GM foot soldiers. Can you believe we are closing in on the last week of the month?! Although the first month is going by so fast I feel like I have the story of a arduous but blessed year. My reference point for everything is January 4 — the day my daughter ran away. It has been a trying event. I look forward to each time the detectives tell me she made contact with someone with the very social media I (gladly) kept her from. When there is no news for a few days, my heart cries with worry that my one and only daughter is in trouble. Then I hear she made contact and then I get so angry.
Despite all these wave of emotions, I am so grateful for the power and support of prayer. Friday Pastor Dave Riley, Pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church and Chaplain of Sacred Journey Hospice, led a wonderful prayer service in my home. He led the prayer over our family and my dear wayward teenager. It was a vulnerable time for Rob and me. There were friends and acquaintances both in our home and online. Everyone’s support was so comforting, rejuvenating and powerful. For that I am grateful even on a Monday.
So far in this new year I have learned living out loud includes being vulnerable, courageous, transparent, bold, human and humble. I did not expect the turn of events thus far this year. Not the pain nor the blessings. As I shared some of my childhood through an open letter to my daughter, I realized how different things are now than in was over 30 years ago. My daughter is not only covered by favor and prayer, my entire family is and for that I am grateful.
Remember foot soldiers, gratitude improves attitude and increases blessing. Have you had a tough start in the year? Perhaps you have had a GREAT start — either way there are blessings in either situation. Please share some of your challenges and or blessings.