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.

Another late night of restlessness

Waking hours, filled with fears

Tormenting dreams fill my sleep

I’ve given up trying to be healthy

I’ve given up all my hope

I’ve given up trusting in my Lord



Staring at a glaring brightness

Typing on the keyboard

Apathy. I care no more

About living life here in general

I want to give up breathing

Every breath I take brings heartache



“Just pray, listen without speaking,

And go to bed!” he says

But try as I might to sleep

Even when trusting in the Word of God

The ache in my heart is still

Very real, fear makes me want to cry



Where’s the beacon of the promise

The signal of Christ's love?

My rainbow after the rain

That beautiful bloom from the ashes?

That joy through the pain of life?

Christ promised abundant life in Him…


So, then why? Why am I here in the dark?

Why do I still suffer in the pits?

I say amen and it’s still lonely, empty,

And really hard to believe…

Where is the promise?

Where is my Comforter?

Oh Lord, where are You now?



The words of the cynics call me faithless

But I’m clinging to You as tight as I can

Because this ailment I have in my mind

Affects my spirit so very greatly…

Where does my help come from?

It comes from You, my Lord, my God

Will You help me mend from all my ills

Comfort me in this seemingly eternal night

Until the suffering ends at the Golden Gates


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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.