A Better Future

My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. (Phil. 1:7, MSG) As my son became symptomatic in his teens, his future looked grim through my human mother’s eyes. When he joined the Marine Corp, he excelled and his future looked bright again. It wasn’t long before the symptoms returned. He was discharged from the

Here and Now

“Seek first the kingdom of God ….” Mt. 6:33 Like many, I believed the main thought of this verse was to “seek” God – put Him first in my life. You know, “God first, other second, self last.” This morning I read, “Seek to see Him in all things, and in all things He will

Seeing the Illness

The first principle of support for NAMI family support groups is “We will see the individual first, not the illness.” As family members it is easy to see the illness first because so much of our lives is based on the illness. Each day is filled with behaviors induced by the illness, medication schedules, doctor

Did I Do This?

Often mental illness will first exhibit as behavior that seems a little strange: Talking to one’s self, imaginary worlds, or staying away from other people. When this behavior occurs in a young adult, it is noticed and seen as odd. When this behavior happens in a child, even in the early teens, not much is

No More Guilt

“If you will just get out of your son’s life, he will be fine.” The words hit me right in the heart. Oh, I had plenty of people critique my parenting over the course of the five years our son had been on a downhill track. This time it struck hard because I was talking