Looking back, if I could rewrite my life story into something that was easier and more pleasant, I honestly don’t think I would. My faith would still be existent, but I don’t think it would be nearly as strong.
When I was in the 5th grade I was in a nearly fatal car accident. Though I was lucky enough to survive, I had facial injuries that resulted in over 150 stitches in my face and would later need plastic surgery. As a young girl who was just approaching middle school (undoubtedly the most superficial time of our lives), I had reason to worry.
Jesus met me right where I was at and I embraced my new “strength mark” as I liked to say. To this day, my looks aren’t something I worry too much about because through this experience, I was forced to make what was on the inside count.
As I began the 6th grade, my mother began to struggle with addiction and mental illness. This was a difficult time for my family as we had a lot of unprecedented changes. Though I was angry and sad, I also learned that through faith you can find the strength to forgive. This allowed me to support my mother through jail time, treatment, etc. without feeling the weight of anger. I also formed relationships with amazing people that helped through this difficult time in my life and that I truly believe God placed right in my path.
My last “trial” so to speak came about a year and a half ago. I was in another nearly fatal car accident where I suffered from a traumatic brain injury. For the record, I didn’t cause either of these accidents in case you are wondering about my driving skills!
Though my previous two experiences were difficult, this was one where I literally went “why me?” or “Haven’t I suffered enough?” But that’s the thing, as God has shown me with so many different Bible stories, he gets us through all of it.
Though I still suffer with symptoms of anxiety and depression as a result of my brain injury, my faith is the one thing that is always consistent. My favorite Bible verse comes from Philippians 4:13:
I can do ALL things through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13
This verse has held true in so many different aspects of my life. Not only does God give me the strength to get through things, but I don’t have to do them alone. My strength comes from Him. And that is what true wellness means to me.
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