The last few years of my life have been difficult, to say the least. 2022 I believe is my turnaround year! God is doing a new thing! I am relocating to start a NEW JOB!!! I lost everything and I am starting all over.
I recently saw a post that said, "Don't be afraid to start over. This time you're not starting from scratch, you're starting from experience."
I thought WOW!!! That's it! I'm not starting from SCRATCH, I am starting from EXPERIENCE! I would often tell people that the trials we face are not for us, they're for those coming up behind us. Once I learned that it made it easier to deal with life situations. My health issues, not being able to find a job, my mother having a stroke, my son losing everything in a house fire, my divorce after being married 18 years, being homeless, and so on...ALL EXPERIENCES!!! ALL LESSONS from God! ALL TO BREAK ME & GROW ME! These trials came to make me strong.
My Facebook profile name is Lisa Prettybutterfly Simon (Pryor). Pryor is my legal name, Simon is my maiden name. Someone asked me what the name PrettyButterfly was about...I chose the name PrettyButterfly after my divorce for several reasons. I love the beauty of butterflies! I understand the process that butterflies go through:
After my divorce, I didn't feel beautiful, but it was more of an internal feeling. One day I saw a post on Facebook that said, "Butterflies ...They can't see how beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that.” -Naya Rivera I felt like this lady got me even though she didn't know me. I decided to tap into myself and embrace the Pretty Butterfly within me. The other part of that was the relation to our lives as Christians...I thought about Job (I secretly named myself Jobetta) how he lost everything he had (like me), he lost his children (I became an empty-nester a lot different, but hard after a divorce). I'll never forget the first time I got Shingles!!! I thought to myself, Oh you're really trying to be Job! Job had sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. I lost all my hair that year because the Shingles were on my scalp. Thankfully this last time I got them on my forehead and a few on my scalp, but I didn't lose my hair. Thank God. In the midst of it all, I never lost my faith!
Here I am today...recently I read: 4 Signs God Is Breaking You So He Can Bless You, by Mark Ballenger
I've never been so alone as I have been over the last 3 almost 4 years. I can be in a crowd and still feel no relationship with those around me...I'm okay with myself and being alone...but get it right, I'm not LONELY! There's a difference.
Unlike the world’s advice, the Bible actually tells us that to be blessed we first need to become weak (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Sometimes we need to be still and let God do HIS work in us.
God will not only break you to remake you, but he will also rename you too. In other words, before God blesses you, he will change your very identity (Romans 6:4).
I feel I have learned a lot through all of the ups and downs...I've learned to trust the process!
As I venture into new areas of life, I am truly starting anew. I lost everything but the clothes I have and a few pairs of shoes. I was reluctant to make this post because people can be judgemental and cruel. But here I am having a transparent moment. I spent the last year helping care for my mother. She is in a much better place in her healing. I asked her if I can go because I need to work. I have to retire one day. I praise God for the example she set before us as a 25-year retiree from her former job. She said, Go...so I'm going. (smile)
If the Lord places it on your heart to be a blessing to me, I am grateful. If not, that's okay. It is my prayer that God goes before me and opens doors unto me and blows my mind! Pray for me as I pray for you all. God bless!
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