women 4 hope

Dedicated to addressing women’s issues.


Invoking the Goddess
picture by © sunrisestables


Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes of Mother Teresa


Kid By Kid — Empowering Children


Faridah with the peace dove
picture by © joansheartart


When we are suffering it is very difficult, if not impossible, to see the “light at the end of the tunnel”. But, it is there. You will get through it. And, in time your wounds really will be healed.

Can something good come out of adversity? Often in the face of adversity, we are unable to see anything through our pain. The only thing we can think about, are questions. Why is this happening to me? How will I go on? How will I survive? These are all reasonable questions, and in the depth of your pain you will ask them, and more. But, there are no answers to these questions. Only after you realize this, will you be able to go on, and let go.

We can not turn away from our pain. It is very important that we feel all our feelings during these times of adversity and heartache. Denying our pain, or denying our feelings, will not benefit us in any way. In fact, it will only prolong our troubles. But, if we look at our situation, and face our problems head-on; we will triumph.

You may feel like you are losing the “battle”; but when you push through your battle, you come out on the other side the winner of your “war”. That is because you are empowered when you conquer life’s toughest battles. Only at these times of empowerment do we grow into the people we are meant to be. Think about that for a minute. Who would you be right now, if it wasn’t for the adversity you have been through in your life?

For me personally, I wish I had never had to go through many of the painful events of my life; loss, divorce, illness, betrayal, (just to name a few). But, I also know that I would not be who I am today, had I not. My past heartache, and my past pain, are what make me the compassionate person that I am today. And in retrospect, I don’t think I would want to be the kind of person, who knows no hardships. It’s because of these hardships that I appreciate every thing I have, even the little things, that most people take for granted.

I can now see that my past adversity, has truly been a blessing in my life. I don’t look forward to future adversity, however I know it will come. When it does come, I will have the knowledge of my past strength to help me overcome, and once again triumph.

I hope for everyone, that they are able to one day look past their pain, to find their empowerment.

Also see: Who Will Stand By You? — by Catherine Morgan

5 Responses to “EMPOWERMENT”

  1. Larry said

    We all face adversity but the real challenge is how we respond and what can we gain from each adversity

    Those who refuse to quit and learn the strength of a higher power will come through adversity stronger and better off in many ways.

  2. I agree…thanks for the comment.

  3. lori said

    Is that painting “Invoking the Goddess” for Sale?

  4. lori said

    I belong to a woman’s organization called The Family of Women. We produce a weekend event called the Women’s Discovery Weekend two times a year at several different locations around the country or in Canada. The weekend is a transformatioal experience, lead by women, that creates a safe space for women to acknowledge the pain, fear, anger of the past, and begin to focus on the now. We meet weekly for programs to look at how we got to be who we are, and what type of women we want to live as now. Being supported by women, and communing with women; helping women live lives they love, have happier marriages, raise happier children, be better community members are they way we are changing the world. One woman at a time. It is we, the women of the world, that will bring the changes we need and want.
    You can look at my website, bratenders.com, if you wish to contact me about the FOW and our weekends.

  5. mary said

    I work with Kathryn Tull, an author and speaker on domestic violence prevention and intervention. We are hoping to get the word out about her upcoming teleclass, If Love Hurts.

    If you have any other resources you’d recommend, I’d appreciate any info.
    Mary Brock

    Here’s Kathryn’s bio:

    Promo copy for her upcoming teleclass:

    Has there ever been a moment in your relationship when you felt nervous, tense, or even scared of what might happen if your partner got mad?

    My name is Kahryn Tull and I’d like to invite you to participate in a unique teleclass workshop, If Love Hurts. For six weeks I will share, educate and empower you – and others you love – about one of the most hidden of all relationship issues, abuse.

    Please join me for a FREE Preview call on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm PST.

    You’ll learn to recognize the signs of abuse—emotional as well as physical. You’ll learn how to make choices to support yourself, how to know when it’s time to leave – and steps to take to stay safe.

    Let me teach you in a few weeks what it took me years to learn.

    Signing up is easy. Simply visit http://www.nextboldstep.com/teleclass.html to learn more and sign up today. I look forward to hearing from you!

    To healthy relationships,


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