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I see it has been almost three months since I last posted here. I have spent my whole summer battling an infection in my spine. I am just starting to feel well enough to be able to stop the daily IV doses of antibiotics.
I missed so much because of this. My family went on summer trips, but I couldn’t go because of the IV treatments everyday.
I wasn’t able to drive because the effects of the antibiotics made me drowsy and sleepy. So, not only was I in severe pain, I also was grounded and sent to my bedroom like a disobedient child. I spent three weeks staring out my bedroom window hoping some birds or squirrels might come by for me to see.
This is a pretty sad story so far.
I want you to know something. I never faltered. I never cursed God. I never gave up my positive attitude.
I could have given up and let the dark side have its way.
It reminds me of when I was in a huge battle with depression while in the military, and beyond. I spent many days wondering what the world was all about, and if I wanted to be a part of it.
In 2001 I actually was sitting in my Ford Explorer thinking of checking out of this hotel called earth.
God woke me up that day. He stopped me in my tracks. He had plans for me, and it wasn’t my time to leave this earth. So now I am writing this post to you to share hope.
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I have been labeled as the “hope whisper.” I go to writer’s conferences and people address me with that name.
Why? Shouldn’t I be angry at the world? I had over ten years of serious ailments including five surgeries. This latest trial has been one of my hardest to accept.
I don’t feel anger. I don’t think this world is an awful place to be.
I have learned that we will all face trials and storms. Some will be raging storms. I have also learned that each time I make it through the storm I am a little stronger. I even learned that I can use my adversity, pain, and suffering to help others who may be going through the same things.
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!