We do not have to be shamed by our mental health because we have an advocate in Christ.
We do not have to walk alone because God fills in the gaps of our hearts and minds with His strength.
We do not have to be afraid to ask for help because God has equipped godly people to be counselors who can point us to the truth rather than our diagnosis.
Back to those words I have heard and taken to heart many times in my life. Questioning my faith, my prayers, my sins, and trust of God. I will hold firm to the truth, I will speak Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” I will recite the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians, and his words to the Philippians, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion.” I remind myself of one more truth from the word of God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
No matter what I might feel in the moment, my God will see the work of my salvation through to completion, not even my mental health diagnosis can stop Him.
I can then hold onto the hope that this life is but a moment, and when I reach heaven my mind will be whole and free from sadness and fear. My hope is in Christ and His care for me. Whatever God’s plan or purpose in my life and through my diagnosis, may it be for His glory alone.
Michelle Rabon is a wife and homeschooling mom of three who feels called to help women thrive in their walk with Jesus every day. In 2012, she started Displaying Grace, a ministry that is focused on helping women engage with God’s Word. Michelle has also served in women’s ministry for the past five years seeking to equip women in the local church through Bible study. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, being close to the ocean, and drinking a lot of coffee.
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