Find Joy

May 29, 2012

I am writing a manifesto of sorts…as the weeks carry on I’ll tell you more about it. I sat with my students today discussing this upcoming project idea and I asked their input on what I am tackling, what happened next left me speechless and broken. I asked my students to write down the struggles they are currently having and what they’d like to know to help them attack the future with confidence.

The picture below was one of the questions left on my desk…

To be honest I didn’t know exactly know what to say. I would be a liar if I said I haven’t dealt with this first hand but to discuss it with my kids was pushing me WAY past my comfort zone. As I sat at my desk and allowed this note to make it’s impact and I realized that I needed to be honest with my students and honest with myself. I responded to this note with the following pieces of advice and verses that helped me when I walked through my sad season…

( *paraphrased )

1. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts know that this season of hopelessness is just where you currently are, not who you currently are. Don’t let where you are in life dictate who you are in life. ( Romans 8:37 , Jeremiah 29:11)

2.  You are not alone, I know you feel like know one understands your current state but trust me we do…Tell someone how you’re feeling, secrets will hold you captive to hopelessness. ( James 5:16 )

3. Joy is not a reaction to your circumstance but a by product of spending time w/God. Set your mind and focus your heart on lovely things. (Philippians 4:6-8)

Today was a reminder that everything I’ve ever walked through was never meant for me — this journey I was chosen to walk was so that I’d one day be able to give Him glory through sharing it.

for the glory of His name,
Charise

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1 Comment

  • Reply Brent Papineau May 30, 2012 at 5:14 am

    A lot of wisdom and life in those words, and I am sure tears too!!!

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