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GUEST POST – HOW CAN A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS ADDRESS NEGATIVE EVENTS IN OUR LIVES!

I love GOD and I believe in this generation. I wake up everyday with a mission: disciple a generation. With every story that I get to share, I get the coolest seat in the front row watching God be radically awesome at what He does – love, redeem, heal, restore, forgive and change. I hope it will ring out LOUD AND CLEAR. God sees you and He loves you too.

Author Bio: Tristan Mitchell is a sixth year student enrolled in the Oregon State University Honors College. He will graduate from Oregon State in the spring of 2020 with honors degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Philosophy. He gives all the credit to God in finding his way into this curriculum. His interest in the field of positive psychology is sparked by his passion of what it means to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. The field strongly aligned with his interests and his christian faith, which is his inspiration for reaching out to people through his blog.

A link to his site is included here if you would like to learn more:

https://positivelypsychological.com/

How can a relationship with Jesus address negative events in our lives and positively impact our mental health?

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can experience overflowing love, forgiveness, peace, and joy in your life. That is a promise from God found in the Bible.” One of the most remarkable things about a relationship with Jesus is that he can fulfill this promise even through the inevitable trials of life. It is common for individuals to be stuck on bad events that happened in the past. In the present, it can be easy to take everyday blessings for granted. And for the future, there are times where we are fearful. But through a relationship with Jesus, he can help us to be at peace with our past, be grateful for our everyday blessings in the present, and to have hope for an even better future. Just as he turn can turn water into wine, he can miraculously turn the negative aspects of our lives into something positive.

The power of this line of positive thinking is supported even by scientific fields such as positive psychology and health psychology today. Those who think positively are less likely to have health problems such as hypertension and diabetes, and are also more likely to live longer! This is because the thoughts that we have can impact the processes that take place in our bodies everyday. So having a strong relationship with Jesus can help anybody to be more healthy and to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life!

I’m telling you, God is GOOD! This is what it means to have a LIVING relationship with God. You depend on him through every season and situation in life. That’s the life of a radical, obedient, bold disciple – that everything is done for the glory of our Savior. EVERYTHING! Thank you Tristan, Your willingness to share your heart and soul is deeply appreciated. God bless you.πŸ’•

Friends, No matter where you are right now! Could you take a moment to comment/testify and show Gods goodness to you. It could be your testimony that encourages someone. And feel free to ask Tristan any questions! The more the merrier!πŸ˜ŠπŸ™β€

Blessings and Love.😊 πŸ™ ❀

243 thoughts on “GUEST POST – HOW CAN A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS ADDRESS NEGATIVE EVENTS IN OUR LIVES!

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I hope to demonstrate the love that God has for each and every one of us. The power of positive thinking that a relationship with Jesus can help us to achieve is even supported by the field of positive psychology! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments! I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  2. Amen. Great word of encouragement. God is In control. Thank You for reminding us that there is no better life then with Jesus and His will done in our lives.

    Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
    β€”Psalm 25:4-5

    Life can be so confusing. There are so many choices for us as we decide the values that will govern our lives. So how are we going to find the best way, God’s way, to live? We will ask God to show us! Our hope is in him. Our salvation is in him. So why not ask him to guide us and teach us his truth? Why not expect that he will make his will known for us? If our hearts are open to his truth and we are seeking his path, he will make his will known.

    God hears your prayers. God can feel your pain. He knows that you are overwhelmed, exhausted, and worried about how everything is going to work out God is saying to you today, “Trust Me. I will get you through this season. I will fix what is broke. Rest in Me.”

    O mighty God, the only true guide to life, please help me to know your will more completely. I want to live for you and to please you. I want others to know of my allegiance to you β€” not just because of the words I speak, but also through the character of my conduct. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

    God Bless You Richly. πŸ€—πŸ˜Šβ€πŸ™πŸ™

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    1. I am so glad this resonated with you! I very much approach this as another way to show the benefits of following Jesus. Me being a scientifically oriented individual, the field of positive psychology helped me understand why it is good to emphasize our relationships and to search for meaning in our lives, which is something that Jesus does so well! Thank you so much for your contribution, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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      1. This blessed me today! Such wisdom in one so young is a rare and wonderful thing.
        My daily prayer as I give my mind to God is, “Lord, cleanse my mind of anything unholy, untrue, unimportant, and unnecessarily negative. Fill my mind with what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.” (Philippians 4:8)

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  3. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Jesus’ beatitudes are counterintuitive. When the world says to think positively, Jesus says you can be honest with Him about how negative circumstances and feelings often are, but He’ll still bless in the midst of it.

