In 2020 I Will Say

1. I am so secure in the grace and love of Jesus Christ that I am free to admit that I have a diagnosis, symptom, problem, or mental illness. I understand that to live a healthy life, I may have to take medications or to make a change, but I know that having to take medications or making a change, does not mean that I lack faith in God. I chose to take responsibility for my situation and not to be afraid to seek help when needed.

2. There is a power higher than I. Through faith, the Word of God, and the Love of Jesus Christ that has been made available to me, I can be whole. I will come to the knowledge that the grace of God is available to me and that He is concerned about everything that concerns me. I will free myself from the prison of my limitations and realize that God has indeed created me for a purpose.

3. I have decided to submit myself to the Lord. Myself meaning my will, my cares, my weaknesses, my strengths, and my insufficiencies. I am not afraid to look at my character and to challenge those behaviors in my life that are not helpful to me, and that needs to be changed.

4. I will apologize to those in my life who I have hurt.

5. While this may not be the plan I envisioned for my life, I will remain determined to rest and trust in His sovereign plan for my life. I will continue to seek after the will of God during my illness and or negative life situation.

6. I will not look at my current situation and think that things are hopeless. I will remember that every Word of God possesses the creative ability of God. God can speak today and turn things around in an instant. St Luke 1: 35 tells us that “with God, nothing shall be impossible.” Unfortunately, whenever I feel as if all is hopeless in my life, I am a prone candidate for defeat, and the enemy has an excellent opportunity to shake my faith in Jesus Christ and my hope in the future.

7. I will remember that I am not on a dead-end street, so I will stop telling myself that I can’t make it. Instead, I will get into the habit of telling myself what God is saying about me and my situation, not what I feel or what I think.

8. Having a severe and persistent mental illness or other long term problem does not mean that I am crazy, stupid, dumb, or weak. God has a purpose for my life, and despite the challenges that confront me and threaten to destroy that purpose, God is faithful to His Word and His thoughts towards me. I am stronger then what I think or feel because God is on my side, and He will never leave me or forsake me.

9. I will choose to hope, to trust Jesus Christ, and to do the things that are necessary to facilitate recovery and life. I will not just sit down and do nothing. I will remember that faith without works is dead.