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The Christian life is not lived under Law, but under grace. Jesus does not want you to give it all you got. He wants to give you all Hes got. This is why it is called grace. The Christian life is all Jesus all the time.
Enjoy your reading as you experience this intimate love Jesus has for you a life under grace.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall... and all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The same holds true for those of us with a mental illness. The psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, etc. can assist, but it is up to the individual to create conditions which will allow recovery to happen.
The neurobiological basis of mental illness is often presented in a fatalistic way. That's the brain chemistry you've got, and that's what you're stuck with; as if the individual was unable to change the chemistry inside his or her own head. Breathing changes brain chemistry. So does exercise, the food you eat, the words you speak, the thoughts you think as well as how often you smile.
While drugs are capable of making radical changes in the chemistry of the brain, it is the slow changes over time which will help most in recovery.
"Thorough and informative without being technical ...fascinating...very enlightening." Psychiatric Rehabilition Journal (Vol. 28 No.4 Spring 2005 )
"You have made a complex issue easier to understand." Chief Kathryn Landreth, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
Jesus in you.
Jesus growing His love in you.
Jesus attempting to live the Christian life through you.
I invite you to participate in each of the studies. Place yourself right there in the center of everything where Jesus always is. The Vine And The Branches and the story of Esther are also spiritual stories. They provide significant lessons for you to learn to the extent that you participate. I encourage you to participate fully because Jesus is waiting to grow you deeper in love with Him. Yes, your growth is very necessary and is done within you. Only Jesus can do the growing in you. So relax, rest in His love, and let the Holy Spirit grow you deeper in love with Jesus.