Adversity and Hardship…There is Help

Hardships often Prepare Ordinary People for an Extraordinary Destiny   C.S. LewisWe all have a story to tell and we all will experience Hardship and Adversity – not just once but many times. It is the stuff that life is made of.

Life has a habit of trying to teach us what we are made of. It is not a matter of if we will experience adversity and hardships – it is a matter of when. And…when we do, we can be prepared!

We can’t always know the life situations we will face but there are daily life habits we can adopt that will help us through good and bad – thick and thin.

When my spirit returned to my body, after my near-death experience, my pain and difficulties did not magically go away. However, the best helper in the world, my divine mentor and creator was there to help me.

Prayer, meditation, prayer, scripture study, prayer and an open heart were key components in my recovery. Most important of all has been my relationship with God.

Have you ever been on hold for an exorbitant amount of time? If so, you might know how the angels who handle my prayers might feel. Most days it seems like I have a constant prayer to God in my heart – my angels probably wonder if I am ever going to hang up. Yet, knowing what I know of heaven and what they know of heaven, I’m pretty sure they don’t mind. 🙂

I know that prayer, scripture study, meditation and being at peace with your conscience are key elements to handling any and all situations that life throws at us. We need each piece. Prayer keeps us in contact with God and his answers, scripture study provides a strength that I cannot quantify, meditation (quiet time) allows God to provide us with answers and being at peace with our conscience allows our soul to be at peace and teachable.

Today, I am sharing a few inspiring stories of individuals who have made the most of their Adversities and Hardships. I hope you will enjoy!

Kris Carr turned her cancer into a business of hope and healing.

In 2003, Karr was a 32-year-old New Yorker just enjoying life. But then, a regular checkup at her doctor’s office resulted in a diagnosis of a rare and incurable Stage IV cancer called epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, existing in her liver and lungs.

Instead of succumbing to the disease, Carr decided to challenge her diagnosis head on. She attacked her cancer with a brand new nutritional lifestyle, and turned her experience into a series of successful self-help books and documentaries. Eventually, she launched her own wellness website, which is followed by over 40,000 people. Today, Karr is celebrating a decade of “thriving with cancer,” and is now revered as one of the most prominent experts on healthy living.

Steven Spielberg was rejected from USC, twice.

You read that right. One of the most prolific filmmakers of all time, the man who brought us “Shindler’s List,” “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” couldn’t get into the film school of his choice. Maybe, just sometimes, education can be a little overrated. In the end, Spielberg would get the last laugh, when USC awarded him an honorary degree in 1994. Two years later, he became a trustee of the university.

Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times before creating the light bulb.

Although the exact number of tries has been debated, ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 attempts, it’s safe to say Edison tried and failed a whole lot before he successfully created his beacon of light. His response to his repeated failures? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Today’s stories were shared from the following website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/successful-people-obstacles_n_3964459.html

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God Can Calm All Storms…

sunrise over the earthI don’t know about you, but it seems to me that there is always some sort of “storm” in my life. I think it could also be called personal growth or personal challenges.

Less than three months ago, I sat in an intensive care unit beside the hospital bed of my granddaughter as her young body fought for life. Today, I watch her at home as she recovers and rebuilds her strength. I know without the smallest doubt that she and I and all of our family were assisted by angels  throughout those very difficult days.

Later today, I will sit in front of my computer and I will attempt to learn a new powerful software so that I can make my book available online again.

For you, today’s challenge will be different. Some of my challenges have been relatively easy to overcome (I am hoping that is the case with the new software today!). Others, have been very difficult – such as the 15 years it took to overcome my 24/7 migraines. I know now that life never was meant to be a cake walk. However, whether our current challenge is more similar to a sprint or a marathon – God can and will help us through it all.

There was a time when I was experiencing my migraine headaches that I wondered if I would ever know another day of life without skull crushing pain. Fifteen years is a very long time to have a headache.

Yet, a few days of headache pain would have never created the health advocate that I am today. Now, as I look back on that experience, it is easy to see that I was given incredible blessings through that trial. Somehow, I was enabled to function much better than I should have been able to function and step by step I was eventually led to the people and answers I needed to find health and healing once again.

Storms will be a consistent part of life but God can and will calm them all – if we ask and allow.  Sometimes, they may not disappear from our lives but where they remain, God will take us by the hand and help us walk above the waves.

