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As we know, the month of November is when America observes Thanksgiving… So I decided to take my book (I Speak Life) and use it to celebrate 30 Days of Thanksgiving! Let me give you the backstory. I have survived over twenty-two suicide attempts. There was a time when I would walk out into traffic without looking in hopes that I’d get hit by a car/bus/truck or whatever. It was rough, honey! But through it all, the will of God in me was stronger than the circumstances around me – so here I AM!
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to celebrate life? So… Let’s discuss day one.
Day One: I just don’t know.
This topic is very near and dear to me, because I’ve lived a great portion of my life feeling like I just didn’t know how to overcome what I was dealing with. Let me read you guys an excerpt from my book, so you’ll get a better idea.
“Life can be so overwhelming. It can often seem like EVERYTHING is rocky and shaky, and it often leaves you paralyzed and fearful that if you take another step, the ground will crumble beneath you. Sometimes the only thing you seem to be able to do is lay across your bed, let out a high sigh, and say, “I just don’t know.” It’s okay. Breathe. Right now, in this moment… Breathe. It’s okay that you don’t know. It’s not your job to be all-knowing. Your job is to trust the God who IS all-knowing.
In my book, I tell a story about King David… but today, I’m gonna give you three things to be grateful for even when you just don’t know what’s going on.
Number One: Be grateful that you’re here. I know this one is hard because you may not always want to be here, but just the fact that you are here is a major win.
Number Two: Be grateful for what you DO know. You may have to think long and hard, but even in your “I just don’t know” situation, there is something that you DO know. In my case, I knew that I had come through every other situation I had faced, so I would come through these situations as well, thanks to the Most High!
Number Three: Be grateful that God knows. I can’t stress this one enough. You may not know, but God absolutely does. God knows EVERYTHING. The backstory, the current story and the future story. And remember, all of those stories are YOUR story, and they all work for YOUR good. Nothing can work unless it works for your good!
And that’s it! Gratitude is so important because it shifts our thinking which shifts our life. So the next time you find yourself feeling like you’re sinking, take a moment to be grateful, and watch your whole atmosphere begin to change!
Along with my book, I created an I Speak Life Journal. It’s a twelve-week journal and you fill it out at the beginning of every week so that you can set yourself up to have an amazing week! One of the pages in this journal gives the direction to “Fill this page with gratitude.” Why? Because starting your week with gratitude sets you up for success, and it gives you something to refer back to whenever you need a little motivation to maintain your faith and confidence. So often, the difference between being suicidal and being grounded is the way you perceive a situation. Remember that. The way you see a situation is more powerful than the situation itself. Now that’s tweetable!
Have an AMAZING day and be GREAT! I speak life over you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!