Staring at the clock. Hour one passing. Hour two approaching at a pace almost as rapid as the thoughts spinning through my mind. Hour three here. Clinging to the pressures of today and the fears of tomorrow, my heart pondered the commonly used biblical statement “do not fear.”
For many of us living with a mental illness, dissonance can become a reality. We ponder the simple questions of how biblical rest and insomnia can coexist. We ask how faith and mental illness intersect and we long to to know how to surrender in a reality of unknown.
We ring in each New Year with the common phrase “resolution.” For most of us, it may include setting goals and determining new aspirations. For others, it takes on a new form: “resolve.”
Resolve: “To settle or find a solution. To decide firmly on a course of action. To make progress from dissonance to consonance.
With the verse Isaiah 41:10 playing over and over in my mind, it clicked. 2017 will be a year of moving from a place of fear, to a place of freedom!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Resolving the questions, the unknowns and the fears in our lives can seem like a task far too great to approach. Resolving does not mean that we have to “fix” who we are. Resolving means that we have the ability to come into full acceptance of who God has made us to be and find peace in the fact that we all are treasured “works in progress!”
As we walk the road into 2017, we can move with a new sense of freedom for we follow a God that will strengthen us, a God that will uphold us, and a God that will protect us in the midst of our unknowns.
With a fresh start and a clean slate, join me in taking action and setting a new course into 2017. Embracing freedom does not mean standing still. Moving forward with a new confidence gives us the ability to face the biggest mountains in our lives with our God by our side!
Looking for a first step? The tools found in our Thrive Mental Health Recovery Workbook will provide you with the beginning direction to chart your course!
Natalie Franks, M.A. / OTR/L
Executive Director of Programs & Development
The Grace Alliance