Fast Wednesdays, September 18, 2013 – Draw Near to God — Mental Illness

Greetings Beloved!

Today’s theme centers on ENCOURAGEMENT!
I sense an know that many of us are battling various issues and concerns in our lives such as unemployment, divorce, children misbehaving, and other items which leave us in despair, and it just seems to get worst, right when we think we have hit bottom. Today I ask us to all stay focused and encouraged for the Lord said he  will “never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5, one of my mother’s favorite scriptures).
I watched Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, last night on the Piers Morgan show on CNN. They were on because their son suffered from mental illness and committed suicide at the tender age of 27 this past summer. As I watched them being so candid, open, brave and honest, I knew it was only the Lord that had them get through their tragedy and made them available to maybe offer up some solace and comfort for all of us as we continue to see these mass shooting tragedies, (Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. most recent). Many of these recent incidents were inflicted by people who are unstable and/or suffering from mental illness.

Pastor Warren stated that its just unbelievable how our society accepts illnesses such as diabetes, etc. as normal and commonplace but once you mention you have a problem with your brain you are ostracized. That’s the time when people need you the most, if I am not mistaken as I consider the times when I am overwhelmed by it all. If just one person calls me and wishes me a happy day its such a weight taken off me. He mentioned how we do not like to talk about mental illness and try to hide it.

After 58 years, I have found that we should always be transparent for when we hide things that’s when our troubles really deepen. Let us DRAW near to GOD as we “be still” and know that he is working things out on our behave!



SCRIPTURE: James 4:7-8 (NKJV)

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Ephesians 6:10-11 (NKJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

And, never, never, never, forget your spiritual weapons…for the battle is not yours!


Dear Lord: The one commandment that Jesus gave was that all who call themselves his disciples must love God and love their neighbor as themselves. There is an unfortunate stigma attached to anyone with mental illness. Those who don’t understand or who are afraid may say, often in frustration, “Oh, just shape up and pull yourself together.” But they don’t realize that a serious depression is emotionally paralyzing and physically restrictive. They can’t see that people with deep phobias and anxieties experience such lack of control over their emotions that all they can do is hide and hang on for dear life. It’s an unfair stigma to be sure, and such accusations come from individuals who are either frightened of mental illness or just don’t know what else to say. They may misjudge such persons as weak characters who have no gumption or self-esteem or who are just looking for ways to make other people take care of them. Nothing could be further from the truth.We cannot forget or overlook the burden on so many individuals and families who love someone who is mentally ill. No one knows what families go through in trying to help their loved ones recover. It hurts terribly to see a loved one suffer mentally and emotionally. Fears, frustrations and a sense of helplessness tear at their hearts and strain relationships and resources. Please teach us how to be still and know that you are God, and, how to love on you and each other. Help us to show agape love when our love ones mistreat us, turn their backs on us, do things to hurt us, let us be the bridge, filling the gap, as Christ would do in those situations. We live in a world where we are called weak but we serve a GOD who would call that behavior strong. We love and adore you and thank you for your goodness, mercy and grace. AMEN.


Love, Joy and Peace, 

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (, Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press:

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