I don't quite know where to start. How do I get into this without a long background story? There is history that goes further back than I will start with right now. About 7 years ago my sister and her husband bought a house out west. They got a good deal on it because it was reported to be haunted and someone was murdered in it. There was a visible presence every afternoon. Things were audible and moving, opening and shutting. After 1 to 1 1/2 years she "made peace with the house". Those are her words. Before that time she had a fairly reliable sense of "knowing". She and I were very much alike in that way. After making peace her abilities greatly increased. I won't go into the specifics but the thinking was that this was beneficial to her. After about 3 years the benefits price began to be evidenced. She began to hear voices and had some really intense paranoia and saw people there that no one else could see. She believed they were after her and her son(he is not quite 3). She has been checked in 3 times and is currently in right now. I am watching her son. She and I both moved back "home" so she would have family near by when these episodes took over and I moved so I could be here to help. I told her in some rare lucid moments before she was checked in that she needed to give it back and instead pursue God 100%. She went to church with me last Sunday. We just moved here the first of July and it was only my 3rd time at this church. She was able to engage in the singing time, pretty much. During the sermon was another thing. She carried on conversations with the voices in an eerie whisper. I'm glad we sat at the back. I'm leaning towards thinking it's a demon kind of thing with the voices etc. If it is...then what? If it's not, then do we ignore the rest of it as being irrelevant? Do we just proceed with a drug answer? This is the cliff notes version. I'd appreciate any input. I've already talked to our new pastor. He had some good counsel. I think that our family issues are overwhelming. There are 2 other things going on that are equally intense and of course it all runs at the same time. He doesn't know us in a background kind of way. It's more like ER. Help! So he is having a difficult time in counseling us on the other 2 issues. The church we came from(we visited there for 3 months and my husband is still attending there until we sell our house) is very supportive of the local church and our pastor as the one who should be involved. The good thing that has come from this time of intense struggle is that I'm learning to pray for real. I've prayed more in the last month than I have in the last 2 years. I just haven't prayed much until recently. I guess it just shows my hard heart that it takes so much to get me to pray and to run to God. This is one of the 3 major things going on in our family right now. I'll make a separate post for the one about my son.