Issues and Answers

Keys to Optimal Mental Health pt. 2

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Shelley Quinn (Host), Magna Parks


Series Code: IAA

Program Code: IAA000440A

00:29 Hello, I'm Shelley Quinn,
00:30 and we welcome you today to Issues and Answers.
00:33 This is a program that talks about
00:36 current issues, trends,
00:38 things that are important to us,
00:40 and we look for answers from the Bible.
00:42 And I have to tell you that we are talking about
00:44 mental health today.
00:46 And you couldn't talk about an issue that's more important.
00:49 In today's world, it seems that more and more people
00:52 are unhappy, unsatisfied,
00:55 just there's things that are going on in this world
00:57 but our special guest is going to...
01:00 Who is joining us today is Dr. Magna Parks-Porterfield,
01:07 and you've got some great answers to these problems.
01:12 Now I have to say, this is part two,
01:15 because we want people to stay tuned.
01:17 If you think that you've seen this before,
01:19 last week what we covered on the last time was...
01:23 We were talking about Keys to Optimal Health
01:27 and we covered taking care of your body,
01:30 moving from the past,
01:33 and then aim for true happiness,
01:36 changing your unhealthy thoughts
01:38 and engaging in activities that help others.
01:42 So today, we're going to continue in this list.
01:46 This is part two of Optimal Mental Health.
01:51 Now something that you said Magna
01:53 and want to...
01:54 Probably should do a little more introduction on you first
01:57 but you said something last time
02:02 that really struck me.
02:04 What we are talking about is not just for people
02:07 who have a diagnosis
02:09 of some kind of a mental health problem.
02:11 Right. Right. We're talking to everyone.
02:14 Anyone who is watching by television,
02:17 listening by radio,
02:18 or watching this over the internet.
02:21 We're talking to every person
02:23 no matter what your economic income level is,
02:30 no matter what your educational level is,
02:33 this is a topic that speaks to all.
02:35 Now please tell us one more time,
02:38 you have a PhD in counseling psychology.
02:42 How did you come up with this list?
02:44 We've got nine things on our list.
02:46 How did you come up with this list
02:48 for Optimal Mental Health?
02:50 I've always been interested in the Bible and science,
02:53 not always, that's not true.
02:54 The last, probably 10 years of my career,
02:56 I've been interested in the Bible and science
02:58 and I sometimes spend time
03:00 looking at some of the latest scientific research.
03:03 And what I've started to see,
03:04 the trend is that science in some areas
03:06 are starting to kind of support the Bible.
03:09 And so I started up by looking at science
03:12 and picking what I call true scientific findings
03:15 and coming up with these Keys to Mental Health
03:18 based on whether these findings fit with what the Bible says.
03:21 Amen. Amen.
03:23 And as we've already said, what we see often is that
03:27 if science contradicts the Bible,
03:30 hold fast to the Bible because it won't take long
03:33 before science will correct itself,
03:36 and we're finding that as the longer some
03:40 that they studied on the topic,
03:41 the more it comes into agreement with the Bible.
03:46 Amen. All right.
03:47 Well, we've got some things to talk about today,
03:49 so let's just go ahead and kick this off.
03:52 What is the sixth key to optimal mental health?
03:58 Real simple, but not simple always to do,
04:00 increasing your self-control.
04:04 It sounds real simple. Yes.
04:05 But the science is showing
04:07 that people who exercise self-control
04:10 live the most satisfying and productive lives.
04:14 In fact, they're saying that self control is the key,
04:17 one of the key ingredients to a successful effective life.
04:22 You know, it reminds me of 1 Timothy 1:7.
04:25 Where the Bible says
04:27 that God did not give us the spirit of fear,
04:30 but one of power, love, power, and sound mind.
04:35 You know, interestingly,
04:37 sound mind in some translations
04:42 is translated self-control.
04:45 Isn't that something? Yes. Yeah, isn't that something?
