Psalm 42:11 “Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.”


About Me

Hello, I’m Joleen Nickell, founder and owner of The Virtuous Soul

All my life I’ve loved to write and share my life with others. But there was a time in my life that was so bleak and dark, I didn’t want to write. For about 3 years I was faced with a deep, dark depression that infiltrated every aspect of my life. It got to the point where I didn’t want to live anymore. After a suicide attempt, I was led to church by a good friend. That was the day God lifted me up out of the muck and mire.

Did my circumstances change that day? No, but my life had. I wanted to live for the LORD and tell others about how He helped me. Eventually, I found myself with a new job and a new outlook on life. It was time to start writing again! I’ve posted my stories on Facebook, but after some encouragement from God, I decided to build this website to share my story with all of you. You matter and you are a blessing to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting my blog!


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