Friday, March 25, 2011

Heartache No One Sees Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heartache No One Sees Faith Blog Hop. If you are hopping with us you should have come from (Bonnie's blog). if you just happened to find this post, please go to www.mypapertreehouse.com so that you can start the hop from the very beginning. :) Now to the hop:

Women have a very unique way of being strong, yet gentle. through this process we find ourselves many times hiding heartaches that truly affect us, but somehow we cannot bring ourselves to talk about. Sometimes it is because of "what would people say" or because we want to keep a certain image, or even because we are trying to keep our loved ones from becoming worried: we hold on to the heartache and even come to believe that "this is as good as it will ever get". Today we are out in the internet laying our hearts bare before the world. We have come to understand that God IS who He says He is and indeed He will complete the work He has begun, and so we lay our heartache before Him in hopes that He will meet us here. As you go through this hop, take the time to think about your own hidden heartache, and if any of our blogs motivate you to speak about it, leave us a comment or even send us an email. As sisters we should remain together and encourage each other to continue the walk towards His arms: the only place we will find rest and comfort.



Here's how the hop works:

Like last time we have some GRAND Prizes to share with you, plus most of the blog owners are willing to share some RAK with you. In order to qualify for the GRAND Prizes you ought to leave a comment under this thread and become a follower of this blog (if you are not one yet). We are asking that you would also become a follower of paper Tree House Studio on Facebook so that you can stay updated with our challenges and contests. In order to qualify for the RAKS i ask that you would also become a follower of those blogs and leave them a comment with your thoughts about the project they might have created or the story they were willing to share (if any). It can be very humbling to share our hearts with the world, yet the Bible says that our troubles come so that we can console another going through the same thing. My prayer is that the Lord would use this for His Glory as He heals all of our hearts.


Now for the GRAND Prizes:

Paper Tree House Studio:
Scrapbook News and Review Magazine: One Year Subscription
Bella Blvd.: $45 retail value worth of their yummy product
Echo Park: Love Line
Scrapbooks & Stuff: Cricut Your Story
Punky Sprouts:
The Paper Blossom Shop: $25 gift certificate to their shop.

Remember that in order to be considered a winner, you should leave a comment here and become a follower. :) It is that simple.

As you hop through the blogs you will see some very open lives, and others that are not as much. We are all being molded everyday more into His liking. Know that I have been praying for each of the participants, and as you begin to open your heart, I will be praying for you as well. It is my desire that the Lord would begin to build a community of bold women that would be willing to show their weaknesses so that in turn He can be their strength. Maybe next month we can hop through your blog as well.. This will happen every month on the very last weekend of the month, so please plan to be here learning about Him and about His love for YOU and His commitment to make you His!


Here is my story:

My journey I can tell you it has not been easy, I have recently come to the realization that as much as I joke about needing a happy pill I really do need to seek some medical counseling. You see I have always been made to believe that if I serve God it was wrong to be depressed. I have to say that mentality has gotten me right where I am today doubting Gods love and strength. As a believer I shouldn't be feeling down or right now strong enough. Yes I am stronger and seek God daily, but it's just much more it's what is happening right now with life. Then it hit me, wait a minute yes God is our healer, but sometimes we need more because God is the one who gave us life for us to breathe, He gave us the knowledge to know that we need doctors too. Who can help to heal the physical. I need to stop fighting and know that God is in control of my life, and that He is guiding me through this next step. So that I can begin to heal mentally, thank you Lord for allowing me to be Free.

I chose to create a layout using the lyrics from Casting Crowns Set me Free.




Thanks for participating with us... Now hop on over to Kari's Blog

23 comments:

WhichCraft-Liz said...

Beautiful layout! May God always lead you in the right direction.

Liz
whichcraft@me.com

Carolyn Phillips said...

Thank you for being brave enough to share with us. I've lived with depression for many years and heard so many comments about how Christians shouldn't be depressed/need anti-D's/just need to look to God etc etc, and over time I've had to learn to trust God and my doctors. I believe God can heal, but just as some people have to live with diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, no legs, etc, others of us have to live with depression...it is just another illness.
I keep meaning to blog properly about it as it is an issue close to my heart, but I haven't yet found the words to say what I want to say.
May God bless your openness and lead you step by step.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Beautiful story and beautiful lo dolores! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

McVic said...

already a follower! Thank you for sharing your story with us all, Your layout is beautiful. I love the lyrics too.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous layout! In the end, God will deliver you but He sometimes leads you to the right medical professional to make that happen. Take that step, trust in Him and be blessed.

Erika said...

beutiful layout!
God bless you!
kisses!

Kim said...

Dolores, Thank you so much for sharing your story! It's so nice to find fellow believers who scrap book! I Really Love your Page!! Perfect title!
new follower:)
~Kim
http://crazyaboutscrapin.blogspot.com
kfordyce6638 at gmail dot com

neyw said...

Thanks for sharing your story and your layout.

Kelly Sas said...

Why do we Christians think we are weak in faith if we suffer from depression? Praise God you were able to realize you needed medical help to complement His healing word. So proud of you that you shared. You will be able to share this just like your faith and help someone else. Beautiful LO - just like you!

SavannaLea said...

great layout...thanks for sharing!!

Neysa said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I also loved your layout.

fabitolana said...

Hola hás hecho un trabajo muy lindo te felicito ..!!!
cariños y Bendiciones

AngMomof3 said...

Dolores-- THANK you for sharing!!! You're amazing. Your story helps me support a christian friend who just began taking medication for depression. I love to hear REAL stories. Thanks for being brave.

Tamara said...

TFS your story and beautiful layout!
sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

Susie said...

Hi from another NY scrapper! I am upstate n.y. wONDERFUL LAYOUT AND WONDERFUL POST! I shared this on another blog from the hop. I once had the mindset that if I was discouraged or cried from trials happening in my life that it was a sign I did not have faith. but then I read a book called "lets roll" by Lisa Beamer (the wife of Todd Beamer, who died in the plane crash in Pa. 9/11, he was one of the men that reacted to the terrorists) anyway in her book she writes "my faith is real but so is the pain" I just love that quote because it is what I feel also! I am looking forward to knowing you more by following your blog

wendy scrappings said...

thanks so much for sharing

Misty said...

Beautiful LO, thanks for sharing.

Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Cindy said...

Love your layout. Thanks for sharing your story.

Scrappin' Sista said...

Love your story! Our pastor in Charlotte, did an entire series on what the church's response should be to mental health issues in the church. Thanks so much for your sotry. I pray that God will continue to bring you into total FREEDOM! You are a beautiful child of the Most High God! Much love and scrappy hugs.

Love in Christ,
Christel (Scrappin' Sista)

Arlene Camacho said...

wow, Dolores, I'm so sorry that you're battling depression...but I'm glad that you've come to the realization that you need help and went to seek it. This doesn't make God or your faith in him any lesser...like you said, God gave us all thought & reasoning. If you need help, you can go get it through all the medical marvels the Lord has allowed for us to have.
I hope that you start feeling better, I am sending you soooo many cyber hugs.

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