Sunday, 5 December 2010

Blog Land - Where one woman learned how to fly


The way I found myself in ‘Blog Land’ as I affectionately call it, was quite by accident. A friend who lives 3 hours drive from me suggested we do an online bible study together, and post our answers on a blog. I had never heard of a blog before and didn’t quite understand what one was. But I was at a stage in my life where I desperately needed change. Little did I know that starting a blog would mark such a defining moment in my life.

Two and a half years ago I found myself in a very dark place. I was stuck and I wasn’t moving forward. I had 3 boy warriors aged 4 years and under, no energy due to a nasty thyroid condition called ‘Hashimoto’s Disease’ and was on anti-depressants for Post-Natal Depression. My prayer life was non-existent and I rarely read my Bible. I felt so far away from God, even though I attended church every Sunday. I desperately wanted to have the ‘abundant life’ that Jesus died for me to have. So I cried out to Him and He answered.

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Martin Luther King Jr
CRAWL – obeying Him


When God did answer me, it didn’t make sense, but I dared to trust Him and it was the start of an amazing journey in my life. He asked me to do 3 things:

1. Trust Him to heal me of my depression

2. Home school my boys

3. Write about my journey

Now through the eyes of logic these things that He asked me to do seemed unfathomable. I mean honestly – asking a depressed woman with no energy to start homeschooling her 3 sons and write about it seemed ludicrous! But I had trusted Him and felt very strongly that this was what He wanted me to do. So I started a blog.

WALK – healing begins

As I continued to rely on God, I gave myself a challenge to read the Bible all the way through from start to finish. I had been a new creation in Christ for 15 years but I had never done this before. I had attempted, but had always failed. As I read the Word through, He revealed His love for me in a new way. I started changing my eating habits to help remedy my thyroid condition and researched all I could on home schooling.

I weaned myself off anti-depressants and learned to worship Him in all circumstances – not just when things were going good. Sometimes all I could do to get through the day was put on a worship CD and sing to Him – even though it was the last thing I felt like doing.

My blog became like a journal and I found that as I articulated the thoughts swirling around in my head, God would whisper things for me to write. And in my writing, He brought healing into my heart. I was amazed that when I sat down to write, He would reveal something in my heart that He wanted to heal. I also discovered who I was and I didn’t even have to go overseas for a year to do it. I could just eat, pray and love through my blog.

RUN – connecting with others

I found ‘Blog Land’ opened up a whole new world to me. I read other people’s blogs and found encouragement from them. Blogging for me was not only a way for God to heal my heart, but also to connect with people. There was a sense of community amongst others who blogged. It was something I desperately needed at the time. I had lost a lot of friends due to Post Natal Depression and was very lonely. I had no friendships at church, and so the blogging community filled a need in my life to connect with others. Because of my health, it was not always possible to attend social events as they would just wear me out. But ‘Blog Land’ was always there at my fingertips when I needed to connect with the outside world.

I have met some amazing woman in ‘Blog Land’ and formed friendships with many of them, here in Australia and in the USA. These friends have been a source of inspiration to me in one form of another. One of them in fact, has become one of my best friends when we met in real life 18 months ago.

FLY – encouraging others

I am happy to report that 9 months after I started blogging, He healed me of my depression. The nasty ‘monkey on my back’ left – never to return. My health has improved dramatically and I have been home schooling my boy warriors for 2 ½ years now, and I love it.

Through blogging God has opened up a forum for me to speak into other women’s lives and encourage them on their own journey. When I initially started blogging it was for myself, but now I blog for others; because it’s not just all about me. I know that God healed me from my depression so I could encourage others on their own journey. We were never meant to do life alone. I blog to say to those who need encouragement, “Hey! It’s OK – we all have issues, but there is One that will heal you of them, if you open your heart to Him. Come along with me. Let’s do this journey together.”


Still taking lessons from the King,

 


{This article was featured in the FREE e-magazine 'Indulge', December 2010 issue,
by the I luv Those Shoes Project.}

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your article. The mag looks lovely and your article was great. I always find encouragement from your honesty, and it is amazing to see God at work and the journey He is leading you on.

    The quote with the picture at the top of your post today is one that I keep seeing/hearing around the place lately...hmmm...

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful words. May God keep blessing your work.x

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  2. Love your Blog Jo.... had a lovely read...
    Tanya Epis. xoxo

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  3. I am glad you are blogging since now I have "met" you here in blogland.

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  4. Jo:

    I just emailed you back after you left your comment. Then I read your post here and awesome GOD - what HE has done!

    You have no IDEA how much we have in common - but I'll share more of that with you on email!

    Love the encouraging heart you have to serve JESUS and show the world that He is REAL and that HE CAN HEAL - even the nastiest of depression!!!!

    Isaiah 61:1-4
    is my Scripture lesson for the healing of depression. Praise over Despair - only one will rule - you choose!!!

    Can't wait to know you better and hear more of what God is doing!

    Choosing JOY, Stephanie

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  5. Praise our magnificant God, that is so awesome Jo! I feel so blessed to have met you and I am loving getting to know you more as time goes by. I hope we can meet one day soon! I think you and I would have a lot of fun! xxx

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Jo Princess Warrior xo