Q and A / Love

Lynn from Orlando, FL asks...

Sadness with Christ in my heart....

Dear Junebug: How do you handle the conflict within a person who is suffering from severe depression and considers themselves a Christian?

Posted in Love on Fri, Jul 23rd 2010

Battling for peace of mind

Dear Lynn:

Do not ever beat yourself up because you have a "problem" as a Christian. We all do! That's why we need HIM! The only criteria I possess for the Askjunebug column is that I've had many issues and personal problems through which our dear Father has guided me. I strive to use the knowledge and wisdom He has given me and pour it out into the lives of others. He will do the same for you, Lynn.

Four suggestions:

1) Try the homeopathic route. Go to a vitamin/health food store and purchase whatever an experienced nutritionist suggests. I understand that B vitamins, for instance, can help with anxiety and mood fluctuations. But make sure you get expert advice.

2) Read God's Word like it's a prescription. Research gospelcom.net Scriptures on a sound mind/happiness/joy/peace/hope, trusting God, and forgiveness. Read thirty to fifty of these Scriptures several times a day. Read them as if they were medicine.

3) Renounce the spirit of depression, for as Paul stated, "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places." So, whatever you believe is controlling your mind, stealing your happiness, and robbing you of a blessed life, that is what you reject, renounce and forsake in the name of Jesus. Now, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you up with His power, which will enable you to fight and withstand the attacks of Satan, our enemy. Speak out loud that you have the mind of Christ. Claim it, and by faith, believe it.

4) Seek medical help if you feel that is the direction God is leading you.

Battling for peace of mind is an ongoing process and must be fought daily with the Sword of the Spirit, which is God's Word. Tenaciously follow the above suggestions, and do not give up! God bless you, dear child of His.

Junebug

KM from Nashville, Tennessee asks...

Finding the Right One

Dear Junebug: What advice can you offer someone who is a Christian who wants to find “the right one”?

Posted in Love on Tue, Aug 17th 2010

Match.God

Dear KM:

First, you must pray and trust in God to give you the perfect partner that He has created just for you. Now you have a part in this as well. You should be the reciprocal of what you desire in a potential mate. For example, if you are looking for an interesting, attractive person, you in turn must strive to be appealing.

Second, be wise in where you choose to look for your future mate. If you don’t want a drunk, then stay away from bars. If you are into physical fitness, join a gym. If you are into healthy eating, spend some time in a health food grocery store. Try the “3-G’s” - Get gregarious in the grocery.

Third, get involved! Do volunteer work. Join a coed Bible study. Walk a popular walking/hiking trail. Go to yard sales. Have a yard sale!  All  these are excellent ways to meet your possible mate.

Most important, do not let yourself become desperate. This may cause you to settle for less and you could potentially scare off “Mr. Right”. Don’t ever forget: Men love a challenge!

Remember, the perfect body will initially attract a man, but does not have staying power. Keep a good sense of humor, stay interesting, and be yourself; knowing God will provide in His perfect timing. In the meantime, while you wait, don’t forget to have fun with whomever you meet!

JuneBug

J from Tallahassee, Florida asks...

Witness the Right Way

Hey Junebug!  When you preach the Gospel to others, is there a specific thing you say every time, or does God reveal to you what to say?

Posted in Love on Thu, Mar 31st 2011

Be Yourself

Dear J.

I think that God orchestrates our every step if we ask HIM to, and given that HE puts people in our paths to witness to, then I have to believe that HE too gives us the appropriate words to say. Each person is unique and will receive God's word differently, so what we say regarding the LORD should depend on the person and the situation. 

One piece of advice I'd give you is not to try to hard to say the right thing nor memorize a bunch of Scriptures and start blurting those out. You will probably come across as insincere and too polished. It's always good to be yourself and, more than anything, let the love of Jesus come across in your actions. By doing these two things, your words will be the icing on the cake that your actions have built.

And most important, pray and listen for the Holy Spirit to lead you. Be bold yet seasoned with love.

I know just from the sheer fact that you have asked me this question that you are a man of God and you will do great witnessing. Be yourself and you will reflect God's love and kindness.

Junebug