Nancy is a 62 year old writer, teacher and soul care coach, married to Jim for 41 years. They live in a beautiful wooded subdivision near Madison, WI. They have two grown children- Adam (daughter in love, Joanna) and Elizabeth and three delightful grandchildren – Nora 3, Audrey 2 and Jay who is 9 months.
Nancy has struggled with depression and will share with us how she is transitioning into a new place in life with her depression & healing.
What was the most difficult part about your transition?
Currently, I am working on the healing of depression which I have gone in and out of for the past 20 years. I always thought that if I just did a little more or found the right medicine or the right therapist that I would be “cured”. And I have finally discovered, that while my depression ebbs and flows, it is a part of me to embrace and learn about its gifts, which has been a huge transition. I think acceptance has been the hardest part of my transition.
What did you find most helpful in this transition?
This last fall, at a retreat, God met me personally with the verse, “Are you here for some healing?” from John 5:6. I was so startled because that was exactly why I was there. Over the course of the weekend, He continued to minister me personally, reminding me, “Daughter I know your name, “ and “You are blessed to be a blessing.” I came away from that weekend much more healthy and whole as well as hopeful, knowing that God had me nestled in His arms.
That weekend has been a turning point in knowing health and wholeness in my depression. In spite of flares that may occur, God is right there, holding my hand, whispering in my ear, “Daughter I know your name.” I am working on accepting that He’s the one doing the healing, leading and giving me hope. I look for ways I can be grateful. I don’t have to work so hard or be frustrated when things don’t turn out the way I would like. He is able and I am to rest in that.
What would you like to share with others going through this transition?
I would encourage you in whatever reoccurring trouble you face to keep focused on the God who loves you more than you can imagine. When I keep my focus on Him, I find the peace that passes all understanding. It is a daily process and some days I certainly do better than others.
He reminds me that He has my right hand. For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. Isaiah 41:13.