The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is upon me, because Adonai has anointed me to announce good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim freedom to the captives, to let out into light those bound in the dark; to proclaim the year of the favor of Adonai and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, yes, provide for those in Tziyon who mourn, giving them garlands instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a cloak of praise instead of a heavy spirit, so that they will be called oaks of righteousness planted by Adonai, in which he takes pride.--Isaiah 61:1-3 (cJb)
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You might be wondering where I have been for the last seven months. In August, I learned that the gentleman that I had been dating was already married. That stunning revelation really made me wonder if I could trust my own judgment and whether I could really trust man...any man. I'm still struggling with those two areas of trust seven months later, but I figure it will just take time. During the two months following that major change in my life, I spent time in three different psychiatric units. During my last hospitalization, I remained in close contact with one of my best friends, and we planned for me to move to the state where she lives. Two days after I was released from the last psychiatric hospital, I flew across the country with almost none of my stuff. I have experienced a lot of difficulty here with lining up health care, getting medications, etc., but I have also seen the hand of God in a mighty way. He has never failed to provide, and the last four months have been a kind of respite for me, both physically and spiritually. God's love is reflected through my friend on a daily basis. It's in her ability and willingness to serve, her totally awesome sense of humor, her understanding and sensitivity and in the fact that she never lets me give up. Another change is upon us, and we're thrust into the unknown. The one thing I know is that God's love still remains, immeasurable, eternal and faithful, no matter where life takes us. Although I'm not in a position to be "gainfully employed," I still have this outlet--to reflect Christ through my writing and the responsibility to encourage those with mental illness and help others understand what mental illness is like.Who is Bethany Andralyn Rose? My Story of Mental Illness Faith and Mental Illness Take the Pledge!