04:47 That self-control and sound mind,
04:49 depending on the translation from the same Greek word.
04:52 They're saying basically what that means
04:55 is that these are synonymous terms.
04:58 So it is true, not just self control in
05:02 what we're eating...
05:03 No. But in everything that we do.
05:06 Everything that we do.
05:07 And I just thought that was so interesting to see
05:09 because in the Bible we see so many examples of people
05:12 who didn't have self control
05:14 and then we see a few of those who did.
05:16 You know, Moses is interesting case study to me
05:18 because he got in trouble initially
05:20 because he went on and killed that Egyptian
05:22 that was doing something to the Hebrew slave,
05:24 lack of self-control.
05:26 Then the Lord sent him for years into the wilderness
05:29 to kind of remove some of those things, I think.
05:32 Then he spent 40 years with the Israelites
05:34 and they were just stubborn, hardheaded,
05:36 and he exercised self-control
05:37 all till the very end and he struck the rock.
05:41 Twice. Twice, right.
05:43 So, you know, we have Moses,
05:45 we have Samson who was strongest weakest man,
05:47 you know, he's strong but lacks self-control
05:50 in choosing the mates.
05:51 And just various people in the Bible,
05:53 David and Bathsheba, then we have Jesus
05:56 who was like the bulwark of self control.
05:58 So self control examples are all through the Bible.
06:01 But what do we mean by self control
06:03 if somebody is watching right now?
06:05 Yes, that's a good question.
06:06 And what do we mean by self control?
06:08 If I were to give it a definition,
06:10 and it's just my own definition,
06:11 it is controlling your inclinations,
06:14 your desire to gratify yourself in all areas of life.
06:18 That's a good definition.
06:20 All areas, whether it be your feelings, your words,
06:22 your thoughts, your habits, it fits into all areas of life,
06:28 and our natural inclination
06:29 is to not want to control those things.
06:32 But that will not lead to true mental health
06:35 if we just allow it to just hang out
06:37 and never put any type of guards on our mouths,
06:40 and our bodies, and our thoughts, etcetera.
06:43 I remember once that my uncle, I was...
06:46 I interrupted to...
06:50 Basically I thought someone was going to answer
06:55 or be upset by his question.
06:57 So I kind of interjected very quickly
07:00 to answer for them
07:02 so there would not be an explosion.
07:04 And you know what happened?
07:05 He looked at me and he said, "You're a conversation hog."
07:09 And I thought, "Ah."
07:11 But then I thought I am, I shouldn't worry about,
07:14 I mean, you know, I should allow.
07:17 It was actually my sister to respond
07:20 with however she feels
07:22 and self-control is something that,
07:25 you know, we can when you're just in a situation
07:31 even with friends.
07:32 If you don't exercise self control
07:36 in what you speak, how you say it,
07:39 how much you talk or in what you're doing,
07:42 you're just not a very pleasant person to be around.
07:45 That's true. Yes.
07:46 And so that's important
07:47 as you're saying for social relationships
07:49 and it's also important for us
07:51 in terms of having the best sound mind,
07:54 the optimal mental health that we can have
07:56 and we need that self control
07:58 and it comes from the Holy Spirit
07:59 because actually that's one of the fruit of the spirit.
08:02 It talks about temperance, synonymous with self-control
08:05 but God can give us that when we ask for it.
08:08 I need self-control when it comes to chocolate.
08:11 I'm planning to pray more.
08:13 We can all find an area where we lose self-control.
08:17 Yeah, another key for optimal mental health
08:22 is cultivating positive emotions.
08:26 And I specifically chose that word cultivate
08:29 because when you cultivate something,
08:30 it doesn't just grow overnight, does it?
08:32 No.
08:33 You have to do various things,
08:35 you think about cultivating the soil.
08:36 You have to do various things,
08:37 sometimes you have to add ingredients, sunshine, water.
08:40 So this thing about cultivating positive emotions,
08:42 it takes a little while
08:43 because we are not prone to positive emotions.
