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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday Series: Christianity and OCD


I've been diagnosed as having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder since I was ten years old.  I don't think that it's really a big deal.  I like to have things organized, I hate germs, and I have my own processes and set-ups.  If that's wrong, then quite frankly, I don't care to be right.  However, I often notice ways that being OCD affects me in Christianity, and that's something I hope to overcome.

In middle school, I started saying very ritualistic prayers.  I would say the same prayer every night, basically listing every single family member off.  I felt like if I didn't say them or if I forgot something, something bad would happen to a loved one.

While I thought this was something that I had grown out of, I recently felt myself falling into the same sort of hole.  I felt like if I changed the radio station from a Christian station to a country station that I'm "letting the devil win."  I constantly have to talk myself through the process - Having a musical talent is a God given gift (one that I definitely do not have.)  It's okay to enjoy the benefits of others God given gifts!  I pray that the thoughts will end, and then I go about my business.

I've looked for scientific research and resources to share with you in case you suffer from the same issue, but no such luck.  However, I think these verses are more helpful than any piece of scientific data could ever be.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -- John 14:27

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." -- Matthew 11:28-30

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  -- Philippians 4:6-7

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. -- Psalm 55:22



Do you suffer from the same type of things?  If so, I would love to hear how you cope with it!  Praying that y'all have a great start to your week :)

God Bless,

SS
  

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your courage in posting about OCD. I developed a very horrible OCD problem after my first semester in law school. I have not had the strength to post about it, but maybe I will soon!

    Whitney
    www.McKenzieWild.blogspot.com

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    1. The best way for me to cope with things is to talk about them openly. We're all different :) Hope you have a happy Monday!

      XX, SS

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