Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul.

About this photo: “I took this image on a trip to Indiana of a broken down factory. 

We all go through times when we are just completely broken down. Where it just seems as if nothing is going right. We may feel misunderstood, damaged beyond repair and alone in our daily walk through life. 

Some of us may withdraw from the world, some may turn to addictions such as drugs or alcohol, some may seek the comfort of friends and family and some may just shut down completely, hopeless and in despair.

Sure, there are things we can attempt. All those DIY fixes we try to get better.

If we are sick, it’s up to us to get the medical help we need. It’s up to us to take our meds, get enough sleep, eat right, exercise and limit the stress levels we may be encountering on a daily basis until things level out. It’s up to us to know if things are going downhill and take steps to turn things around. And, while friends and family can comfort us, empathize with what we are going through, support us through our pain, we have to find the will to get up and repair ourselves.

But what happens when we just can’t do what we need to do? What if we become paralyzed with self doubts, lost in our own egos, and unable to see the forest through the trees? What if we lay in a heap of rubble unsure of the next step to take…What if our chute fails as we are spiraling to back to earth? What then?… What then???

Once again I’m turning it all over to my Lord and Savior, healer of my soul.

Only he can fix me and repair the things I just can’t. My DIY…has now become a DIWG.

All things are possible when you DO IT WITH GOD!”

Find more from Jacque at her blog.


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10 responses to “Broken Down”

  1. GODisms Avatar

    Thanks for featuring me again 🙂


  2. treerabold Avatar

    I really like this picture!!


  3. GODisms Avatar

    Reblogged this on god[isms] and commented:
    It’s a Trifecta day! Liebster Award, 500+ followers and a new feature on Broken Light 🙂 thanks everyone for all the accolades!


  4. Inside the Mind of Isadora Avatar

    The photo is a wonderful metaphor. I like it. ❤


  5. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    fabulous photo and write up. You have a great attitude and you are so right – only God can fix some things. Everything is better when we leave the outcomes up to Him.


  6. komarovstyle Avatar

    Great post…like it


  7. helenrj Avatar

    “…My DIY…has now become a DIWG.” This made me smile. A simple statement. But what a pow! Thank you for sharing!


  8. GODisms Avatar

    thanks for the nice responses everyone 🙂


  9. spencersamalvin Avatar

    Thanks, Jacque, I needed that! . . .


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