Honor Your Gift…

What's your Dance?

Whether it’s photography, writing, speaking, sculpting, singing, spoken word, or some other gift – individually – we, uniquely share in the dance that we call life.

Value the gift that you bring, honor it. Don’t even think about comparing it to others.

You’re always welcome to share your thoughts & insights. Thank you for allowing Life Through The Storm to be a healthy part of your day. Live wise & live well.~Storm

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Trusting…

Especially Designed...

I am not sure of what God has in store, I am merely trusting that each step of the way serves its Divine purpose.

Are you trusting along your journey?

You’re always welcome to share your insights & thoughts. Thank you for your visit to Life Through The Storm.

Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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My Journey of Healing ~Part 3/Final

My Journey of Healing ~Part 3

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It doesn’t matter how long healing takes…allowing the pieces to come together, moment by moment – day by day, is a life-altering experience. The same intensity of focus, patience & commitment that it took for me to come into healing, is required for its maintenance – I engage the process.

The journey of healing is one of self-awareness, self-acceptance & getting to know the truth about one’s existence.

So, first things first – you are loved, you have always been loved…despite the past – despite circumstances that may have dictated otherwise. You will always be loved – be certain of it!

We’re not alone as we heal from hurtful experiences – the daily headlines are a clear indication of that. Negative replays of the past zaps our energy (our ability to define ourselves as whole), and it’s time consuming.

It is by the grace of God that healing envelops this soul…that I’ve come into wholeness!

Be empowered to take authority over your life and walk a way from anything that debilitates your sense of wholeness & well-being! Guard your thoughts – pay attention to what you’re telling yourself…no more lies!

Are you reclaiming ownership of your life? Are you permitting yourself to heal?

You’re always welcome to share your thoughts & insights.

Thank you for allowing Life Through The Storm to be a healthy part of your day. Live wise & live well. ~Storm

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Simple words

Someone expressed  (written, sung & spoke) such words to me. Words that awakened parts hidden from my view – words that reminded me that I was worth reading…loving. Such a beautiful post.

Peace, Love and Patchouli

Has anyone ever
Written words for you,
Words that uncover the truth of
What you think you saw
What you thought you knew,
Pulls off the veil
Leaving you in light?
Has anyone ever sung you a song
Of their heart,
Melody through the ink of the pen
Tangible evidence
You can hold in your hand?
Has anyone ever touched you
Deep in your heart
With the words you waited so very long
To hear?
Have you ever thought
That you were so alone,
That no one could possibly think
The same thoughts as you,
That there was something wrong
Inherently with your being,
And did anyone tell you
That your thoughts were all a picture
Drawn so wrong
In your own head,
Art Of your own making
And that you were perfect
Just the way you are?
Did anyone ever give you hope
That tomorrow would be spectacular
And…

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My Journey of Healing ~Part 2

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I empathize (not condone) with those who have long forgotten how to live beyond the IMPACT of abuse…further destroying themselves & others in their path. Perhaps it’s too difficult to LET GO of the pain. Such is the case of the young man recently in the news for beating an elderly priest. The priest allegedly abused the young man & his brother during their younger years. The list goes on & on with victims of childhood sexual abuse becoming vigilantes or perpetrators.

While I’ve noticed that many who have been hurt by abuse share similar challenges – shame, feelings of worthlessness or other – our stories are different. Therefore, each individual deserves the right to open up & talk when they are ready to do so.

Healing from childhood trauma takes time, we heal & process differently. Nevertheless, PROLONGED stay in painful memories further creates emotional dis-ease.

It has taken me years of responding to the inner-voice of Divine counsel (Holy Spirit) – becoming aware of myself, accepting myself, flaws and all – that has permitted this soul to experience healing as its reality!!

When I speak of the past I speak of its IMPACT & focus on the process of regaining hope, love, a sense of purpose, healing & forgiveness. I’ve listed numerous resources on this site.

…With God all things are possible” ~Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Life without the IMPACT of abuse is POSSIBLE!

You are not alone~

Focus on the process of regaining hope…~

You’re welcome to leave your thoughts & insights. Thank you for your visit. Live wise & live well.~Storm

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No More…

There are times when it seems that we walk alone, and that no one could possibly understand the pain, shame or condition of our situation. Situations that perhaps make us feel like we were the ones who caused an unpleasant and unwelcoming touch to our bodies. Forced participation, rape – whatever we call it…It’s a violation!!

