Tag Archives: Sick

How I survived 2013

16 Dec

Greetings Webbies!

It has been one full year from my hiatus of blogging. During this year, I have experienced some clarity slowly developing in my life. You might be wondering what I have been up to.  Here are some of my BIG and small accomplishments for 2013:

  1. I turned 20
  2. One full year in North Carolina
  3. Got my first job ever! (Woo-hoo!)
  4. I am learning how to drive
  5. I got my permit
  6. I was a live-in nanny to a SPECTACULAR  little girl and we HEALED each others SOUL
  7. First mission trip ever (Haiti)
  8. First time ever leaving the US
  9. Visited 2 countries (Haiti and Dominican Republic)
  10. I got to meet amazing new friends
  11. I am becoming more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit
  12. I let go and let God, this year I let God lead me
  13. Volunteering in Children’s Ministry
  14. Babysit in the church’s nursery and for a family from church
  15. I am slowly starting to be comfortable around more people, with feeling only a small amount of anxiety
  16. I am SLOWLY  paying my student loans off
  17. I saved some money and bought my self some furniture! (Yay! Room makeover)

Often, I have a hard time recognizing all the worthy things I am doing. Through the overwhelming sense that my accomplishments do not count because I can always “do better.” Looking back at this past year, I am so grateful for all the opportunities God has given me to learn more. About myself. About my life. About my spiritual walk. About my environment.

So, how did I survive 2013?

God.  Plain and simple.

I learned more about trusting God in the one month before leaving for Haiti, than I did in my entire twenty years of life combined. I survived because I trusted God to give me the strength when I thought I could not go on any longer. God gave me some amazing people this year to help me along and give me the support I needed to keep my focus on him and not the world.

I am learning not to care about the opinions of the world. NO, I am not in college. NO, I do not have a full-time job. NO, I do not have a boyfriend or husband.  NO, I do not know where I want to go in life. Wait for it … and NO, this does not make me any less successful than anyone else.

By the grace of God, I survived 2013. I am grateful for my 525,949 minutes. I hope that I spent more of those minutes serving God rather than myself.

I am praying God will give me the opportunity to keep everyone updated this coming year. My yearlong break from writing has given me the time to sort and rearrange my ever-changing priorities. This past year I lived by “Let go, let GOD.” In the upcoming weeks, I will be praying on this coming year and how God will lead me and use me.

Until next time,

Kalah

The More I Seek You

18 Dec

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

~Psalms 37:4

Photo via: Kalah "This is my lovely purity ring."

Photo via: Kalah
“This is my lovely purity ring.”

Hey Webbies,

I have been so busy these last few months, I felt that I needed to stop writing for a bit and focus on seeking God. Let me tell you, He has done multiple things for me in the last month that have confirmed I needed this break to realign my focus. So without further adieu, I’M BACK!! I expect to write a few more posts about what has been going on these last few weeks/months before good ol’ 2012 comes to an end. I plan to start off this new year with many brilliant and ripe opportunities. So to keep you occupied in the meantime is a video of me singing Kari Jobe’s song “The More I Seek You.”

 

Until next time,

Kalah

 

Worship

17 Sep

“Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted…” –Exodus 15: 21

Hey Webbies,

After many broken promises to my friends to make a video of myself singing I FINALLY decided to make due on that promise and make a video of myself singing “What do I know of Holy” by Addison Road . Every time I hear this song, it is as if I fall in love with it all over again.

This week is going to be busy; my mother is scheduled to get her leg amputated on Wed. so nerves and emotions are all stirred up around the house. I would appreciate any prayers you could send our way.

I challenge all of my readers this week to worship God in whatever way works for you, whether it be singing, helping others, praying, using your gifts for God and give him his glory he deserves.

Until next time,

Kalah

Prayer Circle

5 Sep

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29: 11

My parents holding me                                              My hospital picture.                           My Memmy praying for me.

Hey Webbies,

Today I decided to do something a little different.

A typical day for me is pretty much laid back and usual. However, sometimes I randomly feel down for no apparent reason. I hate that feeling of self-pity but sometimes I cannot shake it, no matter how irrational it is. Then, I hate myself even more for thinking in such a manner because in retrospect my life is reasonably decent. So many people out there deal with worse situations than I do. How selfish can I be to dislike my life?

Growing up, I remember always being sick. Many people will agree and many will not, but guess what this is my blog, so I will tell my story how I see it. I was born prematurely at 28 weeks through an emergency C-section. My placenta ripped off the uterine wall; this is known as placenta abruption and can be fatal to both mother and child. I was born a miracle, at 2 lbs.  7 oz. and 15 inches long.

As the story goes, my mom was unconscious when I was born so when she saw me for the first time; it was a picture by her nightstand. She told me when she first saw my picture she denied it was myself thinking I was a black baby, and demanded to see her real child. Honestly, I laugh every time I hear this story being retold.

So here is the back-story, I am the youngest out of my family and my siblings were all born with blonde/no hair. I came out with a head FULL of hair, which is fine but it was black. A little shocking on my dad’s part I bet. However, no one can deny I am his child, considering if I could grow a beard and shave my head I am thoroughly convinced we could pass as twins.

As I got older, I would have doctor’s visits daily, then slowly weaned to weekly.  I was allergic close to everything in sight. I remember in Kindergarten I was sent home with a rash from using the schools soap. Consequently, I was the only kindergartener and first grader with their own bottle of special soap and my name neatly displayed on it.

I had severe asthma, which was accompanied with MANY steroids, which my thick figure can partially thank….NOT! I remember going to school and getting sick quickly, like seriously coughing up my lungs. Therefore, after going home every day after like 5 minutes of being in school I was put in home school; deemed allergic to the school, and for anyone that knows Allentown, it should not surprise them.

Today I can gratefully thank God that I am almost completely healed of it. I feel my life gained all the hours people spent praying for me. For this specific reason, I thought it would be an excellent idea to ask everyone to pray for Rachel. Rachel was very recently diagnosed with brain-stem cancer, (DIPG). I have been reading her thoughts through her journey, her great days and her not so great ones. This beautiful young girl has strength and courage that could only come from God.

I think that if I gained my life through people praying for me, she could gain something too. Below I will include her address, which you can also find on her blog. I think this young girl deserves some edifying words and prayers to keep her spirit lifted and going. She is loved and she is beautiful. #PrayersForRachel.

When God speaks, I shall listen. What God commands, I shall do. 

Photo via: Rachel Stratton

Rachel’s Blog:

http://rachelstratton.blogspot.com/

Rachel’s Address (Until Oct. 9):

Ronald McDonald House
Rachel Stratton
Room #51
535 Alabama Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

 

Until next time,

Kalah

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