Those who have lived in Jacksonville for more than 20 years know about the story of Kamiyah Mobley, a newborn taken from a local hospital. For 18 years, there were reminders of her kidnapping, but no solution. Until this week.

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Thankfully she is alive and healthy. She was discovered in North Carolina living under a name the kidnapper gave her as a baby. I’m sure some of you have heard the story. You’ve probably gripped your children a bit closer thinking about it.

I pray the kidnapper takes responsibility for what she did and doesn’t make Kamiyah go through any more than she already has. I pray this non-birth mother turns to God and allows Him to heal whatever issues she might have in her life that would cause her to steal and keep another woman’s child as her own.

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People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry! – C. Joybell C., author

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Kamiyah will be given lots of advice as time goes on. But the best advice any can give her is to forgive. Forgive her non-birth mother for taking her from the hospital to satisfy her own needs and not of those of the child. Forgive anyone else involved who might have helped perpetuate this lie. Forgive the hospital for allowing the kidnapping to occur in the first place. In Matthew 18:22, when asked how many times must a man forgive someone who has done him wrong, Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

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I know it’s easy to say to forgive from where I’m sitting, but by holding onto hate, you only hurt yourself.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you’re saying what the person did was okay. What you’re saying is “I plan to move forward and in order to do so, I have to let go of my anger.”

None of us can fathom what this girl is going through, not to mention the family of this non-birth mother. All have been lied to, and now have discovered that what they believed was never true. Having cameras in your face while you’re dealing with such a harsh reality will only make it harder. Forgiveness is the only way, in time, they can all heal completely.

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With the shooting in Ft. Lauderdale and terrorism growing, the world can seem like a scary place, Toss in illness, pain, and money issues in your own life, and you might think God has walked away. But He will never leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6 reinforces that, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

God is with you until the end.

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He might back off and allow you to live with the consequences of your actions. Or if the situation is not of your own doing, that valley might be there to build character or prepare you for what God has in store next.

No matter the circumstances, there are still blessings to be found. Everything from flowers in a field to the blue sky overhead, from the roof that keeps rain away to the smile on your grandchild’s face, these are all blessings from God.

Unfortunately, we get too focused on the bad to notice the blessings God has put before us.

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If you’re looking for the bad things in life, then you will find it. If you search for the good things then it is what you find. – Ann  Marie Aguilar, author

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I have a challenge for you. Over the next thirty days, create a blessings/praise jar or bowl. Place a jar or bowl on a table and every night write down one or two things that you were blessed with that day. List something you can praise God for. If He got you to work during heavy traffic – write it down.

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A blessing can be something as simple as God allowing you to get out of bed that morning. For some people, that is a true blessing.

At the end of your thirty days, go through your jar. I imagine once you’ve read your notes, you’ll feel a lot of God’s joy in your heart and realize He has been beside you the entire time.

If you chose to accept this challenge, I’d love for you to post a photo of your blessing jar or bowl. Just click it to the comment section below.

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