Caitlin Welsh


January 06, 2017 2 Comments

After giving birth to my firstborn I struggled with severe postpartum depression and anxiety. I don't even hardly remember my son's baby days. All I really remember was the overwhelming sadness, guilt, and hopelessness that I felt. Suicide crossed my mind more than I ever want to admit. I had convinced myself that I could never have another child; The fear of going through the horrible experience again was overwhelming. I was in this pit for months before I finally reached out and asked for help, and I so wish I had done it sooner. I truly believe that the Lord uses many different ways to bring healing, including medication and counseling. Anxiety still sometimes tries to rear its ugly head, but I've learned to be thankful through it all. I'm thankful for my struggles because they bring me closer to my Savior. 

Right now I'm 35 weeks pregnant with my daughter and my husband and I have decided to name her Hope. Every time I think of my daughter I think of the hope I have in Christ. That He works all things together for good. No matter what happens I know that He will see me through it all.

"Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
Romans 5:2-5

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 Peter 1:3

Written by Caitlin Welsh

 



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Jessica
Jessica

May 07, 2017

When I was 5 I was pulled into foster care. I was adopted at 8. Since then life has been full of so many ups and downs – but I never give up. It’s who I am. I fall but never quite. Until now. I’m facing this time of serious trials. The song “I Have This Hope” is one that makes me cry out to God every time I hear it. My soul, deep down within is comforted and I’m reminded to not give in. Not to give up on myself, God or my family. Love is here and now and always. When I’m feeling hurt, lost, confused, or even hopeless I sing this song. It is my battle cry that I will not lose faith. God knows what I’m going through and He WON’T let me go!

Marie Luten
Marie Luten

February 19, 2017

My story of Hope is about losing a dear and close friend to suicide recently. I’m 72 and have not experienced this loss and pain before. I heard your song, “I Have This Hope” and my goodness did it touch my soul. I keep listening to it almost every day and I’ve shared it with others in the family of my friend. I so appreciated the story you have shared behind this song. Thank you for continuing to share Jesus in the midst of pain, trials, and joy. May the Lord continue to bless each of you!!

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