These are truly dark and pervasive times we all live in. Yesterday on the news we heard that the body of a young girl (5) was found dead off the side of the road, apparently ditched after her mother (who recently was granted custody after kicking her addictions) had sold her into child prostitution. No other story envelops our dark nature that so pervades our very existence (see media here).

We know that these are dark times. But we also know that these are bright times. This is in incredible time in history to be alive in. Presently, we all have a chance to help shape our world and influence cultural shifts. Being a writer on here allows me to be a part of your everyday lives, as I lift you up in prayer, counsel you and share your stories (confidentiality intact). But here’s the thing- I notice a lot of times we only share half the story when we come on here. This half being the first half of our journey- our great struggle. What about the other half? I wanted to take the time and use this as an opportunity to share the rest of our story- how we have been pulled up out of the darkness and into the light, by our friends, family; confidants and most importantly, by God.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 1:23-25

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

So use this forum to share YOUR story. Your story of tragedy and triumph. Encourage one another and pray. Join in a church and cause that is bigger than yourself. Be the change your world so desperately needs, and use this day to affect change throughout your life, wherever you may go.