Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jinger: 'Anna is amazing'

In the second episode of the new, three-part TLC mini series Jill & Jessa: Counting On, viewers will hear from Anna Duggar.

"Anna is amazing," says Jinger Duggar in the following video. "She displays to each one of us what it means to have unconditional love, and she is walking through this better than any one of us could have ever imagined."

Jill & Jessa: Counting On "Baby Shower and a New Home" premieres Sunday, December 20th, at 9pm ET/7pm CT. Click here to read our recap of this week's show.




Video courtesy TLC

94 comments:

  1. Anna is amazing and she is following her heart thru all of this, as Jill said they will get through this fire stronger than they were before as a family unit; but not only as a family but as individuals to.

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  2. I'm not sure what that it means, Anna is going to be still by Josh side? I know you're Christians, but in this kind of cases do you consider divorce as an option? I understand your beliefs but i don't know if I could forgive a betrayal like this one. Sorry for my English. Love from Spain.

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    1. Divorce may have been an option to her (still could be) but it doesn't seem like she has chosen that route as of now. Just because she stayed with him doesn't mean she didn't consider it.

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    2. She doesn't want to give up on Josh or their marriage, she is choosing to support him and be there for him. And yes, technically, she could divorce him because if the adultry. It would be hard to forgive, she's on the right path though with her faith, God will give her the strength to get through this. I pray that Josh gets himself back in line with God, and that he will be stronger and not give in to temptation.

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    3. Christians are Christ followers; we live our lives the way Christ tells us to live. Christ tells us to love our neighbors and those who hurt us and to forgive, as many times as we are hurt even. Loving like Jesus means to forgive. It's inly through His strength is this kind of forgiveness even possible, so when you see it, have no doubt, that person is a Christian.

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    4. Every couple has to make their own decision. Marriage is a commitment and the Bible does talk about conditions for divorce but each family has to make their own decisions. Also, everyone sins and if you filed for divorce over each sin then there would be no need for marriage. In this case, someone has a problem in regards to mental health and made bad decisions. In my opinion, if that person is truly repentant and desires to receive help and change, then stick it out with them. But it really is something that each couple has to decide for themselves. They'll have a long road to repair trust and get to a strong relationship but it's not an impossible thing to conquer if they really love each other and are committed to making it work.

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    5. Only time will tell. It is their journey, not ours.

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    6. God does give us the option for divorce in a case like this. However, I do think God encourages forgiveness. God can work miracles. We'll just have to how this plays out. I pray God will give Anna wisdom.

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    7. I'm so glad you asked! When someone is a Christian, one of the greatest things of the God that we serve is the undeserved grace that he has given us. He has forgiven us for the wretched humans that we are. The God of the Bible demands us to forgive others as He has forgiven us. It would be an extremely hard thing to forgive and even if a spouse does forgive how could things ever be the same? But fortunately for the christian, God one is able to mend the broken heart. It won't be easy (I couldn't imagine being in that situation) but it takes a strong believer to Trust in the Almighty God will see you through. The problem is that we dont have the right perspective on how great and HOLY God is and we have a more elevated perspective of ourselves. God did not have to forgive us for disobeying him, but he did. We wronged him. He did nothing nor is capable of doing wrong. And I'm so thankful He did. And I want to forgive, not only because he forgave me first but also because I am so grateful for what He did for me.
      P.S Great question!

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    8. Biblically, we see in scripture that the only given reason for divorce that is not sinful is a spouse leaving one who has cheated. So in this case, if Anna did not feel in her heart that the pain of Josh tearing apart their covenant could be something she could get over, then it is not believed to be a sin scripturally to divorce him. I don't know that Anna has probably made a decision one way or another yet as to the future of her marriage, and it's certainly not a decision to make lightly. I can assume that the point of the article is not her unwavering faith in her husband, but more her unwavering faith in The Lord, which remains strong in spite of her situation. I hope that helps!

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    9. Yes, divorce would be an option in the case of adultery however while not everyone could do it, many can work through it. This is a case where Josh has an addiction and a problem which he can overcome. Like any addiction it'll be a lifelong daily struggle but as long as he is willing to, his family can be a great help standing by his side. This isn't a case where he fell for a coworker or emotionally strayed from his family- it was about sex which he paid for. I know it comes down to a horrible betrayal but psychologically they are very different. I wish he had gotten proper and ongoing help as a child for his issues as this whole thing could have been avoided.

