I have always had a growing passion for people who have suffered from brokenness- both physically or emotionally and want people to know there is always hope for healing. This blog’s mission has evolved toward offering any hope and encouragement I am able to give. Things I share here, come from the deepest part of who I am- and I always hope my words will sink into the deepest part of you too.
Encouragement is my favorite word to live by…
It’s a gift, really. Giving it is a gift. Receiving it is a gift.
As my little motto on this blog says,
“Encouragement is like food for the soul… Everybody’s hungry for it.”
I really believe that to be true.
Here’s the rather interesting thing-
I have received more messages regarding these two posts than any other on my blog.
Isn’t that crazy?
As many of you know, I have been down that difficult road of surgery and the painful path toward recovery quite a few times.
I have such a heart for people who are broken. Funny thing is I usually use this word to describe the emotionally broken, not the physically broken. But with this increasingly popular direction of these two posts, I have learned that there are many people in need of encouragement after their own painful ‘physical breaks’. The messages I have received have been incredibly precious to me- and each one has inspired a profound passion for those aching, tired, frustrated and depleted souls. Oh, the stories I have read!
It has been so fulfilling to know that those two posts have encouraged people in their healing journey.
As 2015 unfolded, with my slow recovery toward walking like a pro again- I was reminded over and over how very difficult it was to get to this place of healing and wholeness. I reflect on the experience often when reading other people’s stories. I keep thinking about how much I want to tell all these hurting, frustrated and scared people- I was once them. This past Christmas season was my constant reminder of how far I’ve come since last Christmas. I was able to live my life JUST as I did before my injuries and surgeries. There wasn’t a day that went by, where I didn’t feel deep gratitude for being able to drive and shop and walk around my house- function like a whole and healed human being. I kept flashing back to the previous Christmas season, crawling on the floors, stuck on the couch, desperately wishing I could move and take care of myself. It was truly traumatic. It was long. It seemed never ending at times. I had moments of helplessness and hopelessness.
I cried a lot.
But I learned how to survive, much like I did with the other surgeries I have had in the past. I’m just so glad I shared what I learned in those posts.
One thing I wasn’t able to share in those particular messages, was the greatest piece of hope I can give!
So to all of you who are broken and in that hard place of trying to heal and get whole again…
I AM THE FUTURE YOU!!
I want ALL you broken people to know that it WILL get better. I am proof of this truth! I am who you will be in TIME.
As hard and hopeless as it may seem at times, I promise this road you are on now will end. It will END.
One day, in the not-so-distant future, you will look back on this trying time and realize you managed to somehow survive it all, just like I did. It’s so hard to see that from where you are. I know. I remember. It gets mighty dark in that pit.
Let me be your light?
Healing looks different on everyone. Honor yours, okay? You WILL be whole someday. (I know there may be some lasting reminders of this season, through perhaps a limp, a pinch, numbness, or aches and pains that may stick around a bit longer…)
Hold on TIGHT to the big picture- this time in your life does not define you, it is merely a tiny dip on your timeline. Don’t let it consume you. The future will come and in it you are HEALED. You WILL get your previous life back!
Don’t give your pain too much power. It has the ability to take over your thoughts and your hope. Don’t let it! Fight it with medicine, distraction, and gratitude.
Yeah, gratitude. Practice the exercise of finding your thankfuls every single day. This alone will keep you from sinking. Anchor yourself in the gifts you hold in your life, despite what you are going through now. Concentrate on your plans for the future, because you will have just that…
A future where you are healed and whole and back into life once again.
Let me be your hope! I was you last year. I have reached the end of my broken road and turned the corner to a new path that steers me far from that debilitating one.
It’s over for me…
It will be over for you too.
I promise you.
You won’t be broken for long.
I’m your proof.
Your future you is coming too…
There is HOPE for healing.
* Joining the lovely FTSF peeps with “In the future…” *