Beauty in the Broken
hope. health. humour. & mom life.
This past Friday, I had the honour of sharing a chapter of my story at the 2019 Elisha House Fundraising Banquet. Below is my written transcript.
Good evening! I'm Donna.
I’ve had the privilege of serving as part of the Pregnancy Options Team at Elisha House for the past 2 and a half years. I also enjoy working behind the scenes, in an administrative role, which includes handling our social media accounts and assisting with fundraisers.
I am a married mom of 4 children. I often say...3 of which were unplanned by me, but all 4 planned by God. My story has many twists and turns. It’s far from perfect as it continues to be written... but I am grateful for all it all...because it allows me to connect with the young women, we see walk through the doors of Elisha House. I am truly humbled that God would choose to use someone like me.
Truth be told, I wasn’t even aware of Pregnancy Center’s and the work that they do, until moving to Ontario 4 years ago. You see, I am from a lil town in North East Saskatchewan.... I didn’t even grow up with access to Tim Hortons. I was raised in contemporary-Mennonite home with Christian values. Importance was placed on being good and following the rules for fear of punishment, not out of a mutual loving relationship with God. So you can imagine, the guilt and fear I felt when I discovered I was pregnant, while still in high school.
My world came crashing down.
The song "Awakening" by Amanda Lindsey Cook has haunted me...in a good way...since the first time I heard it. It was released back in March of 2019. I first discovered the song when scrolling through my social media feed one day. I immediately added it to my Apple Music Library #onRepeat . A few months later, I attended a Hillsong United concert in Toronto, where she just so happened to be one of the opening acts. If I could use only one word to describe the song and entire "House on a Hill" album for that matter, I would say, PROFOUND. If you're going though or have ever been through, a dark season in your life, I think you'll find find the lyrics speak to you in profound ways. I wish I could post them but copyright laws prohibit that, so please...Take a Listen!
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This morning was one of those mornings. In fact this week was one of those weeks. Heck it's been a month and a lifetime if I really think about it. That's not to say that I don't see the good in each day...most days... and the blessings in disguise cause I absolutely do. I have much to be grateful for... even if it's just the lessons I have learned through the difficulties I have faced.
Looking back and being grateful for what God has done in my life gives me HOPE for the future but lately I feel like I have begun to lose sight of that HOPE and forgotten to praise and worship Him when I don't feel like it.
I am continually amazed at how God speaks directly into the inner workings of my heart, through pretty much anything, and ties things together to say exactly what I need to hear at just the right moment, even though I haven't necessarily even voiced my particular struggles to anyone at the time.
That is the beauty of relationship with a the Living God.
So yesterday was Sunday and the message at my home church was all about Faith, Hope and Love and how they work TOGETHER. Most people have heard that Love is the greatest of the three and but I have never really realized the significance of losing HOPE and how it can actually threaten the loss of both Faith and Love. In Fact, may be the is the very reason why our HOPE seems to be under such attack!
If you lose HOPE in God for working on your behalf, you lose the TRUTH that God Loves you.
blogger + wife + mama of 4 + unplanned pregnancy support worker + keto-fied wellness enthusiast. All of that stripped away, Donna simply considers herself a beloved daughter of God whose purpose is to shine His light through the cracks of her brokenness. Sunshine, coffee, dark chocolate and good conversation are her idea of a great time. Donna enjoys writing as a way of processing life and seeks to encourage frazzled moms, like herself, to take care of their mental, physical and spiritual wellness and see beauty in their brokenness.