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    10. Divorce is an option in these cases for the exact reason you call into question: betrayal. While forgiveness is necessary it is difficult to trust again and many cannot. However, each individual has to prayerfully consider what actions need to be taken. It is between them & God. Only through His strength, grace,and guidance can one move past a betrayal such as this. And it doesn't mean blindly trusting again. We'll have to wait and see what she does. Either way, she is a woman of grace and faith and strength.

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    11. Yes, divorce is an option according to Scripture in the case of adultery. The better option if the offender seems highly unlikely to repent and actually stick by his commitment.

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    12. As a Christian with similar views to Anna 'seperation' would be considered not 'divorce' in the worlds terms because remarriage is not condoned in the Bible and divorce allows for this. There are some special cases for divorce but this isn't one of them (only case that comes to mind is where someone has been forcibly married against their own will or underage). Anna can forgive this betrayal because she is forgiven much. As a sinner saved by grace I know any sin of man committed against me is small in relation to the sins I am forgiven of by God. Anna knows this too but there is a difference between forgiveness and trust. Forgiveness is a thing that can be held in storage ready to be freely given but repentance is needed before the forgiveness can be given. Trust however is a thing that once broken is not so easy to restore and a promise broken can never be restored to the way it was but it can be mended although the marks will always show. Anna can forgive but only Josh can repent and rebuild the trust and try to work to repair the relationship the promise stays broken but it can be restored to a certain degree if he choses to work to keep it once more.

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    13. Actually your english was pretty darn good for anyone let alone someone for whom it is a second language :)

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  3. Precious Anna, what a testimony of God's grace given during difficult circumstances. Our family continues to lift you up in prayer. May God continue to give you strength and wisdom as you come through this storm. In your obedience to God you are glorifying Him and making Him known to others. May you find comfort in that.

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  4. Aww.. this is so sad , I just bawled when I watched this ... I feel so sad for Anna and what's she's has been and is going thru :(

    But I just want to say that Anna is such an inspiration to me , she handle her sweet children, and dills with overwhelming situations ...

    Here is a scripture I love that really helps me they tuff times and it's...

    Phillpains 4:13-
    I can do all things thru the Messiah who strengthens me ...

    May Anna and her family truly be blessed !!!

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  5. I am in tears... too many things I want to say and yet I can't find my words. IDK what I would do in Anna's position. I think the way she is trying to handle everything is a true show of her character and what a beautiful person she is. Only she can decide what is best for her and her children. I just wish for her heart to be happy again. Does that mean leaving Josh or staying with Josh? I don't know and I don't care. I just want her spirit to be uplifted again. SO much media focus has been on the negative things and Josh and how he has wronged so many. But if you look close, weaved into all the heartbreak, you get a glimpse at some other, quite amazing and beautiful people. Jinger, If I could hug her tears away I would. Joseph - ah! his words crushed me yet I am so impressed with how he articulates his feelings. People kid all the time saying, " use your words" THIS is what "use your words" really means. The children / young adults in the clips I have seen have all been able to speak their emotions and feelings and what that means in regards to the consequences of all of it and how the relationship is effected by all of it. Marinate On This ... You can't always wait for the storm to pass. You must learn to dance in the rain. Keep dancing !

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  6. I have to say Anna is more forgiving than I would be. I don't know that trust would ever be there for me again and if you don't have trust and honesty in a marriage, how can it go on? Also, I really just wonder where Josh will be able to work, what company will be forgiving of him, so he can support his family.

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  7. I am so glad Anna turned to God in such a situation! I didn't think she wouldn't but it's nice to hear her testimony.

    She is a great wife and mom. So glad she's willing to talk about it. We love to see her doing well - as well as she could be in this situation.

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  8. Christ centered, I am humbled by this woman. She shines like "a city on a hill". Please Lord stay with her and continue to bless her in Jesus' name

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  9. You can tell she's been traumatized. Oh, how much pain there must be in living this out in the public eye.

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  10. @Anonymous

    Personally, I feel pretty strongly against divorce, but yes, in my opinion, this would be grounds for divorce if Anna so chose. But if she chooses to stay, I think we should respect that. It is her choice.

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  11. Anna, you are so strong! I don't know if really read this blog or the comments but, you are an example of faithfulness and strength. God bless you and your kids. I am so sorry what Josh put you through, it was NEVER your fault. I pray God will continue to strengthen you for the days and ahead and will guide you through this trial. I also thank God for all that he has brought you through already. I hope that Josh has really reconciled this time and that this won't happen again. God Bless You!

