When you visit this site you may wonder the source of the information. In other words, who am I? I will let Emily Dickinson, my favorite poet, explain: "I'm nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there's a pair of us_don't tell! They'd banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day to an admiring bog!
This confession is in no way indicative of an inferiority complex or lack of confidence. It merely expresses that I have chosen anonymity and that I give the glory and honor to God for the creative energy required to post it. Suffice it to say that I am one who has suffered with depression for over twenty years. I have BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT.
I'd like to explain to you the design behind the creation of this site. My goal is to provide you with daily inspirational prayers to lift your spirits. Additionally, I am providing a mini bible lesson that is extracted from the Holy Bible. The material is from the New International Version.
My background is not in theology nor the mental health field. I do not profess to represent myself as such. My background is in education. I am a retired Speech Pathologist. What qualifies me to develop this site is the fact that I can relate to those suffering from the illness because I had experienced it for myself. I feel what you are feeling. Albeit I am not a theologian, I am quite familiar with the holy scriptures and have taught classes at church. Does that sound complicated? It is very simple. Did Jesus have a degree in Psychology or Theology? Did he lead a flock in a mega church? Did he look like a theologian? Did he wear a robe? Did he have a title? I am inspired to write the prayers that I write and I give credit to God for the inspiration.
I would like to, at this time, make some acknowledements. The idea behind this website originates with me. In addition to God, I would like to thank some people who have assisted me along the way.
First, thanks go out to my parents, Margaret and Richard , who have been there for me throughout this ordeal. My daughter, Kourtni, is the object of my affection as she grew up in the house with a mother who suffered from depression. During those difficult years I worked in a school district in the Eastern United States, Martin School District. They have my eternal devotion as they were sensitive to my needs and supported me throughout those dark days.
Then, I would like to express sincere appreciation to my team leader, Ellen for her patience and support. I'd like to mention Steve, who was in my life for a season. The medical staff that provided the help I needed are also appreciated.
In order to get this project off the road, I had to have had some help. I did. Thank you, Connie. My cousin, Connie told me about a wonderful company that assisted clients build web sites. The courage to do this germinated at St. Paul, a church I formerly attended. Grace, a childhood friend encouraged me to put my thoughts into my own words. I would like to thank members of Delta Sigma Theta for tolerating my blogs. Those blogs and prayers sent them prepared me for this task.
Along the way there was a nationally known devotional organization that helped me tweek my ability to pray for others. Another SHOUT OUT, DONNA.
I saved the best for last. I would like to thank my husband, Jim, who accepted me just the way I was. He asked me to marry him even after knowing about my depression. He is the love of my life. My soul mate.