Last year at this time, my entire life was being turned upside down - my marriage of eleven years was falling apart and I was drowning in the fear of how I would raise four children on my own. What kept me from slipping into a depression or questioning Why me?
My faith in God, a wonderful support group of family and friends, and a young man named TJ Atchison got me through this major life crisis!!!
A few months earlier I sat by TJ's bedside at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, reduced to tears by the circumstances of his spinal cord injury. For over three hours, I fought an emotional meltdown because I could not imagine this young man in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. How was he holding himself together so strong?
Even going through such a time of uncertainty, peace seemed almost unnatural considering the hugeness of what he was experiencing. He was not in denial. TJ was holding tight to a peace that could only come from God. He had witnessed years of God's work in his family - a grandfather who had danced with death more than once, and a young cousin living each day to its fullest after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Yes, life was certainly trying to wear me down, but after spending time with TJ and his incredible family, I was able to see that God would provide for and keep my family strong through everyday trials and tribulations. I'd seen firshand that "We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance." (Romans 5:3)
With many of us wondering what 2012 will bring, I want you to know that enduring faith can help you for when and not if life tries to wear you down. Read here to learn more about TJ's faith and his Whispers to Heaven:
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and blessed New Year, everyone!!! Much Love, Tory
*The compositions herein are not to be copied, reproduced, printed, published, posted, displayed, incorporated, stored in or scanned into a retrieval system or database, transmitted, broadcast, bartered or sold, in whole or in part without the prior express written permissions of the sole author Tory Williams. Unauthorized duplication is strictly prohibited and is an infringement of National and International Copyright Laws.