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  12. Cant see it what hoe can I do to watch this?

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  13. Forgive yes. Forget- no. I wouldn't want to be with someone who had the capability to do any of this. Bless her.

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  14. Anna is a beautiful woman....a class act. I just hope & pray that whatever ends up happening, she lives the happiest life ever---which is exactly what she deserves!!

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  15. @Anonymous

    If She decide to stay by himside its ok.
    She can forgive him and they can still work things out.
    Jesus forgave us and showed us love by dying on the cross. Love forgive anything.

    I dont think it our place to tell he to leave him or stay with him. I find it pretty wronf to do so.

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  16. God bless Anna. I don't know if I would or could make the same choices, but what a beautiful, strong spirit soldiering on and advocating for her family to spite her personal wounds. You don't often see such maturity and grace in someone of her age. I know that is not easy. I still believe in this family and felt tears when Anna and Joseph were talking about their own heart break. Don't listen to haters - no one should judge or pressure. My prayers to your whole family. Best wishes for a very merry Christmas. <3

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  17. Im so sorry baby girl! I can not imagine! Your such s strong person.

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  18. Anna, you are such a blessing and encouragement. So much love to you and your beautiful family as you continue to battle with your present and your future. May the Lord give you all-surpassing peace.

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  19. At the end of the day Josh is still the father of your children. I am a survivor of infidelity, my husband had an affair with a woman at church. She slept in my bed when I was deployed during the first gulf war. No matter how bumpy the ride hang on to yourself, your children and definitely your faith. The damage is done. Just heal and be there for your babies....in time you will heal and so will Josh. You are not the fist woman that this has happened to and you will not be the last. Hang in there with the ones that love you the most

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    1. Prayers for you and hope you have the support you need

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  20. Oh Anna, my heart breaks for you! I'm going through something very similar.... Luckily mine isn't in the public eye. I'm not as amazing as you, I'm straying a little bit. It's so incredibly hard to do this. I too married my first love got married young, have 3 children one with a lot of medical needs. my husband and I have talked about all of the options, we are still unsure what to do? I think, I hope we can work through this. Good luck Anna you are in my prayers.

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  21. Anna you have become a picture of grace in action. Thank you for sharing your heart and your hope in all of this mess. Thank you for being so transparent. I know it's not easy. I continue to pray for Josh, for you, for your kids. Indeed all things are possible with God!

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  22. Like she said she stood by her faith , her vows, cause if she went with what she was feeling it would've been a mess. I am sure she had all the natural feelings and emotions any of us would feel.. I pray that she sticks to God , people think that being Christians we live a perfect world .. We don't we still have bumps and potholes along the way, but turning to Jesus our lord and savior helps us get through it all sometimes he helps us to stay and sometimes to leave but always to forgive ..

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  23. I support whatever her decision is. Technically she can get out of marriage because of adultery, but I would imagine that she will try her best to salvage her marriage. The old Josh is in there somewhere and with some long term help he will reemerge, and renewed. I pray for him and Anna, as I am sure he doesn't want to be like this. Luckily we have a God of second chances.

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  24. Forgiveness is one thing, trust is another. Anna will always need to protect her children from Josh's addictions because he will always be an addict whether or not he acts on it. Being vigilant and preventing unsupervised access is the wise thing to do.

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  25. ANNA I AM A 78 YEAR OLD GREAT GRADNMOTHER AND I KNEW YOU WERE SPECIAL WHEN YOU FIRST MADE YOUR APPEARANCE WITH YOUR PARENTS. THERE WAS SOMETHING VERY ANGELIC ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER AND YOUR PERSONALITY. THE DUGGERS ARE BLESSED TO HAVE YOU IN THE FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND PROTECT YOU AND YOUR ADORABLE FAMILY. YOU ARE LOVED

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  26. This too shall pass. I really hope y'all find peace with all the noise surrounding your daily lives. Judge not less you be judged and as far as I'm concerned The Duggar family is a wonderful example of love faith and family. Period.

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  27. I feel so bad Anna must walk this path. It is a grieving process with the lost of trust will balancing unconditional love to her children.
    I pray peace falls upon her and strength rises to move forward no matter what her end choices and decisions are. What she is coping with is a twisted sickness that must be managed and controlled. I pray Josh finds the selflessness to do it for his family.

