Tag: Gratitude

Gratitude for Chosen Family

Gratitude for Chosen Family

Family, Gratitude
Last month I got to attend a national convocation put on by Love Your Neighbor Coalition and Reconciling Ministries Network called For Everyone Born. It was a gathering of hundred's (300 I believe was the total amount of people registered) of United Methodist who were either queer themselves or our allies. For Everyone Born was such an amazing mountain top experience that I never experienced before. I got a chance to have a space where I could truly be myself. I also got a chance to meet so many people who I consider my chosen family and meet other's who are now apart of that chosen family. I've recently learned the importance of chosen family. Sometimes blood isn't thicker than water and sometimes we have to chose our families if we are to have families at all. I experienced rejection ...
Grateful for Grief

Grateful for Grief

Blessings, death, Friendship, Grief
IMAGE CREDIT: Brian K Hello my dear precious friends! I am so sorry for there being no blog last Friday, technical difficulties prevented me from writing. I’m sitting here from the comfort of my room writing this. I want to share with you why I am grateful for grief this week. On July 5th, I lost my friend Demetre Josebeck to an overdose. Only 3 days later, on July 8th, I lost my friend Lauren Graff to the disease of addiction as well. Talk about being slammed all at once & death smacking you in the face, I was broken and still am. I am in the thick of grief & it’s not pretty at all. In fact, it is messy and all over the place. But I am grateful for grief. Why? Because in active addiction, I would numb my feelings before. Now I can feel these wave of emotions and proce
Gratitude Is Hard Sometimes

Gratitude Is Hard Sometimes

anger, Broken Heart, death, Gratitude, Grief
(Image credit: Faith Counts) I found myself struggling with what to write for this weeks blog because I've had a week from the pits of hell. I am sure if I dug extremely deep within that I'd be able to find something to be grateful for. But quite honestly I am struggling to come up with anything positive or encouraging to say about gratitude. I just lost two friends to the disease of addiction, one of whom I live with, all within the matter of FOUR DAYS! Right now I'd lie if I said gratitude filled my heart. Anger, hatred, grief, sadness, and disbelief are what comes to mind that fill my heart. Two lives in their prime, 26 & 27, were prematurely snuffed out. Yes I have thankfulness for the very many blessings but right now gratitude eludes me completely. The struggle to remai...