Thursday, October 15, 2015

Braving The Broken-Day 15

Braving The Broken-Day 15- What I learned about joy, when life is hard- Back in March, when I attempted suicide, I went to rehab for almost two weeks. During my stay, I encountered various people, with various issues. Joy was not an occupant at this place, and rarely did it pay a visit, to any of the
patients. As my fellow comrades, walked the silent hallways, their faces, wore the same masks. Occasionally, a fake smile would appear, but, quickly disappear. Blank expressions, were everywhere you looked. Sunken cheeks, dark, hollow eyes, such weary souls. Very much reminded me, of a scene, from the walking dead. I decided, that I was determined, to rise above my circumstances. I was down, but, I was not dead!! I made a promise to myself, I refused to just blend into the walls, of this temporary home I was in. So, I started encouraging everyone I would come in contact with. When someone new would be admitted, I was like the welcome wagon,  I would walk up to them, introduce myself, and give them a hug. I would tell them, if you need any help, just ask. I would always keep checking on everyone. I was not going to allow my circumstances to steal my joy. I tried my best, to spread joy around to everyone. The young girls there, started calling me aunt denise, made my heart smile. Recently, Eddie and I were at Walmart. Someone came up behind me, and covered my eyes. I turned around , to see one of the sweet young girls, I had been in rehab with. She just kept saying, aunt denise, it really is you. I have missed you, I love you. She thanked me, for being such an encouragement to her. My friends, when life is hard, dig deeper. The joy can still be found. Unspeakable joy, thank You Jesus.

9 comments:

Zoanna said...

Wow. What a testimony of grace and hope. Your words "rise above" were exactly what my sister sensed God telling her when she was recently faced with a cheating husband. (She, too, attempted suicide a year ago, and has since become a new person. To encourage others truly is an act of the will, and so needed in this dreary world. We all need it!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...and rise above, you did!!!!

Blogoratti said...

A heartwarming post, warm greetings to you.

Shelby said...

Denise, you have humbled my heart today. I love you and I am SO GRATEFUL that the Lord had other plans for you here on earth yet. It's selfish but the world without you would be a little more sad.

Ashley said...

Praise God he saved you from killing yourself. Jesus loves you more than you know, and I'm glad to see you continue on, relying on Jesus.

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Cathy said...

What an inspiration!

Marian said...

Que testimonio tan bello Denise , eres genial!!.
Dios te siga dando muchas fuerzas.
Un fuerte abrazo.

LeAnn said...

I love the word joy and I think that you are such an example of spreading joy in this post. I loved it! I have told you before you are an awesome disciple of Jesus Christ. Just keep it going! Love and hugs~

phamilybusiness@aim.com said...

You are such a tremendous blessing, I love your kind heart, encouragement and inspiration . May God bless you my friend!