“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
There are many things I have been through in this lifetime that have left me confused, hurt — at a loss really. Sometimes while sorting through the dark shadows of this world — it’s hard to realize that there is light somewhere.
But I have learned that there is no such thing as shadows without light. It takes light to cast a shadow, therefore there must be light somewhere — whether it’s visible or not.
I’ve made some pretty tough decisions in this life recenlty. I ended a 15-year-long relationship that was toxic (for the both of us) — and basically became a single mom to two teenage boys.
I decided to go back to school to get my degree and have been working towards that for nearly 10 years now, not always an easy task when trying to work full time, parent and lead some sort of social life.
Not to mention — battling multiple chronic illnesses.
I found myself in a dark place for the last several years. I knew there was a light, but only because I had faith that it was there, not because I could see it.
And now I am finally seeing that silver lining. I feel rejuvinated – emotionally, spiritually, physically. I’m not certain I can pin point exactly how I got here — other than a lot of faith and a lot of patience — but none the less, I am here. And it’s by the grace of God! I give Him all the glory.
It is through God’s strength that I am where I am.
I am excited about the future, at peace with my past and finally living in the present!
If you are still in those dark places — take heart — God will never leave your side. You may feel lost, but HE isn’t lost. You may feel weak, but HE is strong. You may feel scared, but HE will protect you. You may feel sad, but HE can bring you joy.
And although all you see are shadows, remember, a shadow can’t be cast without a light.