I guess first, I want to thank God above all else for showing me a different path, for helping me to understand some things I didn’t truly know before (but thought I did). Aside from becoming more involved with my church (and its community food distribution), no matter how busy I am, I make time to talk with someone that I sense is in need of an ear and some understanding words. I’ve been surprised by different folks in my community who suffer from some form of anxiety and/or depression due to traumatic events, loss, or other experiences in life . . . I’m not a counselor, but I do try to listen and share my experiences or wisdom I’ve been given from my previous counselor, sermons, scripture, or other readings.
God gives each of us a purpose in life. We just don’t always recognize that purpose/direction, until a harsh experience gives us “a wake-up call” and puts us “back on course.” I don’t believe that we are being punished through these experiences, which is something I did wonder about in the past. But I do believe that some of these harsh experiences readjust our thinking . . . they remind us who we are, who we should be, and what is really important in our lives as well as others’ lives.
The worship, preaching, and teaching for The Upper Room’s RESILIENCE conference were among the best I have ever experienced. The event was extremely well organized and went so smoothly. The Upper Room continues to make so much impact on people around the world.”
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