Today’s story share’s a wonderful reminder of God’s watchful care. I hope you enjoy!:

THE FIRE

An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God’s wings.

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings.

The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.

She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had singed her small body, the mother remained steadfast. She had been willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91:4 (NIV)

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Loving Others…and Practicing Forgiveness

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. Thomas S. MonsonLife can hand us truly heart-wrenching situations. No matter what life hands us, we always have the choice of response. I love today’s quote – not because I believe it is always easy to love those who hurt us or even to love being confronted with difficult situations and/or people, but because I know the profound difference it can make to find the loving solution no matter what the situation is.

True love does not mean that we do not hold others accountable for their actions. True love means that we will love them and do the responsible thing – not the easy thing or the enabling thing.

I hope you will join me in trying to practice unconditional love. It is not an easy quest but it is a very worthwhile quest! I hope you enjoy today’s story!:

“You don’t know me, but I am no longer dating your husband…I’m sorry for any pain I caused your family.” Christy recalls the exact moment she read that sentence, in an e-mail sent to her last March. “My heart just stopped,” says the mother of four (to stepson AJ, 26; and Skye, 9; Blaze, 8; and Hayes, 6). “I felt paralyzed.”

Until that point, Christy, a relationship coach, believed that she and Adrian, 46, her husband of 10 years, were happily married. Certainly things weren’t perfect: Business was slow for Adrian, a car salesman, and their bank balance had taken a hit. “Adrian and I were feeling pressure about money,” says Christy. But she had seen no other warning signs. “We still had date nights and did things as a family. I never dreamed he would betray me.”

After reading and rereading that e-mail, Christy called her husband at work. Voice shaking, she demanded an explanation. “Adrian was defensive at first, said it never happened, and even hung up on me,” she remembers. “But a minute later he called back, crying, admitted it was true, and begged me to forgive him.”

The story unfolded: Adrian and a customer had flirted. A one-night stand had turned into a four-month affair. In February 2012, when the woman asked Adrian if he would ever leave his family, he broke off the relationship. “I was furious,” says Christy. “It was hard for me not to tell Adrian that we were over and make him hurt as badly as I did.” Instead the pair talked and wept together all night.

“Once the initial shock passed, I was faced with a choice,” she says. “I could either fight for my marriage or let this event change everything.”

Christy made a conscious decision to forgive. It didn’t happen instantly. For the next six months, she struggled with resentment and the fear that Adrian would not be committed to making the marriage work. “There were many times I asked him, ‘How could you live with yourself? How could you look me in the eye and lie for months?’ And to get closure, I needed to know every last detail of the affair. It was extremely painful for Adrian to answer my questions, but he did so with humility,” she says.

“Forgiving him was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” says Christy, “but his honesty made it easier.” So did the fact that Adrian confided his wrongdoing to two friends from their church. The three of them began meeting each week to pray together and discuss their faith and the importance of marriage. “I appreciated that he wanted other people to hold him accountable,” says Christy.

While on vacation in Virginia last May, Christy and Adrian spontaneously renewed their wedding vows. “We continue to work on trust issues,” she admits. “But our marriage is stronger for it. I have no regrets.”

Story shared from the following website: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/inspiration-motivation/stories-forgiveness/cheating-husband

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Learning from Mistakes…

Our Greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up ever time we fail.  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Greatest glory is not in never failing
but in rising up ever time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever felt like the odds and the world were stacked against you? I think we all have at least a few of those days as we journey through our lives. Most of us have more than just a few.

Sometimes, we can feel like if we don’t succeed the first time we try, that we are not cut out for whatever it is we are trying to do. The reality is that even the most gifted people have to work through difficulty and failure from time to time.

Thomas Edison is a person that I would have loved to have known. His attitude and his willingness to fail blessed the lives of modern man every single day. I credit his amazing mother for instilling in him a willingness to learn and to fail. She must have been an amazing person as well.

The next time you get frustrated with life and with your failures, I hope you will take a moment to ask yourself, “What is God trying to teach me with this experience?”  Chances are the only way you are going to truly fail is if you decide to give up.

I hope you enjoy today’s story! I couldn’t resist sharing a Thomas Edison story!:

Thomas Edison Childhood – Inspirational Story

One day Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told his mother that his teacher gave this paper to him and said, “Give this to your mother.”

His mother open it and read the paper. After reading paper her eyes filled with tears. Thomas asked his mother about what was written in the paper.

