Love that Inspires Growth and Hope through Trials

Love that Inspires Growth and Hope through Trials

Mental Illness and Our Take on It

The gallery holds LIGHT for MI's collective works of writing, poetry, and images as a way of release from the stresses and suffering of mental illness.

This warrior was a fighter since birth
This girl, this child couldn't fight as smoothly
As so many on the face of the Earth
But she was ready to stand, help them see
This girl was told long she's going to hell
"You're possessed, or worse, the demon itself!"
Hurt her more than any would try to tell
Soon she learned to hide the pain on the shelf
She turned from the faith and chose to venture
Into shadows to find new ways to heal
The pain she held her life numbed from torture
She said, "Never ever, never again,
Not again will they come near to my heart."
Years go by and she grows up bitterly

Closed in herself, hiding the truth from all
The joy of life, she now could no longer see
And now she feared to be held like a ball
She hid herself under masks of silence
She shed her own blood and picked at her own scabs
Unwilling to give anyone a chance
The trust she once gave, she no longer had
She stopped singing as freely as she could
She held her head low, and grew very pale
Hiding, and to open up she never would
Made up lies, lived her fairy tales
It changed her so that she was not herself
After years of pain and fighting to rise
She finally rose to stand, stared around

Life isn't about her, she now recognized
And now she saw the pain of the world's crowd
Her goal now, was to comfort the hurting
She spread her arms wide and reached to their hearts
To show then they could trust her with their pain
She was willing to be torn all apart
To help them and shelter them from life's rain
She was in fact torn apart, by her friends
Family, the Church, demons in her love
So that she wondered if this was her end
Crying out for the comfort of her God above
''Twas nothing in return from Him, sadly
she felt hopeless again and on her knees
She still carries on rise up and fall down

She doesn't want to let that be the end
She'll march against seas of demons and drown
And if she must she'll die and rise again
And though she fears, will fall again, blinded
She'll be in old habits so easily
Something that she and all must be reminded;
By grace, through faith, in Christ, she's ever free
by grace she'll hide under His wings resided
Through faith she'll follow, in Christ she will be
Upheld in truth, trusting all The Lord's ways
And in Jesus' arms she will always stay
So, when you want to say "not enough faith
She'll reply, "don't tell me how I should live
I have my God to guide me in my faith

a doctor to teach me to love to live
I don't need a critic tearing me up
I don't need destructive words in my mind
I know when to rise, fight and to stand up!"
Then she will leave you hurtful words behind
She will carry on in love and courage
And be stronger when she comes out of flames
She's fighting to defeat this, the mirage
Even if she must face again, deathly pain
She's fighting, yes her bipolar flares behind
It's her life, the warrior of the mind...

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Who We Are

Arianna LIGHT for MI

Arianna is a proud authoress, artist, and musician, but the most important thing about her is; she seeks the hidden face of God with a passion. A lover of culture, art, music, and all things geeky and Celtic, her writings are often greatly impacted by these things.


Valerie LIGHT for MI

Valerie is the wife of a remarkable man, and the mother of three children, with two of whom having various degrees of mental illness. Valerie is no stranger to mental illness herself as a sufferer of depression on and off for years.