In trying times, I turn to works of faith for comfort, love, acceptance, and peace of mind that I might be struggling to find on my own. Here are some verses and suras that speak to me when bipolar complicates my life.
There are times when things get difficult and I need something a little extra that I can’t grasp. When this happens, I turn to my faith. Faith is believing in something without proof. I know that we are all different and we all have different beliefs. I would like to touch on some verses from the Bible that help me out when I’m struggling with bipolar, plus verses from the Quran that are inspiring, and from faith that I find in myself.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse speaks volumes to me. It reminds me that God is in control and that there is nothing I need to worry about. I need to ask God for help. I need to pour my heart out to him and let him know exactly how I am feeling—which includes my anxiety, my highs and lows. This is what supplication means; and thanksgiving means just that—being thankful. Being thankful for everything that you have and for everything God has done for you and will do for you.
Matthew 10:30 (ESV)
“But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”
According to this verse God knows the number of hairs on my head. Which means he made me on purpose to be who I am. I am not a surprise to him. Not only did he make me on purpose to be me, he thinks I am perfect. According to Christians, God doesn’t make mistakes. This means I am not a mistake and that means you are not a mistake. It doesn’t matter what the world says about you or what your mind says about you. You are perfect just the way you are!
Genesis 16:13 (NIV)
“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.’”
To make a long story short, this verse is from a story of a servant named Hagar, who ran away from the house where she worked because she was being treated unfairly and she was extremely upset. God came to her, and she realized that God sees her—that God understood her. God understands me. He knows how I feel. This makes me feel wonderful because sometimes I think no one understands me, but to know that God does know how I feel makes my heart smile.
“We never require of any soul more than what it can afford. And with Us is a record which speaks the truth. None will be wronged.”
This verse speaks volumes. To me it means that you are strong and that your soul will not be tested more than it can take. This means I am strong and that my soul is strong as well. I am protected and loved.
The last thing I want to touch on is believing in myself—just as you should believe in yourself! I must remember that I am strong … that I have made it this far in life, and nothing can stop me. Yes, I will have bad days; and, yes, things are difficult at times, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. In fact, I have probably handled it a few times before. Even when others don’t believe in me or I feel that way, I look inside of myself to realize that I got this!
Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weights him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
This verse is more of something we can do for each other. No matter what your religion is, it is so important to help each other out. We are all in this together, and we can listen to each other and lift each other in times of need.
So if you know someone, bipolar or not, who is having a rough day or time right now, reach out to them and show them love; let them know that they are doing a great job and that you care for them.
I know life can be difficult, and we all have our own faith, but words of wisdom give us hope. Whom or what you do or don’t believe in doesn’t matter. Your faith is your faith. Just like mine is. I am a Christian, and I believe in Jesus Christ; but I know that inspirations of faith is a worldwide idea and is not limited to Christians, Muslims, Jews, or the belief you find in yourself. There is no right religion or source of faith. Believe in yourself that you are loved! These are words I find helpful and that really speak to my soul. I am not perfect, and I know that my interpretation might be different than yours, but I hope you can find faith that everything will be okay.
Jessica Taylor lives in the Tampa Bay area. She has an MBA from Western Governors University and a BS in accounting from the University of South Florida. She was diagnosed with bipolar II in 2016, at age 35. She has been with the love of her life for almost two decades. A corporate accountant who found her passion for this career in 2004, Jessica is also an avid outdoorsman. She loves Jesus and spending time with her family. Her hope is to shine a light on living with bipolar from what she has learned.
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