My best friend likes to watch true crime shows, but she doesn’t have cable at her house. So, I agreed to DVR a couple of her favorite shows, and every few weeks, she comes over for a viewing party. I sit beside her on the couch and attempt to not squirm too much as the blood and gore flashes on the screen.
One of the shows she enjoys is called “I Survived.” Here is the Biography Channel’s description of the series:
“What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped-down, simple-yet-cinematic interview style, I Survived… allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances — offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever.
I Survived… is storytelling at its most dramatic, most basic and most honest.”
The stories highlighted on this show are HORRIFYING, but they are all true stories told in first person by the actual survivor. Every episode ends with the “survivors” explaining in their own words why they felt they survived a very traumatic incident.
Last year was a very difficult year at our house — death, sickness, depression. I am so thankful to be “on the other side” of a traumatic season for our marriage. When I look back at the year, I know why I survived.
I survived because
- My Help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalms 121:2).
- Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (I John 4:4)
- With God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37)
- God sent His word and healed me and delivered me from destruction (Psalms 107:20).
- The Lord stood with me and strengthened me (I Timothy 4:17).
- He never leaves me nor forsakes me (Heb 13:5)
- The Lord is my strength and shield (Psalms 28:7).
- God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)
- The Lord alone makes me dwell in safety (Psalms 4:8).
- His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Q4U: Are you a “survivor buff”? What verse have you hung on to during a difficult season?
My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.” Find out what that means here.
Joining like-minded sisters today at Thought-Provoking Thursday, Tell His Story, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday and Playdates with God.