Saturday, January 23, 2016

Statement from Anna Duggar

 Jessa Seewald, Anna Duggar, Meredith Duggar, Jana Duggar
Spurgeon Seewald, and Joy-Anna Duggar
Thrift store shopping trip, January 2016

This afternoon, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar posted a statement from Anna Duggar to their website.

The mom of four, who is currently living with her in-laws in Northwest Arkansas, shares that while she is still struggling, she has been encouraged to see God draw near to her and strengthen her faith during this difficult journey. Here is her statement:

Many have asked how I am doing. So many have asked that it's actually humbling and touching. 2015 was the most difficult year of my life. Yet, amazingly I’ve found that in my own life crisis God has drawn near to me ("He’s near to the brokenhearted” Psalms 34:18) and my faith has been more precious to me than ever before. 

Just recently I visited Josh. It was an important step on a long difficult road. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and your messages of hope. I can never express how your kindness and prayers have brought encouragement when I needed it most—outpacing the grief and discouragement at every turn.

I trust that God will continue to show His love and tenderness toward us and bring beauty from ashes—somehow—as only He can do. Please continue to pray for me, Josh and our children.”

-Anna


Photo and statement courtesy duggarfamily.com

208 comments:

  1. In time of trouble, sometimes when it feels we have nothing left to count on, is when we see Him most clearly. I'm glad you've not felt alone.

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    1. If there is a "god" would it really want to be praised night and day or would it be as I would hope, be greater than that not needing praise.I am glad that Anna has found something though, Why do the men take charge anyway? god maybe a woman who knows?

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    2. Yes, according to the Bible, God does want to be praised both day and night.and my prayers are sincerely with you, that one day you find out who God truly is.

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    3. One asmaxing strong Godly lady! Only prayers of healing, hope and lo efor her family!

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  2. Why doesnt she stay with her family?

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    1. The Duggars are her famiy as well

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    2. Her folks live in a small mobile home and I do not think they have the room for her and the kids. Since the Duggars do and they had lived in the area for 5 years before their move to DC she may feel more comfortable in AR. Plus she has plenty of babysitters/company for the kids to help them though this confusing time.

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    3. Anna's parents live in a small town very far away from where Josh is at.

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    4. Well from previous episodes I believe her parents live in Florida and they had a small trailer so I don't think they would have room for Anna and 4 kids. Also perhaps logistically and I am assuming where Josh is at program/rehab wise may be close to the Duggar Family. So maybe it is easier for her to visit Josh. Perhaps she feels she will get more hands on support from the Duggar as they are a big family full of girls. Also Duggars may be able to support her financially better as well.

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    5. I'm wondering if it's because some of her siblings have never agreed with her lifestyle or her marrying into the Duggar family.

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    6. Her family doesn't support her decisions to stay and fight for her marriage and at this point it's unhealthy for her to live in a environment that is continually bashing here decisions... With God all things are possible!

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    7. Josh and Anna did buy a house near his parents too but maybe she didn't feel safe staying alone with all the publicity. Knowing the kind of attention the Duggars get (esp all the negativity from the first report to now), it might be safer for her to stay in a home that is more private and secure.
      If I remember correctly Anna's parents' trailer home is small. Josh's and Anna's kids have also spent most of their lives around their aunts/uncles in Arkansas. It might just be more practical and comfortable to be where she is.

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    8. Will continuing praying dear sweet Anna. May the Lord restore and rebuild your lives as only He can. Much love to you all.

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    9. Anna I went through a similar situation with my husband also about 3 years ago! That is when my faith had grown the most I kept my eyes fixed on Jesus and cried or too him for direction and guidance aches he told me that all I could do was stay faithful and show my husband who HE was and to just live my husband, that's all I could do was love my husband the way God had loved me! I forgave my husband and we went to counseling with our pastor! Our marriage is now better than it ever was, we have a bond now that's stronger than anything satan can throw at us! God is still in the business of restoring our relationships! Stay encouraged and stay faithful to God! Praying for you and your family!

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    10. ^^ that, and, he family lives in a very small mobile home. Can you imagine how crowded that would be to move in with 4 small children? Plus she has many many hands to help her while she is with/near the Duggars.

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    11. I have wondered the same thing

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    12. Her family lives in Florida. She probably doesn't want to go that far away from the life she has now.

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    13. Her family lives in a smaller Mobil home with both her parents and all her sisters other than the ones who have married. I'm only remembering 2 sisters getting married. At any rate, it was always known as a snug existence but they made it work and the close quarters nurtured their bonding relationships. I'm sure Anna's family would welcome her and her 4 children into their home but with that said, it would be an EXTREMELY tight fit adding an additional 5 peopleMy heart goes out to Anna & kids.

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    14. Of course the Duggar's are her family also, duh! But, I wonder the same thing, why isn't she staying with her family. I would want to be with my mom and dad and hear their advice and wonder what they think of the whole situation? I think she needs her own family!

