"Passion for life enhances life regardless of circumstances, but it must be allowed to flow naturally from the well of balanced living. I did not want this disability to suppress my passionate spirit. I knew God had given me my zest for life, and I had to trust He would never desire to take that away. I had to be completely willing and open in order for the Holy Spirit to move in me, and through me. This process enlightened me as to the importance of patience and the wisdom of waiting for direction." [Excerpt from my book WORTHY IN HIS EYES: Part Six: WORTHY: BY GOD'S SAVING GRACE ALONE...Chapter One: PASSION] © Kathleen M. Pritchard
Here we are.....at the last section of my book. This written journey from the early years of my accident to where we are now, at the last section, has been refreshing. I still find that I don't like trudging through the mud of those earlier, very difficult years again yet they are the very reason for my growth and for who I am today. I'm not sure where I'd be if I hadn't acquired my brain injury yet it's not something I think about anymore [unless speaking or reviewing my book].
I truly love my life and embrace every day with gratitude for who I am. I am thankful for God's guidance every step of the way and only because of this journey have I come to clearly understand and experience His provision, faithfulness, comfort, strength and unconditional love.
I do not want to imply that I am not still being molded, or grown. I still stumble and I still let God down at times. But I DO know that my life has purpose and worth simply because I am God's child. I DO know that I am forgiven and cleansed when I lay my sins before Jesus..right then and there. Through that cleansing, I am free to embrace life again without the ball and chain of a heavy soul.
I have always had a passionate spirit. I saw my precious Mom live this same passion for life despite extremely difficult circumstances. She was an awesome example and I am so grateful to have grown up under her "wings."
Each and every dawn presents two options for the day ahead, regardless of what the "schedule" holds or what "unknowns" pop up. As I've said many times before, God always gives us choices. The tough times during the early years after my accident were the training ground for learning how to make decisions. Some worked while others did not. But this process cultivated the passion already inside of me! I craved to be strong in spirit again and I knew the only way to achieve that was to let God refine me...His purpose had not changed.
Once I began to realize this, it became my focus. I fought hard for it at times...when life was overwhelming...but I'm so glad I did. I refused to be consumed by hopelessness and God gave me the strength to defeat it. Without leaning on Him and trusting Him completely I do not believe I'd be where I am today.
Life is unpredictable--for anyone, but especially for someone with a brain injury. Yet I challenge you to embrace it moment by moment. If you just coast along day to day, I encourage you to explore various activities you think you might enjoy. Then test it out. See if it's an activity that makes you happy, calls you daily to participate in and grows you by increasing certain skills [old ones still intact, or new ones to nurture].
There have been many things I have explored doing in recent years. I love each one and have learned much. But within the past 8 mths. or so, Kip and I have become "aspiring birders" as a result of joining a Christian Birdwatching Group worldwide [thank you CBW!!]. We have always loved nature, photography and wildlife including birds but the challenge to really learn about individual birds, identify them and learn their behaviours has been the best brain-gym I could ever imagine. It has also become something I am very passionate about.
I was encouraged to post a particular bird on eBird [Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's worldwide data base.] This was the beginning of an passionate desire to make a difference in our part of the world. This is something I can do, and do well. Sure it takes me a long time to record my observations, but that's because I want to give as much information as I can...with as much accuracy as I can. I sometimes get tired trying to keep it up, but it's such a GREAT tired because I know it's making a positive difference! On top of that, I am personally learning soooo much about various species of birds that I marvel at, and praise God for His miraculous design of these feathered beauties which bring joy, beauty and song to our world and our lives.
It has been almost 15 years since my car accident. My brain injury and I are learning to be comfortable with each other now...for the most part [Kip knows that better than anyone else!] I have tested many options along the way and all have taught me something, whether workable or not. I have been grateful for strengths and gifts which God has kept intact and I have enjoyed learning new things. Yet my passion for life and the mystery of what God has in store for me each day is what drives me, fulfills me and satisfies my thirsty soul.
God bless you as you venture along your own journey of life. Involve God in every step you take. Challenge yourself to explore options of learning something new....something you can super enjoy on a daily basis.
Don't just endure life. Passionately embrace it!
"You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done." Psalm 92: 4 NLT
Praise God from sunrise to sunset!!
"It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening." Psalm 92: 2 NLT
May God's grace wash over you and fill you with peace and a newly discovered passion for life.
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