There are countless individuals who share the same story, different names and different faces.

Many of us have taken our stories a little further by seeking help. Be empowered and call a crisis center if you or someone that you know is being sexually abused. Report the crime to legal officials, seek counsel – make sure that the perpetrator is prosecuted by law in hopes of preventing another violation.

No one has to suffer in silence or alone.~Storm

Teela Hart

This week is no more week.  I’m asking sister survivors, fellow bloggers and friends to please help spread the word and stop the violence.  You can follow nomore.org on twitter @nomoreorg and FB.

Let’s join the thunderclap.  Raise awareness, raise your voice and stop the violence.

I say no more because for 19 years I didn’t.  This silence was a detriment to myself and my family.   It is my duty as a survivor to help others realize and understand domestic violence is a cancer that will continue to proliferate and destroy the very fabric of our society.

Why do you say no more?

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My Journey of Healing ~Part 1

My Journey of Healing

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I’ve wanted to share more insight on my journey of healing & forgiveness, so here goes. As challenging as it can be – healing from childhood abuse is possible. My journey has been one gaining self-awareness, self-acceptance, hope, purpose & self-love.

The impact of childhood abuse held me captive for some number of years. I literally became sick and tired of repeating the words of my childhood experiences to myself & to others…my mouth, my mind, my emotions & my soul needed a new story! I no longer cared why it happened, I just wanted to be released from that story.

I felt that having been abused pasted an obvious message across my face, which read…I was unworthy, I would never amount to anything & that no one would ever see me as anything…but, as an abused person. In truth, this is how I saw myself (the lies created by abuse). I felt ashamed, repulsed & isolated. Then I felt mad…angry & resentful towards my perpetrators…lastly, exhausted & worn out!

The impact from childhood abuse held me captive!

My mouth, my mind, my emotions & my soul needed a new story! Healing has given to me a new story.

Healing is possible! It is indeed possible to live beyond the Impact of childhood abuse.

Are you creating new stories that override the impact of painful childhood memories?

You’re welcome to share your thoughts & insights. Thank you for taking the time to visit Life Through The Storm. Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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Surrender…

Surrender...

As we learn to trust in His guidance – surrender becomes…being fine-tuned for His specific purpose.

“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.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

What does surrender mean to you?

You’re always welcome to share your insights & thoughts. Thank you for your visit to Life Through The Storm.

Wishing you balance & well-being. ~Storm

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9 Years Strong

9 Years Strong

2 years had passed since our initial encounter, at the church where he served as Senior Pastor. As I sat in his office going over some business matters, wrapping things up was met with, “I’d like to ask you for your hand in friendship”.

I was totally taken by surprise, as no one had ever asked for my hand in anything. Asking for my “hand in friendship” was a wonderful thing to propose. I verbally agreed that I could accept a new friend & extended my hand for a shake. It was met with a warm embrace.

The blessing of a new friendship was timely, as my past 2 years had been spent reestablishing my life’s perspective & putting things in order. Little did I know that he too was in the same frame of experiences.

I liked him from the beginning. A man of conviction & integrity – a true gentleman, opinionated, self-sufficient, educated – the intellectual spiritual sort, not defined by his degrees. Kindhearted, dedicated to his life’s purpose – confident, a good communicator. At the time, I over-looked his physical attributes – attractive & tall. I saw an individual who was as I saw myself – authentic, vulnerable & living in the moment.

Compassion was his mantra, I respected that. Mine was acceptance – he respected that. My initial appreciation, respect & acceptance of him remains intact. I still like him for his unique perspective on life, living & being.

Our friendship was a natural occurrence, birthed out of genuine appreciation & acceptance of one another…flaws & all.

In 2005, he asked for my hand in marriage. He is my best friend, the love of my life, my confidant, partner & husband.

J.V. Steele a very special guest in my life.

The thing that keeps us strong – respect, forgiveness & maintaining an openness to learn from one another…listening & hearing. Additionally, we share lots of knee slapping out of our breath, uncontrollable laughter (I’ve not laughed as much, since I was a child)!

Jim & I honor our individual commitments to our Lord & Savior – Jesus. We are dedicated to growth, development & Divine transformation.

True friendship is treasure, rare find – my life is especially blessed to be adorned by such.

Thank you for your visit to Life Through The Storm

Live wise & live well.~Storm

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