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    15. It's not the same, Anna ONLY staying with the Duggars, is it? NOT the same. I agree. Anna 'should be' with her OWN mother and father, too, at least for a little while. Anna, your own mother and father want to give you hugs and love. They raised you from birth like you are raising your babies now, and they are deeply crying for you as you would for your own children, too. Go spend a little more time with them and not ALL of it with your in-laws. One day you may feel VERY sorry for what you did NOT do right now with your parents. You may 'think' you don't need them, but it's not about that. It's about them NEEDING to shelter you from the storm, and you NEED to allow them to do that. You just might find you'll get a lot MORE help from your OWN parents AND SIBLINGS, TOO! Anna, to other people, it looks as if the Duggars are keeping you RIGHT THERE, under THEIR arm. We all WANT to see you under YOUR PARENTS ARMS, too! Allow YOUR parents to shelter you a bit. Allow YOUR parents to Guard you, protect you. According to the Bible, Anna has EVERY reason to LEAVE her cheating, LYING, low down, dirty husband, and THAT is what the Duggars' seem to be TRULY TERRIFIED OF by NOT allowing Anna to be with her OWN parents during some of this time! That is just what it looks like as we, the public, see it. It was NOT ANNA who ruined the marriage but the Duggar's OWN SON, JOSHUA DUGGAR, WHO RUINED HIS OWN MARRIAGE, and in order for the public to FULLY UNDERSTAND THIS, Anna NEEDS to spend SOME tome with her OWN family! Michelle and Jim Bob are currently doing DAMAGE CONTROL! They HAVE to! It's the ONLY way THEY are not LIED TO by their OWN SON!!! BUT, IF YOU'VE EVER NOTICED, ANYONE WHO IS INVOLVED WITH THAT FAMILY - IT LOOKS LIKE THAT PERSON/PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO SPEND THEIR TIME "ONLY" WITH THE DUGGARS. That, is wrong!
      Really, though, Anna should be with her own mother and father, or at least a nice, LONG visit! She hasn't even done that that we've seen! Her poor mother! I'm positive ALL she wants to do is hold her own daughter and help her as much as she can!
      Anna, go visit your OWN parents for a while! They would LOVE to have you AND spend time with THEIR Grandchildren, too! Your children DO have "2" sets of grandparents, NOT JUST 1 SET OF GRANDPARENTS WHOM THEY KNOW SO VERY, VERY WELL. SPREAD THE KIDS OUT, YOU HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM TO BE ABLE TO! Give them a chance and spend MORE time with YOUR parents!

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    16. But could it be possible that her family wishes that she leaves Josh and since she does not do that there is a kind of conflict? Maybe that is the reason she is staying with ONLY the duggar family and her parents are never mentioned?

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    17. Anna's immediate family ( mom, dad, etc) want her to leave Josh, but she wants to try and save their marriage and she gets that support from Josh's family.

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    18. The children, thats why...McKenzie and Michael remember their first home well, and it was close to the Duggars,perhaps this was the easiest choice to make where the children are concerned, besides they are happy there with their cousins and Jim and Michelle...what a support system she has☺Bless her­čśŐ

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    19. They had moved from DC to Arkansas after the first news break. Uprooting the kids now to Florida would be very hard on everyone.

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    20. Yes they are her family to. She's probably closer to Josh to if she is staying with Michelle and Jim Bob

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    21. positive thoughts or not would be super hard for any wife or even a husband going threw the shear heart ache of a broken heart and trust of what anna is having to deal and cope with. hopefully was able to make the right choices for herself wish the best

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    22. True, sad but true. I'm very glad I am not Anna. It's hard to feel sorry for ones self when Anna is out there reminding us all that whatever our situation, we, at least, are not her.

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    23. Anna's family reside in Florida. I am sure it would be most difficult to heal from such a distance.

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    24. You need to remember that she left her family after marrying Josh and moved to Arkansas. She was living by the Duggars till after Marcus' birth. So she probably feels more at home with the Duggars tgen with her family

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    25. Anna's brother wanted her to go and spend time with him. He said that he would help support her and the kids. Go Anna Go. Xx

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    26. I'm so tired of people speculating what Anna has done...Maybe for all we know she went home for a while after it first happened. People seem to think all they read is fact.We should not know anything that is truly personal as its none of our buisness...just because this family had a reality show doesnt mean we should know all.I cant wait for the possible new show to begin...we will see☺Blessings :-)

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    27. Anna doesn't need to be kicked while she is down. She has made a decision to try to save her marriage, stay closer to where her husband is and live with another arm of her family that can give her and her children love and support.

      Who are we to judge what she should and shouldn't do. Nor do we know the entire story ... we only know what has been sensationalized in the media (and I know from personal experience that the media hooks on and digs).

      Anna, follow your heart and God's leading. I pray that your strength and God's love for you and your family and his strength bring restoration and healing!!

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    28. I am living with my in laws whil÷ my husband is away. If I had to depend on my family I would be homeless.

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  3. Too many kids...lol

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    1. Negative thoughts are not needed. I will pray that u are more open minded.

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    2. Well, thank you for your expert opinion.

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    3. Oh just stop it please. They are her kids, not yours. You have no responsiblity for them, therefore no right to say how many kids she should or shouldn't have. This isn't China! Give it a rest please.

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    4. At least they can handle them all. Some parents can't even cope with 2!

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  4. Positive thoughts and prayers

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  5. Thank you for being such a light in this dark world this to shall pass
    praying for restoration ,life and such beauty after its all over May you keep embracing his strength what wonderdful support you are to one another Blessings to you all

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  6. Praying for her I know what she is going through I am going through basically the same thing.

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    1. I am continue praying for you Anna and rest of Duggar family ;) Tammy F

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    2. Anna. I am praying for you and josh. Your faith will see you though your marriage will be restored and you and josh will be stronger than ever. Thank you for showing me and other what true love is and how faith in god can move mountains. Love Tammy wilson.

