Category Archives: Bryan's editorial

Sorting Out What is Real

It’s a windy cold, gray day here in Alaska.  Very typical for November up here in “the Last Frontier.” Just as typical  is that I have had a heaviness descend on me, (just like when the fat kid sits on the little … Continue reading

Posted in believer, bipolar disorder, Bryan's editorial, church life, despondancy, devotional, discipleship, heaven, Jesus Christ, mental illness, mixed states, dysphoria mania, mood swings, moods, personal comments, SAD, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, spiritual lessons, understanding, Very helpful, wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Paranoia and Delusions, Oh My!

Didn’t really sleep last night but an interesting day.  Hope it continues to develop in that direction.  I really need a good day to come along right now. Been thinking about paranoia.  It comes loaded up with delusions.  They are … Continue reading

Posted in a holy shelter, affliction, an intense love, battle, battle wounds, believer, bipolar disorder, bondage, broken believers, bruised mind, Bryan's editorial, confusion, deception, deliverance, delusions, depression, derailment, despair, discernment, discipleship, encouragement, failure, faith, fear, following Jesus, God's dealings, grace, helpful, imagination, impulsiveness, isolation, Jesus Christ, judging others, lessons learned,, life, life lessons, light vs. darkness, love, madhouse, manic depression, medications, mental illness, mental or physical illness, mood swings, paranoia, personal comments, pleasing God, presence of God, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, rest in God, scars, schizophrenia, self-centered, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, sin, spiritual warfare, steadfastness, stigma, tangled up, trust, truth, understanding, unreality, Very helpful, wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Five Funny Toons

I hope these five, hand-picked funnies bless you.  Let me know which is your favorite. ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine,     but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Proverbs 17:22, NLT                 … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | Tagged , | 2 Comments

A Broken System

“Sixty million Americans – that’s one in five adults – will experience a mental illness in the coming year. That means every one of us knows someone who is living with a mental illness – depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, an eating … Continue reading

Posted in addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder, broken believers, Bryan's editorial, challenges, change, complexity, darkness, delusions, depersonalization, depression, desperation, despondancy, difficulties, disability, discipleship, encouragement, faith, following Jesus, God, Jesus Christ, kindness, lessons learned, life, life lessons, light vs. darkness, manic depression, mental health, mental illness, my limitations, NAMI, outside source, panic attacks, paranoia, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, schizophrenia, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, statistics, stigma, struggle, trials, truth, understanding, will of God, world system

Allowing Yourself to Be Weak

Warning: This post might step on some toes! Our society has pretty much embraced the American cultural icon of the cowboy.  We revere those who ride alone and hard. We are rugged individualists and hardened men making our own way.  Our … Continue reading

Posted in an intense love, battle, believer, Bryan's editorial, christlikeness, church life, complete surrender, correction, cross, derailment, devotional, difficulties, discipleship, encouragement, endurance, failure, faith, following Jesus, God, grace, Jesus Christ, joyless, kingdom of God, lessons learned,, life, life lessons, lordship, misjudging Jesus, my limitations, obedience, personal comments, pleasing God, pleasing self, pride, purpose, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, repentance, rest in God, self-centered, self-deception, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, sin, spiritual lessons, understanding | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In Love with a Lion

  “I will not leave you alone. You are mine.  I know each of my sheep by name.  You belong to Me.  If you think I am finished with you, if you think I am a small god, that you … Continue reading

Posted in accepting Christ, ADHD, an intense love, anxiety, backslidden, battle, battle wounds, believer, bipolar, bipolar disorder, Brennan Manning, Bryan's editorial, Bryan's comments, church life, compassion, conflict, contrite heart, death, deliverance, delusions, depression, devotional, difficulties, discipleship, encouragement, endurance, failure, faith, Jesus Christ, life lessons, mental illness, panic attacks, paranoia, personal comments, presence of God, prodigal son, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, sons and daughters, spiritual lessons, understanding, Very helpful | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Instability and the Believer

I feel good, too good— and it concerns me. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, I’ve been down this road before.  I guess this is my big issue with Bipolar Disorder (BP);  its unpredictability, the way you  fluctuate.  You get up … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, believer, Bible promises, bipolar, bipolar disorder, Bryan's editorial, Bryan's comments, coffee, conflict, delusions, depression, derailment, difficulties, discipleship, grace, guilt, hypocrisy, impulsive, impulsiveness, Jesus Christ, lessons learned,, life, life lessons, lost causes, love, mania, manic, mental illness, mental or physical illness, ministry, mixed states, dysphoria mania, mood swings, moods, paranoia, personal comments, pleasing God, prayer, presence of God, rascals and strugglers, scars, self-pity, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, spiritual lessons, tangled up, understanding, Very helpful, wisdom, witness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment