This is such an important conversation. I’m so grateful to Brandy for her willingness to share her story and to help others in their healing. Brandy is a marriage and family therapist. She is also a two time survivor of suicide loss. She is the author of “The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide”.
“After a suicide, loved ones painfully struggle to make sense of the unexplainable tragedy. The Gift of Second comes alongside loss survivors and helps navigate the common pitfalls for those left behind. This book offers hope and encouragement to guide survivors through this desperate time.”
Brandy is also the founder of the website, thegiftofsecond.com – a community for survivors of suicide loss. Whether you have lost a loved one to suicide or you know someone who has, you will be blessed by Brandy and her story. Please share with others who may benefit from this conversation, the website and/or her book. Brandy wants to help others experience healing in spite of the sorrow.
You guys!! I’m so grateful to Josh Phillips for sharing his story! Josh is married to Rachel Phillips who was on the last Great Big Yes podcast (#16) sharing her experience with anxiety. Josh tells us what it’s like to be married to a woman who suffers from anxiety, how it affects the relationship and how God has helped him learn and grow through their 16 years of marriage. Listen in! You don’t want to miss his side of the story!
Can we all just take a moment and thank the men in our lives who have loved us well?
He talks about what it’s like to not understand what your wife needs, to mess up and need to grow and learn. He is vulnerable and transparent about his experience. Share with the men in your life who may need this. If they love someone with anxiety, they are not alone and there is hope.
Josh is also an American Ninja Warrior! Woop! I shared a video on the last post and here are a couple more just for fun!
Friends, this podcast is powerful! My friend Rachel Phillips is brave and beautiful and amazing! She shares her story on the podcast of the anxiety that has been gripping her since she was a young girl. This is a story many of us can relate to and yet, sometimes we don’t talk about it. My hope is that in hearing Rachel’s story, those who suffer can know that they are not alone. There is help and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We touch on marriage, kids, parents, moms, and how anxiety can affect the entire family. We talk about the isolation and shame that can accompany anxiety. We even talk about the church and what role the church can play when it comes to suffering. Rachel courageously lets us in on all of it and we are better for it. If you have anxiety or if you love someone who does, you won’t want to miss this! This is a triumphant story filled with truth and hope, redemption and joy!
An exciting and fun part of her story is that Rachel’s husband, Josh Phillips, is an American Ninja Warrior! He is called the Family Ninja and can be found on Facebook at @familyninja.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)