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    3. This reply is for anonymous 4:42 PM, that is going through the same thing, I hope this verse brings you some comfort, I just shared this with a young lady that is going through similar trials with her spouse, the searing pain and betrayal is like grieving a loss, but in Hebrews 13:5, God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

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    4. Hang in there, friend. -SisterMom

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  7. She is a Duggar so they are her family. She's such a lady and dealt with this issue with such grace and strength I'm inspired by her.

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    1. Amen. She is an inspiration. Continuing to pray and join my faith with hers.

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  8. Your forgiveness amazes me, I hope if I was in your shoes I would have that level of forgiveness for my husband. ❤️

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    1. Forgiving is wonderful and is a relief for our hearts. But one should never forget. That is a huge mistake.

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  9. Prayers coming your way! Anna stay strong and god will guide you through the hard times . Love the Duggars

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  10. I am praying for you, Anna, and your family as well. You are a remarkable young woman, and you will have a ministry from all of this. May God continue to bless you and keep you.

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  11. God is amazing! and you are showing us how a forgiving heart and God mercy can get us through the darkest times of our lives, keep focused on HIM and you will see the rainbow! but there storm has to pass first!

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  12. I am sorry that you are having to deal with this in your life and that of your children. I am sure God is using you as a teaching tool for others as He knew you would have the strength.

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  13. God bless you Anna. I know I could never extend the grace that you are doing. I pray for you and your family each day. I hope you will pair grace with caution. I am concerned as a therapist that Josh may not be getting the kind of treatment he needs. I am not saying he doesn't need prayer or that God can not work miracles. I also believe that God puts people in our lives to help us when we can't see the way. Rebounding from the choices Josh made is difficult. I just wish and pray that he would ALSO choose to have Christian specialists in the area of the sexual issues he faces work with him as well. You are a very strong woman and I hope Josh knows how lucky he is God blessed him with YOU.

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  14. This nation needs more women like you.You are correct to lean on Jesus and always remember you are a child of a king.God will lead you and your family,bless you sweety.

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  15. Be strong in the Lord Anna, and be sure that He can make beauty out of ashes! This time of wilderness will not be forever!

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  16. Hi Anna....I admire you for your strength and courage along this difficult road. You are a remarkable person. Anyone can see that. I admire your faith in God as he will help you and your family through this difficult journey, and I have no doubt that god and the Duggar family will help you through this. I have got alot of inspiration from you. You are radiating..beeautiful inside and out!! God Bless you and the Duggar Family....

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  17. I think it's important to forgive, but should Josh ever falter again I hope you will consider other options, the children should see their mother as a strong woman and not as a doormat that allows her husband to disrespect her in the way Josh did. I'm praying that this will soon be behind you.

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  18. We all have fallen short of His glory. Just like God forgive us our transgression we have to do the same. I admire your strength to keep going. I know it isn't easy. But you trust your God to carry you in time like these. Love hides hurt and pain and I know you love your husband and you standing with him. That's what a forgiving heart does. It will get easier. But take the time you need to care for and mend your feelings and only God can help do that. Life goes on and you are doing well with raising your children and doing the best you can with your mate. Let no one stand in your way of loving your husband.You said in good times and bad. Sometime bad come and we don't like it but we do our best to stay standing in it all.
    So I applauded you. Stay focus. Keep trusting God and you will come out of this. Be Blessed!

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  19. Anna you are a beautiful woman inside and out. You are a true inspiration. When I saw your interview I thought what an amazing example of God's love you are. God bless you, Josh and your beautiful children and may you come out of this fire stronger and happier.

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  20. I am praying always for you, Anna. And Josh as well. I admire your courage and dignity so much. May the Holy Spirit continue to live in your heart. God wants the best for you and your children.

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  21. Stay strong praying for you all.

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  22. Anna, you have embraced God's grace with such dignity and strength. You are a wonderful example of courage and forgiveness; a light for Christ in a sinful dark world. May your marriage and life be much better in the long run because of what you are going through.
    Jennifer S.

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  23. Anna we all love you and pray for you and your kids. I have worked in Mental Health for years and Josh will probably do his best to stop his actions etc. but it won't work. God Bless him , he will try but they always go back to the secret life. Be careful. I love the Duggars and have for years, I don't hate Josh. I just want you to understand how this works. I am sure his couselors will share all the signss etc. Your children don't deserve it and you don't either.

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  24. Anna i am praying for you and the kids.. following your hart and thinking What is best for u and The kids

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  25. As always I am praying for you all. I miss you guys so much. In the mist of it all you were still an inspiration to me.

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  26. I still praying for all of you. I really miss you guys. You were very inspiring to me...in the mist of it all you have stayed uplifted.

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  27. ALWAYS PRAYING FOR ANNA & FAMILY AND ALL THE DUGGARS!!!

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  28. Thank you for your testimony Anna. God's grace is amazing isn't it? If you're not familiar with "How to Save your Marriage Alone" by Ed Wheat and Gloria Perkins; it is an awesome read. God saved my marriage and he used this book to change me in the process, though I wasn't the one I thought needed changing. I recommend it to people who are married, divorced or even single to learn about God's Love. Prayers to all of you.

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  29. Thank you for your testimony Anna..God's grace sure is awesome isn't it? You're probably familar with "How to Save Your Marriage Alone" by Ed Wheat and Gloria Oakes Perkins. If not get ahold of it quick! I recommend to single, married and divorced people as it is a great picture of God Love. God saved my marriage, and this book changed me even though I didn't think I was the one who needed chang. Prayers for your whole family...

