“Don’t make excuses for me,” one of my dearest friends said a short time ago to me. It was such a revelation! My heart leaped inside me as I said, “That’s it! That’s what I’ve been doing.”
Recently, I had massive bipolar episode. It was so destructive and painful. Thankfully, my family rallied around me! They gave me support and acceptance. My church family loved and prayed for me. I am blessed!
But, during this episode I wanted to reach out to my friends. A couple of friends would call to take me to lunch. They wanted to come to the house to help me. But it took every bit of energy for me to walk from the couch to
shower, let alone get dressed to see people.
But, I needed people! I felt alone. Every time I’d think about reaching out to my friends and family, I’d make
excuses for them. “They are so busy.” “They have to work.” “They are tired in the evening.” “They have to deal with the kids and grand-kids.”
By my choice, I made excuses for others. I trapped myself in loneliness and abandonment. So, people didn’t want to
“bother me”. They became silent.
The church as a whole doesn’t talk about mental illness. It carries the stigma that people don’t have the faith to be
healed. “It’s just in their head.” They are right, it is in my head! My body chemicals and the function of my brain were diseased.
I have crawled up out of that black hole. I’m functioning again. I’m still shouting that I am healed! I am delivered! I TRUST you, my Father!
I realized I had to stop making excuses for my Heavenly Father. He is my Father and of course He wants to bless me. I needed to accept what has already been given.
He is with us the darkest places of our lives. It’s all about TRUST and NO EXCUSES!
Blessings upon you and your family,
The Family Church