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Joy Turned into Sorrow

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

Are you at rock bottom? Are you ready to give up?

I have been there. I was so distraught that I thought life was over.

The most horrific event in my life was losing my son. My husband and I were trying to adopt, and before the adoption was final, his birth mother changed her mind. As a result, I cannot have children, and my dream to be a mother was shattered. A few months after losing our son, my husband left me.

I spent 12 years in deep depression; I attempted suicide on several occasions. Finally, I had lost my will to live.

So, what changed? I hit rock bottom. I knew that I would die if I did not change.

I had to decide to get back up on my feet. No one could make that decision for me.

The following are steps that can improve your life: 1) Be grateful for what you have 2) Be ready to grow up 3) Drop the attitude 4) Don’t ignore your emotions, but remember feelings are not facts 5) Watch out for negative thinking 6) Drop your resentments 7) Know who you really are and learn to honor yourself.

Those steps are essential in recovery. The most important part of recovery for me was my relationship with God. While I was in the pit, He never left me. He brought people into my life that loved me and held me accountable. He guarded my life. There is no reason for me to be alive today because of my suicide attempts. As I gave my life totally to God, I began to get back up on my feet and live life.

A relationship with God is open to everyone. If you are longing for help, ask Jesus to come into your life as Savior and Lord. Then, find a church home where you can learn about Jesus and what He has done for you. If needed, participate in a Christian recovery group that allows you to deal with your issues while growing spiritually.

Today, I encourage you to stand up and take control of your life.

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