Ever worry that you’re losing your mind? When mental illness hits home, so do unusual or unnerving behaviors. Your child may do things that seem completely out of character. You’re taken off guard. It makes no sense. Life becomes unpredictable.
It’s like walking on a tightrope that periodically gets shaken. Without any notice, turbulence begins. Your feet hold on for dear life. The only thing keeping you from falling into the abyss is one thin cord.
Only, the cord is your own mental capacities to think clearly. In order to prepare for another shocking event or action, you cling tightly.
The only rational response is to expect turmoil. Unprovoked anger, bazaar behaviors, and strange comments are the norm. Nothing surprises you anymore. To prepare for the next wave of emotion, your alert button is kept on high.
But, the grip on your sanity starts to slip. That rope is about to snap. You wonder if mental illness is somehow contagious.
Have I come to an acceptance of mental illness? Or am I losing my mind? I can’t hold on much longer.
Before you become unwound, hold onto the hope of God’s peace.
I know firsthand that you can have peace in the midst of piercing sorrow. When our son had to be hospitalized, sadness stabbed my heart. Yet, God’s perfect peace kept me from unraveling. I experienced calmness in the midst of crisis. You can too.
Music soothes the soul.
David’s music eased a king’s troubled soul. Fill your home with worship music. Songs that remind you of His faithfulness and love.
Reflect on one verse each day. Feed on promises like:
You can have perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3)
You can lie down in peace and sleep in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
You can have peace in spite of trouble because He has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
You can have peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
You can live in peace because the God of peace is with us. (2 Corinthians 13:11)
You don’t have to be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)
Your mind and heart will be guarded. (Philippians 4:7)
God is your peace. (Ephesians 2:14)
Christ’s peace can rule in your heart. (Colossians 3:15)
The God of peace will equip you. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
He will fill your heart with joy. (Acts 14:17)
Psalm 34:14 tells us to, “Seek peace and pursue it.”
It’s yours for the taking.