“You can’t get rid of fear, it’s likeMother Nature.You can’t beat it or outrun it, but you can get through it, and find out what you’re made of.”– the good dinosaur(Pixar)
Whether your influence is of the dark or of the light, both really matter. Because likein bumper cars, sometimes life hits usandwe getsent in all sorts of directions, but after the initial impact we can usually choose in which direction we’regoing to go. We all deal with things differently, and over time like butterflies, we experience a metamorphosis. Where one person can turna bad circumstance into good, others mistakenly follow or choosea darker path. The world expertly presents us with things that are“good,”but areactually cloaked in darkness. For example, all that yummy processed food that will eventually kill you, or the allure of tarot cards and the occult.This was pointed out to me in a dream recently.No matter whatyour trialis you have a choice in how to deal with it. Oftentimes our trialschangeus,like water running over rocks and changing their shapes and textures. Not only do trials and time change us, but they also show us what we’re made of.Some of us will be pleasantly surprised by our resilience, while others bitterly disappointed by our brokenness. The fact is, we all have the potential to be either built up or broken down. That’s why it’s so important to choose the paths that lead you intothe light of happiness, faith, love, and hope. Rather thanthe darkness of negativity,hopelessness, and depression.Whatever your going through there are many positive resources available to you, you just have to do some foot work! Not only that, but pay attention to and remind yourself of all the things thatgive life beauty. Whether it be in nature or in human kindness(like the video below )
Florence and the Machine sing to and for a young girl with cancer in Her hospital room that couldn’t attend their concert.
“Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.” -unknown.
We allneed encouragementto accomplish ourdreams, pursue a goal, lose weight, or simply just to be assured that were doing okay. Throughout my recovery I have met many a cheshire cat(Alice in Wonderland) that helped to point the way and encourage me I was on the right path. In particular one of them happened to be a child. Since children are unencumbered by the burdens of adults and can see more clearly, I certainly took his words as wise. I found myself in the sanctuary of a church in Redding California(long story) it was BethelChurch to be exact. It was hereamid music and a general strong sense ofGod in the room, that I was approached by two young children withan adult. They proceeded tokindly bring me out of my thoughts, andwith the young boy holding a piece of paper in hand,began to explain that they were looking for me all morning. I wascompletely unaware that while I was carrying out my day, somewhere a child held some encouragement for me in his hands. Just a few weeks prior I had tried to walk on a treadmill and it went badly, because I found that Icould notreally do it. What ensued was a lot of discouragement, due to that perceived failure. However, when the little boy turned thatpiece of paper over, it was to change.I was told that in the morning during prayer, He received a picture and decided to draw it. They had been looking all morning to find the person whom it was for, andupon seeing meHefound the pictures intended recipient. Now what could possibly be on this paper for me? a treadmill!
On the back of this picture He wrote simply the word “legs,” in quotations and went on to explain what the picture meant. The treadmill brought with it the message to keep going, not to give up, and that I would be healed soon. Just when one could begin to feel forgotten, here was some divine intervention. I don’t believe in coincidences, so for me this clearly wasn’t one. With my mouth slightly ajar it became evident to me that there is always someone looking out for you. Sometimes it feels as though your the only one struggling, or that your alone. However, as evidenced by this picture your not forgotten and there is always hope. A new development in my recovery, is that I have been able to walk on the treadmill(same one I failed at before. The picture is now framed in front of it. This story is for everyone as a simple reminder that you are not alone nor forgotten. Wherever there is dark shine a light.
“Faith. It does not make things easy, it makes them possible.” -unknown.
From time to time people tell me I’m amazing or very strong,butit is the source of how I became this way that deserves amention. If I was unaware of how loved I am, my confidence could falter, and I might actually buy into that little voice in my head that attempts to negate me. Many of us have that small voice that likes to tell usthatwe can’t accomplish anything, were not good enough,or that something will never happen that we desire. Unfortunately, for some people thatsmall voice canseem muchbigger than itis. I’ve learned that the negative voice is just a like a lion walking around roaring seeking whom He may devour(Peter 5:8). If you stand strongagainst it, and speak the opposite of what it tries to tell you, it will wither away with it’s tail between it’slegs. You can only be devoured if you do nothing and accept it. Therefore, stand strong on the knowledge that you’re worthy and loved. It’s much more difficult to push over ahouse that’slaid it’s foundation on a rock. So stand firm andmove ever forward on your path to victory, whatever that may be for you.My strength comes fromthe knowledge of God. I have experienceda miracle, and seentoo many small ones along the way, not to take notice that I havesomeone looking out for me(on Earthand in the sky!) In that I have found continual strength to face the day and persevere.If I was completely unbelieving or unaware, I don’t think I would be as far along as I am. In fact I would’vebeen committed toa psych ward by now(this almost happened, almost) Before I had a massive stroke, mySundays were reserved for sleeping in, or whatever else I wanted to do. However, armed with the knowledge of the light of the universe(God,love) I’ve stayed strong on my pathof recovery.Even when the darkness seems to envelope you, there is always a small light that it cannot completely overcome. For example, imaginea windowlessauditoriumin which there is a single lightning bug(see here) flying around. Every eye in attendance would drift to that little bug, and no matter how dark the darkness is, itcan’t put out the light coming from it.