The Vision

a life of abundance.

 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
— Isaiah 61: 1-3 (NIV)
Joe & Carly // Summer 2018

Joe & Carly // Summer 2018

 
 

As a 12-year-old girl, I was given three diagnoses that would completely alter the course of my life.  

DEPRESSION.

ANXIETY.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER.

I had always been a good girl who followed the rules and placed absolute trust in those in positions of authority.  When the doctor offered those diagnoses as an explanation for my increasingly-debilitating symptoms, I grabbed for them greedily like a child would do for candy.  That decision transformed who I was as a person.  My illness became my identity.  I lost sight of the little girl I once was, and lost hope in the woman I was becoming.

For so long, I lived as though these labels were chains, preventing me from living a life of joy and freedom, and holding me back from chasing my dreams.  

It took years of prayer, long talks with trusted mentors, time spent questioning all I thought I knew to be true, and a great deal of self-exploration to reach the point where I felt ready to reject the labels the world had slapped on me and fully embrace the identity I have been given in Christ.

This isn't a once-and-done decision.  For me, it is a continual process.

Every day I make the choice to open my hands and receive the gifts of grace and peace God has for me.  Every day I open my eyes to take notice of the beauty in the world around me.  Every day I sit in stillness and listen to the truth He whispers over me.  

Do I continue to struggle with mental health challenges?  

YES.

But even so, every day I choose to step into a life of abundance.

So many people, those with mental health challenges, and those without, walk around this planet in chains.  They live in bondage instead of freedom.  In truth, they don't really live at all.

The vision for Jesus, Coffee, and Prozac, Inc. is simple: to walk with others in their pursuit of abundant life, to support them in prayer, to lift them up with encouraging words, and ultimately to point them to Jesus... the One who came to set the captives free.

 

Love Always,

Carly