"Don't tell God how big your storm is; tell your storm how big your God is."

I believe in God.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rosh Hodesh Nissan...The Hard Way

Today is Rosh Hodesh Nissan, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan, considered by some to be the most important of the months.  It is a day of joyous song and praise to God.  Even with and through all the big and scary stuff that's going on with me right now, I forced myself to make a simple lists of ten things for which I can thank God.  I thought it might be nice to post it publicly, as inspiration to anyone who thinks he/she cannot thank God.  It is possible!

The List:
  1. Good, close, dependable friends
  2. My Judaism and my faith in God--they really pull me through
  3. God and God's presence in the world
  4. Inspirational/comforting music
  5. The Conservative Rabbi at school (I have a very close relationship with her), and also the rabbinic intern
  6. Understanding professors who are willing to work with me
  7. Sunshine and rainbows
  8. My college--it's treating me well!
  9. Holidays and meaningful life-cycle events
  10. This list--I shall refer back to it in future
And closing with a picture of my "Jacob," and whispered prayers for good nutrition and healthcare, kind orphanage workers, and that he may know the love and caring of God--that God may stand in for his Mommy and Daddy--while he waits:


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I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!