I troll the bible looking for mind-verses. One thing I’ve discovered is there’s no therapy-book like God’s book. It is the book of life because it’s a double-edge sword against thoughts of death. It is a book that buries itself like treasure in your belly when you read it, NEVER to return void. It is the book that, when stored in your heart and uttered aloud, will make the enemy flee. It is a very powerful mental-health resource, and it’s free and accessible to all of us. I was thrilled when I came across this one: Isaiah 61:3. God says He can give, “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” To me, this says WITH God, we can exchange heaviness for praise. How? Simple: by praising Him. It sounds intellectual and theological, but I’m neither one of those, so I know this is achievable. We “praise” all the time at sporting events, concerts, ceremonies, birthdays. I’ve learned that praising God is celebrating and complimenting Him, in the way we do at those things. And unlike those things, praising God isn’t bound by buildings or “occasions.” On my jogs, I praise God (celebrate and compliment Him) as I see his sun rise. It’s giving God props in a reverent way. If you are in a spirit of heaviness, try starting your day with praise. Exchange your heaviness for His praise. There’s nothing to lose…and like He said in Isaiah 61, a garment to gain!

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