Life seems so simple when you're young, but why wasn't it for me?  The one thing I do know is that God has always had his hand over my life since before I was born.  My mom almost had a miscarriage with me, but because God had a special plan for me, I am still here today.  When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with a bad case of asthma.  I gave my heart to the Lord when I was four years old, and God healed me to where I never had asthma as bad as I did when I was first diagnosed with it. 

Shortly after I turned five, however, someone very close to me began to touch me inappropriately.  I did not know what to do.  I began to isolate and blame myself.  Once again, God was still looking out for me because around the same time, He called my parents to teach a class called Family Life Skills.  As they went through training, my mom began to notice how my behavior had changed and was able to help me through it by using the tools she had just received.  She let me know that it was not my fault and that God still loves me. 

All of this happened on top of having a difficult relationship with my brothers.  I always felt like they never really loved me and once again, I blamed myself.  It wasn't until I went to a youth retreat, when I was thirteen, that I realized it wasn't my fault.  There I was set free from all the pain that I was put through and all the traumatizing events in my life.  After that, I knew that God really wanted to use me to help other people that have been through these circumstances.  I've prayed for years for both of my brothers, and I'm finally seeing some results.  

The key to it all is to never give up!  God never ceases to show up and take over when I can't take it anymore.  He's always had His hand over my life, and He has always provided for me in every way possible.  Hard times may come into our lives for a season but don't let them bring you down.  Just know that this too shall pass, and God's still there through it all!  And, we know that in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

-- Jasmine

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