08:46 Since sin came into the picture,
08:48 we are more prone to negative emotions.
08:49 Yeah, you have more people
08:51 who are more optimistic than others of course,
08:53 but for the most part we are not.
08:54 And I like this quote,
08:55 can I read it to you from Ministry of Healing.
08:57 She says, "Courage, hope, faith, sympathy, love,
09:04 promote health and prolong life.
09:07 A contented mind, a cheerful spirit,
09:11 is health to the body and strength to the soul."
09:14 Amen.
09:15 So she's talking about these positive things,
09:16 courage, hope, faith, sympathy, love, gratitude.
09:19 Well, she doesn't mention gratitude here
09:21 but in another quote she does, all of these promote health
09:23 and I put it in there promotes mental health.
09:25 Amen.
09:27 You know what I'm thinking of right now is Romans 12,
09:33 and this is something that I remember
09:35 when I came to Nehemiah 8:10 that says,
09:39 "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
09:42 And it was not at the time
09:43 that I was feeling very joyful and I thought,
09:46 "Oh, Lord, somehow I need your joy."
09:49 And how do I get that joy?
09:51 How do we as you're saying,
09:54 how do we cultivate positive emotions.
09:57 Well, Paul told to Romans in Romans 12:2,
10:02 "Do not be conformed to this world,
10:03 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
10:07 that you may prove
10:08 what is that good and acceptable
10:10 and perfect will of God.
10:12 And I think that what helped me the most
10:15 was this verse to know that
10:18 if I wasn't experiencing the joy of the Lord
10:20 is because I didn't see Him at the time
10:23 as being such a loving, caring Father,
10:26 but as I got into the Word of God,
10:29 it did renew my mind.
10:31 Amen.
10:32 And I began to cultivate these positive thoughts
10:37 and just, it was something that the emotions
10:40 as I began to see God in a different light
10:43 and see what His plan was for my life.
10:46 I saw that my emotions totally changed.
10:48 Amen. Amen.
10:49 That's why the word cultivate is so important.
10:52 We have to be intentional
10:54 about cultivating those emotions.
10:55 We may not feel it all the time
10:57 but for optimum mental health we have to say,
10:59 "I don't feel this right now,
11:01 but Lord show me what I can do
11:03 to cultivate this positive emotion."
11:05 And the Word of God is the foundation for that,
11:09 but then other things you can do,
11:10 there's actually something called
11:12 the positive emotion ratio.
11:15 For every one negative emotion you experience,
11:18 you try to cultivate
11:20 or intentionally experience three positive emotions.
11:23 I can give an example. Sure.
11:25 I'm feeling really sad today,
11:26 it's raining outside, I just feel really sad.
11:28 One part, negative emotion,
11:30 okay what can I do to cultivate three positive emotions.
11:32 Maybe I may pick up the Word of God
11:34 and read my famous promise.
11:36 I might decide
11:37 I want to pick up a picture of my favorite person
11:40 or if I need to pet my favorite pet.
11:42 That's two things to do.
11:43 Another thing may be sing a song,
11:46 so you're doing three things
11:48 to counteract that one negative emotion.
11:50 That shows you how powerful negative emotions are.
11:51 You know something...
11:53 I don't know where I read this study,
11:54 but that is so fascinating, Magna,
11:56 because I read once
11:57 that every time we have a negative thought,
12:00 it makes three indentions on the brain cells
12:04 in compared to a positive thought
12:06 will make one indention,
12:07 I mean, it's stuff that's coming in
12:09 and that fits that perfectly.
12:12 It does. It does. That's amazing.
12:14 So that's where that brain science is tied in there.
12:18 So cultivating that.
12:20 So cultivating positive emotions
12:23 that would once again be Philippians 4:8
12:26 that you've got to look at the positive things,
12:29 pure things, good things,
12:32 and think on such things as Paul said.
12:35 And it's not feeling based,
12:36 that's something I want to stress to.
