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.

Copyright © 2015 Mari Fahel Mckimzey


It happened so suddenly

I hung myself to die

Cracking my neck;

Breathing my last;

Dangling in the eyes

Of a young 13 year old


It happened before they could

Stop me; alas, a child

Has seen her sis

Die before her

The argument was wild

Now she has PTSD


I, now stand before the Throne

God is seated in grief

He gazes down

In deep love asks;

"You with little belief

Why did you spit on my face?"


Shaking in fear and sadness

As my God asks again;

"My child why did

You spit on my face

To right now have been slain

By your hands you took your life?"


I wept hard and responded

"Lord I could no longer bear

This life with all

Of its trials so I

Took my own life to where

I would not suffer again..."


God revealed everything that

I threw away, showed me my

Life got better

And the ones who loved me

I saw purpose in His eyes

That had been transferred to me


Then I finally knew that

My life was not as dark as

I made it out

To be; then I cried out

With pain in my heart "alas!

Oh Lord please forgive my wrong!"

He answered in grief, "I do.


"But you had to see what I

Had planned with your life when I

Created you;

And molded you in My

Image; see the many eyes

Of those you were destined to

Guide; it grieves me you threw it out

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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.