Although the topics of mental health and spirituality are not commonly discussed together, we believe spirituality can have a positive impact on our mental health. When we face emotional challenges, God’s power and unfailing love are available to us. Additionally, the family of God is a source of strength. We believe that We were not made “to do life alone” so we create opportunities to connect with other believers; striving to live the kind of life that He intended.
One of our foundational statements at Koinonia is that we aren’t made to do life alone. Community is God’s plan and desire for you, and we believe this is the perfect community and family for you to be a part of and connect with.
The human experience can be quite diverse, often full of a range of emotions. Be comforted in knowing that Jesus is well acquainted with your emotions. Hebrews 4:15 (NLT) says that Jesus “…understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do,…”. If; however, negative emotions linger, it can be helpful to consult a specialist. A therapist or Christian counselor offer a safe environment to express emotions and provide new and effective ways of handling life’s challenges.
Anxiety is a human emotion. Christians are not immune to anxiety. Many biblical greats suffered from anxiety; namely, Martha (Luke 10:40-42), Job (Job 2:1, 20:22), Elijah (I Kings 19). Jesus experienced anxiety the night before he died. Jesus walked the earth as God in flesh-He gets it.
Transitions can be challenging. Grief is involved in all significant changes, losses, and life transitions, not just in the death of a loved person. People experience grief with relocation, retirement, loss of health, aging, etc. Responses to loss vary greatly depending on several factors such as: previous experiences, support systems, and emotional wellbeing, just to name a few. Regardless of your preparedness for change, the good news is that God is always ready and available to comfort, strengthen, and keep you.
Trained professionals are available with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Goals change according to the varied priorities in different phases of our lives. Sometimes life calls for tough choices, and that’s OK. Some major life choices can be awesome opportunities that bring reward and blessings. Connecting with other believers in a local ministry can help you learn about how God’s plan and your purpose intersect. Communicating what is important to you to God welcomes change, possibility, guidance, and inspired ideas.
You’ve started the journey, and you took the next step toward a better understanding of mental health and spirituality. We know this doesn’t answer every question you may have, so we have the below resources to connect you with the people who have some more answers. What’s next? You get connected! We aren’t made to do life alone. You can join a life group where you can connect and grow with a group because growth happens in the community. Or, if you’re ready, you can join the church; we would love to have you as a part of the family!