Prepared For My Life Today by Sarah @ Embracing The Seasons
First I would like to thank Barbie for giving me this chance to contribute to her inspiring site. Thank you.
My life up until my mid-twenties was hectic, drama-filled, and stressful — very stressful at times. As long as I can remember, things were always rough for me. I didn’t have a normal childhood with loving parents that were proud and supportive. My home wasn’t as joy-filled as I had wished. There were happy times but it was scattered throughout my childhood-early adult. I was raised with a single dad and my sister. Because of this I felt lonely and isolated. No one had a house like mine, so no one could truly understand me, really.
The hectic, drama, and stresses of my childhood followed me into my teens and early adulthood. In my teen years, I ran away and ended up in a foster home. From there I went on to be a really rebellious teen. I did what I wanted when I wanted and no one cared. By the time I was a mother of 3, I ended up living in a homeless shelter because of my “nothing will happen to me” mentality, and I was 23 years old. I secretly prayed a lot during those years, thinking God wasn’t listening, but hoped He was, even though my hope was fading. All until the day I realized my prayers had already been answered.
I will never forget this day because it was the day we bought our house. It was the day that I realized that I was given this amazing life. As we all know, God has His reason for everything we endure, even when we don’t see it. He is always walking with us, especially during the darker times. We are never truly alone. Little did I know that during those early, rough years, He was preparing me for my life today.
My life today isn’t stress free; there are bumps, twists, and turns. We have our good times and our harder times. Preparing all those years for today, I am able to be a loving wife and mother (one that I wished I had for myself growing up) to my five children, 2 of which are more challenging because of their specific needs. I handle stress easier than most people, because I know what I have to do to make sure I keep what I have been given. I feel very blessed for each and every day, including the bad ones. Because I have been on the other side, I know what I have is special and grand. I know what it feels like without them. My experiences helped me see how much I have been given and I am thankful for it all.
My life experiences have taught me a lot. But so far the biggest lesson I learned is that no one’s life is hopeless. You just need to keep praying and never give up hope. One day, your prayers will be answered and you will realize what an amazing gift you have been given. How can we appreciate what we are given, if everything we want in life comes easy and is stress free? Through our struggles we grow which enable us to see the blessings in our lives and be truly thankful for them all.