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What a wonderful ministry for you both!! It is so awesome how God will take the issues of our lives and use them for His glory, and for ministering to other broken people.

I praise God for you both; for your honesty and your commitment to make an impact for His kingdom. May you be richly blessed, and touch countless people! I will pray for you!!

Sweet blessings,


I'm so glad you're doing this. I wish you didn't have to go through it, but it's wonderful to see you both using this for His glory.
BTW-Am rererereading Living Simply. Love it and YOU!


Your obedience to share this aspect of your marriage will help others and will glorify God. I will definitely be checking this out.

Amy Barrett

I can't wait to read this. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for the past 6 or 7 years and I hate thinking about what it does to my husband. Thanks for telling your story!!!!! I'm sure God will use both of you to help many other people :)


I can't wait to read it! There was a time a few years ago that I searched high and low for some type of support site where I could share with others. I couldn't find anything that was a good fit for me. So many were anything but Christian and people spent their time bashing the person that was ill. I've been reading Toben's blog for a couple of weeks now and have seen a lot of my husband in him. It will be great to not feel alone.

Lisa R-P

thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. We all carry some type of baggage and your transparency gives us hope that we too can be transparent.

Farm Fresh Jessica

You are really brave. It takes a lot of guts to share your hearts with the world. I'm proud of you both --for sticking it out & for being an inspiration.

Tammy S.

Your story will help and encourage so many people. Thank you being so honest and real in this blog, as well as in the new one.


Thank you so much for being willing to share. I know you will be an encouragement to so many people.

I shared with you a while back that my brother is bi-polar and I'm sending a link to your blog to my mom to share with him.


This is fantastic. I am going to go take a look. I have family members who may benefit greatly from a site like this !!


"It's one of the ways that God is redeeming this issue in our lives. As we share our story and offer a listening ear and some encouragement, God uses what we've gone through for our good and the good of others." Yep. That's been true in my life. Not the same issue, but the same ever-redeeming God.

I appreciate your openness on this topic. I'll be keeping your site address handy as a reference for others my husband and I encounter in ministry. You and Toben will be able to help more people than you can even imagine right now. Scratch that. God will be able to do more with you than you even imagine.


I'm on my way to the blog now....thank you for sharing this aspect of you marriage.


Most sinceere thanks for sharing the most personal aspects of your life with us Joanne. This is so encouraging to me in ways that I cant express. I love you and your family Joanne. You ROCK.


Wow, Joanne. Thank you both so much for your honesty and willingness to put it out there for others. This is not something I've necessarily dealt with but just seeing the Lord's work in and through your marriage is so encouraging for my own. Thank you.


I'm looking forward to reading more about this, and hats off to both of you for your bravery. I think you're right to share, someone out there will surely benefit from it.

Kim Feth

Amen! If we all had Toben's concept of helping someone one stone behind us and letting ourselves be helped by someone one stone ahead, what a better place it would be.
Hmm ... how can I put that into practice?
Kim Feth
Apex, NC


Thank you, Joanne (and Toben) for sharing about the really hard times in your life together. My husband has chronic depression, and though he copes really well, I often need to adjust my expectations and learn to be thankful for what he *can* do each day. Still, he's had to remind me regularly that I would understand if what was broken in his body was his arm or his leg, rather than his mind and spirit. I look forward to reading your husband's blog now, as well as yours Joanne, as I seek to be a more supportive and understanding helpmate. God's blessings to you both, and to your children!

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