My Story

I must say that my life has been quite the journey. It started out pretty simple: small town girl, loved school, and loved life! As a child, God grabbed hold of my life and called me to salvation and I’ve never been the same. In college, my life was radically changed as I began to study God’s Word. I came to realize that my life had meaning and purpose.

While in college I met an amazing man and we later married. We have one beautiful daughter and she is the apple of my eye! Together, we served as missionaries and we were living life on the mountaintop! Then gradually, over time, my simple little world became very complex. Michael, my husband was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Our lives became a continuous roller coaster due to his rampant mood swings. After battling this illness many years, it eventually caused Michael to take his life. You can learn more about our struggle by clicking here .

I’m happy to say that this is not the end of the story. Even in my suffering, God had a plan. I began praying asking God to use Michael’s death even more than He used His life. God has and is continuing to do this. I am a different person today than I was four years ago. God has turned my weeping into laughing, and my mourning into dancing! I am learning what it means to walk by faith and I have a passion to minister to those who are hurting. I have a Master’s degree in Religion and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Professional Counseling as a result of life’s journey. God has increased my joy and given me tremendous hope for the future. I pray that through this blog, God will use His story in my life to give others this same hope!

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Tears to Joy: My Story

Friday, March 12, 2010

My Story

I must say that my life has been quite the journey. It started out pretty simple: small town girl, loved school, and loved life! As a child, God grabbed hold of my life and called me to salvation and I’ve never been the same. In college, my life was radically changed as I began to study God’s Word. I came to realize that my life had meaning and purpose.

While in college I met an amazing man and we later married. We have one beautiful daughter and she is the apple of my eye! Together, we served as missionaries and we were living life on the mountaintop! Then gradually, over time, my simple little world became very complex. Michael, my husband was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Our lives became a continuous roller coaster due to his rampant mood swings. After battling this illness many years, it eventually caused Michael to take his life. You can learn more about our struggle by clicking here .

I’m happy to say that this is not the end of the story. Even in my suffering, God had a plan. I began praying asking God to use Michael’s death even more than He used His life. God has and is continuing to do this. I am a different person today than I was four years ago. God has turned my weeping into laughing, and my mourning into dancing! I am learning what it means to walk by faith and I have a passion to minister to those who are hurting. I have a Master’s degree in Religion and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Professional Counseling as a result of life’s journey. God has increased my joy and given me tremendous hope for the future. I pray that through this blog, God will use His story in my life to give others this same hope!

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3 Comments:

At March 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Melody said...

Hi my friend! Just a quick comment to tell you I am sooooo glad you are blogging. God has used you in my life in so many ways and I know he will use this blog for his glory in the lives of many others. I'm just glad you're an IRL (in real life) friend and not just a blogging friend! Blog on!

 
At March 14, 2010 at 10:23 AM , Blogger MusicbyLucas said...

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At March 14, 2010 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Indy said...

I was just on Melody's blog and read your guest post. You have no idea how much I needed to read your testimony. There is a great stigma attached with depression and many times I even deny that I could battle with it and dismiss it by saying that I have a "melancholic" personality.

I did battle with depression in my early twenties and it was more of the "reactive"( type that you describe. I am in a different stage of life right and have not been depressed again. It is a great fear that I have to be in that place again.

I am really looking forward to reading your blog. I am amazed at the amount of strength the Lord has given you and want to thank you for sharing your pain with us and living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. I will keep you and your beautiful daughter in my prayers.

God bless you!

*I previously left the comment without realizing my hubby was signed on so I deleted it and re-posted it here.

 

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