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Therapeutic Devotion

Therapeutic Devotion is the use of scriptural reflection as a mindfulness tool. Mindfulness is a skill commonly utilized in therapy to foster relaxation and focus. The task is to reflect on a written passage or an object, giving it all of your attention and shutting out all external distraction. Therapeutic Devotions focus on the reflection of a scripture to bring about a therapeutic understanding. This skill takes practice, and with time you should be able to increase your ability to focus on the moment. Mindfulness is useful in reducing anxiety and elevating moods. Take the next few minutes, go to a quiet place and read the following devotion. Then take 2-3 minutes to reflect on what you read.

I Thessalonians 4:11-12 "Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands...Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others."

External stressors are major contributors to anxiety and depression, and often times the external stressors are unnecessary people or things that we allow to be in our lives. We allow these things in our lives because we are trying to add superficial value to our lives. However, if you remove the stressors and focus on living a quiet life, you will see a reduction in the negative emotions that you are experiencing. You will also no longer be dependent on outside people and things to add value to you. Assess your life right now – what unnecessary stressors can be removed? Is it people… is it material possessions… is it lofty expectations?

  ~Robyn

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This is one of the exerpts from Robyn Hill's latest book, "Refresh! A Therapeutic Devotional."

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