"I had pushed everybody away; family, friends and acquaintances. I had the whole world at my feet... for some reason even though I was blessed to have so much and so many people around me who loved me, I still felt as though I was alone... I no longer counted life's blessings and began seeing everything, and everyone, in a negative manner.

I isolated myself from the world. I wouldn't go out; I wouldn't associate with friends or family... I had no feelings left within me, I felt so alone and numb, I would push away everybody who tried helping me until I had no one left. Although I believed in God I was skeptical and really didn't believe praying to God would help, nor did I believe attending church would change things. But I had nothing to lose and, just as I was about to give up hope and give up on myself and was about to end everything, something was encouraging me and pointing me into the direction of attending church.

During the church service I felt at peace; I felt as though for the first time in years I belonged here. I felt loved, I felt wanted, and I felt happy. Most importantly, I felt like my life was a blessing. At that point in time I may not have felt wanted, or accepted by friends or family, I did however feel loved and wanted by God.

Week after week I attended and, slowly but surely, I gradually went from seeing things in a negative manner to counting my blessings; I was able to pray to God each night and thank him for my friends and family and for the life he has given me. With counselling, and support and unconditional love from my friends and partner, I was able to get my life back on track. I was able to feel the love from friends and family again."

Posted in December 2014

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