John 15 – You speak volumes to me, your love for us is spilt out right there. Clear as day, not only are we reminded to love you, but you reassure us over and over that you will love in return just as your father loves you in return. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” John 15:7. Weather we want to believe it or not he is with us. Always. As we speak to him and think that we are not getting a response; he is responding throughout the day. Giving us exactly what we need to continue on.
Feeling alone and depressed is a feeling I know all too well, and sadly so do too many people around the world. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” John 15:18. This verse got me through a lot while I was struggling. For some reason this sad truth made me feel less alone. Jesus was hated and questioned by many, however that did not stop him. He knew what he had to do, and he knew at the end of the day God would get him through whatever struggles are ahead of him. To the people who feel alone and hated in this world, please know you are not hated by this world and even in your darkest hours Jesus is with you.
God puts different people in our lives at different times, in a similar way he takes them away at different times as well. Sometimes it is for the good, other times we may not quite understand why. We are not called to know why; we are called to trust in God and know that he is perfect with everything he does. When we lose someone close to our heart we ache, we search for answers. Which is all good and necessary, however we need to focus on finding peace as well, just as God has found peace in his decision. God knows some events in our lives will crush our spirits and put our spirits to the test; however, he also gives us people to support us during those difficult times. Knowing that we will come out of the other side stronger and wiser than before.
No one understands mental health until they experience it themselves, and once that happens it changes a person’s perspective on the world. Having a mental illness is like have diabetes; it can be controlled and maintained with a change of lifestyle but sometimes out of nowhere it spikes. Once it spikes action must be taken immediately otherwise it leads down a bad road. With diabetes people can lose limbs, but with mental health people lose friends and experiences. This terrible side effect of mental illness can be detrimental. Sadly, when people lose their battle with mental illness other’s do not look at the situation like it was an autoimmune disorder. Instead people hold a stigma, they make excuses, and sadly they blame themselves.
Hello all, This is a new setting for me to explore, so stay with me. I want this blog to be a safe place for people to come to and reflect on their experiences with mental health. Every story is different and I look forward to hearing from you all, as well as sharing my experiences to help lessen your dark times. Mental health is nothing to joke about, my hope is after viewing my blog that you have the knowledge to take on whatever lays ahead of you. Thank you.