12:38 Even though you're feeling bad,
12:40 when you intentionally
12:41 try to produce something positive, it helps.
12:45 Amen. That's really important.
12:47 This next area is one that I really like to talk about.
12:50 Spending time expressing gratitude.
12:53 Amen.
12:55 There's so much research on there now,
12:57 out there now about expressing gratitude,
12:59 it's just amazing.
13:01 You know, Paul used to say, oh, he didn't used to say,
13:03 but in the Bible it says, "Rejoice ever more.
13:06 In everything give thanks:
13:07 for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus."
13:09 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
13:10 That's where you're going to? Yes, that's where I was going.
13:12 Yeah, this is the will of God concerning you.
13:14 It is reported that those who are more grateful,
13:17 they tend to be less anxious,
13:20 less depressed, less lonely,
13:23 less envious, and less materialistic,
13:26 science have shown this.
13:27 That's fascinating. It's very fascinating.
13:30 And that ties so well into what you were saying
13:33 about cultivating positive emotions.
13:37 The more...
13:38 For example, if you have...
13:41 If your foot is hurting really badly
13:43 and it's ruining your day
13:44 because let's say you got gout on your foot.
13:46 Just because I know someone
13:47 now who is suffering from gout in the foot,
13:49 and your foot is just really hurting.
13:52 It can get you down till you start thinking about people
13:55 who have no feet that have lost a leg or something.
13:58 But it's one of those things
13:59 where when you're feeling negative and sad,
14:03 if you sit down and make a list of blessings, you know...
14:06 I don't need to say anymore.
14:07 You've done it.
14:09 Oh, okay.
14:10 It's good though. Yes.
14:11 That is something. Yeah, it is.
14:13 Yeah. It's powerful.
14:15 And, you know, one thing that I've started doing,
14:19 sometimes when I'm praying,
14:21 if I don't have a lot of time to pray,
14:23 what I'll do is I start off and I'll thank God for, say,
14:28 of course after I thanked Him
14:30 for my savior and the Holy Spirit
14:32 and I always pray for the people
14:33 who don't know Him
14:34 that He'll shine light to their darkness.
14:36 I'll thank Him for my good health,
14:38 then I pray for people who don't have good health.
14:41 And I list out people I know
14:42 or I may thank Him for the material blessings,
14:45 for my beautiful home,
14:47 and then I pray for the homeless
14:49 and the people who don't have the good food on the table,
14:52 the healthy food.
14:53 But as you sit and you're thanking God
14:56 for all of these things
14:58 that we sometimes can take for granted.
15:00 And I'm so thankful,
15:02 I'm filled with a heart of gratitude
15:04 for what the Lord has done.
15:06 But then I pray for others
15:08 and it kind of makes you recognize your blessing
15:12 but then you're outwardly focused too.
15:14 You know, that kind of fits in
15:15 what I was going to share right now.
15:17 One person came up with habits of grateful people
15:21 and they were four habits I though was so powerful.
15:23 Listen to this first habit.
15:25 Once in a while they think about deaf and lost,
15:30 contemplating endings really does make you grateful
15:34 for the for the life you currently have
15:36 according to several studies.
15:38 Isn't that powerful? That is.
15:39 I just read an article in the ASI magazine
15:42 about a man who had done extremely well in his business,
15:47 very successful.
15:48 He didn't get to spend as much time maybe with his kids
15:50 as he wanted to,
15:52 and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
15:56 And told he had three months to live,
15:59 so he took his family, they went on mission trips,
16:02 his whole priorities changed when he heard this.
16:05 Now that's been four years ago.
16:09 And it's not that his cancer is not advancing,
16:12 but what he said in the article was
16:14 I never really started living until I thought I was dying.
16:18 That fits right into this. Yeah.
16:20 Fits right into that
16:22 and the studies are showing that, powerful story.
16:24 Another one that they say,
16:26 they take, these are grateful people,
16:27 they take good things as gifts
16:30 and not birth rights.
