I realize that serious circumstances may involve more guidance than a mere article or the sharing of my personal story can provide. But I want to leave you with hope, with a place to start and with the knowledge that you are not alone.

There IS an end to this sorrow, but it is you who has to take the first step to find your way, "out of the darkness and into the light." I promise you, the journey is well worth the effort and if I managed to do it, then I believe that you can too. Remember, big changes start with small steps -- are you ready to begin taking yours?

My sincerest prayer for a happy Thanksgiving to you all…

"The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need…he gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me" (Psalm 23).

Deborah J. Thompson is a writer, artist and Stephen Minister. Her articles are published by Crosswalk.com and "The Fish" family of Christian radio station websites around the country. She shares "Reflections" on Life and Marriage on her website, www.inspiredreflections.info. And she is working on her first book, Your Life, Your Choice, which gives 5 simple steps to harness the power of your choices and bring more Love, Joy and Peace into your life. Join her on Facebook and Twitter.

Original publication date: November 19, 2009

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