Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday


I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. ~ Helen Keller

Helen Keller couldn't see, she couldn't hear, she couldn't speak. And yet....

It's finally dawned on me....that everything I went through...all that pain... the beatings and rape had purpose.  I am thankful for all of it because:

-it taught me compassion for others
-It developed a rock solid inner strength in me, a result of fighting so hard to be free
-It gave me the ability to give hope to others who are still caught in the  darkness
-It's made me grateful for everything I have...a huge contrast from where I was...
-But mostly...it's connected me to God who made the difference for me to walk free.

12 comments:

Amrita said...

Helen Keller is my hero.

I fully identify with this post being a handicapped person.

If God had not been gracious to me I would have been deaf and blind.

My disabilities have made me spiritually stronger.

Barbara said...

oh yes to be a Helen Keller, great post, and our spiritual weaknesses make us stronger in him, thanks and hugs, Barbara

Clif said...

Sarah, please contact me! Go to my blog and find send me an email. It's close to the top. I need your mailing address to send you a book. Your email ends with yahoo.ca and I changed it to com. It didn't go through. If I don't hear from you soon I will try ca. although I have never seen that before. The book is A Maze of Grace.

Denise said...

You are a hero in my heart, love you.

Nana Jul said...

I am thankful for everything the Lord has brought me through. I would never wish it on my worst enemy, but it has made me into who I am today. And that is where I met my Jesus! He turned my mourning into dancing, he removed my sackclothe and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to the Lord and not be silent. O LORD my God I will give you thanks forever! Ps 30:11-12.
Love,
Julie

Wanda's Wings said...

You are a very wise person. Sometimes it is very hard to go through what life sends our way, but we do become stronger and can help other who are in pain. You are a true inspiration to me!

Andrea said...

So many things to be thankful for...you are one of them!
Hugs,
andrea

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes such a wonderful post, love seeing you look at the bright side, of a horrible experience.
kim

Dianne said...

Sarah, I always love it when you visit my blog--your comments always seem so sincere and that touches me.

Much love,
Dianne

I love, love love Helen Keller

Lady_Amanda said...

Hi Sarah,

Sorry I haven't stopped by in a while. I didn't know you were raped! I was raped too. And I totally agree that it connects you with God. When my ex broke up with me, I realized she was no good for me. I cut all ties from her. At that time I hadn't been to church in a year and half. Also sometimes I prayed at night, but it wasn't like when I was a teenager and I truly had a personal relationship with Jesus! My ex kept calling my dorm room one night when she decided she didn't like me cutting ties with her. I prayed with all my heart like I never prayed in my whole life before that moment. I said, "God don't let her come up here." It was from that moment I started my journey back to God. And now I have a even closer relationsip with our Lord than I ever had before and it keeps getting stronger every day as I work on it. I think faith is something you must choose everyday.

I also wanted to tell you that you are very brave for putting this post up. I am proud of you Sarah.

Hugs,
Amanda

Regina said...

Beauiutiful post my friend.
I love Helen Keller.
xo

Parsley said...

I read on Anne's blog you might want to join the recipe exchange. Goody!

Here's the link:

http://seasonsofmymind.blogspot.com/2010/06/around-world-recipe-exchange.html