Life is full of constant change and how I chose to view the change would either strengthen or weaken the underlying core of what I believed. Finally, peace came as I stood up and told myself to STOP. Stop the emotional rollercoaster and wait on the Lord. Every evening after work, I would sit on the couch in what I called, “My Gift of Gratitude Time.” I began with a prayer of gratitude as I verbally thanked the Lord for three things I was grateful for that day. I was grateful for friends who cared, an automobile that worked, and for food on the table. The next day I was grateful for good health, a great Church, and for the ability to help someone else. My list of gratitude went on to thanking the Lord for loving me, for friends who showed me kindness, and for not having to live my life in a foster home. This was the beginning of “My Gratitude Journal.” Each evening, after giving thanks for the blessings of the day, I just sat and waited on the Lord. No planning, no trying to figure out the how and why, I just sat quietly and waited on guidance.
Finally, inner peace and harmony began to settle in my soul. Slowly, I began to drift backward in my mind to the positive words of affirmation that gave me strength and courage during my childhood years. Miss Lili’s words brought strength to my mind. “With God’s help you can be anything you want to be. Just talk to God. Trust Him to guide you as you go along in life.” I reminded myself, “I may be a simple person, however with the drive to succeed and the courage to press through the mud of life I can do extraordinary things.” Words from my grandmother also echoed strong in my memory as I remembered her explaining the 23rd Psalms to me at such an early age. My grandmother would tell me “The Lord is your shepherd: you shall not want, He will give you lush, green, safe pastures, enough food, refreshing water, and wonderful protection because He loves and cares for you. He will restore your health and joy. He will restore your soul as you rest in His will. Trust the Lord to provide all your needs. He knows just what you need at the right time. Remember His time is not your time because He knows your life from beginning to end. He knows what is going to happen to you day by day.”
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