Life.... The Tests and Testimonies.
We have all been tested in life and many of us have the scars to show it. Most of us do not like being tested, but there is “No Testimony without a Test.” I use to complain during my testing period and afterward conceal my testimony. I concealed it out of guilt, shame and because "Telling Your Business" is frowned upon.
God has challenged me to praise Him instead of complaining during the storms of life. I have learned that sharing one's testimony is personally therapeutic as well as uplifting for others. The testimonies shared here are to strengthen us in our moments of weakness, inspire us in our seasons of doubt, and remind us of who and whose we are in a world that sometimes obscures our self-image.
Anne, Smiling Through Depression
"I have lived with depression my entire life. Can you imagine from September through March every year, having seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? The lack of sunlight can make me extremely fatigued. I have trouble concentrating and at times I'm incapacitated.
I have lost two family members to suicide. Being depressed and dealing with the death of loved ones can be a very lonely and defeating experience. Despite the struggle, I decided that hiding in the shadows wasn't going to help me, or others get better. Last year, I have begun to speak publicly about my depression and mental health challenges. If you need help like me, ask for it!"