Crushed Grapes

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My father, he showed me no love but like a fool I put him above…everything that ever made sense, was always willing to give him a second and third chance. Still wonder what I could’ve done to fit in, my spirit crushed deep within, how come I couldn’t get no love from him?

They say that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also but one thing I didn’t know…is that “they” would hit so low…below the belt, tremors still being felt, a crushing blow I was dealt. Needed some time with the most divine, so on my knees I knelt.

Never thought I would recover but soon I would discover that like a grape I was being “crushed”, in God, I’ll never lose trust. He can see the sunshine through the rain, I know I’m not same because of the pain. But the injuries that I sustained, only help me to maintain…strength at my very core, never walked this path before, for me there’s an open door.

Like grapes that are crushed to make fine wine, I know it’s my time, God wants me to shine. There’s a method to His “madness”, joy will come out of this sadness. Pressured like grapes so that my purpose would be squeezed out of me. Sometimes God does that so that you can clearly see, the direction that He needs you to go in.  Your purpose is just round the bend, in Jesus we all have a friend. It helps if you can comprehend how He draws out of you, what you’ve been holding in.

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C.K. McGhee is a woman of faith who believes in nurturing her spiritual relationship with God in order to be her best and to give her best. She hails from New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, which is just north of New York City. Having been diagnosed with Major Depressive and Anxiety Disorder twenty years ago, she is concerned with bringing awareness to the Mental Health crisis in America; specifically focused on The African-American community. She believes that not only are her struggles with mental health a testimony for someone else who may be struggling but that it’s the very foundation for her advocacy platform; to inspire, motivate and inform others that there is life despite mental health challenges. Her signature phrase, “Here’s to brighter days”, maintains a steadfast hope that all of the voices that have been silenced by stigma, will be supported to speak their truth, knowing and understanding the value of their lives; walking in purpose towards their brighter days!

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