The Cross which was once regarded as a sign of suffering and hardship, through Christ it has become lifesaving.
Read this testimony of Rita Ghossein who helps put together a church newsletter each week. She explains how she has embraced her own Cross and how it has changed her life.
To be honest at times I don’t know how I find the strength to deal with it all and keep going but I do! I always try my best to keep a smile on my face, I stay positive, I hold on to my faith, I take one day at a time and I keep going! I have learnt how to deal and manage with my condition, although at times it is challenging but I know God will not give me anything I cannot handle. I place it all in His hands and ask for the strength and courage to keep going and not give up.Has it made you closer to Christ?
Through prayer and always thanking God for all I have been blessed with.
I owe that to my parents. Growing up they never made me feel like I was different or I couldn’t do anything. Even though I am very limited to what I can do or struggle to do it, my family always encourage me to keep trying and they always work around my needs to make things easier. If it wasn’t for their love and support I honestly wouldn’t be able to keep going. In many ways my family is my strength and the reason I keep pushing on.
When I am sitting in church in silence and deep in thought. It’s amazing how you don’t need to even say anything and you can just feel that comfort in your heart. I always ask God to never leave my side and hold my hand through each and every day.
Getting a job and working in admin for 3 years. It may sound silly to others but that was my greatest accomplishment. Getting a job was something I only dreamed of doing but never thought would be possible for me to ever do due to my health, but I was lucky enough to be blessed with a slight improvement in my health in 2011. I had more energy and strength and was able to walk longer distances without getting as tired and I wasn’t needing to use my wheelchair as much, I even had a nice 4 year break from needing blood transfusions. I had gained independence, something I never really had before and was exciting at the time to see the things I was capable of achieving. I knew there was a chance that my health would go backwards again one day so I took the opportunity in 2013 to get a job, do some volunteer work at church and just enjoy being able to do more. Unfortunately at the beginning of 2015 my health slowly began to go backwards again and I was requiring blood transfusions again and my energy levels were dropping again. I tried to keep pushing through as long as I could with work but it just became too tiring as my health continued and still continues to go backwards, so I had to give up working at the end of 2016. I am still continuing doing volunteer work at church but it does become challenging at times but I’m not one to give up too easily.
I think we are all most afraid of being judged before God. I am also afraid of knowing the impact that will be placed on my family as I continue to deteriorate in the future.
Losing my older brother to this same condition and watching him suffer before he passed away was the hardest time of my life. Growing up together we understood each other and we could relate to one another. He was more than just my brother, he was my friend, my person to talk to and of course my hospital buddy. We went through so much together and in so many ways that brought us closer together. We both understood what each other were going through and it is now hard having to continue to keep going without him by my side every step of the way.
Just to get through every day and enjoy life as much as I possibly can. To spend as much time as I can with my family and create many enjoyable memories with them. I am also striving to try and stay as well as I possibly can and to make others happy – I hate seeing anyone sad or upset!Something I would like others to think about..