“And while He drew their hearts to Him by the tie of human sympathy, His divine grace brought to them the salvation which the Jews rejected” (Ellen G White, Lift Him Up, p. 183).
- Stay focused. Anticipating larger goals turns ordinary activities into achievements and adventure. Don’t let daily details distract and derail your long-term goals.
- Set realistic expectations. Achieving a small goal is more valuable than brooding over impossible expectations. Be aware of your own limits as well as the demands put on you.
- Expect challenges. Successful people are not mistake-free; they just don’t give up when things go wrong. Rather they find valuable lessons in challenges and adopt new strategies.
- Practice new choices. Positive choices, when repeatedly made, build body, mind, and spirit. Steady growth and development overcome big, bad habits. Fast is fragile; slow is stable.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Make the choice to focus on solutions rather than problems. Cultivate thankfulness, optimism, and trust in God in the situations you can’t change.
- Seek support and accept responsibility. Surround yourself with people who have positive life skills and learn from them. Develop new habits and ways of thinking. Social ties create mutual accountability and give opportunity to grow in responsibility and consistency.
- Connect. Circumstances alone cannot change the heart. Recovery from broken habits, restoration of health, and renewal of hope and happiness come through a daily relationship with God who is personally interested in your healing, growth, and progress. He will guide, sustain, and empower all who come to Him in prayer.
Homes of Hope and Healing
Share mental health tips in the eight-weeks Homes of Hope and Healing small group series. Lesson topics include:
- Good Thinking
- Hope Against Depression
Download the introduction to the Homes of Hope and Healing program with slides and the series of eight lessons with slides at www.womensministries.org.
“While words express thoughts, it is also true that thoughts follow words. If we would give more expression to our faith, rejoice more in the blessings that we know we have,—the great mercy and love of God,—we should have more faith and greater joy….
Then let us educate our hearts and lips to speak the praise of God for His matchless love….
When someone asks how you are feeling, do not try to think of something mournful to tell in order to gain sympathy. Do not talk of your lack of faith and your sorrows and sufferings. The tempter delights to hear such words. When talking on gloomy subjects, you are glorifying him.”