She read the letter in a loud voice to her son, “Your son is a genius, this school is too small for him and we don’t have enough resources and good teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.”

After many years, now Edison’s mother died and he has become one of the greatest inventors. One day as Edison was looking into old family things he saw a folded paper in the corner of his desk drawer. He took it and opened it.

It was the same paper which was given to him by his teacher in school to give to his mother.

After reading the paper, Edison cried for hours and wrote in his diary, “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled (mentally ill) child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.

Moral: One should never give up. We need to be confident in ourselves and move ahead in life with a positive attitude and hard work.

Story shared from the following website: http://moralstories26.com/thomas-edison-inspirational-stories-for-kids/

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Finding Peace and Happiness…

Everyone wants peace and happiness in their life – well maybe most everyone! I can’t imagine someone wanting chaos and confusion but there is probably an exception out there somewhere 🙂  As for me, I want peace and happiness and I want it forever! I believe that most of us do.

It has been my experience that peace comes only through God and truth. It does not come from wishful thinking. It might be hard to believe, but it can come even in the middle of great struggles and significant difficulties. I was blessed to feel significant peace as I watched my granddaughter fight for her life. God daily answered my prayers during that time reassuring me that she still had things to do with her special life.

Today’s story shares the awareness that heaven has for each of us. I am a witness through my near death experience that God and heaven knows and watches over each of us individually. The love and concern that God has for us is real and tangible! I hope you enjoy today’s story:

GOD, JESUS AND ME

Sally jumped up as soon as she saw the Surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: “How is my little boy? Is he going to be O.K.? When can I see him?”

The Surgeon said, “I’m sorry, we did all we could.” Sally said, “Why do little children get cancer? Doesn’t GOD care any more? GOD, where were you when my son needed you?”

The Surgeon said, “One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes to let you spend time with your son’s remains before it’s transported to the university.” Sally asked that the nurse stay with her while she said good-bye to her son.

Sally ran her fingers through his thick red curly hair. The nurse said, “Would you like a lock of his hair?” Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of his hair and put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally. Sally said, “It was Jimmy’s idea to give his body to the university for study. He said it might help somebody else,” and that is what he wanted.

I said no at first, but Jimmy said, “Mom I won’t be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy to be able to spend one more day with his mother.” Sally said, “My Jimmy had a heart of gold, always thinking of someone else and always wanting to help others if he could.”

Sally walked out of the Children’s Hospital for the last time now after spending most of the last 6 months there. She sat the bag with Jimmy’s things in it on the seat beside her in the car. The drive home was hard and it was even harder to go into an empty house. She took the bag to Jimmy’s room and started placing the model cars and things back in his room exactly where he always kept them. She laid down across his bed and cried herself to sleep holding his pillow.

Sally woke up about midnight, and laying beside her on the bed was a letter folded up. She opened the letter and it said:

Dear Mom,

I know your going to miss me, but don’t think that I will ever forget you or stop loving you because I’m not around to say I LOVE YOU. I’ll think of you every day mom, and I’ll love you even more each day. Some day we will see each other again.

If you want to adopt a little boy so you won’t be so lonely, he can have my room and my old stuff to play with. If you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn’t like the same things as us boys do, so you will have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like.

Don’t be sad when you think about me. This is really a great place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything here. The angels are so friendly and I love to watch them fly.

Jesus doesn’t look like any of the pictures I saw of Him, but I knew it was Him as soon as I saw Him. He took me to see GOD! And guess what mom? I got to sit on GOD’S knee and talk to Him like I was somebody important. I told GOD that I wanted to write you a letter and tell you good-bye and everything, but I knew that wasn’t allowed.

God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter with. I think Gabriel is the name of the angel that is going to drop this letter off to you.

God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him about — where was He when I needed him? God said, “The same place He was when Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children.”

Oh, by the way Mom, nobody else can see what is written on this paper but you. To everyone else, it looks like a blank piece of paper.

I have to give God His pen back now. He has some more names to write in the Book Of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for Supper. I’m sure the food will be great.

I almost forgot to let you know — Now I don’t hurt anymore and the cancer is all gone. I’m glad because I couldn’t stand that pain anymore. And God couldn’t stand to see me suffer the pain either, so He sent The Angel of Mercy to get me. The Angel said I was Special Delivery!

Signed with love from:
God, Jesus and Me

Author Unknown

Story shared from the following website: http://godslittleacre.net/inspirationalstories/god_jesus_and_me.html

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