Getting Through the Storms of Life

FB_IMG_1425820294989We all go through storms in our lives but we also experience sunshine as well. Do you ever stop to ask yourself “Why am I having so much sunshine?” No.  We don’t usual question when we are on top of the mountain feeling the sunshine of what life is giving us. It is usually only in the valley or in the storm that we question “Why me?”

 

I recently experienced the hardest storm I’ve ever gone through. I literally felt broken into a million pieces.  In the depths of this horrific storm, I really couldn’t feel – I was sad, broken, shattered, and exhausted. Tears rolled down my face, and at times I tried to control them, but simply couldn’t. I had to allow them to flow. And in doing this, it was part of my healing.

I’m sharing this with you to impress upon you that even someone like me, who is always the positive one, always smiling, always helping others, and always the one who people turn to for healing and love, I too experience storms.  Storms happen to everyone! We are given adversity to allow ourselves to grow spiritually and to learn life lessons, so we in turn can help others who may experience the same storm or one similar.

One of my favorite bible verses is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

When we ourselves know first-hand about a storm, we are called to comfort those with the same comfort God gave us. How awesome is that?

As I said earlier this storm shattered me into a million pieces. I didn’t know why I was in this storm. I didn’t even see it coming! I didn’t know how I was going to put myself back together again. When I got home, I fell into bed exhausted. A few hours later I received a call with the outcome of the storm. I couldn’t believe the answer. I instantly broke down and cried for a very long time. Finally falling asleep, I began to dream. I was in my room, with a million puzzle pieces scattered all over the floor. God said “Don’t worry about putting the puzzle together as a whole. I want you to focus on picking up one piece at a time.”  When I woke up that morning, I remembered what God said. I felt peace because he answered my need. I would put myself back together one piece at a time. Remember – God allows us to grow for a reason.

How We Are Defined

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I am compelled to share this with you. One night this week, I was crying as I watched a movie, “Maid in Manhattan.”  I’ve seen this movie many times, but this time I saw something different, something that made my heart skip a beat. Mind you, this movie is one of my favorites because I don’t typically watch a movie more than once or twice. I have probably watched this at least 10 times. Seriously!  I’m sure this movie isn’t one of Jennifer Lopez’s top picks she has made, but it has made a difference to me.

If you haven’t seen this movie, here’s a quick synopsis.

About Maid In Manhattan

Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son (Tyler Posey). One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together, the two fall madly in love. But when Marisa’s true identity is revealed, issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after?

When she is fired and is handed her bag of belongings, the head butler or concierge, who had served peopled all his life, says to Jennifer Lopez – “What we do doesn’t define what we are. What defines us is how well we RISE  after falling.”

Now isn’t that poignant? All of us will face some huge setbacks, heartbreak, or loss, but what matters is how we rise above it.  Keep that in mind next time you are faced with something difficult.

Love and light!

Deanna

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Waking UP with Gratitude

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”~ Marcel Proust

As I was driving yesterday to get out, let my hair blow with all the windows down and the sunroof open, I listened to the CD – “The Secret”.  I kept replaying the part about waking up grateful for today, and thinking about all the things we are grateful for.  I know I do this on a subconscious level, but I decided to do it first and foremost before setting my two feet on the floor this morning. Lying in bed, I took a deep breath and let it out. I did this several times. This got my mind focused and centered in gratefulness. I said out loud ” I am so happy and grateful for today. Thank you for blessing me with……”  I listed what I’m thankful for. I didn’t make the list long, but my major points. (smile)

I feel so happy that I started my day out this way. Sometimes I write in my journal what I’m grateful for, but this was different. This brought me to FEEL it. Give it a try!  You will be happy you did.

Love and Light,

Deanna