The past few months have been incredibly hard for us again. At the start of the summer, we found out that my mother-in-law, Mum as I used to call her, had cancer. We didn’t, however, expect that we would lose her just three months later. This was heartbreaking. ‘Why, why again?’ I started to question. I lost my mum to this terrible illness over ten years ago. And then we had to go through this again. Sadness and hopelessness filled our hearts, and it was a struggle to find joy at that time. Then, I remembered the words I had shared several months ago in a guest blog post, complete with tips on helping us find joy on our journey.
Read also ‘A Letter to My Dear Mum in Heaven‘
When it is hard to see light in the darkness
There are days in our lives when the clouds cover the sunshine. These are the days when the darkness is so dark that it absorbs all the light. It is when, because of our pain and frustration, we can’t see the joy and happiness life brings. Those are the days when life seems to be just black and white.
I won’t lie. The devastating news about Mum’s health and her loss hit us like a ton of bricks. There were days when our practice of saying gratitude each day, which we started after my traumatic accident almost three years ago, seemed to go out of the window. And we had to find alternative ways to remind us of the blessings in our lives.
Perhaps, dear friend, you are also going through difficult times and finding it hard to deal with life’s struggles. I want to tell you that this is ok. You are a human being, and you are allowed to feel whatever you feel when wrestling through adversity. But I want to let you know that even if life feels impossible right now, the storm will pass. In the meantime, give yourself as much time as you need and be your own best friend. Give yourself a hug, sit down, grab a cup of tea and unravel how to find joy in the journey.
How to find joy in the journey?
If you have followed me for some time, you will know by now that I am an encourager and the words I am sharing come straight from my heart. When writing I try to be as vulnerable and honest with my readers as I can. I won’t tell you that life is always beautiful and that it never hurts. Because this just wouldn’t be the truth. But what I would like to tell you is that by changing the narrative, we can find a silver lining amid the dark clouds. It might take time. We might experience ups and downs on that journey, and it might require some practice. But as long as we don’t give up, it will be okay.
In my Salt + Sparrow post, you can find tips to help you find joy in the journey that is your life. Salt + Sparrow is a collection of personal testimonies and stories of spiritual growth to show that we have been created by God with love, in His image, and with purpose.
When Natasha asked me to share a few words with the readers of Salt + Sparrow, it was over two years since my traumatic accident, and I was still trying to find a silver lining in my dark clouds. And so, having written from a place of honesty and vulnerability, I hope that my words can provide you with encouragement and inspiration. My words might not erase the pain you are going through. But I hope the tips I shared will help bring sunshine into your dark season.
Read the ‘Four Tips to Find Joy in the Journey: Dealing with Struggle’ here, and let me know if you have found the tips helpful.
Reclaim your life
If you are going through a hard time and feel that a bit of encouragement and support is what you might need right now, feel free to download my free e-book 7 Keys To Self-Healing, A Trauma Survivor’s Guide. It will equip you with knowledge and tools that will assist you on your healing journey, help you to care for yourself and feel more in control. Download your free e-book here.
Thank you so much for reading, and until the next blog post,
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