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I think It’s the great paradox of life that blessings can come in curses, and strength comes when we are at our weakest. That’s what happened to me, as the darkest moments of my life brought me nearer to deciphering that subtle whisper I had been hearing throughout the years. When someone very dear to me became addicted to drugs, the addiction and overdose epidemic that was happening “out there” to others, suddenly sabotaged my life and my family. And at the same time that it seemed to drain me of everything (family, friends, sanity!), it filled me with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit — knowledge, understanding, courage . . . love, patience, kindness . . . even joy and peace. Gifts such as these come with a price — they must be shared. And so I shared (and continue to share) these gifts by educating and inspiring others to draw near to God, to support one another, to make visible the Body of Christ on earth, and to emanate the light of hope.