Thank you for all your prayers for wife. The surgery is successful and my wife is now resting for two weeks from work. But we are not yet out of the woods. Continue interceding for her as for the follow up check up and another surgery.
Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis: What Does the Bible Say? by Ed Welch, published by New Growth Press. Click here to buy the book in digital and physical format.
“Humans cannot truly thrive unless we hear and take to heart what God says about us, our purpose and our need.“
“Spiritual problems mean that you need God: Father, Son, and Spirit. Life is too much to manage on your own. You cannot afford to be partitioned from him.”
“A diagnosis is about you and your body; psychotherapy is often about you, your body, and other people; God is about you and your body, other people, and him and . . . everything.”
“One common observation is that the intrusive feelings and thoughts of PTSD can be so loud many affected people will look for ways to be distracted or numb themselves. Watch out for drugs and alcohol or other ways you try to self-rescue. Here is a rule that has no exceptions: when you look to be rescued by anything or anyone in this world, your rescuer will control you. Then your rescuer will become your master, and you will need to be rescued again.”
“The gospel is about being close to God. To do that, Jesus identified with you even to the point of entering into your afflictions.”
“Scripture speaks to both the physical and relationally traumatic causes that are of prime interest in psychological and psychiatric problems. God has created us physical beings, and Scripture certainly accounts for body and brain disabilities that inevitably affect us all.”
“The nearness of God, secured by the gospel, is a source of all kinds of comforts and wisdom.”
“Spiritual deepens our understanding of psychological problems. The two categories are not actually opposed. Psychological categories help us see important human struggles. Spiritual categories include those struggles and help us see more. Spiritual indicates that God speaks in every detail of our lives, and we need him in every detail.”
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