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  28. This too shall pass. I really hope y'all find peace with all the noise surrounding your daily lives. Judge not less you be judged and as far as I'm concerned The Duggar family is a wonderful example of love faith and family. Period.

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  29. The Bible does make allowances for divorce in 2 cases: first for cheating and the second for abandonment by a non believing spouse. I have also been in Anna's shoes. It is hard to understand how I or she could choose to stay. True love is without conditions. The kind of love God has for people. Marriage is supposed to mirror that love. Sometimes a spouse makes very bad and hurtful desicions. Sometimes it's from selfishness and sometimes it's from addiction. When a sex addict or any kind of addict is truly repentitve then the choice to stay is not anymore difficult then the choice to leave. In other words, the roads are equally challenging in different ways. Like Anna I chose to stay and work it out. It was hard and we still struggle in some areas five years later, but I wouldn't change anything about how I handled things. Love is a choice. Movies, books and media tell us love is warm and fuzzy feelings we have and when they are gone the relationship is dead. That is not true. Love is choosing to stay when things get hard and when things are easy.

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  30. GOD bless Anna & this family. Anna your actions speak so much louder than words. I'm so sorry this happened to you. I live ya and the duggars. Remember GOD is your source. Not man. Remember the 23 psalm. JESUS guide her through this valley and keep her safe. Provide for her and those kids. Keep them safe and happy. In JESUS name.

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  31. Wow, so amazing Anna stand strong in your faith, what a testimony you are being with every word every action. This may all have happened Anna so you could show the world what true Faith looks like. Praying for you and Josh and your family.

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  32. Anna is such a beautiful woman. I'm serious, inside and out! She is true to her faith, a wonderful mother and wife. A real proverbs 31 woman. Josh totally has no idea what he has. I really do pray for them.

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  33. I have so much admiration for the Duggar women and I must give credit to Michelle because she and Jim Bob raised them to be strong women. Anna must have been raised that way as well. My hearts go out to all of you as you struggle through this storm. But we cannot forget Josh. He needs our love and prayers to help him overcome these demons that made him make these bad choices. My love and prayers to this wonderful family.

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  34. I am wondering how are his kids dealing with his absence. How do u forgive him after the lies. I think that would be hard

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  35. I understand totally what Anna is going through a similar situation! I tried to keep my marriage together, It was a Christian marriage also! For 2 months shy of 21 years and him taking off to places unknown, I was told that God would not be upset with me if I divorced. When you cannot find your spouse that you loved with all your heart, sometimes you just have to let go and let God take care of it and you move on. A sister in Christ! Love to you Anna and the children.

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  36. Anna, hoping you have a pastor to guide and lead you. I am so grateful for mine. Praying for gods guidance, peace, and comfort.

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  37. Anna you are amazing woman and strong and you inspire other mothers to be better.I know things are hard for you but things will get better for you and your family because you are around the best sister inlaws in the world i think.time will heal all wounds.keep strong and loveing woman you are.you are in good hands with the lord and he will not let you down,just follow your heart.give your kids all the love you can give them,with every thing that you have to go threw.by the way great kids.your biggest fan in life. Ian Houghton

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  38. Romans 12:21 " Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Anna, my heart breaks for you and all the other spouses out there that experience betrayal. A cheating spouse should be charged with criminal endangerment as he subjected his unknowing wife to potential deadly diseases. I pray that God gives you wisdom and that if He performs a miracle and restores your marriage that God 's glory would be evident. Only God knows whether the marriage can be restored, but either way, Christians need to pray and pray and pray. Stand guard because the enemy is on double duty prowling around like a hungry lion. Guard yourself! Pray!! The attacks will get stronger.

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  39. What a sweet testimony Anna has. She is a woman who has a gentle and quiet spirit and it shows through and through. I'm so thankful that God fixes broken marriages and broken people. He is all about restoration.

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  40. Anna and Josh should go to marriage class where their other husband and wives this would make their marriage stronger.

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  41. My heart and prayers go out to you Anna and all the family. You will continue to be in my prayers.

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  42. Wow. I respect you Anna., for the way you are sorting through this. Luckily you are relying on your faith, and not on the school of public opinion. I am not saying that staying with him is RIGHT., but I like that you are making choices about what to do and not to do and how to act and react, or not react. I think you are showing maturity. You look really pretty, by the way.

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  43. I just want to go on record as saying that Anna will do whatever she feels is right in the eyes of the Lord. Judge not lest you be judged.

