Wow, my last post Well, At Least You’re Not… was fueled by lack of sleep and other things, but today I feel so much better. Not only did I get to sleep, thanks to Seroquel, but God’s love and peace. I found myself praying in the midst of a nightmare…which means God’s love is a permanent part of my mindset. Yes! Mental illness is a permanent part of my life, so staying faithful to his word is crucial to having a healthy recovery.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6)
Anyway, I wanted to let you guys know that we are going to face challenges in life. Point. Blank. Period. (If you haven’t noticed already). I say this because when I first became a Christian, it was my understanding that things would magically become better.
Whether you face mental illness, physical illness, etc., you will have challenges. It’s how we get through the other side that determines the rest of our life and eternal life. If you face hardship and you choose to hide from it, do you truly heal from it? Or do you chose to walk through the storm head on, only to come out of the other side stronger?
For me, coming out of the other side with God is the only way I can become stronger because God is most present when we are faced with adversity.
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)
He uses our circumstances to make us stronger. We just have to trust him. In Exodus, Moses had a choice to trust God by leading Gods people to safety, not knowing what lied ahead or stay in slavery. It’s hard to trust Gods plan, especially when we don’t know what lies ahead, but he loves us so much, he won’t allow us to sit in the hurt. He promises to bring us out. And I am living proof that this is 100% true.
Please listen to this song, which has encouraged me to get through the dark times, including the other night’s episode.
He is the God of hills and valleys. He is present through the good times, as well as the bad times. We just have to trust him.
I love you guys. Please continue to pray for one another. Love. Peace. Happiness is Jesus.