How Does Mental Illness Glorify God?

God receives glory and praise and thanksgiving each day my family deals with the horrific challenges of mental illness. Our decades-long struggle has yielded new understanding of surrender, trusting God and living in the moment.

May is the month our nation focuses on one of the most devastating, puzzling family illnesses ever — mental illness. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, abilityNAMI to relate to others and daily function. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder, according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

We have loved ones in our family suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and depression. Mental illness is truly a family disease that impacts both family members, extended family, neighbors, co-workers and friends.

Sadly our society attaches a stigma to mental illness. It is a disease like cancer, diabetes, autism and multiple sclerosis. It is a disease of the brain. However, those with mental illness are often labeled “crazy” by those outside the disease who have no understanding of its dimension and impact.

During May I will be writing occasionally about our family’s experience with mental illness and our efforts to live normal lives.

My heartfelt prayer is that God will raise awareness of the seriousness and pervasiveness of mental illness. My personal goal is to educate my beloved FHG readers about mental illness. I want to erase some of the horrible stigma plaguing our efforts to cope and heal from the devastating effects of mental illness.

How does God get the glory in our struggles with mental illness? You’ll see this month as you read how God works in the midst of our struggles.


About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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2 Responses to How Does Mental Illness Glorify God?

  1. ptl2010 says:

    God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Praise The Lord He will give us the victory in Jesus Christ, over everything that binds us unto defeat.

    Steven I Look forward to your testimonies of God’s love and mercy among you.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Thank you, I look forward to helping more people understand the devastation and heartache that plagues families dealing with loved ones with mental illness.

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