Here’s a short shop for your week!
You know how society stresses the importance of securing the bag? If you’ve never heard of this colloquialism, it means to take advantage of a financial opportunity, obtain the funds, snatch the coins… you get the drift.
Well, for some of us, I say it’s time to unpack the bag. *raising my hand too*
I’ve been undergoing this uncomfortable adventure with my therapist recently. As faith-filled as we may be, there’s a bag of stuff that we keep tucked away or in my case, that we never knew existed.
So, how does a Christian begin the process of unpacking an emotional suitcase? First, you need two guides – The Holy Spirit and a professional counselor/therapist. If you’re new here, welcome to my blend. I’m an avid advocate for mental health and I believe God gifted persons with the ability to help us navigate difficult waters. If you need a starting point, let me know. I have a list of exceptional professionals that can either help you directly or refer you to someone who can.
As you find a match for your wellness needs and prepare for the journey, here are three things to remember –
- Remember you serve a God who cares.
- WORD: Psalm 147:3 NLT – “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
- NOTE: Whatever the weight, He can handle it. Start unloading.
- Remember you are an exceptional creation.
- WORD: Psalm 139: 13-14 NLT – “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it.”
- NOTE: Your baggage doesn’t change who you are.
- Remember freedom is yours.
- WORD: Psalm 34:14 NLT – “I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”
- NOTE: You do not have to live in your baggage. The suitcase is not your home. You can be freed.
Family, don’t forget you are not alone and you have everything it takes to begin the journey. I pray you have the courage to take the first steps necessary toward a healthier you. I know I am.
Peace & Thanks for listening to my under-500-word Tiny Desk Ted Talk! *lol*