December 19, 2013

Staying Positive in the Midst of a Storm

Throughout my life, I've had people ask me how I am able to remain positive when I have to deal with the things I do. Positive is the only way I know to be. (That isn't to say I don't have moments of discouragement, I do, but not often). You might say I've had many obstacles thrown my way, not only me; but my parents as well. But we've never seen the obstacles and challenges as burdens or bad things. We knew we would make it through them because we are just that way; positive & strong people.

What challenges am I talking about?

-Premature birth with low survival rate.
-Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
-3 major surgeries
-Intense physical therapy
-Social challenges, etc. etc.

I am sure I could make the above list a whole lot longer but that isn't the point of this post. The point is through all "storms" I've been through how am I able to remain positive and upbeat even on what seems my worst days?

It's because first and foremost I know that JESUS is on my side and HE is going to see me through no matter how difficult life gets. I have always known this even before I was saved and I have always believed it and held fast to His comfort. I owe my knowing Jesus to my Grandparents, and I am thankful they instilled the belief of Him in me. I know I can lean on Him no matter what. <3

Secondly, my family has never discouraged me from anything in life. They have always been there cheering me on through the hard times. Times when I didn't want to do therapy or didn't understand certain things growing up especially when it came to friends during my teenage years. Even when they didn't understand or hated to see me hurt they always showed me they loved me and encouraged me to just do my best and be myself. They strived to make my childhood and adolescence normal. I've never felt different or out of place around my family and I am thankful for that.

This year threw me quite the curve ball. For a little while that smack in the face hurt. But as time has gone on I have picked the ball up and threw it back and said "I'm moving forward." I refuse to let it get me down and I have come out a stronger and better person. All because I chose to see the light through the dark. Because Jesus has given me Strength, and because I have a family that refuses to give up on me.

If there is someone out there struggling in a storm of life, I hope this helps you and encourages you! Be Blessed!

Ps. 37:5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass."

December 13, 2013

Bruno ~ Always My Baby

This past Saturday December 7, 2013 I lost my beloved Bruno. He was given to me 3 1/2 years ago by a dear friend after I lost my first dog Tana. At first I wasn't sure about him, but I quickly found that he was a very mellow and sweet natured dog. He loved to snuggle. He had a very cheerful personality. I'll miss that. He was very protective of me. He would stay underneath my wheelchair when we were around a bunch of people, and he would also do this while I showered. When he was nervous he would get in my lap for comfort.
He'll always be my Little Gentleman!