You Cannot Be Replaced

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

I previously posted about how To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) was a large part of my story.

Yesterday I posted this to Facebook.  “I am alive because of people who cared enough to make sure I was okay.” Along with a link to http://www.twloha.com in support of National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) 2013.

– Globally, there is one suicide about every 40 seconds. –

– 14-24 percent of youth and young adults have self-injured at least once. –

– More than 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. –

Every 40 seconds some dies of suicide. It took me 40 seconds to write that sentence.

Life is short, if you are struggling with depression, self injury, addictions, suicidal thoughts then find someone to talk to. You can start with a close friend, a youth leader, a teacher. Who you start with can change how you end up. You have a chance to become someone, to realize YOU CANNOT BE REPLACED.

This year the slogan for NSPW is YOU CANNOT BE REPLACED.

Why not? Because you have more to offer life than what you are living, because you may turn out to be a teacher, a dancer, an actor, a waitress, a grocery store clerk, a lawyer, or maybe even a CEO, but whatever you end up to be you will be the only you. There maybe someone “just like you” but at the end of the day a mother will never replace her love for you with something else, a best friend will never find someone who shares the jokes you do. You are a unique person who cannot be duplicated, who cannot be replaced.

I cannot be replaced because I am a daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, friend, granddaughter, daughter-in-law. I am Bethany Robinson. My birth date will never be replaced, my wedding date will never be duplicated, my sons birth certificate never altered. I will always be those things, but I will also always be a lover of scarves, Starbucks coffee, a dedicated supporter of TWLOHA, a stay at home mom, and a Grey’s Anatomy addict. I love to take pictures, and lose myself in the rain, I would take fall & winter over summer any day, and love watching the snow fall while cuddled up in warm comfy clothes with a mug of hot chocolate. I love fire, and hate my husbands facial hair, I insist on sleeping on the right hand side of the bed, and love cuddling, I hate burnt burgers, and love chicken. I have Celiac Disease, and would give anything for a Subway cold cut combo on Italian Herb & Cheese with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pickles, mayo, cheese, no salt or pepper.

There is no one else who is every single one of those things.

If you know someone who is struggling with self injury, depression, or thoughts of suicide be the person who cares enough to make sure they are okay. You will forever be a character in their story of life, a story that you helped add another chapter. I promise you will never ever regret it.

So please this week remember that Hope Is Real, Rescue is Possible, Love is the Movement, & You Cannot Be Replaced.

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So Long Sweet Summer

Tonight after supper, bath time, and pajamas we all got ready, put on sweaters and went out for a walk.

The air was crisp. Fall is coming.

That means the leaves will turn colours, then fall off for us to build piles and jump in. There will be pumpkins to carve, and if you’re lucky enough to live by a Starbucks there are Pumpkin Spice Lattes to drink. If you aren’t near a Starbucks (which I sadly am not yet) then there is another warm beverage waiting for you to wrap your hands around and enjoy. There are sweaters to bundle up in, boots to be bought, and scarves to wear, I have a rather large collection and cannot wait to enjoy them all. There is the happiness of Thanksgiving to enjoy, gathered around with friends and family sharing just what it is you are thankful for. There is the joy of watching kids run around dressed up on Halloween and politely demand candy from neighbours. Then there is the pure amazement while you watch blustery winds sweep in and steal the last few days before winter sets in.

I love fall almost as much as I love winter.

It makes my heart happy to think of those things and I look forward to enjoying them because before you know it I will be posting about Christmas and Graysen’s birthday.

Time flies by much too quickly. Learn to embrace it.

Sure the blustery days of fall aren’t my favourite and the thought of bundling up to watch my kid play in the leaves isn’t exactly topping the lists of things I could do but those are the things we take for granted. Some day Graysen will be too big to jump in leaves and the blustery days are the ones that bring us closer together as we snuggle up inside.

I am actually happy to see summer go, I find it a hectic time of year. The nice weather tends to make us feel like we always need to be on the go and we just get so caught up we forget to enjoy each other.

So until next year, so long sweet summer.

Standing On The Edge

Ever step out on the edge of a cliff and been very scared if it was going to hold you?

The fear of the unknown, what lies beneath the cliff that is going to hold you up and ensure that you don’t fall to the bottom.

Today I feel like our family is standing on the edge of a cliff not knowing what is beneath us, where we are going next, but I do know that what is holding us up. Faith is the rock stopping that cliff from crumbling, it may be faith as small as a mustard seed but it is Faith in God, faith in His plans for our lives, and faith that He is in control.

Yesterday I quit my job, today Michael started as a full-time student, and our lives have yet again been turned upside down. We are confident this is the right decision for our family but struggling to put our whole lives in His hands and know that He will provide.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

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 hope and a future.”

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

There is no lack of proof that God is the center of this so we will continue to seek Him in every aspect of our lives and find hope in these words. Pray with us as we start this adventure together and learn to trust God in everything we do.