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    1. Thank you for your contribution! Positive thinking in general does not rid negative events from our lives entirely. What I believe that it can do, however, is minimize the negative events in our lives and to at least find meaning in going through the inevitable trials of life. Jesus will absolutely bless you in the midst of these trials. I have my own struggles as well, but these are things that I am honest to God with and has helped me in my own life immensely. Thanks again for your contribution, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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      1. I’m good thanks. But when I read my Bible I see a lot of negativity. That isn’t negative, that’s just realistic. Whenever God’s people are negative, He doesn’t judge them for being honest about how they feel. Obviously if our negativity manifests itself in bitterness and rage towards God that’s wrong. But we need to learn that tension between being sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. The normal Christian life is cross carrying, self denial, persecution… and joy! Sounds oxymoronic and a bit negative, but there’s suffering before glory. God bless.

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  4. I so agree. A positive attitude through life especially when one has God in their heart will experience a deeper sense of hope. And hope changes our senses to respond with confidence to the trials that face us. God knows what’s best, what’s good for us in the long run. And that trust carries us forward. It’s not always easy to keep focus on the positive, people, circumstances will have their moment of ridicule or anxiety, pain. But in trusting, in having the Lord as a personal friend, having His Spirit in us to guide us through, makes a difference in the outcome and our mental health.
    Thank you for the positive message! God bless you both. Shalom.

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    1. This is so great! We really approach this the same way, and you also raise some very important points. Some of these points are actually brought up in my other posts, which makes me feel that you will very much like the content in my other posts such as on PERMA theory and the Mind-body connection. Very well said! I hope that you are doing well, and God bless you!

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      1. All is calm, thank you for asking. May God’s fortune smile down on you both as well.
        I would like to thank you also for the encouragement. Seems we think alike, I will indeed stop by your site. Blessings always. Maranatha!

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    1. So true! My life felt very incomplete until I found Jesus. Since Jesus took the forefront of my life, things have been much better, which is why I feel that I am a living testimony as well. I am so glad to hear that you feel the same way! Thank you for your contribution, and God Bless you!

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    1. I am in such strong agreement with you! I still enjoy several pleasures of life, but now I find that nothing compares to the relationship that I’ve found with Jesus. I’m glad that you feel the same way. Thank you for your contribution, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  5. Hello Tristan, Would definitely agree with this perspective. It is very much why in the scriptures we are instructed to β€œrenew our minds” Romans 12:12 by β€œwashing with water of The Word.” Eph 5:26.

    The most powerful thing I think I’ve learned this year though is how our mind works in tandem with our emotions to form our thoughts and drive the wheels as designed by Our Creator in Gen 1 & 2.

    The Wheels of Ezekiel Chapter 1 is inter-related to Chapter 11 of Revelation – or what I have come to call the β€œ11:11 mirror”

    Each of us is β€œtested” in this life by trials – some are tested more than others. Our emotional response to these tests/ trials ultimately affects the purity of our inner β€œSpirit.”

    Which is why purging the dross thru self examination is so important to renewing one’s mind.

    Thank you for the additional encouragement.
    Blessings & Shalom,
    Kenzel

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  6. My sister had breast cancer and during the most horrific times of chemo, our family and many friends, started a β€˜card campaign’ to her and the comments and encouragement were so helpful she even took them to bed with her to read on those sleepless nights filled with pain. It truly turned her from focusing on the pain to God’s blessings and love. She testified that her healing and ability to overcome the pain from chemo got easier and easier from the encouragement and positive thinking! So it’s real! Praise the Lord for his mercy and blessings! Thanks for sharing this blog!

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    1. That is so great to hear that your sister was able to overcome breast cancer! I have actually heard even more similar testimonies about people who had a positive attitude toward their treatment. It is true that positive thoughts help our immune system to function better than negative thoughts. Thank you for sharing this testimony, I hope you and your family continue to do well, and God bless all of you!

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  7. It’s refreshing to read this kind of post from someone as young as you are. I can say, young, because I am 72. And at this age I tried lots of different methods of getting peace of heart and filling up the hole that all the worldly things did not bring, even the good ones, such as kids, a house, great husband. Since becoming a believer in Christ I realized life is not about me even though God wants to use me but He wants the glory. It took me till I was 35 reading the bible to realize heaven was not available for me, no matter how good I was. So right away, I had to shift my focus from survivor Betty to Jesus for salvation. I was no longer the focus of my life, He was. It’s been a trust journey ever since, first trusting Him for salvation that cannot be taken away from me, now trusting Him that no matter what I go through He is good. Even when my attitude is bad, He is good. Life is in Christ the bible says so as long as I keep self out of the way I stay positive. But for me, He must come first, not a positive attitude first then Him but my life is buried in Christ. Great post from you.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate your encouragement here. I agree so much in the power of putting Jesus first in this journey through life. When you put him first, it helps us to focus less on ourselves and more on God and the relationships we have in life. He is infinitely good. I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  8. This is awesome; these words are full of life; God richly bless you and yes that scripture also rang a bell in me.