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  30. I am blessed with every post I read about you, Anna, and this not perfect but still seeking to be family (seeking to be perfect as our Father is perfect). You are blessed to be a part of it I hope,so deeply, that you look over the hateful, hurtful comments made by people who just don't understand what grace and mercy is. Your strength is beautiful!

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  31. I Do Not Know of Anyone Who has Not Done Wrong [ Sinned ]. You Who Are Without Sin,Cast The First Stone! Yes What he Did was Wrong! Stop Judging And pray for Him & The Family!

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  32. I wonder if you will actually post this because general you don't post anything I put forth but my comment is she sounds coached. I truly don't believe these are her words but those of her husband's family. Anna should be staying with her family so that she can get the full perspective of what to do in this horrible situation.

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  33. Dear Anna
    God Bless Follow your faith as you have done. You have to make your own path with
    His help, love to all your family, I miss all of you

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  34. Anna, since you are bound and determined to try this again, I hope when he comes home you keep your eyes wide open and keep a good eye on him. If and when he messes up again, and speaking from experience, I think he will, that you figure out he never kept the marriage vows and you never had a real marriage, and leave and find a better life for you and the kids.

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  35. Praying for you Anna. Thank you for keeping us posted.

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  36. I pray for Anna bc if she is able to truly forgive him the road to trusting him again is going to be long and difficult! The forgiving will probably be the easiest thing, the trusting will be so very hard every time he is not standing beside her she will wonder what's he really doing. The forgetting what he has done will never come she will always look at him knowing he hurt her and wondering why/how he could do that to her and the kids, thankfully the kids are too young to remember!!

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  37. May God continue to bless you with his presence. I don't understand how you can stay married, but that is YOUR choice, I will commend you for taking care of your children and dealing with a very private matter in a very worldly way. You can rest assured that your example is likely helping other women facing the same situation, and giving them courage and an example of using their faith to get through a difficult situation! I have been a devoted fan of all the Duggars and miss the show! Best of luck to you and Josh and your four totally adorable children!

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  38. Thinking of all the Duggers in this difficult time!! I sure do miss watching there family! It was always an uplifting and happy show to watch!!!

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  39. Dear Anna, since this is your decision and choice, then l support you and pray for you and your family. l can not imagine how you are struggling with grief and a righteous anger. You are a strong and resilient daughter of the most high God. Go with your head held high and know that we do care and pray for you and your family.

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  40. Praying for you Anna Duggar and family! Praying that all goes well☺

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  41. 15 years into my marriage, I was in the same place as you. It was a long and difficult road. But God was faithful and we worked hard for our union. We just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary---still happy after all these years. God bless you. Praying.....

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  42. Anna I so admire your will to stay with Josh !! I an not sure if I was in your situation I could go on like you have....I really think you need to be with your parents some too they are your real family ...the Duggars are your married family...I would chose my family over my inlaws to help me with this situation ...Not saying leave Josh family out but you need other advice beside the Duggars advice ...I wish you and Josh the best and hope things work out for you and him ...I think Josh did wrong but not sure it was something that has to do with his up bringing...God Bless You !!

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  43. Thankyou for posting. I have been praying for all of you. Joshua 1:9

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  44. God bless you Anna

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  45. Anna you are amazing. I can't even comprehend the pain you have endured. I am a married women as well and I just can't imagine how it would feel to be in your shoes. How do you do it?! I hope and pray your marriage can be restored as you wish. You are a lovely women Anna and truly are inspiring.

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  46. My prayers are with you in whatever choice you make

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  47. Prayers are with you and your family.. God trials come in many different forms. God bless all of you

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  48. You are such beautiful example of God's love.

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  49. I'm so glad Anna and her kids are living with the Duggars because there's so many family members to help her and the kids. I read she was living with her family and I also read she was living in a house Jim Bob bought for her but she and her kids are much better off living with the Duggars. I wish them all the best.

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  50. God is amazing ! I have been one who has had the same problems and yes god will get you through this and you'll be friends again and husband and wife always ! prayers and much support for you all !

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  51. Yes, God is truly amazing. I was encouraged by the scripture in Psalms as this year has also been the worst year of my life. I begged God to draw near to me as well and after several months I can truly say that I feel him near to me as well. It is refreshing to feel the love of others around us isn't it Anna? We truly care about you and your children and will continue praying for your peace and happiness as you move forward with your life. It is comforting to know we have such a powerful father in heaven and that he can be there in all things for us.

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  52. This doesn't sound like Anna talking.

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    1. Agreed. Everything has been carefully scripted for the past year, and especially so now with the court case and TLC filming again.

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  53. Anna you are amazing so string sweet and kind I pray for yinz keep your head up

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  54. Oh Anna your heart is so big and so compassionate! I can say truly that you and your family and the diggers make me want to try harder be better and speak softer. Prayers to you Josh and your sweet babies!

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  55. My prayers are with you all, may God keep you strong through all of this

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  56. Is it true that yall r coming back on tlc? If so when im so ready to watch it

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  57. I'm so encouraged by Anna's faith. She shows that forgiveness can be beyond what i could imagine. I do, however, sincerely hope that the rumors of a new pregnancy are entirely false. It will take time for her to rebuild the damage their relationship has suffered and she should not be pressured to be physical so soon.

