Written exclusively for Supernaturally Fabulous Magazine
How we love our American cliches and we use them often; Only the strong survive. When I hear that cliche I reflect on my testimony as a 17 year child abuse survivor and I beg to differ. Oh I survived alright but for over half of my life strong was the least of what I felt.
To survive means you live or exist despite of but to simply exist is not a sole indicator of strength. Suppose you were attacked and barely escaped with your life. Sure, you exist or you are alive but what about your weakened state–the scars, wounds, broken bones, fear, unrest, etc.? Who will tend to your wounds, perform surgery on you or restore you when you are at the point of death and have almost bled out?
Oh, I can recall this point in my life; I was entering womanhood, making college plans and desperately trying to gain a sense of normalcy. I was doing what I was suppose to do; doing the best I knew how but something just wasn’t right. One moment I was fine and happy the next moment I was lost and doubted if I would ever thrive. So how is one suppose to find his or her strength after trauma, life after death/defeat or devastation?
. . . greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. John 4:4, KJV For some that might be a cliche but it is an inalienable truth; there is no way around it. From the darkest moments until now, I always maintained a relationship with God. Even at times when I didn’t understand or appreciate it, God’s power kept my mind, guided me and literally held me together in the midst of it all. As the years go by, various life experiences will strengthen your soul and propel you to a life of purpose/destiny instead of mere existence and feeling defeated.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25, KJV Oh I am a living witness that He will do just that; from praying to die to a life where I have exceeding joy and on a mission to equip others to experience the same. I rejoice that our God is a God of multiplication–every tear, trauma, heartache, person that used you and walked away, every loss, etc., is the measuring tool by which God will enlarge your territory and your blessings.
I leave you with my platform message: Don’t just survive; be determined to thrive!
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Best Selling Author
CEO, Alesha Brown LLC
Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Helping you to find a light at the end of the tunnel.