    There is always abundance with Jesus; He is our life, He is all we have. Personally I have experienced the love of God in tremendous ways and there is always a sense of peace within you when you spend time with Jesus. The World and all its pleasures are passing away, we can’t be live a life for Him.

    Yes indeed; Jesus came that we may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10) πŸ™ŒπŸ»

    I choose to live for Him.πŸ™πŸΌ

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I am so glad to hear how you have experienced the love of God in tremendous, as this is something that I can certainly relate to. I also agree with the sense of peace felt in having a relationship with Jesus. He helps us to live our lives in full! I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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      1. @Harryson, Amen. It is by Yashua Hamaschiach and The Ruach that we each become a Temple of The Lord…by submitting in humility we enable ourselves to become the very vessels Christ exemplified.
        Blessings & Shalom

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  9. Amen. Seeing life through the eyes of Jesus changes everything, and delivers hope. Without Him, life can be a giant puzzle of catastrophies. With Him, the puzzle comes together and glorifies Him, and His mercy blesses us through the process. No other way to live at peace that to live in Him!

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    1. Absolutely! I love how you illustrate that through Christ we can turn our somewhat chaotic lives into something beautifully glorifying to God in the best way that we can. I feel that having a relationship with him is one of the most important things for us to do in our lives. Thank you for sharing, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  10. Since it is clear that God will, for His faithful, work all things for the good, I wonder if the next step would be to move beyond the idea that life and its experiences are in anyway “negative.” In other words, for the faithful, life in all its manifestations “negates” nothing but always holds the seeds of growth. One must, also, never underestimate the beauty, truth, and efficacy of sacrificial love and prayerful suffering. Trust in God and all good will follow. Thank you and God bless.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing this. I agree so much that if we follow God, good will follow. Even our negative experiences through God can become opportunities to grow. While the negative experience is not good in itself, it can be good in future if the individual finds a way to use it to grow. Thank you again for sharing, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  11. I was not born a Christian, but i love and believe in God. My life was gloomy after several heart breaks and there was nothing left for me to do. I was broken, weak and loosing my energy.

    As I was loosing myself, I offered my soul to God and asked him to fill my life with his healing peace. I prayed constantly. And most importantly I BELIEVED. Through this process i found myself back, I received things i was praying for, I became stronger and my heart was filled with love and peace! Like i was touched by a strong, loving power.

    It’s one of the best experiences of my entire life.
    Now whenever I feel troubled or face a difficult situation i pray and put my life in the hands of God. It always kelps me. I love God!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article! Love it.
    Have a wonderful day 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! We actually have very similar stories, as I have only considered myself christian for a year now. A broken heart from a couple of failed relationships was certainly on of my ways of understanding my dependence on God, and then I was able to work on that relationship, which is the most important of all! Thank you again for sharing, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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    1. I’m glad you were able to get such a strong message from this post! Discipleship is so important in one’s life, which is why I am so thankful that I was able to write this post to so many people to positively impact them. Thank you for sharing, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  12. This was a beautiful and well-written article. I love how everything pointed back to God and his goodness and mercy. Thank you for taking about the connection between God and his healing power. I do not have enough room here to testify about the goodness of God. I will say that I cannot imagine my life without God. I was afraid to drive for many years. Finally, I placed my fear in the hands of God. Now, I have been driving for more than a decade and give rides to people in my inner circle who do not have a car. God took my fear and has allowed me to bless other people with my testimony and encourage anyone who faces that same fear. I remember reciting Psalm 27 before and during my driving test. I hope to encourage anyone who is afraid of anything to remember that Jesus died for our fears also. God is able and we must trust him with everything including our fears.

