WARNING: This video is a bit different than my usual. It includes a story in the voiceover that might not be good for your little ones; if it makes you uncomfortable, just turn off the sound and watch with Christmas music for a more cheerful version.

The word “cardinal” is from the Latin cardo, meaning hinge. Something that has cardinal qualities is so important that it functions as a keystone or axle; other things hinge around it. Our difficult life experiences, as well as the positive ones, can be the anchors around which God develops our character. They don’t define us, but can instill deep compassion in us for the hardships of others.

An experience from decades ago contributed to shape who I am; it’s not one I’ve shared with anyone until very recently. In today’s video, I share that story as a way to encourage others who have been through traumatic experiences, that you might know you are not alone.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”-2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Help for survivors

If you need assistance coping, please reach out to someone. Especially during the holidays – these can be a rough few weeks ahead. There are many who care…..I’ve listed just a few hotlines:

The bloghop and prizes

Now hop along and go see what everyone else is making today:

  1. Sandy Allnock (you’re here)
  2. Josefine Fouarge
  3. Rubeena Ianigro
  4. Leigh Houston
  5. Mamie Carson Wadsworth
  6. Tania Ahmed
  7. Ana Reese
  8. Tracy Freeman
  9. Amy Tsuruta
  10. Tracie Pond
  11. Sharna Waksmulski
  12. Alix Davis
  13. Janette Kausen
  14. Mayra Duran-Hernandez
  15. Kimberly Wiener
  16. Seeka
  17. Joanne Maree Soukup
  18. Crissy Salima Smith

My painting is now at Society 6, and any proceeds are being donated to RAINN. I’m hoping to add some more of my recent work to the site over the weekend- let me know if there’s something in particular you’ve wanted prints of and if I still have it here I’ll photograph and add it. Because Christmas is coming! The original is framed and will be hanging at my church in the next few weeks.