Published again! - and birthday celebrations

I am blessed to say that once again, my writing has been featured on Fr. Anthony's site. This time, my post is about suffering and pain, and how to communicate with God during these times:

I will be honest with you, I find that when I get overwhelmed by the troubles in this world, it becomes difficult to do anything. And sometimes, the hardest thing to do during tribulations is to pray. We all have times when we don't feel like talking to God - and this is harder when we feel angry or fearful that God has forgotten about us.

Here is a little secret: God can never forget about us. He loves us unconditionally. And He has His eyes on you all the time, His hands around you to protect you, and His ears ready to listen. I know that sometimes it is hard to pray and communicate with God when we are facing obstacles because we don't understand why things are happening as in our lives. But know this: 'all things work together  for the good for those who love God' (Romans 8:28)

Do not feel that when you pray to God, you need to use lavish, big words. Or fancy terms. The wonderful thing about prayer is that we can do it as informally as we like. I have moments when I talk openly with God, honestly telling Him how tired I am. How I am lacking motivation. How I need hope and peace. And I know that He is always listening.

Please check the post out and feel free to comment here/on Fr. Anthony's blog and let me know what you think!

To add to that, I am also blessed to be celebrating my birthday this week! I cannot believe that another year has passed, and I am alive, healthy, and well. I am a registered nurse, I am a health-advocate, a writer, and a volunteer in many places.

It is a blessing to be able to breathe on my own, to walk, to talk, to play, and to engage in everyday activities. My life has definitely been full of ups and downs...but each time there was a low point, God and the support of all my friends and family (and you, dear readers!) has brought me back up again. And do you know what? I am truly thankful for every obstacle I have faced, every challenge I endured, and every tear I cried. Because these experiences have honestly made me into the person I am today. I pray that in this new year of my life, I can continue to help others, to share my story to new listeners, and to grow in wisdom, love, understanding, kindness, compassion, and every good virtue.

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