DAILY, I CONTINUE TO WRITE from the heart. Perhaps someday, my life story of Gathering Courage will inspire others to write from deep within and encourage others to be the best they can be. To live a life of compassion and purpose is the true meaning of life.
We all have a journey—past and present—a journey that draws us closer to God or pushes us away. Gathering Courage is my journey, one of struggles and triumphs, bending and breaking, molding and reshaping.
See how the extended hand of God shadows and protects the growth of a tender, innocent child with love, grace, and mercy. As a young child, I found myself alone on a dusty road different from any other in my family. It was a road filled with twists and turns interlaced with lessons that would forever change me. God himself knit me in my mother’s womb and called me his precious, beautiful child. He is the great Father I never had. He is the truthful brother that provided me with strength and courage to conquer a reading disability. Being held safe in the hand of God, I began to know that He loved me.
Many lessons were taught to me as I walked the difficult path of my childhood. During my journey from an orphanage to success, I can assure you that Jesus walked every mile of my trials and triumphs. He never left my side. The Lord didn’t abandon me as an illegitimate orphan child. He did not leave me in a crib in an orphanage home; He stood over the crib and made sure I was fed and rocked. He did not call me stupid. He never left me with my luggage at the doorstep of a foster home; He stayed with me every moment to make sure I was safe. He did not leave me during my surgeries, but guided the doctors as they performed surgery after surgery. He picked me up, blew strength back into my life, and gently placed me down so I could ride horses again.
As my trust in God grew, I learned that the extended hand of God delivered the best lessons in life. These painful lessons worked within me to produce a peace that passes all understanding and gave me the security to know that with Christ anything is possible. It is through Jesus Christ that I am what I am today.
Allowing God to be God provided the rich ground for the roots of my inheritance to take hold. Anchors of trust deepened as His nurturing love and encouragement penetrated my inner parts, promoting growth that developed an inward strength beyond measure.
God wants His children to encourage others as He encourages us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
The Lord wants us to share our hope and our future to encourage others. Each of us can share words and deeds of kindness to help encourage the lives of others right where we live and work. Life at its best is tough, but together we can make a difference and endure the hard times together.
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