“This pit was the toughest pit I have ever been challenged to climb out of in my entire life … Christ opened my eyes and let me realize that this isn’t just my battle – it’s a battle that many women are facing daily…”

Sometimes we have to go through a dark period in our lives so our eyes are opened to Christ and His strength. As a mother, I am well-practiced in putting my kid’s needs before my own as well as my husband’s needs. After my second child, I fell into a dark pit called post partum depression. This pit was the toughest pit I have ever been challenged to climb out of in my entire life. It put stress on my family, on my marriage and on myself. I didn't care about myself and I tried to be the best I could be for my family, but felt I was failing. There were days when my heart told me to give it all up so my family could have a better life. Then Christ stepped in. On one of my darkest days, my husband gathered pastor’s wives and had them come and sit with me and just listen to what I had been going through and pray for me. However, what was more incredible is that these women could relate. Christ opened my eyes and let me realize that this isn't just my battle - it’s a battle that many women are facing daily and are trying to claw out of their “pit” just as I was. With the power of Christ, I started a photography project called “Unspoken”. I took the portraits of women and had them share their stories so that maybe others could heal the way God helped me heal...And God did heal! Our God is so powerful. My marriage is flourishing again, my children are happy and I am experiencing beauty from ashes. I am free. 

- JENNA

 

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