“This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” (Colossians 1:6 NLT)
The Philippians 4 Project story…
“Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.” (Philippians 4:6-7, The Message Bible)
When I heard my Christian psychologist quote this in my counseling session to encourage me, God was opening a doorway for me to be set free from trauma-related suffering. The PTSD, severe anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and self-loathing didn’t compare with the nightmare of intrusive thoughts I had been powerless to eliminate.
Intrusive thoughts are repetitive, unwanted, upsetting thoughts that flood one’s mind, against one’s will. They come from the subconscious part of the brain. One who is struggling with intrusive thoughts can’t simply choose not to have them. Instead, the harder one tries to not have intrusive thoughts, the more insistent the brain becomes to produce them. I was having marriage crisis-related intrusive thoughts every minute of every day. They were ruining my life, robbing me of any measure of peace or joy.
After that counseling session, I looked up the verse he had quoted and read the chapter around it. I found new promises in this chapter to pray over. I found what I was looking for — instructions on what to do (versus what not to do). In this chapter, I found the hope I needed, a pattern to follow, and I turned it into a journal template, and used it.
Thanks be to God, today I’m set free from intrusive thoughts. God has revamped my brain through the repetition of working out the instructions in Philippians 4. He has kept his promises. The more He sets me free, layer by layer, the more I can’t keep it to myself anymore.
I will never be perfect, and I still have struggles. I still have PTSD. What’s changed is I’m not suffering. I still have pain, but it doesn’t consume me. I still have hard days, but they don’t define me. As I practice God’s principles, I am able to live in my struggles with joy, peace, and patience.
~Missy Hogmire, Founder
The Philippians 4 Project is about just one thing:
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s grace.
At The Philippians 4 Project, we are a small team. Our hearts are inclined toward those impacted by trauma of all kinds. Oh, friend, you need not suffer alone. There’s a friend who sticks closer than a brother, a heavenly Father who sees you and loves you. Help is available.
We want the opportunity to help one person, and one more after him, and the next one, to experience the life-changing love of Jesus Christ. Simply put, to see captives be set free and their stories redeemed by God’s ever-present, always available love.
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” (Philippians 4:8-9, The Message Bible)