Christine Duncan

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The Year He Brought Me Through

It’s almost here.

The blog’s second anniversary arrives tomorrow and I’m feeling full to the brim with the proof of God’s faithfulness.

The Year He Brought Me Through

I think I’ll call this past year The Year He Brought Me Through.

It acknowledges the faith struggles and the chronic D surgings while acknowledging the One who never wavered under any of it but supplied, and supplied, and supplied some more.

I’ll not lie, this second year was often a battleground in ways that the first year never was.

The honeymoon phase was over and the hard work had arrived.

My Dysthymic Disorder made sure of that.

It was more  of a constant ebb of symptoms than in past years.

The enemy perhaps, trying to thwart the sharing of God’s goodness?

Maybe. Or maybe it was simply just a lot of days tangled in my chronic depression and no other intent behind it.

I’m inclined to call it a mix of the two.

Either way, I could spend a whole post recounting all the awful-hard things….

Or I could spend the last post of this old season celebrating a different constant ebb.

Maybe you were graced with it as well, in your own circumstances?

A holy ebb of grace, provision, already-victories, and presence-sheltering love.

I cannot deny, in every spiritual war, in every physical weakness, in every mental and emotional grappling, He was there and He brought me through.

Every time.

This was my “He Brought Me Through” verse that spoke into my weariness with such clarity all year;

“…They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me. The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.…” Psalm 18:18-20

Show of hands for all of us who have had to face personal calamity?

But do you know what I loved about this past year, and what I love about this scripture above?

The word ‘but’.

BUT the Lord was my stay. BUT He brought me through to wide open spaces. BUT He was my rescuer because He gets a kick out of calling us His beloved and showing us what that means.

That word puts everything else into holy perspective. Relegates the difficult to being the back story. Forces it to be the groundwork for the Almighty Father instead of the headline of our demise.

I just went to church a little bit here at my desk, friends.

And this wasn’t just a year of ‘He brought me through’ but also became the year of ‘He goes before’.

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8

“But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 52:12

The Commander of angel armies, as the Word calls Him, goes before us into all the uncharted territory, secures for us victories we don’t even know we need ’til we need them. Pulls down impeding walls and opens barred doors, and takes our hands to steady wobbly feet towards the Promised Lands we never thought possible.

And finally, I celebrate this past year at the blog because it was the year of ‘His Word is true’.

The days where my mood disorder and my brain and my body betrayed every small piece of me, His Word was solid and unmovable. The days where nothing was certain and all plans had to be abandoned because of episodes and flare-ups, His Word was unshakeable and sound and dependable.

Healing, refreshing, deliverance, provision, rest.

Oh, His holy rest.

The greatest gift for my dysthymic self this year was His ever-present rest and grace.

The learning and leaning in. The experiencing of all of His shelter and shadowing. His rest was the balm for the unfocused and agitated soul desperate for respite.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

This has been a year of honestly making Him the priority. Making the sacred my go-to. Making room for Him even when I assume I’m fine, for He desires relationship, and making space for Him to answer from His holy throne even when I think I’ve got things figured out.

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Tuned into that holy ebb that should be our only current under the layers of life.

A current taking us into a new season.

I can’t wait to see what He brings to the new year.

I’ll be content with another year of “He Brought Me Through”, that’s for sure.


{Pssst! So it’s the 2nd Blogiversary and it wouldn’t be a celebration without a giveaway! Yay!
So starting today and going all week, leave a comment below to be entered into our draw for some goodies and the latest book by the amazing Annie F. Downs “Looking For Lovely”!!! You can also gain an entry by subscribing to the blog,  following me on social media here, or liking the facebook page here!
A name will be drawn Friday and announced here on the blog!


Linking up this week with all the goodness over at these sites:
Purposeful Faith #RaRaLinkup
Jennifer Dukes Lee #TellHisStory
Crystal Storms #IntentionalTuesday
SuzieEller’s #LiveFreeThursday
Holly Barrett’s #TestimonyTuesday

20 Comments

  1. I have to say it again, every one of your posts I’ve read have been real, and encouraging and challenging, and oft times what I needed to hear that day whether I liked it or not. Congratulations on 2 years and thank you for your honesty and vulnerability.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 3, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      Thanks so much, Sandi! It thrills and humbles me that He uses all these words and thoughts… even though I pray over them, and how they’ll be used, it still blows me away to hear words like yours! Looking forward to where He will take this new year! 🙂 Grateful for you, lady, love having your support.

