I grew up in a Christian home; my father continues to pastor into his retirement. My mother was a high school business teacher. Meeting a preconceived image as a preacher's kid (PK), I had many challenges throughout the years. Oh, I ventured out many times on my own, making my own way, blazing a trail of catch me if you can attitude; I accomplished much and paid a heavy price too.
I have a hunch that you have been through struggles in your life too. Maybe you are going through a difficult time right now that seems like it will never end. The difficult times that we struggle through only make us stronger. I can attest to that for certain. I have been tagged as a "strong women"; not sure if that is good or bad, but I feel like I am a confident woman who has learned how to find peace in the midst of struggle and strife. I have cried many tears, been paralyzed with fear of what tomorrow brings, and so tired that I couldn't sleep. I don't understand why I went through all that I have, but at this point it really doesn't matter because I know without a doubt all those experiences have made me all that I am today.
I have refined my gift of speaker/teacher thanks to my mom and dad. I have made a career of serving patients, mentoring nurses to achieve their own personal success, and now I live my life experiencing the joy that it all brings to me on a daily basis.
My mistakes seemed like mountains along the way, but looking back, many of them were actually blessings in disguise; teaching me how to live a full life with peace, joy, love of nursing and belief that a little faith, 5 minutes of quite; no cell phone, no email, no TV, your heart and mind will guide you along a path you were meant to walk if not run!
I challenge you this month to be receptive to a dream that is far more than you can imagine, open your heart and mind to gentle guidance during your quiet time and you will find peace that you will not understand as you walk out the path that is uniquely YOU!
Psalm 19:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 19:21