I started this blog a year ago tomorrow (July 3, 2017). Praise God for helping me reach this milestone. Thank you, Jesus!
I wanted to share God’s Word in ways that would help people dealing with mental illness, because God’s Word has made the most profound difference in my own recovery from mental illness.
In my story, I share how God worked through doctors and medications to keep me alive and bring me to a place of relative stability. But it wasn’t until I fully committed my time and effort into reading, studying, and meditating on God’s Word that I was freed from the lifetime of daily symptoms.
And I have to stay in God’s Word daily to maintain my recovery, because my mind still tries to return to old habits and the enemy still tries to whisper lies in my ears that I’ll never get any better.
For me, reading the Bible isn’t just a checkbox on a religious to-do list. I don’t quote scripture to prove to others how spiritual I am.
God’s Word is what keeps me sane.
My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
Through His Word, God brings me light when depression is filling my mind with darkness.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
He stills my soul and gives me peace when my mind is racing.
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.
He gives me rest when I can’t keep going.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
And He gives me strength when I can’t fight anymore.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I had been a Christian for 30 years before I made the decision to immerse myself in God’s Word. I’d read His Word many times and studied it off and on, but it hadn’t had first place in my life. When I cried out to God – again – to help me out of depression, He showed me that there was a way out, but I had to choose to follow it.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
When I made the decision to let go of all hesitation and just believe everything He said, my life started changing.
When your words came, I ate them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
Lord God Almighty.
I still struggle with my mind, because I’m an imperfect human living in a fallen world. But I’m no longer struggling alone. I have hope, because I’ve based my peace on the Almighty God and His Son, Jesus.
I Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
And I will continue to share the hope and strength God has given me for as long as I can.
What milestone moments has God given you in your journey?
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