We need to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Philippians 2:5-7


I’m glad to get away from all the anger I’ve been writing about. Didn’t I say I wanted to hear from God’s heart a few posts ago – not mine? Did I manage to do that? Maybe…or maybe not.

I do know that God gets angry too when things are not as they should be. When he sees injustice. So might some of what I wrote not come from his heart as it did from mine?

As we read in the previous post, fear and pride are the greatest barriers to knowing God. We need humility if we’re going to surrender to God. If we’re going to recognize that he’s in control. If we can learn to give our feelings of shame to God, trusting that he does love us.

By living for God’s glory, humbly surrendering all we are to him, he can use us – even with our mental health issues.

With this story I’m trying to turn all I have inside me over to God in an effort to be honest and sincere – as open as I have been known to be over the past many years. As I write I hope God will reveal a better understanding of why things happened to me the way they did and to recover the  life I lost. It’s hard to live with WHY? forever on my mind. With God’s help I hope to discover my truth, though I may never discover the truths that belong to others.

More than anything I’m telling my story to help readers understand the suffering caused when people are treated differently from others. When they’re hurt and damaged through stigma coming from those who have no idea of the seriousness of their actions.

I pray that this story will help build the understanding and empathy needed to build a friendlier world for those living with mental health issues.