Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission2024-04-06T20:05:10-04:00

Delight in Disorder Ministries

Tony Roberts, Chief Shepherd

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalms 37:4)

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The Hope for Troubled Minds Spring 2024 Book Tour begins on April 14! Visit with Tony Roberts and guest speakers at locations in Indianapolis and Columbus, Indiana, and in Hebron and Louisville, Kentucky.
Details at this link: Book tour details

Hardcover, paperback, and Kindle books are available for order now: Purchase Hope for Troubled Minds

Revealing Voices podcast has begun Season 7, along with more Haikasts, and links to hosts appearing on other podcasts of interest.

Generating Hope for Troubled Minds

In March of 2020, I stepped aside from my position as Faith and Mental Health Advocate to spend more time at home during the pandemic. God graciously guided me to serve in another way, as I became the founder and administrator for the Facebook community page Hope for Troubled Minds. Soon I was fielding prayer requests and publishing content to inform and inspire people impacted by brain illnesses, including their loved ones. Our aim was/is to generate hope and we have found a good way to do this is to encourage people to post from their heart and point in response to basis of faith that is non-sectarian but also so generic that it is watered down. I may be biased, heck, I am biased, but I'd say we've largely reached our goal thanks to a community, and leadership (Janet Coburn - moderator; Katie Dale - co-administrator) dedicated to the [...]

By |August 20th, 2023|Categories: Hope for Troubled Minds|0 Comments

Pre-Order Hope for Troubled Minds Today Thru October 1

Whether you have a loved one who is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, or you want to learn more about the topic and those who provide care, this book is for you. It’s important to know about this subset of people who struggle in the shadows due to an invisible illness that can strike anyone. We need to talk about it openly and share our stories widely. ~ Kathy Day, Senior Family Liasion, Treatment Advocacy Center I am delighted to share that word from Janet Coburn that she is in the last stages of line item editing. Associate editor Katie Dale and I are preparing the dedication page and editor's note and Leanne Sype is ready to do the ebook and print formatting. We are right on schedule for a November release. Meanwhile, you don't have to wait to order your copy/copies of this vital and valuable book. You can [...]

By |August 1st, 2023|Categories: Hope for Troubled Minds|0 Comments

Pre-order Hope for Troubled Minds now!

from “Ripples of Hope” by Leslie Carpenter.   Leslie retired early from her physical therapy career to do SMI advocacy on a local, state and national basis.  She is a public speaker, a lobbyist in the Iowa Legislature, serves on multiple advisory boards and the NAMI Iowa Board of Directors, teaches NAMI Provider and started Iowa’s first AOT program recently. I have been an advocate for those impacted by brain illness since I was diagnosed in 1995 with bipolar disorder. I’ve shared my own story in the devotional autobiography Delight in Disorder and spiritual memoir When Despair Meets Delight as well as in this blog and various other places. Many people have responded to my story with stories of their own and in early 2021, I decided to collect these in the form of tributes, written as letters, poems, and songs and publish them as Hope for Troubled Minds through Delight [...]

By |July 16th, 2023|Categories: Hope for Troubled Minds|0 Comments

Praying the Bible, day by day

My morning and evening prayers have me reflecting on pilgrimage. The Scripture reading this morning is about a significant and mysterious event in the childhood of Jesus. Mary and Joseph take him along on their family pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They then return home, or start to before they realize he is not with them. They had assumed, even taken for granted that he was in the crowd of pilgrims returning home. He was not. Lectio 365 asks us to consider times we take for granted that Jesus is with us only to discover we have left him behind. For me I lose sight of Christ when I overlook my daily devotional practices and get lost in the crowd of people and things and busyness of the world. Where do you find Christ in your daily life? +      +      + Love does not delight in evil but [...]

By |February 13th, 2023|Categories: Spiritual Reflections|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Writing as Therapy: Chasing Away Sorrows and Giving Birth to Courage

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ― Anne Frank. 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete. -- 1 John 1.1-4. I spoke with a woman on the phone some time ago. She's struggling with depression and finding it difficult to accomplish [...]

By |February 8th, 2023|Categories: anne frank, Delight in Disorder, quotes, writing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Hope for Troubled Minds: To My Love

From the author:  A couple of months after my husband and I started dating, I began noticing that something was not right. As someone with lived experience with a mental health condition, I notice symptoms of PTSD which provoke him to anger. I searched for help through NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) and started educating myself  through a caregiver class called NAMI Homefront for family members of people with military trauma. There, I was able to gather information on how to deal with his condition. After a year of courting, we got married. I thought loving him would be enough to empower him to change his behavior and seek help. How wrong was I! We were able to maintain five bittersweet marriage years, but the illness took a toll on our relationship, and after seeing no change and lack of responsibility regarding his illness, I decided to file for [...]

By |January 29th, 2023|Categories: Hope for Troubled Minds|0 Comments
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