The origin of this story isn't very romantic -- at least not in the traditional sense. St. Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor named Claudius.
Claudius persecuted the church and also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. He thought unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers, because married soldiers might be afraid of what would happen to their wives or families if they died.
"Failure is an education, not a judgement." - Donald Miller
These words spoke loudly to me when they came across my Facebook news feed. Later on I went to dinner with a friend who was talking about facing something she was afraid of and nonchalantly said, "If it isn't perfect, the world isn't going to stop spinning." Or something to that effect.
Depression…I have battled this monster all my life. I am on a mission to help others who find themselves in its horrible grip and to bring them hope. I truly believe depression is NOT something you just have to live with.
There was a time in my life where I was a workaholic, a chronic worrier, a self-hater, a rescuer of others, a yes person, a perfectionist, one without boundaries and so, so afraid of changing any of this. Even if I was brave enough to attempt to change these things, I had no clue where to start. Eventually, the noise in my head got so loud and congested; I got to a place where I became incapacitated. Suicidal thinking, cutting, sleeping all day and huge bouts of insomnia at night all came knocking at my door and it had a huge suitcase with it. It was coming for an extended stay like never before.
How is your summer going?
I was on a drive last night with the family and a Cold play song came on the radio "Sky full of stars". I was thinking to myself, man that song always has me picturing myself dancing. I was thinking I have not been that light on my feet in a very long time. I remember dancing around the living room as a teen while cleaning house when no one was home. I thought to myself that I feel too heavy to even try to do what I see in my head and feel in my heart.
Pages from our journals of life...
These are little glimpses into the stories of the j2i Team & guest. We believe that as we share deeper levels of healing are birthed not only in our hearts but in the hearts of others as well. As you read and find yourself relating to the letters that create our timelines, please comment, message an author, or register for a class.