Erin Keenright

Loving God, Loving Others, and Loving Yourself

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Living with Bipolar Disorder (I have BPD 2, more depressed than manic) can bring with it many ups and downs. I have days where I don’t even want to get out of bed or shower and I have days where I’m so excited about something I can barely contain myself. At these times, if what I’m excited about doesn’t come to fruition, my disappointment is palpable.

In the middle of all this, where is my baseline? If I’m quiet, maybe I’m depressed. If I’m up and animated, maybe it’s a manic phase. When my moods change with the wind, could I be going through a rapid cycle? Sometimes there is no way of knowing.

I may not have constant baseline, but I do have a constant anchor: God. The God who created me, loves me, and knows what’s best for me…even though at times, I may not agree! Beyond that, He created, loves, and knows what’s best for YOU. His love and provision isn’t selective. God doesn’t play favorites. He loves us all in the unique and special way we need to be loved. God knows our hearts better than we do.

Here are some verses to, hopefully, hit home to us all the vastness of God’s provision:

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence…” 2 Peter 1:3

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! …” Matthew 7:7-15

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

That last verse is very comforting for me…especially when my moods, thoughts, and emotions are all over the place. In those times, I know my God (and yours!) knows my needs, understands my pain, and will carry me through whatever storm I may be facing. When you face the storms, or even a rain shower, of life, think on these promises…promises that our Lord keeps on a daily basis.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you Erin…Always timely and pertinent..

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