Turning Pain into Purpose - Five Steps to Become a Faucet of Hope
Guest Blog Post
Linda Larson Schlitz
What does it mean to turn pain into purpose and tragedy into triumph? Where do you begin, and how long does it take?
You see, how we look at things is primarily up to us! We get to decide how to interpret what happens to us and something we may have done or have left undone. I get to decide if I want to be grateful that I'm alive and that I have a choice to be clean and sober today, whether I treat people kindly or sit home depressed, angry, and fearful.
It's up to me if I am content with my life as it is.
I decide if I want to seek the God who created me to find out why He did such a thing or if I would instead wander around aimlessly looking for the satisfaction that I now know I will never find outside of that purpose.
My name is Linda Larson Schlitz, and in 1976 I decided to stop looking at my life as a hopeless mess of failures, poor choices, and unsuccessful relationships and turn that negativity into a hopeful future.
It is my passion to help others overcome the obstacles that they face in their lives. Whether it is trauma and failure from the past or fear and anxiety of the future, God has a plan, and He will fulfill it if you let him.
Despite failing plenty in high school, a good counselor convinced me that I wasn't as dumb as I thought. She encouraged me to take one class in college. I took a course in psychology I found I liked it. I got an A and continued forward. Long story short, as a single parent, I did my entire undergraduate work at home and graduated with a 3.7 GPA and then went on to get my Master's degree in counseling which I have been doing now for 30 years.
God does work all things together for good.
I now am blessed to work from home and help transform people's lives by counseling and coaching online. This in turn has helped me to be a better caregiver for my husband.
I am the author of several books, but the two published right now are Ditzy Blonde Faucet- It's a God Thing about overcoming mental illness and substance abuse. It's a ride inside the brain of a person who has ADHD, and you will find a lot of funny stories of the silly things I have done and serious issues that I've had to deal with. My most recent publication is Speak to me God I'm Listening 365 Daily Meditations for Those Who Want to Hear God Answer Life's Toughest Questions.
This book is my journey through 12 Step Christian recovery and how I have learned not only to pray for direction but also to listen to what God had to say to me and then decide if I will do what he says.
It is my sincere hope that God would speak to those of you who are reading this who may need support to discover your purpose, overcome barriers and find the passion for changing the lives of others, and become the Faucet of HOPE you were meant to be.
Linda Larsson Schlitz is a counselor, author, speaker, and life coach. She is the 2020-2021 Alignable Business Person of the Year in Wausau, Wisconsin. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Athena Award and the Red Cross Hometown Hero of the Year Award.
Tagline: Linda is the Founder of Faucet of HOPE Ministries and the Christian Addiction Recovery Academy helping others achieve success.
Book: Speak to me God, I'm listening:365 Daily Meditations for Those Who Want to Hear God Answer Life's Toughest Questions