Confessions Through Photograph: Life Through Depression’s Eyes


Happy Thursday!

If you’re reading this, that means we’ve reached the day before the day before the weekend! Yay for confusing sentences! If you’re anything like me, by the time Thursday rolls around, I’m tired of looking at words. With that in mind I wanted to post my newest batch of pictures!

I actually took these on the day that I shotΒ Confessions Through Photograph: Part IIΒ with my pal, Devin. I wanted the pictures I’m about to show you reflect how I am currently living with depression and anxiety. I’m truly learning how to cope with such awful diseases and I believe that I am finding utmost peace within who I am and who Jesus is making me. I choose to live in the abandoned because I want to search and seek out those who are hurting like me. I hope and pray these pictures speak to you and give you an insight into what life is like with depression.

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Cheers!

31 Replies to “Confessions Through Photograph: Life Through Depression’s Eyes”

      1. That’s really close to me! maybe I need to go check it out. There’s an abandoned insane asylum in Asheville that I’ve been in, but I will never do that again. Creeped me out to a new level ha. But yes, he does. He loves to search us out and make orphans part of a family. I love that about Him!

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      2. Oh, really?? I live up here in Winston!! Be careful if you happen to check it out. We got to do a few buildings but then the lawnmowers kicked us off the property. I’d love to check out the one in Asheville! I know there’s a ton of abandoned buildings in Statesville but it seems many of them have been taken over by the local government. 😦 As do I! Without it I’d genuinely have no hope. I’m thankful for that!

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      3. I’m in Hickory right now, it’s really close to Statesville too. Yeah you can get into some trouble sneaking around in those haha. it’s a liability for the government so they don’t want you around it. I love Winston, it’s a cute little city.

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      4. Haha I mean, the best we can do is hope. If they do then I suppose I’ll just have to get used to being a hardened prisoner for exploring empty places lol.
        Oh really?? Why’s that? I saw you had your degree in Spanish! What will you use that in??

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      5. Hahahaha the most you’d leave with is a fine. Feign ignorance; it works every time πŸ˜‰ Right now I’m a Spanish teacher, but once the school year ends I’ll be moving to the Dominican Republic. For about 2 months I’ll be in a village doing mission work as a head teacher to get the students caught up in reading and writing. For the months after that, I’ll be working in a small private school in the city of Santo Domingo. I’m really excited and scared at the same time…

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      6. I can certainly do that! Haha
        That’s amazing! I can certainly understand the fear and excitement. It sounds like a great opportunity but also a giant step of faith. I’m sure God is going to use you in incredible ways!! He will take care of that fear for you as well πŸ™‚

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      7. It definitely is a giant leap. I’ve never been to the DR before, so this is completely new for me. I’ve also never lived in a major city. I’ve been out of the country and lived in Spain, but never in the types of situations and conditions I will be in there. God has taken care of so much already; from my flight to my roommate to my job… I even have several Christian girlfriends there already. This is so key for me… being alone like that would be so hard

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      8. That’s amazing to watch isn’t it? Every step of the way God moves and provides if it’s something he truly wants to happen. I love knowing that if the Lord wants me to go somewhere or do something he will make it evident in my life. It seems he is doing that for you! Loneliness would be incredibly difficult in a different country! That’s great that you already have solid friends there. Now, with a blog, you can have solid friends here that will keep up with you and encourage you! I’ve found WordPress to be an amazing community of people who quickly become your close and genuine friends!

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      9. It has grown my faith so much. I’ve had to completely depend on him to provide everything, and I continue to do so. I know that he has called me there, and have no idea what to expect, but there is such comfort in knowing you’re in His will and he has it taken care of. He has it taken care of even when we are disobeying. And you’re right, I have really enjoyed starting this blog. One post and I already have received such encouragement. If you can recommend any great blogs to follow I’d love that.

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      10. Amen to that. Man, how my heart longs to be in the will of God and not seeking my own selfish pleasures. He can do so much in us when we’re submitted to Him. As you’re seeing! πŸ™‚ I will most definitely do that! I have time in the evenings so I will sit down and compile a list! πŸ™‚

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      11. Thank you so much! & Yes you’re right… our hearts long for it but it is so easy to slip. I go through the constant ups and downs of following and wondering; following and wondering. It’s so tiring but yet so rewarding to pick ourselves up and keep at it. I know I’ll experience trials and that the enemy will fight against me while I’m there, but as of now my heart is at peace.

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      12. That’s a great place to be! I’m sure you will quickly realize that my blog is an open and honest look at life with depression and God. It’s not always pretty or nearly packaged but I’m tired of striving for an unattainable measure of perfection. God doesn’t expect me to be perfect but He certainly demands that I be Holy as he is holy. There’s no more comforting thing than the knowledge that God pursues us vehemently and loves us with a passion that we will never understand. This has been so encouraging to my heart!

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      13. I love the conversation you’re bringing to light. I have struggled with depression and anxiety as well, due to some things that happened to me in my past. It is often a stigma in church because we are told to “pray about it” and that if we experience these feelings, we obviously arent spiritual enough. I know God brings us through and provides healing, but there is also a time when the suffering produces perseverance. Its great to know you have support, and getting your feelings out in writing and pictures is amazingly encouraging.

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      14. The one thing that I can’t stand in churches is that very attitude. Nothing gets me emotional more than hearing those kinds of words come from Christians or seeing that lifestyle. That’s why I’m so passionate about it! We’ve been called to be more and to love better. Just know, my newfound friend, you aren’t alone and never will be! πŸ™‚ if no one else, the Lord will always be near and full of love. But yes, I love expressing myself through art, writing, and music. πŸ™‚

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      15. That means a lot πŸ™‚ Its so nice to be able to hear that! You’re not alone either. God has given us so many bothers and sisters, and we all share burdens and hardships. None of us go through life without our crosses to bear. My walk as a Christian has not been easy, but it has been healing. The church has to stop pretending that once we have Jesus our problems disappear. They dont… he just gives us the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, his hope of eternal life to get us through, and his promise to work it all out for our good and for his glory.

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      16. Thank you for the reminder! That’s some hardcore truth right there! I love it!! I can already tell that you and I are gonna be good friends πŸ™‚ but yes, I completely agree. The mask mentality of our churches has to end. The only way I see that happening is by more and more of us coming to grips with the honest truth of our reality. That reality is our brokenness and our constant, ever growing need of a savior!

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      17. I can see that too! Too bad I’m leaving soon, we live so close. Its sadly pretty rare to find a good friend or community that can discuss things like this. And even more rare to see a guy be open about things like this. (Anxiety tends to be pinned as a female problem).

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