I read an interesting quote. “Peace is not the absence of trouble. It is Christ in the midst of trouble.” That is so true.
I recently found a childhood friend that I have not seen for many years. I decided to share info about my history of child abuse (being abused and being an abuser- 35 years ago). I tried in one paragraph to explain things like Bipolar Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT skills therapy, and other facets of my mental illness. I do not know if I will ever hear from my old friend again.
Another old friend, who has been like a second mother to me, can not understand why I tell the world all of my secrets. She keeps her innermost secrets hidden, as most people do.
I share my secrets because I genuinely care about you, the person who is suffering with mental illness, you the person who loves someone with a mental illness or you who are curious and would like to know more about depression, anger, anxiety and other mental health issues. I want to help you the way others have helped me. You are not hopeless. God loves you and He can radically change your life.
I am far from perfect as anyone who knows me will tell you. But after years of counseling, trying numerous different medications until I found the ones that worked for me and years of God’s compassion, love, mercy and forgiveness I am not the person I was 35 years ago. I am mentally stable most of the time (unless I miss my medications for some reason). My life has been a total nightmare- a roller coaster of ups and downs.
Jesus has been with me every step of the way. He is my rock, my fortress, my redeemer and friend. He is my shelter in the time of storm. He is the light in my darkest days. He will never leave me. He will never forsake me. He will never die. Yes, peace is not the absence of trouble. It is Christ in the middle of trouble.
Are you depressed? You need Jesus. Have you been abused? You need Jesus. Have you said and done terrible things? You need Jesus. Are you struggling with addictions? You need Jesus. Whoever you are and whatever you have done God loves you. He created you. You are so precious and valuable to Him that He died on the cross- He paid for all of your sins. If you confess your sins and trust in Jesus He will forgive you and adopt you into His family and give you a home in heaven and eternal life. He will give you peace that passes all human understanding.
After you have found Jesus, there are three things I would ask you to do. They have helped me more than anything and they will be a great help to you. Find a Bible preaching church. The preaching from God’s Word comforts me, encourages me, inspires me, corrects me, challenges me, and has changed my life. Next, find a Celebrate Recovery Group in a church where you live. It is a Christian 12 step group- Jesus Christ is the higher power that can change your life and help you with your hurts, habits and hangups. I have met people whose lives have been changed and freed from addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, food, pornography, hurts from child abuse, hurts from divorce and so many other issues. You are not hopeless. Jesus can free you from your addictions. The third thing I would recommend is that you get counseling. Call your local mental health clinic and ask for a psychiatric evaluation. A psychiatrist prescribed the medication I needed to keep me stable. A therapist is a caring person who will listen to what is on your heart and help you to see things more clearly.
Are you thinking about ending it all? Are you feeling like life is just too hard to bear and that people would be better off without you? Please call the phone number below and talk to someone. You can get help. Your life is not hopeless. Don’t give up. Please call the number below. You will be glad you did.