Jan 23 2012

Returning Stronger

We all have setbacks.  You can let it ruin you, or you can take the time you need to heal, and then come back stronger and healthier.  

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) announced in a video message that she is stepping down from Congress this week.

Such bravery.  

She said, "A lot has happened over this past year...we cannot change that...thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona...I will step down this week. I'm getting better. My spirit is high.  I WILL RETURN."

That was my favorite part when she said, “I Will Return”.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve made a lot of mistakes, had some loss…I wallowed for a while, but eventually I got back up.  I think that’s the key…get back up, keep going.  Maybe you’ve come back from addiction, a broken relationship, loss of a loved one…  Gabby lost the ability to walk and talk, and forever changed her…she may be resigning, but she’s not giving up on life, vowing “I will Return.”

This life we live is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

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1/23/2012 11:23:44 AM
billy jeffers United States
billy jeffers
hi amanda i just wanted to let you know that my sisters name is amanda also and she is doing the 30 day challange and she dont know it yet but can you tell us on klove radio station that her brother (me) billy jeffers is also doing the 30 day challangs plz thanks and we love you guys so much so keep up the good work
1/24/2012 9:33:27 AM
Destiny Teusink United States
Destiny Teusink
I had just tuned in to Klove as a I typed away on my computer at work when I heard you talk about Matthew Barnett's story.  Thank you for sharing Matthew's experience of believing God had a vision for life after reaching a devestating moment. Some people, family and friends, probably thought Matthew had missed the mark and was down for the count when he had hit rock bottom.  But God lifts us up at that moment, with our full attention, with a glorious plan in mind.  Our focus becomes the foot of the Cross not the centered focus vision we desired to complete.  It is in our humility God blows the door of our expectations off its hinges and the beauty of His calling for our lives becomes reality.
  I am personally excited about reading Matthew Barnett's book and sharing it with my husband.  I truly believe God will use this book to literally accomplish things exceedingly and abundantly above anything we dare hope or imagine!
  Thank you for sharing Barnett's story on the air-you were an instrument in God's hand enhancing His kingdom, His glory!
1/24/2012 10:16:35 AM
Vicki Johnson United States
Vicki Johnson
Thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding experiencing loss that we never wanted.  2011 marked the year that my life came crashing down. There were some health challenges, but the greatest challenge was when I discovered that my husband was being unfaithful.  We had been married for 26 years.  He attended seminary and was part of the church staff.  He also had been having affairs for years.  I was completely unaware.  I knew he wasn't ok.  I attributed it to stress and depression.  Thanks to the Lord, my church, my friends and my family, I am crawling back up.  It's not easy, it's not pretty, it's not always easily packaged in the "churchiness" we like to present, but God accepts me and will continue to work in me to make me His.
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