Friday, November 12, 2010

Sometimes They Carry Me

Maria at This Crazy Love has asked me to write a guest post for her about how living with depression affects my family. This was probably the most personal and difficult writing I have ever done, but I was moved by the fact that Maria felt that my words might help her in some way, and so I thought that even if one person would feel encouraged or supported by the story of my struggle, then it would be God's way of using me and my life for His purpose as a benefit to others.

You can read the post here. And, thank you Maria for this request that caused me to take a good, deep look at my life and to realize how very blessed I am to have such a wonderful, loving and supportive family and to see how far I have come by the grace of God.

8 comments:

  1. God bless you, Anne. You are a beautiful and courageous woman and I am blessed to know you. I was touched by your perseverance despite the terrible obstacles in your path. I pray that your post helps many who face difficult circumstances in their lives that seem overwhelming to trust in God as you have done. You are in my prayers.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this powerful and moving story. You are a gift to all of us who are blessed to have encountered your writings. May your suffering, united with our Blessed Christ, bring the consolation of eternal hope to all who are affected by depression. Even though I have never met you, I am touched by your beautiful soul. Thank you for being an inspiration.

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  3. Anne, I can't thank you enough for sharing this with me. It is something I will keep in my heart as I (maybe) marry and have children of my own... knowing that others have trodden the same path, and learning how to lean on God, will help me live life, raise a family, and love without fear that depression will get the best of what I have to give.

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  4. There are so many different types of suffering isn't there. You just never know what other people have to go through.

    Like Elizabeth said on Maria's page, you would never know this as we read the beauty, depth and compassion of your blog posts.

    God bless you Anne

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  5. Oh Anne, my heart goes out to you. Thank you for sharing such a deep and personal journey. As others have said, you would never know your pain through your incredibly spiritual writings. Then again, I'm one to believe that your writings would not be as such without the pain. God has been carrying you and shining his light through your suffering. Thank you for being a tremendous example of perseverance and trust through the darkness. You and your family have my promise of prayer in Christ's love and peace.

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  6. Prayers. I just met another woman who has a chronic illness that is not evident from observation. Her story and yours are a good reminder that we never know what crosses people bear. You are blessed to have a family that helps you carry yours!

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  7. Anne, I was really moved by your post. It took a lot of courage to write what you did. Thanks for showing us how to fight through the darkness.

    God Bless.

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  8. Thank you, Anne, for sharing and reminding me that, though I know it in my mind, it is a gift to hear that others are familiar with what I struggle with - the ups and downs, mostly downs, and the toll it takes on the family. They really do carry us, don't they? I wonder if, not only are we blessed by their support, but if God intended their spiritual growth through our illness? A beautiful thought, don't you think?

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