Of course, once a certain "Aunt" shows up to visit, my whole world settles itself back on it's axis. I regain my equilibrium and everything calms down again. My husband loves me (he did all along). Odds are we'll get matched one day, if it's God's will, and I'm content with that (usually). I am saved (I was all along) and I know what I believe (usually). I feel normal (my own unique version of normal, anyway!) and know that nothing was seriously wrong. I realize I'm not ugly (whodda thunk?!), people are enjoyable (most of them), and I feel able to tackle problems (which were never that huge).
But time passes and I know that after a certain length of time I will once again be a trainwreck. I have learned various ways of coping. (No, medication is not one of them. I have been down that long, dark road before and will never step foot onto it again.) One is simply being aware of what day I am on so I can be prepared, knowing what to expect when. Letting Hubby know where I'm at is helpful, too, so he can be prepared! Another is fewer commitments during that time, and planning simpler meals - in advance.
But one of the things that has helped very much is facts. Logic. Thinking like a man, lol. A man has a very hard time comprehending that, to a woman, what she is feeling feels like it IS factual! That her feelings are incredibly REAL. That these feelings do not seem "illogical" as many men like to state. A wise man will comfort his wife when she is feeling all sorts of tumultuous feelings that are very real to her, without correcting her and telling her "that's not the way it really is". A wise woman will accept his comfort, lol! But as I was saying, I have found that when doubts assail me, telling myself facts is the way to go.
I like logic. Facts. Truth. Solid things that don't change. The more unsteady my life is, the more I like stability! Christ's love for me doesn't change. His salvation of me is secure - nothing I do or don't do will change that. Usually I am not the hugest advocate for Scripture memorization because I have a very poor memory, but knowing some pertinent Bible verses that I can tell myself in times of doubt really does help. And God's Word is solid truth that doesn't change! Very reassuring when everything feels unsteady.
The other day I read Psalm chapter 3. I read it along with John MacArthur's notes (he has very good notes as long as one ignores the Calvinism). Here is the psalm, written by David when he fled, fearing for his life:
O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and He answered me from His holy hill.
I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For You strike all my enemies on the cheek;
You break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be on Your people!
For me, my enemies are my doubts. During rough times, they are many, rising against me, and saying to my soul: "there is no salvation for you in God". BUT God, praise His name, is a shield about me, protecting me, not allowing those doubts to be true. I cry aloud to Him, and He answers me. Usually doubts assail me the worst at night. But here Scripture says I can lie down and sleep and wake again and do not need to be afraid because the Lord sustains me! He saves me, fighting for me against my enemies - those wicked doubts. Salvation belongs to God and He has blessed me! Praise His holy name!