|Miracle by Adam Jackson|
I was not raised in a Christian home, nor was I involved in church, or even talk of God. From the moment I awoke, a deeply rooted faith in God had taken hold in my heart. I believed, without a single doubt, that God was (and is) real, cares deeply for me and will not leave me alone in darkness. I woke up with a new hope and foundation for living my life. I have carried that faith and dream with me since that moment.
|The Room by Jesse Therrien|
I reached a point of darkness where I believed it would have been better if I had never been born. I frequently struggled with images in my mind of my life ending. I didn't want death, I wanted release…I just wanted a mind free of pain and anguish. One evening, while my family went about their normal activities I collected all the medicine from my mother's medicine cabinet. Trembling, I swallowed the pills. I wept quietly as I felt my pain washing me over like tidal waves, and mourned the life that I hoped would soon leave me.
After swallowing the pills, I laid in my bed and prayed to God to forgive me, and I cried out for Him to save me. As quickly as I had given my life away I wanted it back. I begged and pleaded with Him to not take my life, but to give me a second chance. I poured out my heart before Him and the weight of the load I was carrying was laid before His feet. I cried until I drifted to sleep, unsure if I'd taken my last breaths. Miraculously I awoke. Never had I been so grateful to have air in my lungs.
|Cloud Break by Cheryl Empey|
I live today as a different person. While I can't say that I am completely healed of the pain of my past, each day is a little bit better than the last. Each day that God gives me the power to breath, is a day where I am actively pursuing wholeness in my life. I have been blessed with a beautiful life. I have a remarkable man by my side to hold me when I need to be reassured that life is indeed good, a spirited daughter to fill my heart with songs of joy and laughter and a God who, as promised, has never left me alone in my darkness.