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  44. I have seen every episode and every blog. Anna is an example like no other of what a real Christian woman is and how we should handle things like this. I definitely understand her point of view. Not making a disaster of it all like I did. She is a role model to me although she is many years younger than me.

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  45. Anna does have a choice. She could say enough and go make a honest life for herself & the kids.

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  46. OH LORD this is so heart rending to hear the pain in her voice

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  47. Spain - I am a Christian and it is my understanding that the bible says reasons for divorce are adultery (Matthew 5:32; 19:9) and (2) abandonment by an unbeliever (1 Corinthians 7:15). No one knows what is happening between the couple, they may have had counselling for issues etc already which is of course Gods encouragement first. I guess its up to teh individuals to choose what they do not anyone else I have to say shes handling it well. I could forgive but not forget, it would finish my marriage.

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  48. My heart is breaking for Anna. She doesn't deserve this. I'm truly sorry for her.

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  49. It's good to see that They're turning to God through this painful time in their lives. Josh is a good example of the fact that we ALL have fallen short of the glory of God, hence us needing the salvation he offers us to set us right with him. They all need peace and love and encouragement through this. They're all in my prayers. God bless.

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  50. I watched the new show on TLC this past Sunday night and enjoyed it very much. I was touched by all the words spoken. What a tribute to these young adult's parents. They did a wonderful job of teaching their large family about Godly love and values. Anna is an honor to God with her sweet spirit and strength despite the hurt inflicted upon her and the children. Two wrongs never make a right. She exhibits this beautifully. While we may not be able to control what others do, we can control ourselves and what we do or say. I look forward to more from this family. May God bless you all.

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  51. I wish I had had the faith that Anna has in my marriage. When the same thing (almost) happened to me; I thought only of myself. I paid him back by cheating on him but it only made the problems twice fold. But that wasn't even the worst part of it. Not only did our marriage break up but it broke up our family. I can't even tell you the quilt I had/have for my bad decisions. I feel like I have no past because I don't have anyone to share it with. I can't talk to my kids because those memories only hurt them because those were "the good times"; the ones I took from them. When you say your vows you mean them but when things go wrong (because we are human); you seem to forget them. I didn't WANT to feel anything because I was hurting. I never thought of what I was doing to my kids and family. God bless you Anna!!

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  52. My heart breaks for Anna and what she is going through. No matter what she decides to do in the long run for the future of her family, it will not be easy. I pray that she does find that help and wisdom for right now and in the years to come as she continues to live with this.

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  53. My heart is in anguish over you, beautiful Anna.
    Your heart has been crushed and I writhe in pain over this.

    I know that Jesus is the lover of your soul, and with His sweet Fatherly embrace, He will comfort, protect, provide, heal, and nourish all of your needs. Go to the cross, dear One, you are His beloved and He is always there, holding you like a gentle lamb.

    ~ fellow believer in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    one thing I do know, that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him, those called according to His purpose.

    may He reign over you and your beautiful
    Family with His peace and goodness. I pray for restoration and deep healing of everyone involved.

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  54. I just wandered if anyone knows when these episodes will be shown in the UK. I have missed watching the Duggars and can't find the show on you tube or any other sites. Thanks

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  55. Anna, I have walked the same path you are walking of spousal infidelity. We had been married about 6 years with 3 children at that point. I was able to forgive him quickly but it took a long time for him to earn back my trust. It took a year to for us to get to a good restart point but it was still several more years for me to learn how to cope with the pain and fully trust again. I told him I was willing to forgive this one mistake and only this one. We have been marrried almost 40 years now. I want you to know that can you get back a good strong marriage as long as Josh is willing to prove to you daily that he is worthy of having you in his life. You need to remember he chose to destroy his relationship with you so he has to be 100% accountable to you on everything and he has to do the work to earn your trust back. God bless you all.

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  56. God bless Anna and her family. Anna will come thru this with flying colors. She got God and her family to help her thru this difficult time.
    Best wishes to all the Duggars family. Love your show.

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  57. Why is this video "currently not available" - every time I look!!

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  58. Anna you rock! You are trusting in the Rock! Even for non-Christian viewers, your comment about not following your feelings was key. WE know that the heart(emotions) is a deceiver, but not everyone understands that, so saying that in these situations you can't go with how you feel is great advice. If a person is truly repentant (had a sincere change of mind) then we can forgive. Choosing to forgive outside of that does not represent God well. We are not forgiven unless we repent toward God, so if a person continues to sin against us and we forgive anyway, we are telling the world that God will do the same, and He does not promise that until after we are saved. That said, Josh may have to come to you many times in the future sincerely asking for forgiveness for sins against you. May God continue to guide you through each. He is flesh and that is hard to conquer without the Holy Spirit. Keep everything in the light of eternity and God bless your journey!

