Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I've been writing a journal and keeping a list of gratitude for nearly a year and a half. Ever since I started on my own recovery journey from the many trauma I have experienced in my life (at least, with other people), I've kept the journal. I find it is so helpful to keep a positive attitude, even when you are going through a stormy season. A Bible verse that has always given me encouragement in the face of suffering and the struggles I have faced is from the Gospel of John. I would like to share this verse with you: "As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." (John 9:1-3). This verse is so powerful for me because it reminds us that no matter what happens, no matter how bad things become, it is for the glory of the One who made us. We have the opportunity to show our light through incredible darkness! An homily that has stuck with me comes to mind: a while ago the priest at my church was speaking about the Apostle Paul and his gratitude through everything. While he was in prison and even being led to death, his heart was in a place of thanksgiving and gratefulness to God for what He had done for us. Some things may never be the same. Life may change in ways that we never expected. But God promises to never leave or forsake those who love Him. Anyways, I wanted to start this blog online. My old roommate encouraged me to start a blog, believing that my writing would help to inspire others. I'm not sure if others will even read this. It's a stretch as I was never big in technology. I still play video games from the early 90's! But it's a good venue for the God-given voice I have been given. As I'm learning to develop that voice in both standing up for the life I believe (now) that I've a right to, I'm finding myself speaking my mind more. The blog is a bit more interactive and I hope to be able to encourage others through this. Today, I am grateful for a loving Father who just wants me to know He loves me.

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