Are you in the valley of the shadow of death. God is Good and Faithful all the time. I will be the first to admit that its not easy to acknowledge the goodness of God when in pain and the way is not clear . Her are some amazing stories of faith and perseverance to demonstrate anyone can rebound and rebuild life again.
These are their stories first hand:
After 11 years of marriage & a stay at home mom, at 45 years old I found myself in my last semester of college, (BS Kinesiology-Exercise Physiology) going through a NASTY divorce.
My 11-yr old son and I were kicked out of our home, my son’s father gave us some of our belongings he tossed in trash bags dumped on the driveway, the others were broken, or simply thrown in the trash. For 2 years we slept on the floor of my father in-laws mobile home.
My son was 2 months away from graduating elementary school, and I was 2 months from earning my degree. I had no money, no job, and really no place to live, all the while trying to figure out how I was going to pay for a lawyer to handle my divorce. The plan I had for my life and career had taken a DRASTIC turn. The new goal: survive and raise and provide for my son.
I guess lessons learned from that experience is PERSERVERANCE, I AM persistant. I did not quit or give up. Emotionally defeated and scared shitless, questioning my life, my everything. I had no confidence in myself, my value, or my ability to make a decision. One thing I did knew, was I had to keep moving. Stopping and doing nothing would kill me physically and emotionally. Countelss times,I had to litteraly pick myself up from the floor, find a job-that didn’t pay near enough to rent an apt or room someplace as attorney fees consumed everything I earned.
In spite of IT all, I finished school earned my degree, provided for my son (with the help of Grandma and Grandpa). My son watched how I handled a MESSED up situation with quiet courage and persistence to do what I thought was the right thing for us to survive. Yes, many many tears but lots of hard work to pull myself up and get out.
I have had some very rough times dealing with breast cancer, then a bad fall and rehab, with no family who had time to help, but God never failed me! He provided me with the best neighbors! My income stopped, but God never has!! I have a roof over my head, and a good place to sleep now, at my home! When you’re down to nothing in this earthly world, God NEVER lets go of His child!! Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!
“Several years ago six months into my business we experienced a family tragedy which really rocked my world and sent me spiraling downward. However, a little more than a year later I received an award for excellence and had a client of mine win Young Entrepreneur of the year at our regional conference.”
“I have started looking at it like lifting weights. In order to grow stronger we have to keep increasing the weights. You may not see it as a good thing at the time but without this increased weight each time you will not grow stronger and as you grow stronger what used to rock your world will just be a piece of cake the second time around.”
When beginning nursing education, I had some challenges. Needed to spend summer studying to get a head start on medical terminology & pharmacology. The school counselor told me that I may not graduate. That was the downer/fall.
Well, I kept going & did not stay down. I wanted to prove her wrong. Yes, she motivated me. It was so good when graduation day came & she was there.
In 1990 after second failed back surgery I went out on temporary/permanent disability from the federal government and I went up to 360 mg of Oxycontin every eight hours and 25 mcg Fentanyl patch every three days. In 2013 I had three aneurysms and I lost three months of my life and when I came home I start taking the 360 mg of Oxycontin and putting on the fentanyl patch my sister told me for years I didn’t need it but I said the doctor would prescribe it if I didn’t need it. I then went to pain management and found out it was the memory of the pain is the worst possible pain I’ve had that I’ve been suffering all those years and I went home and stop taking all those painkillers.
Today I’m on to morphine pills a day as needed some days I don’t take any and 25 mg Fenton all patch because I do have pain every day but how do I not of had the aneurysm’s which killed my dad at age 48 and I wasn’t going to make 55 and now I’m 59.
I almost died from AML Leukemia in 1997 and again in 2000. Both times I bounced mentally within hours; physically it took fifteen years total, and now I am in the bounce financially. Things are looking magnificent as I gain altitude! That leukemia turned into a very great blessing along the way.
The twins put me me in a fog for a few years but I’ve come back as a new person and feel like there isn’t much I can’t accomplish since I managed to have twins.
I will leave you with this powerful quote:
“No, there is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when every one else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back.”. – ORISON SWETT MARDEN
This is my story and I am sticking to it!