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    1. That is so great to hear how God has personally helped you overcome fear in your life! I think this is one of the most incredible things about him is that he can take one’s fears and not only remove them but even turn them into something positive. Thank you for sharing your experience, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  13. Several weeks ago, I was really going through a rough patch (and still am, I might add as some issues continue to remain unresolved). One of my friends sent me a gospel song via text message during the middle of the week, β€œHe Has His Hands On You” by Marvin Sapp, which got me through the next several days. By Friday night, I was absolutely fried and overwhelmed. One of my other friends texted me early Saturday morning that she had come across the shirt that I had given her with my hashtag GurlYouGotItGoinOn. She gave my words back to me. The funny thing is that I know this was from God because neither one of them knew what I was going through. God is so good!!!! πŸ™‚

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  14. Great post! Just as God lifts us up, we are called to lift one another up. A word, a smile, a positive comment can change another person’s day. As our own thoughts are transformed in our relationship with Christ, we share those thoughts with others, creating hope…just as this blog shares that hope!

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  15. Oh I LOVE this! Excited to follow you! I’m a brand new blogger and I’m glad You are sharing what it is like to have a relationship with Jesus Christ with the world! I plan to do the same and He is my #1! Praying for more testimonies shared and more people coming to know HimπŸ’•

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    1. I am so glad to hear about you starting a blog sharing your relationship with Jesus Christ! I strongly believe in the power of testimonies, so I am excited to hear about your vision with your blog. I wish you great luck in your pursuits and mission, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  16. may we all continue to provide the inner space, for God’s Holy Spirit to reside inside you, as Jesus would say, it’s inside us, we just need the keys, and those keys are the simple parables he told, and the wisdom he taught so well, blessings

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  17. Beautiful. Being positive means to look at the good aspect of all things. Good and Evil, God created them. He uses the weak to lead the strong. To focus on the good that shall come is engaging faith. Faith that moves mountains, which I am humbled to witness through out my life in countless situations. That faith God shall work good for us, and glorify himself, when God has done the thing strengthens our bond with God and a confidence that will not move to doubt, or fear. A great example is shown in Joshua 6 in the bringing down of the wall of Jericho. Keep preaching and stay humble, God is on the move!

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    1. Yes he is! I am so glad to hear how God has worked in your life in many instances! I agree that through adversity he helps to strengthen our relationship with him, and that he can lead us through it in a positive light as well. Thank you so much for sharing, I hope you are doing well, and God bless you!

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  18. Hello, Beautiful Junaisha!!! So nice to be back in Your radiantly loving room here! The new header/design are lovely and the content remains just as WONDERFUL as ever!!! This is such a sweet piece it brought tears to my eyes! I will certainly bop by Tristan’s. Thank You for this, Angel Lady! God Bless You!!! πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸŒΌ

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  19. I can totally vouch for what you have written. I am able to experience an overflow of love, forgiveness and joy by submitting myself to God. One would think living a godly life would be dreary and dull but it is just the opposite. Once we let God take control of our lives, He fills our hearts with joy and peace and we are able to enjoy life as He wants us to, it is amazing! πŸ’•

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  20. I’m not perfect ans sometimes I do question and doubt but I have a great reminder after a car accident. It was difficult because I had a wrist fracture that included surgery and lifelong lifestyle change. I was given a 20 % chance of mobility in my hand and wrist.

    Sometimes, I find it hard to be resiliant during stressful situations in my personal life. Work in progress everyday

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    1. Thank you for sharing this. I definitely understand that it can be a work in progress everyday to be resilient during the trials of ones life. May God bless you and I pray that you may turn to God for guidance through these trials. Thank you very much for sharing this personal experience!

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  21. It is so very refreshing, and a boost, to see another Christian give praise and thanks to our Lord for gifts of happiness and spiritual enlightenment. Amen, and thank you, June, for instilling this precious message to us, and thank you for being who you are and how much you care for others–Chris H. Stevenson (Pen name–Christy J. Breedlove)

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  22. Yes…. having a good relationship with Jesus can help us realize and understand that just because you do what is right and a good person for the most part that doesn’t exclude us from facing adversity and disappointment in life. Also, we can’t have the testimony without the test first as well.

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  23. God is love and that is absolutely positive! Positively beautiful in every situation and season of my life. Since He is the creator of my heart and my mind, no matter what happens to my body I still know I can trust Him. Trust in Him is what allows me to keep positive. I have been through terrible things in this world, rape, abuse and most recently the murder of my husband by my abusive exhusband. The presence of God allows me to walk daily in confidence. I lift my head in the storm. He puts the smile on my face and the beautiful peace in my heart. How does a widow with 5 young sons sings with joy only 2 years later? Because my confidence is in God. Resting in Him let’s me face the future without fear and instead to bear witness of His grace and care. In His love I smile. I’d wish no one my pain…but, oh that they’d know His presence like I do.

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