Are You Hiding Something Worth Celebrating? – Grace & Truth Link-Up

April 5, 2019

Are you hiding something worth celebrating? You never know how your words may provide someone else the hope they desperately need.
Photo by Andre Furtado from Pexels

Are you hiding something worth celebrating? We all have battles which we fight. Some are visible, and some are hidden.  A Mental Illness is one of those struggles which many times is unseen and not shared. As a result, it is not often we receive the opportunity to celebrate the successes along the way or when the symptoms recess.


If you have walked alongside those impacted by mental illness or struggle with it yourself,  you know how exciting it is when the illness fades into the background and life becomes brighter. It is a cause for celebration for everyone.


Today, you have an opportunity to meet Calleen who is celebrating her recession with mental illness. She has been brave in sharing her journey which in turn gives us all hope. It is an honor and privilege to rejoice alongside her, and I wanted you to have it too.


I love her words full of truth and wisdom for all of us.


“So I’m celebrating today by loving my life and loving not having the shadows of mental illness hanging over me. I’m happy and confident. Will it always be this way? Probably not, but for now, here and today, it is, and I thank God for that!” Calleen Petersen


Maybe your hidden struggle or success is something different. I would encourage you to share it with someone. We were never meant to go through life alone. We need to celebrate our successes no matter how small or large we think they are, or whether they will last forever.  


Celebrating with you.


You never know how your words may provide someone else the hope they desperately need. We need each other during the struggle and the celebration. Click To Tweet


How can we be celebrating with you today?

Now for Our Featured Post

“Celebrating the Recession Of Mental Illnesses”

 By Calleen Petersen

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Calleen, thank you for linking up with Grace & Truth. Grab a button and link back – I am sure your readers would love to celebrate with you!

Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another,

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    Karen Del Tatto

    Thank you Calleen for sharing your story and offering such encouragement.

    I just came out of about three months of debilitating anxiety. Praising God for His healing.


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      Maree Dee

      Karen – I am praising God with alongside you too. Thank you for sharing. Maree

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    Lauren Renee Sparks


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      Maree Dee

      Thank you for stopping by. Maree

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    Tea With Jennifer

    I love your reminder Maree that our words can be an encouragement & bring life to another!
    I’m celebrating today in being able to travel the 10 hour return road trip to see my parents this week, this is huge when you have chronic health conditions.
    Praise God! 😀

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      Maree Dee

      Jennifer, Sorry I didn’t see this until now. I would have prayed for your trip. I hope it went well and I imagine you still have the trip home so I will be praying. Celebrating with you. Maree

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    Thank you, Maree for featuring Calleen’s post and thank you, Calleen for sharing this personal and powerful story with us. Struggles with mental illness should be shared to reduce the residual stigma and other negative feelings associated with this illness. T.R.U.S.T. is a good acronym for us to remember.

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      Maree Dee

      Laurie, I agree we need to share our stories when it comes to mental health challenges and the victories. It does help to reduce stigma. Glad you stopped by to read. Thank you, Maree

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    It’s so important to share our needs with others so we can pray for each other and then celebrate when there is a victory. Blessings to you!

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      Maree Dee

      Gayl – I agree! I sometimes struggle with sharing my needs. But all needs are important and so is the celebration when we have a victory. Thank you for stopping by. Maree

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    An Ordinary Mom

    Thank you so much for your kind words and for featuring my post. I really appreciate it!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      It was an honor to feature your post. Thank you for sharing it here at Grace & Truth Link-Up. Maree

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    Heather Hart

    Thanks for introducing us to Calleen, Maree! I’ll hop over and check out her post now.

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      Maree Dee


      Thank you for stopping by. I loved your featured post too. Maree

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    Barbara H.

    I love your graphic about sharing words that others need. Thanks for sharing this celebration of hope and joy, and for reminding us to be sensitive and helpful to those who struggle with these issues.

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      Maree Dee

      Barbara – Thank you for mentioning my graphic. It is always nice to hear when someone likes something you have created. Yes, this was quite a celebration of hope. Blessings, Maree

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    Michele Morin

    Thank you, Maree, for the good work you do to bring awareness to the challenges faced by families dealing with mental illness. Oddly, just this morning I was remembering some of the struggles of my growing up years and how isolating all the problems were. As believers, we need to be sensitive and responsive to this challenge.

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      Maree Dee


      I agree we need to be sensitive and responsive. I am sorry your growing up years were isolating. I think the more we bring awareness this will change for future generations. People can’t know what they don’t know. Maree

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