This week has been full of ups and downs. It’s just been one of those weeks that you end up feeling so drained that you feel you’re long overdue for a vacation. So when Friday finally rolled around, I felt like I’d been run over by a truck.
However, as worn as I am – it’s still easy to count my blessings:
1 – Although my cousin passed away, I’m blessed to know he lived a long life, surrounded by his loved ones.
2 – I received all my books in for the book launch.
3 – My son started school, and although wouldn’t smile for a first day pic (he gave me the most grouchy look he could muster) … he asked if he could retake it when I picked him up. He said he felt bad all day for not giving me a smile on his first day of school. I’ve got the sweetest kid.
4 – Since re-releasing my first book – I’ve seen some great reviews coming in. This is my favorite so far:
I love the words … ‘Anticipation at its sweetest.’ That is just great.
5 – I got called on to do the ice bucket challenge by a friend, and bravely stood as my hubs doused me with ice water. It was frigid and about chilled me to the bone – but it was for a great cause so it was worth it.
6 – It’s Friday!!! I’m so happy to have the weekend with my family.
I hope you’re able to make your list. No matter how tough your week has been – be sure to count your blessings.
The worst tragedy is losing our loved ones. I think it’s hardest thought when they take their own lives. I know a few people that have done this, and I can’t imagine the terror they must have been going through to take this final step.
Yesterday when I saw the news that Robin Williams, a brilliant and talented man, apparently committed suicide I cringed thinking, Not another one. Every life is so valuable. We are all loved so much. To take that final step is unfathomable.
Over a year ago, I found out one of my close friends had taken her life and her choice was to use a gun. Statistics show women would hardly ever go this route, as we girls like to look our best. It broke my heart that she not only took her life, but thought so little of herself to shoot herself in the head forever ruining her life and her image. She frankly could have cared less about any of it. To this day, when I run across her contact info on my computer my heart breaks and I hope wherever she is … she’s in a better place.
A lot of Christians argue that people who take their lives into their own hands, and therefore taking it from God’s, are playing god and will automatically go to hell. I can’t say that. As I don’t know that. How do we know that God didn’t meet them in the seconds before their life was snuffed, allowing them to accept his son and ask forgiveness? We don’t know … therefore it’s possible. So yes, I hope my friend is in a much better place … as I know she knew The Lord.
Robin Williams is gone now too. He is a sign of our times, as people struggle with depression and anxiety. No matter now much money you have, or how famous you are, depression doesn’t care … it will get you if you’re not able to get help.
If you’re out there suffering from anything – please do not let it get to the point to where you’re even thinking of what the world would be like without you. Your family will grieve like crazy … your friends will be angry and sad for a long time. There will be a hole that can not be filled without YOU here. You make a difference and are needed in the lives of others.
If you’ve had even a glimmer of a thought – or suffer from depression – please reach out to get help. Talk to someone you trust, or you can contact the suicide prevention hotline. <—that’s their link.
Your life is valuable.
For anyone who has ever wanted to read my books, I’m placing two on promotion this week.
Coming Home and Finding Kylie are free for the next few days through Amazon. Please go download your free copy. The only payment is that you leave a nice review after you’ve completed them.
Thanks. Here are your links:
Finding Kylie (which is my first book)
Coming Home (which is my brand new book)
My family has been going through some trying times, and although I won’t name what those are, it’s been a challenge to keep stress from creeping up and clutching my spirit. The blessing in this is that it’s been a great learning lesson for my kid, as we’ve talked about letting our burdens go and letting God take control.
Last night he came to me saying he was stressed about this certain situation, and we talked about how big God is and how He’s always been faithful … so they’re is no reason to doubt that now. We prayed together, which lifted both our spirits. It was such a good bonding moment, and it allowed my child to see that we practice what we preach.
That was the most amazing blessing this week. Here are a few more:
* a friend called me to apply for a job, which could be the answer to our prayers.
* my son alerted me to some suspicious online behavior, which allowed me to call a parent to let them know their child was chatting with a stranger. This stranger was a predator. We were able to nip that in the bud to avoid any detrimental issues.
* I packed up my son’s backpack for school, and found most of the school supplies needed I already had at home, which means I didn’t have to go buy hardly any.
* I went through all the comments on Amazon about Facing Redemption, and left comments in reply to everyone who took time to leave a review. I left a response to most everyone, even the people who left a not so savory review. (I understand that not every book is for everyone – so I’m never offended) The blessing is that I read over 35 reviews from people who loved loved loved it and left such heartfelt kind words, which touched my heart. The 5-7 who left not so nice comments were still a blessing as they were still inspired to leave a review, and I still appreciated their time.
*I’m blessed to wake up each day breathing and well, to a family which is doing the same.
What are your blessings?