One of my favourite books starts with this ancient proverb- "when the student is ready, the teacher appears".
I love this because I've experienced it so many times in life, that when something on the inside of me says 'this needs to change' I suddenly find myself presented with the tools to address whatever it is. I'd find people would bring it up in conversation, or that would be the preaching topic that week at church, or I would pick up a book and the next chapter would be about said topic. My suspicion is that God is always working behind the scenes bringing people into our lives in various forms so when we are ready, or our minds become conscious of something, we are surrounded by good teachers whether they be literal or metaphorical teachers. Life is always ready to teach us if we are ready and willing to listen.
For quite a while I don't think I thought I could change. I thought the way I was, was just that-the way I was! I had always responded in certain thought patterns, which led to certain emotional responses which led to certain speech and behavioural responses. Everything for me was a complex emotional situation that needed to be navigated and 'processed' before I could move forward. And usually I would store things away and run over and over them in my mind until I was bound up either by fear, frustration or unmet expectations.
I have found the key to freedom for myself lies in allowing and inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to me and reveal areas that need to change, provide me the wisdom to know how to change and the power to continue to make the choices over time that will support this change.
For me areas that I've really found freedom in include:
- Self expectations
- Expectations of others
- Thought life
- Emotions and emotional responses
- Self worth
I believe that God's best design for us is to be whole and strong on the inside, free of fear and free of judgements of self and others, clear thinkers, full of life, vision and peace.
I have found the book 'Mediations on Mysteries' to be one of the greatest resources and have read it so many times right through plus individual chapters as they have stood out to me.
For christians desiring a better understanding of how they their mind, body and soul can be healthy and strong I would highly recommend this book by David Storer.
It's a great starting point. Other books I have found useful and have learnt a lot from include:
- 'Who Switched Off My Brain' by Dr. Caroline Leaf
- 'The Healthy Life' by Jessica Sepel
- 'Living the Healthy Life' by Jessica Sepel