16:32 So sometimes we feel entitled to good things
16:35 and when we feel entitled to good things,
16:37 we're not likely to give thanks for those things.
16:39 You know, people give us a thing
16:40 and we think we deserve this,
16:42 but that's not a thankful attitude.
16:44 But grateful people, they look at things,
16:46 they're grateful for it and they count their blessings
16:49 and they look and say, "I'm so grateful for this,
16:51 I didn't have to get this.
16:53 I don't deserve this."
16:54 And, you know what that made me think of?
16:56 Salvation. Amen.
16:57 Jesus coming down and giving His life.
16:59 He didn't have to do that for us,
17:00 but when we think about it,
17:02 we recognize we're not deserving,
17:04 we're not entitled of it
17:06 because of His love for us,
17:07 that's a habit of a grateful person.
17:09 Absolutely.
17:11 And I think that
17:13 when we do have that gratitude in our hearts,
17:16 it's something that we begin to even recognize
17:21 that we can't take...
17:23 I think it makes you more humble
17:24 because you cannot take for granted
17:28 that if you're gifted in an area,
17:30 you know, you're talented in an area.
17:32 Sometimes people will tell you,
17:33 "Oh, you're a good speaker, you're this, you're that."
17:36 And if you recognize it's all a gift from Him
17:41 and, you know, and then you're thanking Him
17:42 for that gift as well.
17:44 So it keeps you humble
17:45 because you realize everything we have is a gift.
17:48 Amen. Amen.
17:49 Another habit they talk about is.
17:52 Listen to this. They thank outside the box.
17:55 Usually we say think outside the box,
17:57 but they say they thank outside the box,
17:59 and the idea behind this is
18:01 we're accustomed to give Him thanks for good things, right?
18:03 But the grateful person,
18:05 they give thanks for unlikely things,
18:07 "Lord, I just lost my job today,
18:09 You have a reason for this.
18:10 I'm thankful for this."
18:12 A homeless person comes and asks you for money,
18:14 "Lord, thank You for that homeless person
18:15 asking me for money
18:17 because it helps me realize that there are people
18:18 who are needy out there and I have so much."
18:20 So the ideas that a grateful person
18:22 that develops this habit,
18:23 they think outside of the box.
18:26 They don't just give thanks for good things
18:28 but for the other things that happened in their lives,
18:30 the unfortunate circumstances
18:32 and that is the key to optimum mental health as well.
18:35 I think that helped me so much when my sister died...
18:40 You know, she was my baby sister, unexpected death,
18:44 and what helped me was that
18:48 it didn't take too long before I began to praise God
18:52 and thank Him for taking her and sparing her suffering.
18:56 And you know what?
18:58 That totally changed,
19:00 you know, when you're in that period of grief
19:03 when I could finally realize
19:04 and it helped when I saw her autopsy,
19:06 she had some issues we didn't know.
19:07 And I began thanking the Lord,
19:10 and when I did, that just really lifted me so much.
19:16 I lost my husband first, now I'm remarried,
19:18 but I lost him four years ago,
19:19 and I actually started a few months after he passed,
19:22 I started a gratitude journal.
19:24 Because I didn't want to just focus on,
19:27 you know, Al is no longer here,
19:28 we no longer have a ministry together.
19:30 I started to read the research and I said,
19:32 "Lord, I'm gonna apply this to myself."
19:34 And right before sundown each Friday night,
19:36 I would pull out my journal in and look back through that week
19:39 and write down all of the things
19:40 the Lord had done for me,
19:42 and it lifted my spirit each time I did this, Shelley.
19:45 It was a blessing.
19:46 And so when I'm working with people now
19:48 because I do phone counseling,
19:49 you know, and when I'm working with people, now,
19:51 many of them who are depressed,
19:52 I assign them that particular test.
19:54 I said, "I want you to start keeping a gratitude journal."
