Who Knew…

Life is sometimes hard y’all. We tend to go through things that seem to be never ending. It’s always something, one battle after another.

On August 5th of this year my job received notice that our contract was not renewed as a Managed Care Organization with the state of Louisiana and our current contract we are under is set to end on December 31st 2019. I was actually off when they received the news. My phone was ringing like crazy, and I was getting text every few minutes. Honestly, my initial response was laughter. For some reason it was funny to me. I think my mind was so overloaded with everything that was going on with Jaime til I was just numb to whatever else the world had to offer.

Fast forward to today, I’m currently still working at the same job. Some of my colleagues moved on in fear of not having a job in December which I understand but my faith is strong. LHCC is fighting the decision of not being chosen as an MCO. At the end of it all, if things don’t go our way I know that my God has something more in store for me. Hell, I didn’t plan on working in this capacity for long anyway.

James 1:2-4 says 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

How great is that! Having Joy while going through only to know that in the end we will have learned how to operate in patience and have all we need.

Who knew that all my struggles would activate my purpose? The thing that I thought would take me out made me stronger. Who knew that my understanding for mental illness would be bigger than I ever thought? Who knew that I would put myself out there publicly showing my flaws and all? Who knew that I would want to speak in front of crowds in efforts to bring awareness to something that’s way bigger than I? WHO KNEW?

The key to winning battles is God. Once we realize it’s not our fight it’s his (God) we win.

– Hope

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Charnel Jackson, LPC

    I’m so proud of your transparency and your willingness to share your journey! Mental Health Matters!!

  2. Michelle Ellis

    I Knew because you are in amazing young. I love you guys 💜

  3. Vanesta Johnson

    My God, my God. Keep praying and keep your eyes off man and continue to let the Lord use you. Proud auntie!!

  4. Tonya

    The good fight of faith!!💖💖💖

  5. Debbie Albert-stewart

    Thank you sharing. You will definitely touch someone. It’s me…I’m someone. 😉

    1. Hope Katress

      I’m so happy this touched you. I always say if I just touch 1 my job is done. Be blessed!

  6. Ms. Johnson

    Who knew, Who knew that your name would come to bring”HOPE “ and Strength and Courage to others! I am truly proud of you! Continue to grow in faith and keep allowing God to lead you every step of the way….

  7. Catherine Fields

    You’re a blessing as there are others that are afraid to reach out. Your strength and perseverance will prove that Jehovah can and will answer prayers, it’s there for the asking. May you continue to get better.

  8. Doris Prier

    We are saved by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony Hope. Love You, Doris 🙏🥰

  9. Patricia Johnson

    Wow, God is using you in a way that will Bless so many people. It’s not a coincidence that you were named “HOPE”. What a remarkable woman you are. With God, Nothing is Impossible. ❤️

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