Over 16 years ago I was hospitalized and told I suffered from Manic Depression/Bi Polar Disorder. Anyone experiencing this mental malady can only attest to the life stealing effects which steal years from many lives and families. Over the years I went through many phases starting with denial, leading up to the present.
What I have learned over that time is that there are as many questions concerning this illness as there are drugs that attempt to control or mask it. I thank God for Doctors, but I was one who was not responding well to medication and I had been to the best of them. I know that diet, exercise, and nutrition are vital to a well balanced body and mind but having pursued and implementing all three in my life ... I knew my battle was elsewhere.
As a Believer I was fully aware of God's desire for us to be WHOLE. Having received a miracle of God's Amazing Grace 7 years ago, I came to know that while deserving far far less, I was being filled with the Love of Christ. If I had never experienced anything else from God, the rest of my life from that moment would assure me I was loved and accepted and that Jesus had a purpose for my life.
Since that time though I still struggled mightily with how to be free from this emotional as well as physical roller coaster I was on. After being laid off I had lost my insurance and was faced with out of pocket monthly costs of $400-500. for Doctors and medication bills. Not only were the pills having little effect but the cost of treating this illness was only adding to a burden I could not get control over.
Was I not praying enough? Was this just my "thorn" I would have to accept? After much soul searching I came to end of my rope. It was during this time that my wife happened to be searching the web and came across a Counseling Ministry in Texas appropriately named Whole Person Counseling. It would only be a little over a month before I would take a trip to San Angelo where I met with Dr. Basil Frasure. I immediately felt much at home and found Dr. Frasure to be not only likeable and down to earth but also extremely versed in God's Word. The Book of Proverbs 4:20 says: "My son attend to my Words, incline thine ear, unto my sayings, let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart, for they are LIFE to those that find them and health to ALL their flesh." While I love God's Word and strive to get God's Word in me, Dr. Frasure was able to address many key areas I was either ignorant of or had misunderstood. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, I was counseled, led through and delivered from emotional hurts and baggage from the past I could not resolve.
It would not take the two week counseling session before I realized my healing was not coming from more serotonin or a different diet but breaking down spiritual strongholds and closing doors I had left wide open years before. Dr. Frasure has a very thorough and even exhaustive manner of counseling that helped me tremendously to bring 'ALL' areas to the light and to the foot of the cross. I am grateful to Dr. Frasure for his stewardship to the Lord and concern for others. I thank my Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has enabled me to be delivered from the past and to stand upon His Word not just knowing but 'EXPECTING' it to be made manifest.
Praise the Lord, since that time several months ago,
I have not been hindered by depression, anxious thoughts or the many other
feelings associated with Bi Polar Illness. By God's Grace, I am no
longer taking medication which I felt compelled to take before. Jesus
said in the Book of Hebrews Chapter 11 Verse 6 declares: "But without
Faith it is impossible to please Him for he that cometh to God must believe
that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."
I have found over the last several years the profound significance of that
scripture and God's desire for us to seek earnestly and diligently seek
Him out and how He rewards that seeking Him with All our heart.