The approaching new school year means…excitement or apprehension, depending on your circumstances.
Students entering school for the first time eagerly anticipate going to school “like the big kids.”
Students returning to school with mental illness (MI) may worry about “the big kids” who bully.
School pressures can cause concern to any student. But for someone with MI, it can easily increase anxiety. And threaten mental stability.
That’s why moms raising kids with MI can also experience increased anxiety late in August. As the start of school creeps closer, her thoughts might become more consumed with her child’s stability.
I remember when Chris was heading back to school the year after he experienced a psychotic episode. Fears swarmed in my head about what might happen.
Will Chris remember to take his medication? Will his medication need to be adjusted? Will other students ask him intrusive questions? Will he be able to handle the pressures of homework? Will he be able to concentrate and think clearly? What will happen when he has to face his first test?
We needed to get Chris’s supplies in order. But I needed to BE supplied—by God. I needed His provision, peace, presence, and power. God proved to be more than sufficient. He faithfully provided all Chris needed. And calmed my fears.
Moms raising children with MI need help. Back-to-school TV commercials fill us with a sense of urgency to seek God’s help. Here’s a suggested prayer from one mom to another:
Please help my child find a loyal friend. Place a caring teacher in his path this year. Lead us to a skilled therapist that will connect with my child, and who will teach him effective coping strategies. Guide me to a compassionate school administrator or staff member, who will be a proactive advocate for my child. Provide sufficient finances to pay for expenses that insurance won’t cover. As life gets more complicated, give me wisdom to know how to manage all the details of life. Show me ways I can support my other children, while ministering to my most vulnerable one. And please give me strength to endure. Protect my marriage in the midst of this trial. Finally, I ask that you help me keep my focus on You, rather than on the challenges that may come. Remind me that You’re still on the throne and in control.
In Jesus’ name,
Our heavenly Father is able to supply all that and more. He promises to reveal His peace, presence, and power.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).
This song will help you face each day. The lyrics will remind you that He’ll carry you and your loved ones through. Let King & Country’s song “Shoulders” minister to you: