Domestic Violence Encouragement

Roller Coasters

I love roller coasters! We grew up going to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH and rode them almost every summer when we visited my grandparents. They are so much fun with the twists and turn, and never knowing what’s around the next bend or corner. My son is also a dare devil and loves to ride them too. We recently rode one at the Kiddie Park in Oklahoma and it was a blast getting to watch him squeal with delight as we went around the track. My daughter didn’t care for it at all and is definitely my more cautious child.

This got me thinking about how life can be like a roller coaster. You definitely have highs and lows, and around each corner you don’t know what’s coming. To me that is exciting, but to other people that can cause concern. My 20’s were definitely a roller coaster. When married to my ex-husband, I never knew what to expect when I got home each day. Would he be in a good mood or a bad one? I would pray he was in a good mood and nothing had set him off. That was not the kind of roller coaster I wanted to ride. People like having stable homes and I’m definitely one of those people. My home life now is so much healthier, loving, and fun.

There have been many highs throughout my life such as marriage, kids, traveling, playing music, career, writing, etc. There have also been a lot of lows the last few years with my health. Those lows have recently delayed me from accomplishing several things in life, but as Michael Crossland states below you don’t give up hope.  I loved what he said in the video, “Life is like a roller coaster. You can get to a pinnacle point in your life and it can get taken away from you in a heartbeat. BUT it doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. It’s about how many times you get back up that truly determines the quality of your life.”

Having hope during adversity will take you so much further in life. Hope is what wakes you up each morning with anticipation.  It can also be the driving force to help you accomplish your desires and dreams, no matter how long it takes. Whether you’re riding high on your roller coaster or have hit a low, hold onto hope each day.

Romans 15:13 “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

P.S. – this video also contains the message of ‘Give Back’ and helping others. #giveback #hope


Heather V Shore is a wife, mother and domestic violence survivor. Check out her site for book updates and more!

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