If there’s ever been a time in your life when you just felt like life was difficult, people suck and possibly thought, “Just FORGET IT!”;
Even if you’ve just felt like life was okay and people weren’t too bad, but you just didn’t have the drive or passion to do anything anymore…
If anything like that has happened to you so far on this journey, we call life; you might actually understand why we started this life group called, Lost and Finding Joy: A Path to Finding Faith, Freedom and Purpose.
I, personally, had a very difficult year in 2013. I’ve had other difficult times in my life, but this one really almost took me down. I felt like the world and everyone in it was against me. I had all but given up. In fact, I didn’t want to do anything. I had no desire to set any goals (if you know me well, you know that was totally out of character for me). I had no desire to speak to anyone other than my husband and children. I had no desire to leave the house. In fact, I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide, preferably under some covers. The only thing that kept me going could be summed up in one little word…hope. The details of the problems that year are not important and not worth reliving. Looking back, it may sound ridiculous, but it simply all boiled down to a lot of pride and ego, from several people, including myself; which can be extremely destructive. However, through all of it, I did learn some very valuable lessons.
I had a painting above my bed that was called, “Footprints in the Sand”, by Thomas Kinkade. I would look at that painting often and ask God to “please just carry me” (like in the poem “Footprints in the Sand” -Author Unknown). I can honestly say that He did “carry” me. The healing and all the good that came from it, simply started with a little hope, which turned into faith, which has now turned into TRUST.
The truth is we can get “lost” sometimes. We can lose faith in ourselves, lose faith in others and/or just lose our faith in general. I guess before we can lose faith, we must first have to have it. Either way, we need FAITH to find FREEDOM (from fear, guilt, shame, worry, all that stuff that keeps us from connecting with our true selves); AND we need to find FREEDOM to find PURPOSE in this life.
The goal of this Life Group is to help others find all those things; faith, freedom and purpose. Those things are critical to finding JOY in our lives. The life group is only going to be about 6-8 weeks long. Since many of you cannot go to the classes, I will post information from the classes here in this blog. It won’t be exact notes, but the messages will be the same.
(If you happen to be going through challenges in your life right now, you may want to take a moment to watch the video posted at the beginning of this blog. It’s a song called, “Beautiful Heartbreak”, by Hilary Weeks. I love this song, because it reminds us that even through our greatest challenges, beautiful things can come from them. For now, just hold on to hope, and most importantly, don’t forget to pray.)