Whether it’s based on a true story or featured for a dramatic storyline, few things fascinate, terrify, or even inspire like a lead character, who is also mentally ill. “Sybil”, “Psycho”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, and “A Brilliant Mind” were some of the movies I thought about or saw throughout the tear-filled years,
First, while empathizing with my poor Dad, and not much later I was sympathizing with poor me. At just 21, 22 and finally at only 23, the horror had struck from deep within, as it did a slow-creep, then zoomed through the bloodline like a wicked time bomb to explode upon it’s target. Boom! One day I woke up and my mind and psyche had been fragmented and shredded into mysterious, puzzle pieces. Perplexingly blown to bits.
And I couldn’t exit the movie theatre into the sunlight of life, or simply turn off the television set and sigh with relief. Nor could I wake up from the nightmare in a simmering sweat. Just wipe my brow and shake it off because it was a bad dream. Until Jesus delivered me, I was on a cruel, endless loop. Manic depressive illness was not just a devastating dream. It was my daily-waking. Reality.
(Part of a book excerpt for the how-to book on healing and deliverance I’ve written: MENTAL ILLNESS: THE CURSE AND THE CURE.)
Glory to God on this May Day in New York City. Slogging it out through the manuscript and blogging, dear people, because if we need Him, want Him, love Him–we are His children. And the cure for those who suffer from mental illness is: Simply Jesus. His methods are discussed in-depth in the book version of MENTAL ILLNESS: THE CURSE AND THE CURE.
I’ve shared His powerful methods, a lot of His Biblical tools, tactics, scriptures and magnificent revelations and insights, many times online. Going through notes and have some solid pages which I’m in the thick of revising. But at least they are there! Seeing so many still-suffering people that God often brings into the middle of my life-path. Much work to do.
And Glory! People are really getting so beautifully and miraculously healed through this ministry. And recently being healed! Because Christ to Victory Ministiies is based upon God’s Word. It’s foundation is JESUS. Our healing is from Our Lord, Abba Father, Savior and The Great Physician.
More Good News to report, another book in which I gave my testimony IN TIMES LIKE THESE: HOW WE PRAY, is still gathering steam, like a holy train as it picks up more universities, more than 30 and counting (!) college libraries and seminairies including: Columbia University’s Burke Library, Princeton Theological Library, (where there is a note it’s circulating) Yale University Library, Boston University and Old Colony Library in Braintree, Massachusettes
(which is news to me!) and many more. Folks, God is on the move and is tired of seeing the suffering for which He has laid out a Biblical cure.
In my early twenties, The illness first seized me (though I didn’t know what was wrong) when I was still in college as it is doing with many college students “as we speak”. Doing research at Columbia University and the libraries, I’ve seen three mentally ill young people recently on campus, who have had full-blown episodic meltdowns.
Oh how we need Jesus! Yes, we need His help and healing for such a time such as this. His helpt to eliminate what is often a life sentence. And set the captives free.
God in His mercy is helping me to organize a college tour, and I think that is gloriously fitting, don’t you? It is often as young people start out on the road of life that they get horribly derailed and spiritually hauled to the soul-prison from which only Jesus has the key.
And Praise Him! God found a licensed therapist, who is willing to write the forward to the book: MENTAL ILLNESS: THE CURSE AND THE CURE.
I love the Lord. He’s Our Father, our Healer, our Deliverer. When we call Him from the depths our misery, He is there to lift us. Out. Into His peace. Into His Joy. Glory in the Name of Jesus!
Tory Connolly is co-author of IN TIMES LIKE THESE: WHEN WE PRAY: and the Book essay, “A Supernatural Battle” (A woman prays (and fasts) “like a house afire” for release from the demons of mental illness, alcohol and drugs.
at 10:31 am on May 5th, 2015