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  58. Blown away. Praying for you daily, Anna! Your response to this difficult situation, so closely monitored by the haters, has been exquisitely beautiful. You have my admiration and I too know the closeness of a Sweet Savior when anguished. Fervently praying for your man to fully desire and be able to be trusted by you and your girls. Requesting this thorn to be removed. -Crystal D.

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  59. Anna, I truly hate what you are going through. I believe the enemy has come in to steal kill and destroy. My fianc├ę and I are praying for you. Stay strong and courageous. Josh is a good person and I have full faith this is a small hiccup in time.

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  60. Praying for you, Anna. Only God can heal a broken heart and bring creative miracles in our lives and when life trials come our way. Continue to rest in Jesus!

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  61. Hope Josh gets his act together for Anna and their children's sake...

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  62. No step in ur path will be easy right now but I know with ur support system u will be in good hands. God bless u on ur journey. I know that God will be with u and that u will do what u have to to make ur journey successful. I will keep u in my prayers.

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  63. Prayers for Anna, Josh, and the children.. Keep God close and he will see you through this... Do not worry about what others say as the only judge in life is God... Sending Love and Blessings

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  64. We miss you all very much! You are in our prayers, we know that God is touching your lives, helping you through troubled times, and while nothing will ever be the same as it was, you can often see the blessings you may have missed if nothing had interfered. We are sorry about all that has occurred but these things are common to all mankind... nothing new under the sun. Bad things happen and we emerge with more wrinkles and gray hairs but we make it through the fire and come out the other side when we stick with God and know He has His hand on each person and each situation. God bless you all.

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  65. My prayers have been and still always will be, with all of the Family. guidance and strength are with you from God's true Grace.

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  66. I hope talc let's the duggars and 19 kids and counting come back on TV people miss seeing them and their is a lesson to be learned nobody's perfect what Josh did is inexcusable and very wrong in the eyes of god god tests everybody it is not our mistakes that defines us but how we allow god to help us pick up the pieces and continue on our walk with the lord someone should start a petition and have everybody who wants the duggars to be back on TV sign it and allow America to see a Christian family live their life

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  67. Praying for you all Anna and Josh. It was a hard year last year and it will be extremely gratifying when the hard times pass and it's nothing but good times ahead.

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  68. Once again a Duggar family member inspires me by the way they walk through a difficult time. Anna's courage and conviction during this horrible time is a witness to me and all Christians. I pray for all the Duggars but especially for this sweet woman during this time. As a Christian family the Duggars via their show have been not only entertaining but inspiring over the years - we pray the entire family will be back on television soon. If we all could watch how Josh and Anna get through this terrible time it would help so many. I totally believe this family was taken off the air only because of Christian bigotry. We all need to pray that their show/platform will be restored.

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  69. only God! Prayers will continue.

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    1. Why did he let this happen then

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    2. God gives us free will to choose. Josh made a choice.

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  70. I went through something similar and it was God we leaned on and happy to say we have had an amazing 30 years and counting together.
    But if your heart and God tells you you have done everything possible that dosent mean you have lost faith it just means God has other plans for both of you.
    God bless and Aloha

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  71. Anna has to be one of the strongest women I know of. So much love and respect for her. Prayers for all.

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  72. Prayers continue for YOU, Anna, and ALL the family. Yes, love the scripture Beauty for Ashes. God is with US. Whatever happens, God is with you. No judgment from here. Lois in Kansas

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  73. Our family will continue to pray for all of you.

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  74. I'm thinking on you and your family a lot.
    But I have questions how you are living now, when you are with Josh parents. Do you have halp when you care for your children? Are you and children all together? How is children, when ded is not around? I will be very happy if you write something more about Anna and publish some photos.
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  75. Anna you are such an inspiration to those who are going through difficult times. You have shown so many people how leaning on God will get through the tough times. I have always liked you, but watching you go through this has made me admire the woman that you are even more. I pray that Josh gets help and your family is united once again only stronger. Josh is one lucky guy. He has support from his family and more support from you than many believe that he deserves. I hope that he realizes just how lucky he is to have you. You are a special woman and he can search the World over and he will never find someone who will love him like you do. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

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  76. Anna, I wish you and Josh all the best. You are such a strong woman and you have taught me so much about faith. I will pray for you and your family.

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  77. Court date and Anna statement collide. Coinsidence I think not maybe you should blog about that. What will you write if he is found guilty will this be gods will?

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  78. I wish your family well.

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  79. May God Guide you and Bless you through the bad times you are going through at this present time. Remember that Eventually you will see Gods light shining brightly for you to follow. I pray for you and the children and for all the Duggars who are helping to look after you and the children whilst Josh is in councilling. Gods Blessings x

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    1. Prayers go out to Anna. Follow what GOD is telling you to do and NO one else. I am in a similar situation. I am not getting much support. I am still standing for restoration of my marriage as God has told me He will restore. Hang in there Anna.

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  80. What a beautiful person inside and out. I was in her shoes and know the unbelief and sorrow. I was moved by her faith and willingness to allow the Lord to work and move on her behalf. God bless Anna, the precious children and Josh. He is a mighty God and can bring restoration.

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  81. Hang in there mama! All of us at SisterMom support you. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!

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  82. My prayers are with all of all. Jesus forgives our sins. I know I am not sinless. So don't throw stone unless you are sinless. May God's grace be with you. I pray Josh will be a great Dad again and soon be home soon. Surly he has learned from mistakes of the past and needs to be forgiven and move on.

