“Josh’s parents, Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, also issued a joint statement, saying they hope that people who watch them on TV realize that ‘we are not a perfect family.’ USA Today“
Yes, Michelle, you are right, NO family is perfect. I sympathize with you. In our own family, we have had our own traumas. And if you ask me, I will tell you. It is no secret. I know that to discuss such things can be very painful. Michelle, I do not know you, but from my own experience and from working with moms in crisis, it is natural for you to feel great shame, guilt, and self-criticism. Michelle, I hope you know you are not alone. To tell your story is a way to help you heal. No one is asking for gory details but to hear from you could be a blessing.
This is your opportunity, in your very public forum, to have a frank and true discussion of how this affected your faith, changed your parenting, and how you journeyed with God and became a stronger wife, mother, priest of your home, prophet to your children and queen protecting your resources: your children. What you experienced and how you dealt with it will help so many other moms.
I feel for you, Michelle. I pray for you, Michelle. I know that when we experienced our trauma I felt as if the world had opened up and was trying to swallow my hubby and I whole. We did what needed to do to become stronger as a family. We did what we needed to do to not let the darkness come into our souls, and we did not hide; to hide is to allow the darkness to overcome you. It creates situations you do not want.
We all know families who are experiencing traumas. Good families. Faith-filled families. What is happening to the Duggars, to any family, is not God’s punishment. That flies in the face of a God of deep love. What this can be is a time of great discernment. It can be a time of great learning. It can be a time of great support. It is the time to allow the truth to set you free.