I really do own a pair of rose-colored glasses. When I’m wearing them, life looks great. Besides appearing quite fashionable, my surroundings become bright and cheery. Flowers are touched with hints of rose glow; the sky dusted with shades of pink radiance. I feel warm, at peace with the world, I am happy. Sounds nice doesn’t it? But wait…there’s another story. I also have a pair of brown sun glasses. When I’m sporting these, those warm hues of rose are missing. Instead, the horizon feels dull and drab. I’m tired. I want to take a nap. My outlook is altered by the choice … Continue Reading ››
Have you ever heard the voice deep down inside of your being that whispers, "I believe I’m made for something great", or "I long for more, I want my life to count?" I imagine each one of us have heard those soft utterings at sometime in our life. That voice is our significance talking, calling out to move us into our purpose. It’s speaking because God has placed the gene of significance, greatness, and purpose within us. He intended that one day we would awaken to our true selves, as we listen to the cry within. But all too often, our significance … Continue Reading ››
I wish I had a different story. I wish it wasn’t one of fiery trials and shameful ashes. But I don’t. My story is what it is. But, what I do have is the power to decide how my story will end. And you do too. We can choose our future by:
- Choosing to no longer be a victim.
- Choosing to start a healing journey.
- Choosing to live life brave and free.
Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take." Joshua 1:9 –The Message Courage. It originally comes from the Latin word Cor meaning heart. Living with courage is living with all your heart. It’s living out your dreams in spite of the presence of doubt and fear; willing to risk failure in order to be true to yourself and the authentic person God created you to be. Author, Piers Anthony says this about courage: “Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that's courage. The one who feels no … Continue Reading ››
How do you handle the negative story your mind is telling you? The carnal command center of our brain often whispers juicy tidbits about others and ourselves. Unfortunately, those negative nuggets usually come from the enemy or our own selfish nature. How do we strike them down? Or do we listen to the story and add other embellishments, then take it as truth? The problem with brain gossip—the story we tell ourselves about ourselves or others—goes through our own motive filters instead of the Word of Truth. The story we ruminate on is a reflection of what we truly think and believe and … Continue Reading ››
This week I welcome Guest Blogger, Gail Mulczynski. JOY: AWARENESS AND EXPERIENCES OF JOY AS A SURVIVOR OF ABUSE AND/OR TORTURE There is a street musician, a drummer, in my city who brings joy to my heart and others. This performer wears an African mask and a costume as he drums. I have witness the changes in his performances over the years I have watched him. This season, he has welcomed children, teens, and adults to drum along with him. I sit, listen, watch, and enjoy. The rhythm of his drumming brings calmness within … Continue Reading ››
“Bring back the sun.” said the security guard at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. I smiled and said, “I will!” I was off to Arizona and when you live in Michigan, (otherwise known as the frozen tundra) any trip to warmer weather brings an envious response from those left behind. Winters are long and brutal—we hunger for the sunshine. My smile lingered as I walk down the jet way and boarded the plane. Of course, I can’t really bring back the sunshine. That’s silly. No one actually believes sunshine can be transported. I may be influential but I don’t have that kind … Continue Reading ››
My Guest Blogger today is Shelly Beach. She is my dear friend, co-survivor, and my wonderful mentor. Welcome Shelly! https://shellybeachonline.wordpress.com ***** Most of us want to help friends who are suffering and grieving. The problem is, we often struggle to know what to say or do. And so we say things that make sense to us. The problem is that we’ve probably never experienced the pain our friend is going through and don’t have a clue what their suffering feels like. Most people who are hurting can tell horrifying stories about the insensitive and … Continue Reading ››
April is national sexual assault awareness month by Dawn Scott Jones DawnScottDamon.com I wish I had a different story. I wish it wasn’t one of horrific pain that left my life in a pile of ashes, filled with shame and sorrow. But I don’t have a different story. What I do have, however, is the power to decide how my story will end. Today I look at myself in the mirror and choose not to be a victim any longer. Today I choose healing. Today I choose life. I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I tell my story hoping that others … Continue Reading ››