Over these past couple of weeks, two lovely people (Muriel and Tamara) have shared their stories on this blog. Next month the site will go under construction as I revamp the layout, add regular contributors, and jump-start a site that features consistent content and useful resources. When I started this site, I had no idea if it would still be active in a year. Fortunately, it is. But even more than that it is starting to grow into a site in which other people share their thoughts on mental illness from a Christian perspective — which was what I had hoped for from the start.

All of this to say if you are interested in being a one-time or multiple-time contributor, please reach out. We would love to have you!

Being open about your struggles and allowing God to use them to share his love and further his Kingdom is one of the most challenging things we can do as Christians — but is also one of the most rewarding.

Just open the Bible to pretty much anywhere, and it becomes apparent that God does not choose perfect people to reach the lost. He uses those who are broken, who have seen the darkest parts of the world, but still trust in God’s plan for their lives.

A few weeks ago my pastor said, “The very area you think most disqualifies you from being used by God may be the very area He wants to use you to make the biggest difference.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible (which I’m sure I’ve shared here before) concerns the blind man being healed in John 9:3: “‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'”

God can use the darkness of mental illness for his good. I firmly believe that. Stay strong, friends, and stay tuned for an In Bloom Project 415 relaunch next month!

If you have a story about mental illness—whether personal or concerning a loved one—please consider sharing your experience, either by writing a guest post, or doing an interview with me. Even if you aren’t at a place yet where you feel comfortable disclosing your name, the church body needs your voice. Let’s shine a light on the darkness, together.

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