The death of a loved one, a suicide, an attempted murder, a bad accident or the death of a pet or loss of a limb are all traumatic experiences. Traumatic experiences are a part of life. We all experience trauma. Each and every one of us goes through things in life that are horrible and painful. There is not one person who is spared from the destruction life can cause.
As you know by now I have endured quite a bit of trauma. From surviving two major ski accidents to losing my dad at the age of 27 to cancer to surviving an attempted murder by my ex boyfriend and having that ex boyfriend shoot himself on my doorstep only 2 days after my 29th birthday, I have been through a lot. I have not been through as much as some but like everyone, I understand trauma.
Whatever it is you are going through, whether that is recovering from traumatic war injuries or dealing with the emotional effects of war or the loss of a child, or surviving domestic violence or a terrible accident, just know that these painful events do not have to define you. They do not have to control you. Your past will always be a part of you but it does not have to be you.
Jeremiah 29:11 states, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
When terrible acts of violence or a devastating loss comes your way just remember that God has a plan. His plan is perfect and the plan that God has for you will bring happiness. God will lift you up and give you everything you need to get past whatever it is you are dealing with. The Lord will give you a bright future. You will be happy again.
The day I fell I was told that I would never ski again. Well, I am back up on skis and I am a stronger and better skier than I was before my accident. Not only did I survive, I came back stronger. When life knocks you down you will not be down for long. When you get back up you will be stronger and better than you were before you got hit. When life strikes you, strike back.
Recently, I survived a murder/suicide attempt by my ex boyfriend. It has only been a month since the shooting. Of course I am still recovering and it is still difficult for me to wrap my mind around everything that happened on September 14, 2016. I do however know that God's plan is perfect and that He will bring me through this difficult time. I will only come out stronger. I will be happy again and I will not allow that man to control another second of my life. He already took around 3 years that I will never get back. I will not allow him to take anymore.
When you have to endure trying times just remember that you are loved by a strong and powerful God. You might not feel God in your moment of grief but just know that He is listening. God is there and He does hear your cry. God will never leave you. He will never forsake you. Trust in Him and allow Him to guide you through your grief. Allow God to help you process your trauma and never be afraid to pray and ask God to give you the strength you need to overcome adversity.