The words Mental Illness is not a new phenomena. It has been around for centuries; however, when the word is used it causes many surprised looks especially when a person says “I been diagnosed with a mental illness.” Whether the illness is depression, post traumatic stress disorder, or a personality disorder; reactions from those who do not understand are mostly the same. Then comes the stigma against the person who has the illness because no one wants to be associated with someone who they stereotype as “crazy.” Question: If you were told that you had an ulcer, diabetes, kidney failure or any other medical condition wouldn’t you go to the doctor to see what could be done to make the condition better? Or think about your body being depleted of a certain vitamin would you not try a supplement and get your body back at a functioning level?

Every part of our bodies were made for certain functions and the brain is no different. It was placed in our bodies to perform certain functions and it can malfunction like any of the other organs. People do not avoid people with cancer but they avoid people who communicate different from them from a mental standpoint. There is a scripture that says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost/Spirit. At my last observation, the brain was still encompassed in the body. Dare we mock our bodies that were created in the image of God because my body does not act like yours?

It is high time that we as a society learn to treat others as we would want to be treated. Before we point a finger at someone else who communicate different from us let us consider ourselves. It could have been us instead of them. Let us educated ourselves about mental illness and be a help and not a hinderance to someone who is hurting. A slogan that the military embrace is it take courage to ask for help. It also take courage to be different from others in society. Like the song , reach out and touch somebody’s hands made this world a better place if you can, reach out today to be a help to someone else because tomorrow it could be you or me…….Annie Clara Brown, Mental Health Therapist

Self- development is taking steps to better him or her-self such as by learning new skills or overcoming bad habits.

We are living in a time of high technology and there continue to be a need for self-development if we are to keep up on our jobs, in the church, and with our friends. Texting for instance has become the new way to communicate. No texts then no conversation; hardly ever does anyone pick up the phone and call one another.

While it is commendable to learn texting or other technological skills many times we forget about self-development to be better individuals in society and in the eyes of God. Like there are new innovative ways to learn technology then God is allowing individuals to write books and sing songs to help us to be provoked to move into a more positive direction. The Bible will always be the ultimate SOURCE however God uses the talents of His people to provide resources to help us to be all we can be.

We pay top dollars for gadgets for our entertainment and the gadgets continue to change and become more and more expensive. How do I know I have some of them myself. Nevertheless, I never lose sight of the importance of self-development in other areas in my life and the charge, that as I am strengthened, I am to help my sisters and brothers.

Today, I want to challenge my sisters and brothers to devote some time in reading. Why? Because reading seems to be coming a lost art. I know that there are some areas that each of us can benefit from the talents of God’s people. I personally love to read. Will you invest today in a book to read to a child or a self-help book to help someone else or yourself? Time is winding up and we need to be getting ready to know how to withstand the storms of life so why don’t you and I start today. I am just saying!

A re-post from a devoted reader
An Englightening and Timely Message
By Veritas Vincit “Bill” (USA) –
This review is from: Christians with Pervasive Issues (Kindle Edition)
Despite my frequent uncertainty at my relationship with organized religion and my own spirituality, this book helped get me back in touch with the basic Christian principles that guided much of my earlier life. This is the second book I’ve read by Brown, and I enjoy her straightforward and uncompromising honesty in her own ideas, opinions, and struggles with faith at various points throughout her life. Obviously, this is far from an unbiased book, given her role as a minister and a devoted Christian, but similar to her other work, “Who I Be”, this book didn’t beat readers over the head with dogma. She offers an updated, modern approach to forming a new relationship with a higher power that is mutually supportive and rewarding.

I don’t often read religiously themed books, but they often provide an insight into how ancient ideas can be combined with modern issues in new and enlightening ways. I would definitely suggest this book when you are at a low moment in your faith, or simply struggling with life in general. Brown delivers once again, and I must thank her for that!