One of my new passions is mental health awareness and erasing the stigma, especially within the Body of Christ. I recently read these statements in a Bible study that I am working through.
When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.
When God see this type of prayerful, grateful faith, when our mind is squared on Him, the peace of God expands within us. It stabilizes our runaway emotions, centers our minds, guides or footsteps and even overflows into our experience with others. It cools our sharp tongue, dismantles our emotional walls, and keeps us from being so difficult to be around.
And, these statements were made from one of my favorite Bible teachers. I am one hundred percent confident that this teacher did not mean any ill will at all. But, if you suffer or have family or friends who suffer from mental health illness, you know that NOT wallowing in anxiety and worry isn’t any easy thing to accomplish especially when these very real feelings threaten to take over your life.
When someone who suffers from mental illness is in a deep dark place, anxiety, worry, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts are like zaps of lightning in a continuous cycle hitting the one who is suffering.
Many times there isn’t the capacity to understand a prayerful, grateful faith and keep ones mind squared on God.
Holy Spirit has been showing me many things. Here is one insight:
The only difference between mental health illness, high blood pressure or diabetes is the symptoms and the treatment. They are all very real physical ailments. Many times those who suffer from mental illness have swollen or clogged synapses which do not allow important chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine to reach the part of the brain the regulates mood.
Yes, there is a spiritual warfare aspect and if you are familiar with spiritual warfare you understand that the enemy loves to attack our weakest area’s. It isn’t any different with mental illness. The brain isn’t functioning at full capacity and that is where Satan will aim his arrows to attempt to keep the brain at low functioning levels. After all, as believers in Christ, we have the mind of Christ and Satan will stop at nothing to keep us from nurturing our minds to Christ likeness.
We abundantly love a child who suffers from mental illness, who attempted three overdoses and who wanted to get into a car accident every time our child was in a car. Praise God he has protected our child in each circumstance. God has put us on a path with modern technology as His chosen instrument in our child’s healing, so our child can be in a place where our child can choose not to wallow in anxiety and worry, our child can come from a place of prayerful and grateful faith, our child can have a mind squared on Him and our child can choose to allow Him to stabilize runaway emotions, cool a sharpened tongue, and to have that beautiful dimpled smile once again and all the time.
Precious One, what is your responsibility? Start with prayer and ask God how to pray for those with mental health concerns. Almost daily, and in my humble opinion what appears to be epidemic, I learn about someone new who is suffering and my heart breaks a little bit more. Learn to be more sensitive to those with mental illness, it isn’t a plague; it can’t rub off on you.
Parents and caregivers learn to strip away your expectations of what you believe your loved ones life should look like and replace it with celebrating the victories and providing a loving, caring and safe environment. And, please, try to remember it isn’t about you or directed at you.
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