19:57 And many have reported to me
19:59 how that has uplifted their spirit
20:01 just keeping a gratitude journal.
20:02 So when you are in a state if you're grieving...
20:08 Yes.
20:09 How do you go about keeping a gratitude journal?
20:12 Explain that a little more?
20:14 Well, I think, I don't know
20:15 if it was this show or the previous one.
20:17 I ask God to help me to work outside of my feelings.
20:22 The feelings of grief can so overwhelm me
20:24 that I'm working based on my sadness,
20:27 my loneliness and all of that.
20:29 But I had to ask God in spite of how I'm feeling,
20:31 help me to be able to see and to write down the things
20:34 you've done for me and he did that.
20:36 So the key is working outside of your feelings.
20:39 Okay. And that's not easy.
20:41 Yeah.
20:43 But it can be done
20:44 just not letting those feelings dictate what you do,
20:46 dictate your choices.
20:48 So when you wake up feeling good,
20:50 you know, or the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day,
20:52 you can have gratitude
20:54 for that sun shining beautiful day.
20:56 Or if someone shows you
20:59 some particular caring act that,
21:03 you know, benevolent act toward you,
21:05 you can thank him for that.
21:06 Okay, I think I understand in that,
21:09 that's very important.
21:11 And I think that's why Paul said,
21:12 "Be thankful always."
21:14 That's right, I mean look at his life,
21:17 what he went through, I don't know what...
21:19 You're a Bible scholar more than I am,
21:21 but he talks about in parallels and journeyings,
21:24 you know, all those different things
21:25 that he went through.
21:27 When you think about him being inside of a prison
21:30 that he could not, a cell that in which he could not stand
21:34 and couldn't even really stretch his legs out.
21:37 Being beaten and thrown into a cell and can sing,
21:41 you know, this was somebody...
21:43 He had a real hand along gratitude.
21:45 He did have a real hand along gratitude.
21:47 So his example is one for us.
21:50 And then there's the last one that I have here,
21:52 we can go back and talk about some other things as well.
21:55 And I think actually this is the foundation,
21:58 studying and contemplating God's love.
22:00 Oh, I agree.
22:02 I think that is foundational.
22:03 I agree 100%.
22:05 The research shows
22:06 that involvement in religious systems
22:10 that emphasize love, compassion and forgiveness
22:14 is more helpful for mental health
22:16 than those that involve guilt and punishment.
22:19 Amen.
22:20 You know, there was a time
22:22 psychologists used to run from religion.
22:23 When I was going through my doctorial training,
22:25 I was a Christian,
22:27 but when I'd bring up something about Christianity,
22:29 "Oh, Magna, you know, that crutch you all rely on,"
22:32 you know, woke, woke.
22:33 But now they can't run anymore.
22:35 It's just clear that religious involvement,
22:38 spiritual involvement
22:39 helps the mental health of a person.
22:42 And you know, when we're talking about mental health,
22:44 we're not necessarily saying that you're crazy out here.
22:46 It's a good point.
22:48 Because I remember when I grew up
22:52 in an environment in which I was taught,
22:55 I had to be perfect to be loved by God,
22:56 so I was given some wrong thinking if you will.
23:00 And so I finally just, almost gave up on the Lord,
23:05 but when I started really studying for myself,
23:08 you know, when you read Romans 5:8
23:11 that God demonstrated His love for this
23:14 that while we were yet sinners,
23:15 He sent His Son to die for us.
23:17 Romans 8:32
23:19 saying that if He did not spare His own Son,
23:21 how much more will They do for us.
23:23 When you begin to understand the love of God...
23:27 Amen.
23:28 Then you can absolutely,
23:30 I mean, it does totally change your mental health.
23:32 It does. It really does.
23:33 It's completely uplifting. It does.
23:37 And my heart goes out to people
23:38 who don't believe in a God,
23:40 you know, believing in a God, and not having that
23:44 to me is a real missing key ingredient for mental health.
23:48 I told someone recently who was saying that...
