You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise. -‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou
do you know someone who has fought his or her whole life? whether it be a physical disability..their unique circumstances..seems like they always dealt a bad hand?
some of us have stories that we have to fight through our whole lives. there isn't always a fairytale happy ending in real life. as women we idolize that in our hearts and fight to make that come true in our own lives don't we?
i am learning to be grateful for my life story..for all of the hardships, constant stresses, failures. if i choose..they are not hinderances at all but droplets of water to mix with the dust to make the mud to make the bricks to make the steps OUT!
i am choosing to find the gift inside each day..learning to be thankful for the good days and the hard ones
they have hurt hard...don't get me wrong - but they are becoming my testimony..deepening my trust..fueling my passions and shaping me into an overcomer!!
because in the end...the gift i am seeing...for me...is that i am learning to feel my own feelings...letting the painful things surface so they can be acknowledged..owned and healed!
and the most humbling thing?
i am learning to enter into other people's pain..even when it triggers my own it isn't so scary anymore. i don't think we like to hear people's painful stories. it makes us uncomfortable. we only want to hear the fairytale ones..but i believe that jesus was drawn to the pain people need to know they are not alone....hello!!!!
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. -2 corinthians 1:4
i want to offer hope minus the judgement
i believe this is key KEY key!!
think on this with me:
it is wise to stay abreast of the latest information that will cause you to be able to grow forward and not just go forward - bishop t.d. jakes
what if today you began choosing to rise..what would happen to those closest to you? and if these around you are watching you "growing forward"..rising above your circumstances what do you think that is going to do for them...if they choose?
after all...i have a choice to let all of the painful things in my life ruin me..or rise me and so do you sweet girl...so do you!!!