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  83. May god continue bless you and your family. I am praying for you and all of your family. You have shown grace and class through this terrible time. May God continue to show you the way.

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  84. That doesn't sound anything like Anna. Who wrote it and why?

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  85. This seems wrong. I hope she isn't feeling trapped. I'm just worried that Josh Duggar isn't getting psychiatric help, he has an addiction and needs proper medical help. I hope Anna isn't getting thrown into this because of what others want. Did she write this statement herself? I'm praying that if she goes back to him that she isn't set up for another heartbreaking failure of trust. Hope is for Anna and her children, stay out of the publicity and live your life without the microscope of fame.

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  86. While God is amazing, Josh needs professional help. His diagnosis isn't going to go away. I hope he gets the help he needs to stay married and I sure hope she knows that it could happen again.

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  87. You know, I think we've heard enough. It's time for Anna to stop talking about Josh and his problems. She needs to create some privacy. Really, it's enough information already. Please stop.

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  88. Some times it has to get worse before it gets better, but when we stay close to Him, God truly does bring great beauty from the "ashes," as you stated. So many times it is a greater good than we could ever imagine.
    I kow you know this, but just as a reminder, remember that Jesus Loves you, and Josh, and your children, a real, deep love that will get down in the misery and messiness of life with you and carry you through. I pray for peace for all of you through this trial, this cross that you are carrying and I pray that you find much to rejoice in - now and in the future.

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  89. Praying for you Anna - you have displayed such honesty, faith and character during a very public and difficult year for you and your family. I admire your dependence on the God to see you through the dark days...I don't know how your read some of the garbage that people can anonymously hide behind a keyboard and spew at people they don't know. You are a testament to your faith...I admire you greatly.

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  90. Her words seem guarded. Maybe, the visit with Josh did not go positively.
    As a poster above said; why isn't she living with her own parents?

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  91. What happened to the show jan and jessa

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  92. love that verse.... many prayers for you Anna. I hope your visit went well and I so am praying the you guys lean on God to fix your marriage and make it like He wants it to be.... God can heal, He's our Great Physician. May the media stay out of it like they should of in the first place...that was nobody's business but your own.. praying for comfort and understanding for your kids too. this too must be hard on them as well... I am so glad Anna that you are back with JimBob and Michelle as you go through this... well here's to many more visits in the future... much love and prayers to you my girl

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  93. I have always found that God draws nearest when I'm going through the hardest times of my life. Keep drawing near to God! Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us!

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  94. I have a question. Are the counting on duggar episodes online? I never saw #1 or #2 because I don't have cable! :( I really want to see Spurgeon's delivery.

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  95. Anna is free to stay with Josh or leave Josh. However, the Bible (God) even okays leaving your spouse in the case of cheating. If it were me, I've been married 23 years, I wouldn't stay. (Not that my hubby would dishonor God and cheat.) I think Josh has a lot of issues and I'm not sure he will change or even wants to change. My question is would he even try to get help if he hadn't been caught? The answer is no...he is only getting help because he was caught. (My uncle had a wife AND girlfriend (for years and years) up until his death. He passed away in his 70's.) Anna, you deserve a man that will treat you with respect...and one that would never cheat on you. I doubt this will be posted, but this is how I feel. And yes...not only was I raised in church...but I married a wonderful Christian man...and we have raised two wonderful Christian adult children. I was saved years ago, and my children and husband was saved at an early age. I know this is hard for you guys as parents of Josh, but please allow Anna to move on to someone that will treat her the way you had hoped Josh would treat her. She is still young and needs to know that she has a man that will love her and just her.

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  96. Keep it up Anna. You not only inspire us but your children who look up to you! Please continue to seek after God but also counsel from those who love God

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  97. I hope for the sake of Anna and those children that Josh will be redeemed to his rightful role as husband and father, I hope he never sins against them like he did again after being forgiven of all these sins.

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  98. I hope over time you and josh can work things out.Im praying for you all.

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  99. I AM PRAYING FOR YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY. I WILL BE SO HAPPY WHEN THE DUGGERS ARE BACK ON TV.

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  100. I will continue praying for you and Josh and the kids.I really admire how strong you have been through this Anna and I admire your forgivness and love towards your husband. wishing you and your family a good new year 2016.

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  101. I want to say first and foremost that my prayers go out to Anna and her children,
    and the Duggars.
    I watched and enjoyed the Jessa & Jill series and I hope they will make more of these types of series.
    I am curious however, (as others) why Anna has not gone home to her family or even mentioned them during this entire ordeal? I understand that the Duggars are her family also, but I know for me I would want the comfort of my mother's arms around me.

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  102. So Josh is back soon.......

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  103. Hope Josh leaves the spotlight for good and concentrates purely on healing his marriage.
    Building Anna's trust will be the most difficult thing and maybe he never will, even if she pretends all is fine in the future. God bless Anna.

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  104. I am so impressed with Anna. What a strong woman! Last year within 90 days, she faced the first scandal (Josh teen mistakes), then Ashley/Madison reveal which had to be devastating & humiliating. She then had to move from the house she loved, her husband lost his job (income), travel across country while 8 months pregnant, move into a 'fixer-upper' which wasn't fixed, then give birth. All this while the heatless media trashed her & the whole Duggar family. I know so-called career women who would've given up at the first obstacle. Critics always say Anna (& Duggar girls) have no education, no skills, no way to make it in this world. I think Anna Duggar could handle anything! And she has behaved with so much grace and poise and as a light for the Lord. I just love her! And I wish her every happiness God can bestow.