23:54 I forget how they put it but it was basically,
23:57 "Well, what if there is no heaven?
23:59 What if you are wrong?"
24:00 This was an atheist I was speaking with.
24:03 What if you're wrong?
24:05 You know what I told him? What you told him?
24:06 I said, "Even if it were in your...
24:10 If this were a fantasy..."
24:11 I said, "I'd rather live in my fantasy world."
24:13 Because I have such peace in my heart
24:16 and I know it's not fantasy,
24:18 but the point that I was making is
24:21 I'd still rather live a life as a Christian.
24:24 He said, "Yeah, but you don't get to do this and that."
24:25 I said, "But those things don't bring happiness."
24:28 You know, what brings happiness
24:30 is my faith and belief in the Lord,
24:32 so it is something that this contemplating
24:37 and studying about God's love is very important.
24:39 You know, it's so interesting you mentioned to him
24:41 these other things don't bring happiness,
24:43 and again remember the last show
24:44 we talked about what brings true happiness.
24:45 Yes.
24:47 You know, now with people when they give me
24:48 that kind of response, I can say,
24:49 well, the research shows those short term things
24:51 that I'm not doing,
24:52 they really don't bring true happiness.
24:54 But let me you, absolutely.
24:56 Let me ask you this question because I don't know
24:57 I think that I've ever really heard your testimony.
25:04 Did you grow up in a Christian home?
25:06 Yes, I did. All right.
25:07 So when did it become real for you?
25:09 When did it become more
25:11 than an inheriting a belief from your family?
25:12 In college. All right.
25:14 I attended Oakwood College,
25:15 and some of the sermons I heard there,
25:19 and some of my religion classes.
25:20 I started to say, "Wow!
25:22 This is really, expression go, this is deep."
25:26 You know, it's more
25:27 than just what I've heard from my parents.
25:30 Actually, I grew up in a home
25:31 where only one of my parents was a Christian actually.
25:34 It's more than what I've heard them say.
25:36 This is something that I can grab on for myself
25:38 and what was really encouraging to me
25:40 is seeing other students who came with that joy,
25:43 that peace, they have developed that relationship
25:46 and I looked at them and said, "Wow!
25:48 I want that too."
25:49 And I started to, you know, spend more time in God's Word
25:53 and got to know Him more of the personal savior.
25:55 So it happened for me in college 1980s, I remember.
25:58 So then you can personally testify to the fact
26:02 that studying and contemplating God's love
26:05 and I mean, I'm sure you've got case study
26:08 after case study on this,
26:09 you know, personal experiences and testimonies of others
26:14 who have had their lives totally changed.
26:17 Their mental health has been optimized
26:20 because they've come to accept the loving God.
26:22 Oh, yes, I can think of a story,
26:24 the same lady I mentioned earlier about
26:26 who started to forgive people,
26:29 who was sexually abused by so many people.
26:31 She had stopped going to church,
26:32 stopped believing in God,
26:33 and she started going back to church
26:35 and she came back and told me the peace
26:37 that she feels now knowing God.
26:39 Knowing His love for her in spite of the horrible things
26:42 that have been done to her
26:44 helped her health tremendously.
26:46 Well, let's just kind of
26:47 quickly review the nine points.
26:49 We've got the nine keys
26:52 to experiencing optimum mental health.
26:57 Taking care of your body, moving from the past,
27:03 aim for true happiness,
27:04 change your unhealthy thoughts,
27:06 engage in activities that help others,
27:08 increase your self-control, cultivate positive emotions,
27:11 express gratitude and study and contemplate God's love.
27:15 Amen.
27:17 Magna, you can probably talk for hours on any one of these.
27:20 I just want to thank you for coming
27:23 and we will put up her email address
27:26 which is info@bin...
27:35 Yes.
27:39 If you want to get in touch with her.
27:41 We just want to thank you so much
27:42 for joining us today.
27:44 May God richly bless you.


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