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On The Rock And Beyond The Storms

January 25, 2016

Greetings,

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”  Psalm 62: 1-2

That passage of scripture has never rang more true in my life than it has in this particular season.  This current season has been one of rebuilding and fortifying for me.  Almost five years ago I nearly lost everything due to the fallout and issues related to 17 years of battling severe PTSD flashbacks of being raped and sexually abused as a child by my natural father and others.  PTSD cost me a 30 year marriage, a terrific career, and endangered my relationships with my children, my friends, and the home fellowships I relate to.

However, in the last four years Jesus has intervened in a mighty way and in the past 27 months I can finally honestly say that my soul has found rest in Him alone.  This is nothing short of a major miracle my friends.  I used to average over six psych hospitalizations a year, but now it has been over 3 years since I last needed inpatient care and that was only a medication issue.  Plus I have went from being suicidal on a daily basis to it being an extremely rare occurrence.  Don’t get me wrong; Jesus never left me and kept me alive through some horrendous storms these past 17 years, but peace was a very rare thing indeed in all those years.  Now I have peace every single day and I totally love it.  Plus I haven’t had a full blown PTSD flashback episode in over 29 months.

Occasional PTSD storms still blow through my life, but they no longer own me like they have in the past.  In the past four years Jesus has fully equipped me to face my problems, PTSD or otherwise, straight on with the help of the Holy Spirit.  He has led me to open up and share my struggles publicly on this blog and that has released my mind and heart in ways I cannot even begin to describe.  Being totally honest and open about my plight instead of trying to hide it like a dirty secret has released me from any shame or bondage from my past.  Because of that I feel good about who I am today and I also have high hopes for tomorrow.  Today I feel closer to Jesus than I ever have and going through what I have in the last 17 years has made me a better, more complete, person in many ways now.  Let’s just say I more than earned my high level degree in compassion, empathy and patience.

Today, in Christ, I know that I will never be shaken to the point of being broken beyond repair.  More storms are bound to happen, but I now have a solid foundation on Jesus the Rock and the wind can blow as hard as it wants; because I know in my heart and mind that I shall not be moved from where He has placed me now.

If you are reading this today and you struggle with mental health issues and depression please know that you are not alone and it is not something to be ashamed of.  When I read Psalms I know that David was hard pressed at times and struggled with mental issues.  The weeping prophet Jeremiah definitely dealt with depression.  Paul, an apostle, and his fellow workers even despaired of life due to their hardships. (2 Corinthians 1:8)  To me it sounds like they may have even been suicidal at times.  No matter what issues you struggle with, I want you to know that you are not alone.  If you need someone to talk and pray with you do not hesitate to call me @ 269-221-1266, anytime day or night.  Jesus cares about you and so do I.  I know from experience that we are NEVER alone.  Jesus is always right there with you every step of the way, and I fellowship with some of the sincerest Christ followers I have ever known.  They will bathe you in prayer and love you until you learn to love yourself again.  Special thanks to everyone out there who reads my blog and has prayed for me these past 4 years or longer.  You mean more to me than you will ever know.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

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11 Comments
  1. "BK" permalink

    Christopher, the Bible says when we suffer together we get to rejoice together and I have to say I found it so. Walking through these past 16 years alongside you now brings tears of joy to my eyes when I read your testimony today. I remember when you first saw Jesus there with you during a full blown episode of PTSD; I remember telling Ken again and again I long for the day when you can actually ENJOY the beauty of the fall leaves Michigan is so famous for. That would have been this past Fall. I love you, brother…….deeply, “BK”

    • Thank you BK for everything you have done for me over the years. I appreciate you and also love you deeply.

  2. This made me want to cheer. 🙂 God is SO GOOD and His Son SO beautiful.

  3. Dan permalink

    Christopher, I am so happy for you! Jesus is so amazing…and you are too! Thank you for your awesome blogs!

  4. Thank you so much for writing and posting this brother! It’s fantastic to hear practical examples of how Christ reveals Himself as our provision when we go through the storms of life.

  5. Thank you Ben, how I long that others in the Body would be upfront and real about their storms and troubles too.

    • Grace from Jesus, relational, living grace! So glad for how His faithfulness has manifested in your life my friend! Love you, -Glenn

      • Thank you so much Glenn, you are a most excellent brother and friend.

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