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As long as you feel pain you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes you’re still human. As long as you keep trying there’s still hope. What has life taught you? Sometimes a life lesson comes packaged as an unexpected tragedy or devastating loss, a result of our own poor choices or an unfortunate circumstance out of our control. However it’s presented, we have a choice --- we can let it debilitate us and leave us feeling hopeless, or we can learn from it and let it change us for the good. Sometimes a life lesson comes as a reminder of what we already know. My family (Lisa) recently welcomed a precious little baby boy into our lives. Our son and daughter-in-law became foster parents to a newborn who immediately stole our hearts. Though we weren’t privy to the details of his story, we did know he was in need of human touch, eye contact, and lots of love and care. He has reminded me, again, of the power of love and what life is truly all about – relationships, and giving and receiving love. Here are a few life lessons I have learned, and continue to learn!
- Our voice is a powerful tool to be used for those who have lost their ability to speak for themselves.
- Life is about ebbs and flows – try not to get too caught up in either.
- If I still have a heartbeat, I still have a purpose.
- Be generous with your time, resources, and forgiveness.
- God still surprises!
Several years ago, I (Patty) was incredibly moved when my oldest daughter left a journal on my bed. The first page was a beautiful letter to me, and she asked that we “journal-share” with each other. Over the years, this journal has become such a special treat in my life. Whenever I see it on my pillow, it’s like unwrapping a gift as I read her special words to me. The letter below is a past entry I wrote to her, and I decided to share it because it parallels with our radio show topic this week. Dear Kaylee, Invite God into your day to help you make it the best one of your life. Stretch yourself as you create a life changing experience. Remember, your choices are your choices. Your aspirations are your aspirations. And your dreams are your dreams.
- Chase your dreams if you want to grow them. God is in the business of multiplying.
- This is your journey, enjoy! Always make time for fun while you're changing the world. (Spend an hour with someone living out his or her passion . . . then spend an hour with someone who is not.)
- You are YOUnique. When you go after your “God-Given-Gifts”, the special things that are “you,” you become more of who you are meant to be. (And that is an amazing thing!
- Inspire others by being inspired yourself. (Let your light shine!)
- Live without regret. There is a saying “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” So always end well!
- Sarah E. Ladd, author of the The Headmistress of Rosemere, reminds us that everything is in God’s hands -- “Ask God to make His plans known. When we do this, amazing things can happen.”
- And best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher states, “After nine years of writing whenever I could find a spare moment, I quit my day job the month my ninth novel was released in order to write full time and have been at it ever since.”
Would you describe yourself as a victim or a victor? What and who defines you? We all have choices and the consequences that go with them. Obviously, some choices and consequences are more profound and life-altering than others. In my own life (Lisa), I have often found myself stuck in the victim mentality, allowing circumstances or experiences to define my life story. Unfortunately, I have pitched my tent and camped out in this spot longer than I should have. Moving from victim to victor is a process and a choice that takes time and effort. Our special guest on Girlfriendit Radio is Leigh Ann Bryant, the author of In My Defense: An Unlikely Romance, a Deadly Gunshot, and a Young Widow's Road to Redemption. Leigh Ann knows firsthand what it’s like to be a victim; she was trapped in the cycle of domestic abuse which 1 in 4 women report experiencing in their lifetimes. But she found freedom, she became a victor, and now she works to help others find that same freedom, to “live unshackled” as she puts it. Through her website, blog, and book, she desires to bring awareness, hope, and victory to victims of abuse. You won’t want to miss this informative and very personal conversation. It just might save your life or the life of someone you know. So . . . how do YOU define yourself?