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Mental Health Monday—escaping from your prison

The Spirit of God is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, to announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace! (Isaiah 61:1-2)

With this passage Jesus commenced His ministry. One word encompassed His goals: FREEDOM! Since Adam and Eve disconnected themselves from the Creator the human race has been in prison. We’re all born with a Woodstock mentality: “if it feels right, it must be right!” Paradoxically, our prisons are constructed in this manner: no boundaries, no limits, and no restrictions. “In those days there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing” (Judges 17:6). Fyodor Dostoevsky uncovered an even worse condition: “The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.

He sent Me to preach, to heal, to free, and to pardon.” “God is not a celestial prison warden jangling the keys on a bunch of lifers—He’s a shepherd seeking for sheep, a woman searching for coins, a father waiting for his son” (Clarence Jordan).With Jesus, God’s rescue operation has been put into effect once and for all. A great door has swung open in the cosmos which can never again be shut. It’s the door to the prison where we’ve been kept chained up. We are offered freedom: freedom to experience God’s rescue for ourselves, to go through the open door and explore the new world to which we now have access” (N.T. Wright). “The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take” (Max Lucado).

ESCAPE YOUR PRISON! Listen to the story of Paul Wood. “At the age of 18, Paul was a high-school dropout in prison for murder. While spending time in maximum security he discovered the life enriching quality of learning. This led him to voraciously pursue both formal and informal means of education. He acquired both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy while in prison and by the time he was released he was two years into a Doctorate in Psychology. Paul is now a respected coach and consultant who uses his knowledge and experience to assist individuals and organizations to achieve their developmental goals. Paul will be using his own journey to illustrate and discuss the universal ingredients of successful personal change and growth.”

Mental Health Monday—the power of listening

Lord, You listen to the desires of those who suffer. You steady their hearts; You listen closely to them. (Psalm 10:17)

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” —Epictetus

The first duty of love is to listen.” —Paul Tillich

“Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking our words more seriously and discovering their true selves. —Henri Nouwen

“Empathetic listening is an awesome medication for the hurting heart.” —Gary Chapman

“With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.” —Catherine Doherty

For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s met, standing on the edge of life. He relates how the encounters helped him learn the therapeutic value of listening.

Mental Health Monday—climbing out of addiction and depression

I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. (Philippians 3:13)

mt2Margo Talbot is a writer and climber who lives in the southern interior of British Columbia. She has competed in a number of climbing competitions, including the ESPN X-Games and the Ouray International Ice Festival. A sponsored athlete with Outdoor Research, she also guides for Chicks with Picks and runs an adventure guiding company for women, The Glitter Girls.

Margo has written: All That Glitters: A Climber’s Journey Through Addiction and Depression. Amazon’s review observes: “Margo Talbot’s unflinchingly honest account of a childhood characterized by abuse and neglect, her descent into depression, addiction, and criminal activity is both heartbreaking and, ultimately, inspiring. Finding redemption and healing through her passion for the outdoors and, in particular, ice climbing, this memoir is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit and the healing force of nature.”

Here’s her story…

Mental Health Monday— “Aha’s” from the mental hospital

You will understand the truth and the truth will make you free. (John 8:31)

Glennon Mellon

Glennon Mellon

An “Aha!” happens when something is suddenly seen, found, or understood. God’s “Aha’s” are often found in strange places and circumstances. On the first Christmas the shepherds found God’s greatest “Aha” in an animal feeding trough. Most likely a mental hospital is the last place one would look to learn evaluable “life lessons.” Nonetheless, that is the discovery Glennon Melton made.

She is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, CARRY ON, WARRIOR. Glennon believes that life is equal parts beautiful and brutal, and writes about the “brutiful” she finds in marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery. Glennon unleashes her wit, courage and irreverence to call us to accept ourselves exactly as we are today, but also incidentally inspires us to live bolder, more meaningful lives for others. CARRY ON, WARRIOR and Glennon’s philanthropic work have been featured on The TODAY Show, The Talk, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents Magazine, and American Baby, among other television and print outlets.

Here’s what she has to say: