In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)
I just want to take a moment to say thank you to you and you and especially You! Less than a week ago, I celebrated my first year in practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I can hardly believe it! As I reminisce on all that has transpired up until this point, I can’t help but to be filled with gratitude. The devil had so many stumbling blocks along the way but what he meant for evil, the Lord meant for good. I can’t thank God enough for certain people in my life that He allowed to help me in some way or another!
And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19 ESV)
It was several weeks after my mother had passed away and I sat listless, nearly lifeless, and without a clue of what I was going to do with myself. I had spent nearly the last year caring for her as she fought cancer with everything in her. I thought her healing would manifest on earth. Being sucker punched doesn’t even begin to describe the emotions I felt. Furthermore, my emotions were still raw regarding the son I’d buried just about nine months prior to mom dying. One of my favorite uncles was visiting and I remember like yesterday him asking, “Retta, what are you going to do with yourself now? It’s time you think about the future.” I responded with “I don’t know, I’m thinking about nursing.” That was nearly eight years ago and as down and out as I was at that time I knew God had cultivated something greater in me. I was not going to be destined to a life of depression, grief, and turmoil!
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed and enlarge my borders, and that Thine hand might be with me and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!” And God granted him that which he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV)
With the help and support of my family and friends, I embarked upon a new journey in life. I discovered not only my passion, but my calling…nursing. I can even recall one of the last conversations with mother when she told me that she thought I should be a nurse. The same uncle who questioned me was the same one who provided the finances (and ongoing support) for me to start my journey. Another uncle provided me with unwavering support and guidance through counseling sessions and prayer at a time I felt like God had deserted me. I had aunts (my mom’s sisters) who engulfed me with love, support, prayers, and shoulders to lean on. I had a few close friends and cousins who went above and beyond to encourage me, provide healthy distractions and ongoing prayers. The list continues from my in-laws, extended family and church family who all offered support in some way.
Then there was and still is my husband who never turned away from me no matter how rough it got. He saw to it that every need was met. He was patient with me and loved me through all the emotions that come with loss.
Now nearly eight years later, I’ve gone from taking a class to receiving a BS degree to become a nursing assistant, working my way through nursing school and becoming a registered nurse, and then becoming a relief charge nurse to clinical coordinator all while returning to graduate school and becoming pregnant two more times (after losing our first son, I didn’t think we’d have more children). I’ve completed clinical rotations and residency, graduating with honors though I didn’t get to participate in commencement due to the arrival of my youngest son two days before the ceremony. I passed the national certification exam and found employment that suits my personality, passion and skill set. Now…one year later I’m reflecting on the good ness and mercies of God. You can’t tell it, let me tell it what He’s done for me! What He’s done for me, He’ll do the same for you! To God be the Glory for the things He has done! I thank Him and I thank those of you who shared with me along the way.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble. (Psalm 107:1-2 ESV)
Thank You for Your will for my life. Thank You for turning things around in my favor! The devil thought he had me but You sustained me! Thank You for placing the right people in my life at the right time! Greater is coming and greater is here! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you to not give up when the situation seems grim! I EMPOWER you to trust Him and embrace the support He provides you through others. I EMPOWER you to be thankful in all things. I EMPOWER you to share! Share your trials and triumphs with others so that others may be empowered. You never know how your testimony can help others. Then, when you look back over it all, always give thanks!
What are you thankful for this morning?
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Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “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 a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.