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Prayer: A healthy coping mechanism

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Prayer is one healthy way to help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and grief. There is a saying that says, “let go and let God.” Letting go of worries and handing them over to God and trusting that he will take care of you can help.

 

As a Christian, we hear over and over that we can find strength and healing through prayer. However, we struggle to find time to focus our attention on God instead of the normal hustle and bustle of our lives. It is not that we do not want to spend time in prayer – it is that we simply feel we do not have time.

 

Believe me, I understand this struggle. Being a mother of three small children, keeping up with my chores at home, and carrying a full caseload as a therapist is like having three full time jobs! So how do I make sure I am giving God the time that he deserves? I have been able to spend more time in prayer by taking these three steps.

 

The first step is listening to Christian music. God has blessed some amazing musicians to help lead us in prayer. I love Christian music, and the most awesome part is that there are all different genres of Christian music. So, it should not be hard to find some that you like. Listen to it in the car, in your home while you are cooking or cleaning, or even at work (if you can). Just listen to Christian music whenever possible. You will find that this simple step can change your mind set for the entire day. It will also help to reset a negative or depressed mood.

 

The second step is reading the bible. I have found that if I read the bible before bed, I end my day in a positive mood and I sleep like a baby. I also recommend using the bible as a tool to help you make decisions or understand difficult life circumstances. Simply do an internet search for “bible verse about _________.” You will find that the bible has hundreds of verses to help you. You can also find a list of verses that are helpful in the index section of most bibles.

 

The third step is talking to God all day long. Throughout the day, thank God for little victories in your life. Ask God for help, strength, or understanding. My little prayers are, “Thank you, God, for keeping me safe during my drive to work. Thank you, God, for giving me patience while dealing with my tantruming 2-year-old. Thank you, God, for giving me the right words to help my client in our therapy session today. Lord, please help me to understand why you made me sick today and please give me the strength to make it through the day. Lord, please help me to speak your truth in all my sessions.” Speaking to God does not need to be formal. Talking to God can be like talking to a friend.

 

Am I perfect at following my three steps? Absolutely not! However, I have found that when these steps are a part of my life I feel better. God is amazing. Philippians 4:13 states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” God is here for you. Reach out to him and he will answer.


Erin Touchette, MA, LLP



 

Categories: Spirituality and Mental Health

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