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    2. Please, let's not trash women who have a career outside of the home. I have known plenty of "so-called career women" who have put up with so much more in their life than Anna has, and have not given up at the first obstacle, like you have said. And yes, they have leaned on God! Following God's plan does not necessarily mean being a stay at home mom.

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    3. Hallelujah!! I am also so tired of the idea wives are to be at their husbands beck and call so to speak. My goodness--what husband and wife are really together 24/7 just in case he comes in with " hey, hey, hey?!" My husband is military and we spend weeks, months and several times years apart due to deployments. I am not just sitting around staring out the window waiting for him. I have a job--outside the home--and have raised our children mostly on my own while supporting his career and loving the Lord!

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    4. And I know career women who would not cave at the first obstacle. They would continue to take care of their families. This is 2016, not 1916.

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  105. I'm happy that you are doing OK. You have those precious babies that need you.. I hope if you work it out with Josh. That he will not do this again. I'm praying for you & your family. I sure do miss your show.

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  106. Anna,
    I am just a few months ahead of you in the same journey. God has proved to be SOOO faithful. It's been humbling to realize that He has had to do work in me as well, but I have come to understand God's love and grace so much more through all this. We just found out about a new baby coming. I don't know how many people are really happy for us, but I know this a true gift from God and a real, live blessing that I wouldn't have if I'd followed my emotions and left! Love, Becky

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  107. Anna is very sweet and we are all sorry that she is going through this terrible trial but I'm not sure how healthy it would be for her to keep the general public informed about this any longer. For her own sake and the sake of her children she really should keep her business private.

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  108. Anna is precious! Such a blessing to have her as a role model.

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  109. I think this meens that she's pregnat again. The baby is the beauty from the ashes?
    I hope life treats her good.

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  110. Can anyone imagine how difficult this is for her?! And with the press sticking their nose into everything it's infuriating!!!

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  111. I just can't understand staying married to a man who CHOSE to pay for 2 accounts to guarantee an affair. Forgiveness does not mean foolishness. Josh has a proven history of sexual deviancy. That is not "cured" in 6 months of rehab. If Anna wants to stay that is her choice as an adult, but I am very concerned for her daughters. Do there doors need to always be locked too??

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  112. Anna, as a Christian therapist, I must say you are very brave and courageous. You have made it very clear what your priorities are: God and family. Your children will be proud of you some day, as they are too young to fully grasp the situation. Many are quick to offer unsolicited advice and guidance, some well meaning. This is a time for you to regroup and assess your life thus far. I pray that you are also gleaning from professional therapy as well. God can fix and restore anything and certainly He is in the business of restoring marriages. I would advise you to seek professional marriage counseling as Josh clearly has many unresolved issues. May the best be yet to come and God bless!

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  113. I hope Anna will step away from the limelight so her every word, every move won't be scrutinized. The whole family really needs to run from the cameras so it can heal.

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    1. Never going to happen. I am convinced this family has lost all commen sense. They run toward the cameras--toward all the publicity. They actually appear addicted to it. It's so sad to see. It's destructive, and they just can't seem to let it go.

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  114. Praying for you Anna Duggar, and the rest of the Duggar family!!I am also praying that all goes well too:)

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    1. Anna should stick with Josh through the worst if she possibly can. I left my husband when our kids were small and we wasted our chance at love in court, etc. The sad thing is we still love each other and share a love for our children. But it has been such a rocky road there are no memories and we are future focused for the children and really just visit each other a bit from time to time. I think Anna is right to hang in there and forgive, Josh is not the first spouse to be deceived and deceive but together Josh and Anna can tell the deceiver to get out of their lives and they can live a Holy Ghost filled life from here on out and have all their blessings for sure.

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  115. And the point about talking about your unfaithful husband is what? It should be kept private.

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  116. Keep praying Anna as the lord will guide you in all your future steps..hold your family close and never give up..I pray for you Josh and your little ones everyday. You all will come out of this with the sun shinning upon you in the near future.

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  117. God bless you Anna. You hang in there. God will prevail and if you and Josh are willing, He WILL repair this marriage. He is in the miracle working business. He will bless you 100 folds and more for not leaving Josh. You will have many stars in your crown. Also, to Jim Bob and Michelle, my family misses all of you so much on t. v. Watching you guys gave me such joy. I am hoping some day soon, you can return. There was no reason to cancel you in the first place. God bless you all!

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  118. Unfortunately, the Duggars don't know how to keep anything private and personal any more.

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  119. Someday Anna may regret letting the public know the details of Josh's indiscretions. When her children are old enough they may find this stuff on the internet and be hurt all over again.

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    1. I don't think it was her choice. The Ashley Madison hack plus that magazine that dug up and managed to illegally get a hold of the police report was what caused this to go public.

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  120. May God continue to show you mercy and strengthen you as you travel thos troubled road. May He surround all y'all with His Angels of healing. We love you & continue to pray for you.

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  121. Heavenly Father, why do you let bad things happen? More to the point, why do you let bad things happen to me?

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    1. God is light and there is no darkness in Him. This is a fallen world. God cannot be accused of wrongdoing. Mankind rebelled against Him so if there is any victim, it's Him.

