Coming Out of the Dark

Another “New Year” has passed. Seasons come and go. Life changes… sometimes easily, sometimes traumatically. Ten years have passed since what I believed to be my happily ever after fairy-tale began. Two years have passed since all of that was shattered and I plummeted into what I believe to be the closest thing to hell in this life.

Thankfully, I have developed a great relationship with God. I would not be alive had I not. Of that I am very sure.

I feel a nudge in my spirit to write about this pretty recent ordeal because I believe God is going to use it to help someone else who is going through or been through a traumatic experience.

PHASE ONE

First Step….BREATHE! Breathe in as you count 1…2…3…4… slowly exhale and repeat. Deep breaths help keep oxygen flowing to all the places you feel want to shut down. I know it sounds so trivial, shallow, and not very important at this juncture since your whole world has been shattered and there is no solid foundation to steady your feet. Balance? It will come in time.

Second Step: HOLD ON! When the very life in you feels like it is seeping slowly away and you are a heartbeat away from closing your eyes and shutting down, DON’T!

Third Step: PRAY! I know that many would disagree and say this should be first, but when you don’t feel like breathing any longer, THAT becomes immediate. When you have no words coming…simply say Jesus! His name alone changes the atmosphere. It is true. Repeat as necessary. I have had to repeat His name continually as I would scream, cry, shake, hit the steering wheel of my car, yes it hits when your driving too.

This is what I had to remind myself to do on a second by second basis…one day at a time, until PHASE TWO…

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