At the same time something else was happening, but I didn't notice it. I didn't realize my husband was becoming different. I didn't see it at all until I was forced to see the changes.
One day I had to wake up and find out that he had a mental illness. His initial diagnosis was major depression. Years later, the diagnosis would turn into bipolar.
It still seems crazy it happened to us. Life changed and things were never the same as it was before. One thing we did learn, though, is that God never changes, nor does His love and care for us. Through all the things we have gone through, we can still look back and see He has been with us every step of the way...
Just like He will be with us all our life, even up to, and including, our first morning waking up in Heaven.
What about you? Did you wake up one day to find a new normal? Tell us about it. Leave a comment and share.
From time to time, I share our story of living with mental illness in order for those struggling with situations like ours to realize they are not alone. There is no stigma or shame in having a mental illness, just as there is no shame in being a diabetic or having heart disease. We pray for healing and expect healing to come. In the meantime, we take advantage of the resources God has given us, such as medications, doctors, standing on the Word and praying believers.
This post is Day 28 of a series entitled 31 Days of Life on the Journey where I share about my journey as a believer, wife, mom and grandmother. I invite you to return each day to find the newest link here. Myquillin at The Nester is the creator of the 31 Day Challenge. I'm linking this post to the category, "Faith and Inspiration." You can also visit Kate's blog, "Heading Home" to read the posts of all the other participants of the 31 day challenge who are writing on her daily prompts for 5 minutes. Today's prompt is "wake."
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