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    2. I've always had the hope that on the day I go to Heaven,
      Heavenly Father will shake my hand and say, "You've done an awesome job."

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    3. Because it keeps us praying. Hoping to better ourselves and others. Through all the trials faith is tested but in those hard times it is the only you can lean on. It brings you closer to Him. God turns bad things into blessings. I know firsthand.

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    4. My mother once told me of a place where there was no suffering, no pain. I always thought she'd made it up to comfort me in times of pain. But now I know that place is real. Now I know its name.

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  122. God bless you, Anna. He is so good and faithful to draw near when we are hurting. I trust He will carry you through till the end. You are my sister in Christ, and you are dearly loved.

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  123. why doesnt Anna go off on her own and spend time with Jesus? alone time with Jesus is the best time and you will find him that way. How could anna possible find him when could she have quiet time with Jesus in a house full of people? and when she is put in a room with a bunch of girls. Please answer this question do any of the duggar seek God on their own?

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  124. Dear Duggar Family ,
    I always loved to watch your show. It was so inspirational. Y'all are still and inspiration to me. I thank God that He brought all of your family into many people's lives. I know that during this time that y'all are going through Hod is going to give you wisdom and strength to know what to do. I love y'all and I pray these scriptures over you and your lives.
    Ephesians 3:16-21New King James Version (NKJV)

    16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
    20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen ! God Bless you all. Jeremiah 29:11. Love, Rebecca

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  125. Will continue to pray for healing,encouragement and victory for your family. God certainly can take any situation and use it to bring honor and glory to His Name.
    His Blessings
    Sandy B.

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  126. I went through this 17 years ago. I had just had a baby and was so happy and then to find out my husband had been unfaithful. I stayed and tried for almost 3 years. Some people say I was wonderful for fighting for my family and some said I was weak for staying. After almost 3 years of trying everything, I knew my husband was not going to change and I did not want our child in that environment and decided to divorce. Even though during those years people called me weak for staying, it needed to be my choice to leave and I had to know I did everything to save my marriage. It was hard to leave and be a single mom but now I know I made the right choice.
    I hope Anna is able to make her own choices without pressure from anyone. On one hand she is very lucky to have the Duggar family to help her with her kids and that she is not having to worry about money. I hope that they are not pressuring her or making her feel that staying with Josh is the only way she will get their support, financially (I can't imagine the Duggars ever not being part of her kids lives).

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  127. I am afraid Anna is trying to be brave and heroic by staying with Josh. If she wasn't a public figure I wonder if she would be thinking differently. God doesn't require her to stay with Josh, it's her choice. She may well be doing something that even God is not asking her to do (staying with a cheating husband).

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  128. From her statement, it doesn't sound like Josh is really responding to her forgiveness. She really doesn't sound very hopeful yet she will be the martyr? Why?

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  129. Forgiving does not = forgetting. Forgiving is important to move on with yourself and for God, but she will never forget what this has done to her and the entire family. She will never forget how it makes her feel about herself. She will never forget that her mother in law released a blog post right after the incident stating basically if a woman doesnt 'give it' no matter what, her husband will be tempted. I love the Duggars I do but unless you have been in this situation you will never understand what she is going to have to live with now.

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  130. Wishing you and your children nothing but happiness and peace. In our prayers

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  131. I hurt for Anna! It is clear she is a godly wife and mother who loves her family! The healing may be slow, but Jesus will wrap His loving arms around you and be ALL you need! God give you wisdom what needs to be done in your marriage! People care about you and think and pray for you and your family.God be near you!

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  132. I pray deeply for the Duggar family. There is something truly wrong with how they seem so sucked into being in the public eye even with the negative stuff. Also, this letter doesn't seem to be in Anna's own words.

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  133. To those saying this doesn't sound like Anna...people frequently sound different in written statements than when speaking. Also people should stop saying "If this happened to me I would (insert plan here)". You may know what you *think* you would do, but unless you have actually been in a situation, you really have no idea what your reaction will be. If we truly care about Anna, we should give her support to make her own decisions, not just the ones we agree with.

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  134. Anna we will pray for you and the duggers.y'all are such an inspiring people in my walk with God.

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  135. Perfect Christianity is not perfect behaviour. We all continue to sin in one way or another. Sin is sin.....and Grace is Grace. AMAZING Grace. Praise Gos. Thank You Jesus.

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  136. Anna is a grown woman and can decide for herself the best place to be right now. She did spend some time in Florida with her parents before returning to AR. People please more prayers and less saying what you think she should do.

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  137. Is there a P.O. Box that I can send a letter of encouragement to Anna? I would like to show her kindness in this way if it is possible. I most certainly am praying for you all! Love from Texas!

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    1. Hi rachelmariewalden,

      The Duggars do have a P.O. box that we would be happy to give you via email (duggarfamilyblog@gmail.com). We look forward to hearing from you!

      Lily and Ellie

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  138. Do you really read comments?

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  139. as a mother is anna worried about josh looking after their daughters,does she trust josh to be alone with them,

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  140. I just love the Duggars, even though who have done wrong. Josh made a few mistakes and is making it right; Anna is his wife and if she chooses to stand beside him and be at his family home that is her choice- after all they are her family as well.So tired of people putting down this family for one reason or another from the Josh scandal to both of his sisters having babies too soon. Its free will and their choice. IF You all choose not to live like this than great it is your choice just as these choices were and are the choices of anybody in this family. Stay strong Anna and god bless you all.

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