Ironically in 2014, something did happen to my mom. Cancer happened, that SOB. It was a year of prayer, and patience, and relying on my Savior. There were moments when all I could do was collapse to the floor of my bedroom and pray that my mama could feel some relief from the chemo demons. chemons, if you will. (I just made that up and I'm really mad I didn't think of it 3 years ago) In the past few years, I've gone through a few bouts of gnarly anxiety, which I would still have if it weren't for *que hallelujah chorus* Modern Medicine. Thank you, Lexapro. I heart you.
As part of this Easter campaign for the church, we were sent little stories by influencers and their experiences with trials, overcoming, and the atonement. Ashley Lumieux of The Shine Project shared her story of adopting two beautiful children, then losing them suddenly in a custody battle. This is what she said... "People often say that we're not given more than we can bear; my family's life is proof that this simply isn't true. We are given more than we can bear. We are not exempt from pain, but this does not mean we do not have a loving God. In fact, because of the experiences that He knew we'd go through that could break us, He has provided a way of peace, of hope, of light, and of pure love for us through His son, Jesus Christ."
Let me tell you. I could not agree more. God DOES give us things we can't bear by ourselves, but Christ is there to make the difference. (as Brad Wilcox says, "Christ is the difference"
I know with every part of me that Jesus Christ lives. He is our advocate, He is our mentor, He is a light in the darkness, He is our brother, He is our friend, He is our savior. We can't do life without him.
"God sent His son to walk with man". Heavenly Father WANTS US TO BE HAPPY. So while this life is unbearable and so, so difficult at times, there are things to help us. There is family, there is the peace of temples, the peace of the scriptures, and there is the Gospel. On a less reverent note, there is Diet Coke, Harry Potter, and the aforementioned anxiety/depression medication.
I'm SO glad that this stigma is being broken, slowly but surely.
NOWWW the moment you've all been waiting for... a free printable! Hang this where you can see it and be reminded that YOU ARE MORE than your depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PPD, or whatever demon you are fighting. And most importantly, remember that you are not alone.
(you can totally crop out my watermark after you print it.)