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  59. You really do not understand until you have to walk with integrity through a hard situation such as this. Only God knows what is planned for us. I'm sure no one would blame her for walking away, but what an opportunity it would be to stay and be part of experiencing God rebuild a man into something better than anything he ever was. I know from experience that they can make it through this. They will never be able to have what they had, but God can help them build something new and better on a strong foundation. I pray that God gives them the wisdom to rebuild their family.

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  60. Unconditional love doesn't mean loving someone who continues to hurt you. Being obedient to God doesn't mean being obedient to man.

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  61. All sins are judged the same.Murder,stealing has no difference in the heart of God.If you are forgiven it is for all sin.Only mankind decided one sin was greater than the other.I believe to make it seem less harmful therefor less likely to be punished as severely.

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  62. I hope Anna finds comfort and peace and truely understands she has choices in life and that divorce is perfectly and biblically acceptable in her scenario. Unless josh gets professional help the cycle will always continue no matter how many prayers or begging for forgiveness is involved. Anna you are a strong woman. A wonderful and loving mother. You can do all things through Christ who strength the a you- even leaving a marriage and raising your precious babies on your own.

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  63. Dear Anna, I am praying for you to have strength. Trust is something you have to earn. Me, Myself and I could not stay in my marriage. I knew everytime he walked out the door was he going to me up with the sinner woman. And to me that is not a marriage. So, I had to let go of him and trust God. And it was the best decision made. You can forgive him yet you will not ever forget what he has done. I feel bad for you and the Duggars. It had to break yours and their hearts to what Josh did. He didn't lie about one thing it was a bunch of lies and he didn't stop doing what was wrong until someone else found out. So think if he didn't get caught how long would he continue to live a sinful life???? that is something you have to ask yourself. If he touched his sisters while they sleep will he do that to your girls as they age into their teenage years.... you have to protect your children from him. Please go back to Florida and keep the children safe. Listen to what God's says to you. Prayers are with you dear.

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  64. Anna do what is best for you and your kids not what anyone else tells you what to do. I learned this the hard way. Seems maybe you are you to. Good luck honey love and prayers sent.

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  65. I went through a scimilar experience 3 years ago with my ex partner except it wasn't as public as this or a severe as this occurs be with Anna. I have learned through years of therapy and support that some people can change and some cannot. Those who do change though need to have a lot of professional help (from real experts) and it can take years for this to happen. I hope Anna makes the right decision for herself. Bless her, she deserves so much better.

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  66. I really feel for those children, who will someday find out that this all played out in public. Do the parents on any of these reality shows ever consider that their children might not want their lives played out on national television? How about honoring the privacy rights of children?

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  67. Anna is an extraordinary witness. I think the Duggar's window of service has ended and they need to gracefully leave the public platform. That single action would speak volumes to the testimony of God's grace, humility and restoration in the lives of believers. They presently, whether intentional or not, look like they are desperate for the attention. Please, for the greater good of the body of Christ, retreat as even our Lord did at times for restoration, reflection, and prayer.

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  68. # 87, so true, and Anna is an Extraordinary witness.

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  69. Wen it is on in the UK thanks

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  70. I think Anna is in shock, true deep in her heart and brain shock. Time will tell.

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  71. I had to break off my first engagement weeks before my wedding after discovering that my fiancé, a "perfect" Christian young man, had been lying to me on lots of little things. Nothing huge, things like embellishing stories and making up achievements he never actually did... I was very much in love and it was the most excruciating decision of my life. But since honesty was the main characteristic I was looking for in a husband and I had to stay true to that, despite getting judged very harshly in my church for letting him go.
    I went on to marry a wonderful, godly, amazing man, but I sometimes prayed for my first fiancé, that he would lead an honest life and find happiness. He became a pastor and enjoyed a great reputation for 15 years, until word came out last year that he was stealing lots of money from his church and had a child with another woman. He lost his wife, congregation, and self-respect. It hurt me to realize that dishonesty is a very hard sin to combat. Compulsive liars are great at appearing Christ-like but are separated from God on the inside.
    Anna, no woman deserves a husband that disrespects her. You are a jewel in God's eyes and deserve nothing but the best.

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