6 Valuable Lessons I Learned From My Parents' Divorce

6 Valuable Lessons I Learned From My Parents' Divorce

Not everything in life is easy, but there are always lessons to be learned from the challenges we have overcome

My parents decided to get a divorce roughly eight years ago.

Throughout my years of adolescence and into adulthood, I have been able to reflect on how I have grown as a person since their separation.

I have also been able to note the valuable lessons I have learned from such a difficult time in my life, and now I would like to share them with all of you.

1. To grow and mature in difficult situations

Following my parents divorce, I developed a very mature outlook on life.

At first, many of the conflicts taking place as my home was divided, were extremely over my ten-year-old head. But I was an intuitive kid, and I quickly began to understand the harsh realities of my parents' separation.

I was forced to deal with issues that were far more advanced than my years, and I had to grow up faster than many other children my age. Because I had to deal with adult conflicts at such a young age, it has led me to be very mature and insightful.

2. To adapt quickly to change

My parents' separation was extremely abrupt and I had absolutely no time to prepare for the worst news I could have heard as a young child.

Therefore, I am able to easily adapt to changes in my life because I endured one hell of a change when my father moved out. I had to adjust to a new routine, a second house, and an entirely different way of life.

I am able to adapt to difficult situations more readily, after having been forced to adapt to an entirely new change of pace, eight years ago.

3. To not sweat the small things in life

My parents' divorce was a huge weight to bare at the time, but as the years went on I have learned to cope and I have realized that most everything has turned out alright.

When something minor upsets me or throws me for a loop, I am able to reflect on the obstacles I have overcome, and then tell myself that everything is going to be okay.

I remind myself that I have handled worse, and therefore I am prepared to mitigate any challenge that comes my way.

4. To value trust

I find it extremely hard to trust other people.

But in my opinion, this is not always a bad thing. After the events that prompted my parents' divorce, I know I have become a more private person and I tend to build up walls rather than trust anyone who comes into my life.

In many instances, I am more of a listener rather than a talker because it takes awhile for me to feel comfortable and completely open up to others. Trust is a quality I value immensely, therefore I only fully trust other people when they have proven to me that I can depend on them no matter what the circumstance is. There are people in my life that have proven to me that the will never let me down, and to those few people, I owe a huge thank you.

5.To be grateful

Both of my parents have still continued to be apart of my life after their divorce, and for that I am grateful.

I am also extremely thankful for my mother and all she has done for me since I have lived with her primarily for the past eight years.

I owe her a lot of credit for always staying so strong, and for the amazing amount of positivity, she's exuded even through troublesome times. She has always tried to do what is best for my brother and I, even when it meant sacrificing what may have been best for her.

My parents' divorce in general has shown me that it “could always be worse”, so for that reason, I am very appreciative for what I have.

6. To forgive

Mistakes were made and promises were broken but overtime, I have healed and I have learned to move on.

I love my family with all my heart and I am thankful for them all no matter what has happened in the past. While I could pessimistically reflect on my childhood and remain angry, or wish that my parents had never split, instead I choose to forgive. From this divorce I have learned the importance of forgiveness.

While many events in life are hard to forget, I believe there is always room to forgive.

Overall, my parents divorce has shaped me into the person I am today and the last eight years have taught me some of the most valuable lessons I may ever learn. While issues of the past still make me angry or upset from time to time, I choose to reflect on the positives that have resulted from dealing with such a challenge.

To anyone reading this who is either a child of divorce, or struggling with any other difficulty, just try your best to keep in mind that not everything in life is easy, but there are always lessons to be learned from the challenges we have overcome.

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

Maybe next time...

To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

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We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.


Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.

Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.

Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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My Life Has Not Been The Same Since I Met My Father

He showed me angels, and told me I could put my weapons down because I've got protectors.


I rang in 2019 with sexual sin and instead of being convicted, I felt condemnation (see previous blog post). This, coupled with isolation and watching my fellow seniors have future plans while I didn't have any for post-undergrad, caused me to be in a dark place from January to the first week of April. I honestly didn't want to live anymore, convinced there was no point to my life. Three months, 1 week, and 3 days later, I went on my first A Life Retreat from April 11th to the 14th.

We arrived at the retreat site on the 11th at night so I was just expectant for the next day, but I was trying not to be excited because I didn't want to be brokenhearted if Jesus passed me by. On the 12th, during the last session for the day, many of my peers were getting delivered. I was praying for their deliverance while hoping for my encounter with Christ. However, something shifted in me and I became jealous. I remember thinking I wish I had some demons in me so that God will finally pay me some attention (we could unpack another day so this post isn't 5 pages long). I began to doubt God, I stopped praying and was looking around with a cynical smile on my face.

After the leadership team dismissed us, I went to sit down, angry and dejected. Someone asked me if I was okay. I lied, answering yes. Another person asked me; I lied again. A third person asked, and I finally told the truth saying, "no, but it's whatever". She asked if she could pray for me and I said, "you can do what you want but it's not going to change anything". I reasoned, if God won't show up for me when I prayed for myself, why would He show up when someone else does. With persistence, she began to pray for me, but I wasn't paying attention. I was just thinking she will be done soon and go her way.

She didn't end quickly so I began hearing the words of her prayer. She was saying, "God loves you." I was chuckling, thinking yeah, right. As she continued to pray those sweet words over me, telling me what God was saying and thinking about me, I began to speak out loud what was in mind, telling her that she was lying. After some back and forth, some A Life leaders came over and began to pray for me and after a good fight, deliverance took place. I became free from the stronghold of the spirit of doubt.

The next day, I was hypersensitive to the voice of God. At the beginning of the first session, I heard Him tell me to put my shield down and what I saw behind it was incredible. I had detached a part of myself that was much younger than the current me and I would transfer all the blame of my past onto her. Everything I hated about myself I put on her (this younger version of me). God told me I was supposed to unite with her, but I didn't want to. I told myself I was shielding her to protect her, but actually, I was trying to hide her in order to hate myself less or to avoid judgment. I couldn't move forward until we became one. After another deliverance session in which I was able to forgive myself and reconcile all parts of me, I felt empty, but in a good way. While on break for the day, I remember thanking God for freeing me and asking Him to fill me back up.

Throughout the last session on the 13th, He showed up and showed out for His little girl. I saw multiple visions of how much God loves me. I don't really have an intimate relationship with my natural father so what happened that night was pivotal in my life.

In my first vision, while I was praising and worshipping Him, God told me to rest my head on His shoulder while He told me how much He loves me.

Then He told me to lay my head on his lap and at this point, I'm crying because He's also telling me how He feels about me and how beautiful I am.

He showed me angels, multitudes, and told me I could put my weapons away because I've got protectors and defenders.

He told me that they had always been there even when I could not see them and He did all this while hugging me.

There was so much more that God told me and showed me, but I'm focusing on these few because it tackled the daddy issues and brother issues I had.

My life has literally not been the same ever since April 13th, 2019. I don't even know how to put into words how my life has been, how I have felt, how much love I have in my life. I just want everyone else in the world to feel what I feel, to know what I know, to encounter WHO I encountered. I also want to thank the A Life leadership team. Just in case any of you are reading this, "thank you. I can only imagine the amount of time you had to spend in your secret place with The Most High so that you were able to war for me, and the other A Lifers with Him in the open. May our Father replenish and reward you for being dedicated to people to see them saved and FREE. I love you all."

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