Hello!!!

Let me start off by introducing myself. My name is Alyssa Moore. When I first started on this wonderful project it was the year of 2015, I was 22 years old at the time.
Looking back on my life, it seems like I have been living far much longer than that. Man… I must say, I have come a long way! Thanks to God, I’ve been very blessed to make it this far! Throughout the general struggles of life. Each situation that comes about (good or bad) we end up learning something from it.
From my personal experiences in my life, I can definitely say that God is my anchor and Jesus is my best friend. I talk to him on the daily basis. Without his guidance, I would still be a lost sheep like the rest of the world. Jesus truly is my fortress and high tower.
I would not be here if it was not for his grace and mercy over my life. When life got hard, the thought of ending my life early started to come about. I was willing to ponder on a permanent decision over a temporary situation.

If i did take my own life, I would be telling God that I do not trust him to take care of me
and that I can figure out what is best for me on my own. As teenagers or young adults, we start to carry this attitude of Independence. Constantly wanting everyone to accept who
we “think” we are and cut them out of our lives if they simply don’t accept it.

A lot of believers know that Christ is real. Few actually walk out his word. I am not talking about solely you, but even myself. I used to have a double standard mindset. It took a lot of
discipline and life lessons for me to get where I am now. Trust me, I have been through it all! I say that but there are certain situations God has spared me from experiencing. Let me give you some background on myself.

I grew up always wanting and envying what everyone else had. Growing up, I was often made fun of for how I looked so differently than others. Kids are very cruel and naive as well. What else do you expect?

From elementary school all the way to college, I tried to fit into society’s social standards. I often would look for love in the wrong places. Places that led me into darkness and destruction.

I was too blind to realize that I was blessed before I came out of my mother’s womb. Year after year, I learned not to let it get to me. It actually taught me how to grow what they call “thick skin”.

Have you ever heard that saying.. “Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will not define me?” Or that one that went like “I’m rubber, you’re glue: whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you”?

I had those saying burned into my head. There HAS to be a point in your life where you could care less about what others think about you. Trying to please the world will lead you off a cliff. The type of people who exist today will even laugh at you on your miserable way to such destruction. More times than none, society will try to make you lose hope. You do not find too many people naturally encouraging strangers to make sure their day turns out better than the hours before. Society loves to degrade and bring others down, knowing the outcome of teasing them can tear the victim apart. It somehow thrills them.

No one is perfect and the best part about it is, God does not expect us to be. The days that we live on this earth, there is no reason for us to achieve greater. Do better and actually make something in this symphony called life.

God is the mighty creator of all things. He knows first hand of the struggles we go through and the future ones that we will face.

When we go through hard scenarios, we feel as if we are going through it alone.
God’s holy spirit is right here with us through all of the troubles we endure.
He let’s us go through hardships to shape and mold us into the people he INTENDED us to be. If you did not go through the hardships in your life, would be as grateful
as you are now?

For example: Let’s say you have been without a job for years, swamped in a load of debt and struggling day to day. You continue to stay positive and never give up that sprinkle of hope that God has given you.

All of a sudden one day, someone offers you an amazing salary job, where you make MORE than enough to cover your debt. After a while, you realize you are back on your feet and able to indulge on extra luxuries of life. If you did not go through the hard times, you may not be able to fully enjoy and be grateful for the new life that God has provided for you.

PS: *Photo above is not mine*

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