About the Author

Jennifer Holmes is a wife, mom, music teacher, and writer who also happens to have Bipolar II. She’s exploring how mental health and faith intersect and invites you to share that journey. She loves to blog and share on social media, often at night all wrapped in blankets.

Related Resources & Gifts
Find more at DaySpring.com
Related
Resources
& Gifts
Find more at
DaySpring.com
Recent Posts

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. I wonder–what would I do to a friend who lied to me as often as my feelings have?
    I honor and applaud your commitment to sifting the lies that whisper from your fallen brain. I think it’s a lifelong discipline, and, for me (although I don’t have a diagnosis to battle as you do) it’s crucial that I talk to myself (about Truth) more than I listen to myself.

    • I love that thought – I certainly wouldn’t trust them all the time! Same with my feelings – I always need to run them through the truth of God’s Word. Thanks Michele!
      Jen

  2. One of the best pieces of advice my mom ever gave me was “feelings aren’t facts.” And ohh was she right. The same words that crush you one day, roll off your back the next, dependent on sleep or lack, hunger, thirst, time of day etc. Isn’t it great to know our God never changes? His word is truth no matter what we think or feel.

  3. Jennifer,

    Great insight! Psych issues are nothing to take lightly. Applaud you for seeing the doctor quickly. Important to get a handle on our emotions. Our feelings are fickle. They lie to us often & have us saying things we don’t really mean. The enemy loves to see us down & out. He will work hard making sure those lies come often. The best way to fight any flaming arrows from our brains or the enemy is with the Word of God. Say it out loud & tell yourself the truth about God. We may not see the deliverance right now, but truth is one day we will. We all need to memorize scripture & have it ready when those arrows come. The best & only defense against lies from our brain or the enemy.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. I’m so grateful God is not afraid of our hard emotions! And I’m so glad that He wraps truth in love, making even painful things to hear eventually bearable. Jennifer, thanks for opening your heart and life to encourage us. God bless you.

  5. Yes. I can’t trust what my anxiety tells me. I can trust God. I might feel my depression like a weight at times, but God helps me carry my burdens, and, in Him, I have hope.
    “Fear, he is a liar” as the song says.

  6. Yes! So true. I can identify with not being able to trust my own thoughts – not because of bipolar but depression, anxiety, and PTSD. And I too have found that facing my brokenness (which has been hard!) keeps driving me “back to the safest place I know – my God, the one to whom I will cling.” Though I still sometimes struggle to accept my limitations and deal with them, I’ve also come to be grateful for them, recognizing that they keep me close to God in ways that my strengths don’t. And maybe the truth is that no human being can completely trust our own thoughts and perceptions, but it’s only when our normal human limitations become more extreme that we recognize the underlying fact of our inability to perceive reality truly apart from God’s gracious revelation of truth to us.

    • Katrina,
      I wasn’t referring to one Psalm here – so far I’ve found 17 different ones that fit this pattern! But my favourite is Psalm 42. The Psalmist encourages himself to hope in God because he believes that God will deliver him and restore his joy. You will be blessed by reading it!
      Jen