As Christ-followers, we are not immune to the same problems that others experience. Someone we love dies, we lose our home to fire, we have the challenges of serious and sometimes terminal illnesses. And sometimes we discover a family member has a mental illness, as we did when my husband’s son was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
My husband and I, as Christians, struggled with what was going on at home and what to do about it. Many years later we finally felt comfortable sharing our situation with some of our closer Christian friends, but for the most part we were silent, almost embarrassed, as if it were some dark secret.
I decided to begin this once-a-week blog, not as an educational resource about brain disorders because there are plenty of those available, but rather as a place where Christian families can receive encouragement as they travel this road. I am not writing under my real name since it is an ongoing process at home and I want to respect the privacy of my stepson.
There is much in the Bible that offers such encouragement, and I hope that by sharing my experiences – good and bad – and what I have learned from God and His Word, you will come to know that you are not alone in this journey and that there are others in the Body of Christ who understand what you are going through.
So let’s travel this road together – you, me, and God.