  2. God has been speaking the same thing to my heart lately friend. And to be honest, I think one of the many reasons he gave me this baby is so I’d feel I have “permission” to do just that. He’s so good and patient. Love you and your words. xoxo

    • Christine Duncan

      May 3, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      Love you back, friend… you’re such an inspiration to me! And He IS good and patient… that’s His grace in a nutshell, isn’t it? By His grace these words each week manage to speak into lives, certainly my own, lol, and it’s incredible. And He’s doing a good thing through you and the new journey with another little one. I’m know I’m really thankful for my own journey, and glad beyond glad that I met you on it, girl!!! xxoo

  3. Hi Christine!
    I found your blog today through the #raralinkup (the best thing going!) and loved that I got to celebrate your 2nd anniversary, albeit it virtually! What an encouragement your words are to me today – a reminder that he will see us through. And yes, the “but” it such great news.
    I’m inspired – thank you.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 3, 2016 at 1:32 PM

      Aw, so good to meet you today, Lorraine! The #RaRaLinkup was the first linkup I ever joined almost two years back, and I agree, it’s one of the best communities, and so motivating and uplifting to be sharing words alongside all you sister-warriors! And now to celebrate His faithfulness with you all… it blows me away. And hey, you’re being entered in the draw as we speak! Whoo! *claps hands*
      Thankful today, my friend! Have the best afternoon, loaded with His blessings, over and above!

  4. What a celebration! What a milestone! Christine I love your heart and openness here with us. I pray God continues to guide you as I we know He will. Be blessed in the years to come!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 3, 2016 at 1:55 PM

      I will claim that prayer, Meg!!! Thank you, hun, you’re such an encouragement to me, love how He orchestrates new friendships and new journeys. Lord, be glorified even now! 🙂 Have a fabulous week, girl, hugs and blessings.

  5. This comment will be pages if I list all the things I love about this post. But I’ll tell you a few. First this —> “A holy ebb of grace, provision, already-victories, and presence-sheltering love.” Those words, His character – yes, yes! And then Psalm 18:18-19 – it’s the lock screen on my computer, it’s referenced in my post today, and it’s a broad space that I adore. And finally this —> “And this wasn’t just a year of ‘He brought me through’ but also became the year of ‘He goes before’.” I can’t handle the goodness and I’m thinking I’m going to have to go back and read it more. Love you!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 3, 2016 at 2:27 PM

      Tiffany, you’ve been this huge inspiring blessing of a gift from Him on this journey, do you know that? Seriously. And that’s so cool, I love that that’s your lock screen verse… isn’t that the most visually expansive picture of His character??? After looking back at this past year, what comes to mind is that worship tune, “I could sing of Your love, forever…” you know? Love you, girl! We’ll keep shining for Him! xxoo (and every comment is an entry to the draw, so you’re in! yay.)

  6. “This has been a year of honestly making Him the priority. Making the sacred my go-to.” So fabulous. Along with all the rest of it. Happy anniversary…so glad I had the blessing of connecting with you this past year, Christine! Looking forward to keeping up with you during the year ahead as you continue to reflect the God of the but, the still, the nevertheless, the yet.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 3, 2016 at 2:31 PM

      Love it, amen, and thankful for you big-time, Elizabeth! So glad we met through blogging, and looking forward to seeing what His plans are for each of us in all the days ahead… excited to see who will be the name drawn Friday too… aren’t anniversaries fun??? Hugs, lady!

  7. Sarah Guevarra

    May 3, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS my friend – so proud of you – to be giving God the glory through what I can only imagine is often struggle, you are inspiring us all to do the same. Thank you for that. I love you girl!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 4, 2016 at 1:31 PM

      Thanks, Sarah!!! That means so much to me, you don’t know! Thankful for you in my life! xxoo

  8. First, this post so is beautiful, so full of truth and hope! Second, congratulations on your two-year blogging anniversary! To do what you do here without any internal challenges would be amazing enough, but to do it amid your ongoing struggles is truly remarkable. I’m looking forward to the coming year right along with you, my friend!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 4, 2016 at 4:12 PM

      Lois, I’m so thankful that I met you across blogs on this journey, and you’ve been such a massive encouragement, your words mean a lot. I welcome the company going into year three! Looking forward to what’s around the corner, and going into it all on His strength, every inch of it!

  9. Christine,
    Congrats on your 2nd year and on how God has been your stay through it all. Thanks for sharing your struggles and how God has provided and met you in all of it.

    • Christine Duncan

      May 4, 2016 at 4:14 PM

      Thank you so much Dolly, I’m amazed at all He’s done, and will continue to do! I couldn’t have made it without a great community of writers either… grateful for ladies like yourself, you make it easy to keep going! 🙂 Hugs!

  10. Christine, as I was reading this my year flashed through my memory as I’m sure it did for so many other readers also. These are chiseling years that cement our trust in such a faithful God, and these are the memory markers which stand tall in our view to remind us to run to Him. I often imagine heaven being an opportunity for us to share our stories of God’s faithfulness, and in doing so, we will be actively praising him in eternity. I would love for you to share on Fresh Market Friday link-up….so encouraging!

    • Christine Duncan

      May 11, 2016 at 7:14 AM

      Our lives actively praising Him… wow, I love that, Crystal!!! So true. Thanks so much for the invite to Friday, I think I need to check that out! 🙂 Have an amazing day, and thanks for your great words!

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