From time to time, I meet friends who take the time to share their struggles with me.
It’s amazing to hear about some of the issues, illnesses, and challenges that people are dealing with and fighting to overcome.
Recently, one of these friends gave me permission to share her story. I believe her words will encourage others today.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my newest blogging friends – Holli.
Melanie – Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Holli – My name is Holli Anne Perkins. I’m 24, and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. I have a wonderful group of family and friends and I love to go to Starbucks to relax! (She is pictured below.)
Melanie – Would you share how you came to Christ?
Holli – I have come to know Jesus Christ through His pressing on my heart to surrender to Him. I always knew “about” Jesus, but it was more that He wanted from me. It’s been a journey getting to know Him, and I consider every single moment on my face before Him worth it because He is worth it. I didn’t grow up in a home that went to church often or followed Christ, but I found Jesus when I went to college. Campus ministries there ultimately helped me get to know Him and accept Him. Every trial in my life has led me closer to Him, and while I struggle in my flesh to follow Him faithfully daily, as we all do, I love Him deeply because I felt like my illness made me unlovable; He squashed the devil under my feet and defied that lie!
Melanie – You’ve told me that you struggle with a difficult illness. Would you briefly describe your illness?
Holli – My illness is a mental illness, a chemical imbalance in my brain, called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It’s not like the “OCD” term people use so lightly. I have suffered immensely and struggled daily to just contain my anxiety. I also struggle with a Generalized Anxiety Disorder along with my OCD. My OCD puts scary thoughts in my head, but at no time have I acted on them. Christ really helps me get through my anxiety daily and keep it from harming my relationships with God and others, which is easy for me to do.
Melanie – What remedies, helps, and solutions have you discovered for your illness?
Holli – I’ve been to psychiatrists, counselors, nurse practitioners, and psychologists. My case of OCD has been so severe that I’ve had to seek out every form of help possible. I’m on medication for my OCD and anxiety. It helps. But honestly, God is the only One that sustains me throughout the day. He is so gentle with me. I’ve discovered that psychiatric professionals are blessings and people including and especially myself need them, but God is the Ultimate Physician and I trust Him with my recovery.
Melanie – What words of encouragement would you like to share with others who also struggle with this illness?
Holli – I would just love to tell anyone and everyone else who struggles with OCD and anxiety that you are not crazy, and you are not alone. I bought the lie that I was crazy and the only one going through this. No, I wasn’t, and no, you’re not either, friend. There is power in the name of Jesus to heal and break chains! I would love to just sit down and talk to another sufferer of OCD and anxiety, and give them hope that anxiety is not eternal. Christ is eternal. And He loves you, deeply.
Melanie – Would you share your favorite scripture and how this verse gives you hope?
Holli – My favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, which reads:
Thank you so much, Holli, for sharing words of hope with us today.
You have blessed us and offered much hope to anyone who might be struggling with OCD.
If you’d like to talk to Holli or discover more about her ministry, you can link to her blog at:
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