Tonight I had the privilege of attending the Freedom Session grad, which is a faith based 12 step program for people struggling with all kinds of issues. I heard testimonies about people overcoming pain, addictions, finding forgiveness for themselves and other, finding peace after suffering abuse, discovering hope in the face of depression and suicide and most of all finding freedom from dysfunctional behaviours. I have had the privilege of being a sponsor for the last two years and watching two young women be transformed by faith. It is so encouraging and moving, hearing so many stories of broken and hurting people being provided with tools to cope and deal with life and the positive changes they have experienced already in their life and of course those changes impact those around them and help foster and build health relationships. There is so many broken people in this world and to see a program helping to strengthen marriage and relationships between children and their parents because let’s face it we all have issues from our parents is worth supports and being a part of. The other thing I really like is that the people attending freedom session come from all walks of life and are of all ages but they all come together as a community to get behind each other and support each other and accept people no matter what secrets or “shameful” pasts they have. It is truly humbling to see people finding fulfillment because they have realized for the first time that they have value and that God loves and has a plan for each person and that they are unique and special and designed for a purpose. When people realize they are important something changes, they have hope and can cope and can love others which is really what we are all seeking whether we realize it or not in some form or another. So I say congrats to all the freedom session grads and thanks for sharing your testimonies and allowing me to be encouraged by your journeys.