And remember that it takes time. Don't think there's something wrong with you if you can't "get it together" as quickly as others think you should. Give yourself time to grieve, to heal, to grow, to wallow at the feet of God if you need to. He's got you, and He won't let go of you, no matter how long the process takes.
I like to take pictures of my garden and post them at https://heathersgardenandhome.blogspot.com.
It's relaxing and reminds me of God's creativity, goodness, and providence.
And if you are really feeling brave ... dance too. Dance around your living room or kitchen, all by yourself.
Be careful which thoughts you allow into your head. Your thoughts will affect your feelings. Your feelings will affect your outlook and how you view God and yourself. When negative thoughts or self-condemning thoughts plague you, pray them over to God. Ask His help in seeing the truth. In fact, write out the negative thoughts that bother you and then write God's truth next to it, the truth you want to live. And review it often.
(For a guidebook to help you discover any hindrances in your faith, go to my blog "Through the Refining Fire: Your Sweetly Broken Journey".)
Do you have any tips for dealing with anxiety or depression? Things that have helped or didn't help? What advice or encouragement can you share?