Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time, there was a little girl came into the world. This little girl had 2 older siblings. They were raised in a strict Christian home, taught the ways of God, taught how to cook, clean, sew their own clothes, farm, plant and harvest crops for survival.

At the age of 10, this little girl accepted Jesus into her heart and asked God to forgive her of her sins. She was baptized and went to church with her parents every time there was a service. She sang in churches throughout the state, sang on television and several radio programs.

As this little girl grew older, going to to school and finishing high school, getting her 1st job, she realized there was a world out there she did not know of. A world her godly parents shielded her from. Hmmm, she wanted to see what this world is about.

Long story short… she went to Bible college. She wanted to be a Youth Evangelist. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the college closed and she had to move back home without being able to graduate from this college.

Depression set in. Severe depression. How could this happen? Is this not what God had intended for her? She actually contemplated suicide. She made a phone call to her oldest sister who talked with her and kept her from doing such a horrible thing.

Several years later she married a great guy and became pregnant. Wonderful news! Unfortunately, early into the pregnancy she has a miscarriage. A short time later, she became pregnant again. This time, they had a beautiful daughter!

Shortly after her daughter was born, she was told her older sister had cancer and didn’t have long to live. Sadly, her oldest sister passed away at the young age of 36.

Again, depression set in. She questioned God on why and how he could let this terrible thing happen. Her sister had 2 young beautiful children. Why didn’t he take her instead of her sister? She would have given anything to get her sister back.

However, this was not God’s plan!

Unfortunately, this little girl now a lady in her 30’s, turned her back on God. She became resentful toward God, doubting and wondering if He really existed.

Sadly, after 10 years of marriage, she asked for a divorce from her husband. He knew she was struggling within, as he too was raised in a Christian home. He granted her wish for divorce. She and her ex-husband both loved their daughter and kept in communication on what was best for her.

She met and dated another guy. She married this guy thinking she was in love again and he could help her raise her daughter as he had 3 wonderful children of his own. Sadly, this marriage ended after 13 years of hardship and struggle.

She was scared and afraid to be on her own. How could she survive? She wasn’t making enough money to raise her daughter on her own. How could she provide for her daughter, find good babysitters while she was working, etc… She was afraid and not sure she could be independent.

At this point, her sister gave her and her daughter a place to stay until she could get back on her feet. Her sister had been there on several occasions before in her time of need as well.

The young lady moved on with her life. There were times when she and her daughter were not sure if they would have food on their table or a roof over their head. However, she worked hard and became independent and provided for her daughter.

Where was God? Did he still love her? Yes, he did! He was there with her all the time even though she had doubted Him.

This lady now in her late 40’s started going back to church. She asked God for forgiveness. She was sorry she ever doubted Him. He had been there all the time. It was her who turned away from Him.

This lady went on to college. She put in long hours each day, working 4 part time jobs and going to school full time. She graduated with honors earning an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

She eventually found a fantastic guy! Wow, this guy is awesome, she thought! However, is she ready to get married again? Is this in God’s plan? He has 4 beautiful children and 6 beautiful grandchildren. Does she want to be a grandma? Lot’s of questions!

Yes, she did it! Asking God for guidance, she accepted his proposal. They were married! The 2 families have blended making a wonderful, beautiful family!

At times this lady still questions God and wonders if He still loves her. In quiet moments and in her heart, she knows that He does.

God loves her!

How do I know?

This little girl…

Is me!

Am I perfect? NO! Only Jesus was perfect. He accepts us as we are. We only need to believe and put our trust in Him.

I have poured out my heart in this blog… In closing, I want you to know…

God is real!

Jesus loves me and you!

Do some soul searching, take time to talk to God, read your Bible, ask questions, search for truth, and…

Just believe!

Welcome to the new year!

A new year! New challenges? Possibly. Life gives us challenges, roadblocks, worries, etc. However, we can overcome those obstacles! I know, I’ve been there. I’ve had times when I didn’t know where I was going to live, what I was going to eat, if I’d have a job the next day (when I owned a small business), loss of loved ones, grief, abandonment, and much more. I overcame these obstacles. You can too!

Here are a few things we can do to strive for a better year ahead:

Feel free to set goals in life! Small goals. Accomplish those goals and set more goals. Take small steps if you need to.

Make mistakes in life! We learn by our mistakes. Even a small mistake can create a huge learning possibility. Bigger mistakes may hurt worse, yet they can also lead to a better life.

Make new friendships! Friends come and go yet a true friend will stick with you to the end. Friendships may end. New friendships are formed. Some friends hurt us. Those we may have trusted. Remember, they are human too. Friends talk bad about you when your not around – they are not a true friend! Find true friends!! Where do you find these friends? Find something in common: go to the park, volunteer somewhere you’d like to help, join a club, etc.

Be your best! How? Just be yourself! Don’t fret about what others think of you! You are great! You deserve greatness! Make mistakes! Learn from your mistakes! Move on when necessary! Most of all… love yourself!

Ask for help when needed! You do not have to bear your burdens alone! Ask for God’s help, ask for a friend’s help, ask for professional help if needed!

And, contact me! I am here for you! I won’t judge you! I will listen to you!

I CARE!

MAKE IT A GOOD YEAR FOR YOU!!