One word, five minutes: "I dreamed of spontaneous weekend getaways, dinners out, and even moments of intimacy."
Can you ever forget? .."Living with a loved one in addiction is consuming. You won't forget the violent outbursts. The terrifying image of your kid slumped over and passed out from shooting up, or binge drinking stays forever. All the days you worried if they were alive in the next room haunt you."..
A talk about the real challenge of staying hopeful against the raw reality of family addiction.
Will we be blessed to watch him grow into adulthood? His little life has endured the unknown for years. For that, I often feel angry and sad. He didn't deserve these cards, but his fast and impressive moves gave him a winning hand.
I hoped my words would change your thoughts. If I could convince you of your potential, ability, strength, and power, then you would embrace your worth and value. I thought if I spoke it to you loud and long enough, you would believe and find your confidence again.
We all struggle to feel like we are 'enough'. Note: we ARE enough!
Winter is a hard time for me, and everything from my mood to my metabolism and energy seems to respond negatively to cold, short days. I have battled seasonal depression for years, and I must intentionally keep myself above the waves of emotional mess.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that over 8.3 million children under the age of 18 live in a household where at least one parent is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
It took months to achieve peace in the warzone of substance use. I asked God for peace in the early months of 2021, and today, I live in unity with my Heavenly Father. I no longer reside in the center of chaos.