Recently I was invited to be on a speaker’s panel at Woman’s Conference called “Awakening Woman Within”, organized by one of my friends. I never been on a panel and was little bit nerves. It was an amazing experience. Completely different than I had expected. Women were honest and vulnerable. It encouraged me to say so much more than I had planned. I do believe these powerful testimonies can touch people’s lives and empower us to believe that there is always hope and we are never alone. Here is some of the questions and answers I was talking about. If you like to know more about my story, my book Miraculous is on Amazon.ca
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I am Lena Cebula. I am wife and a mother of 3 beautiful children. I run Love&BLoved. It’s an organization that grew from my personal journey and my autobiography. I am blogger, speaker and activist for children in crisis and victims of human trafficking.
What does the topic “love of a woman “means to you?
In the bible first commandment is to love God. And second commandment is to love your neighbour as yourself. So, you DO have to love yourself in order to love others. And I always did. In selfish and proud kind of way. Consequences of my behaviour were shallow relationships and shallow understanding of who am I. When I realized that God loves me unconditionally, I became more gracious, more forgiving and more kind to myself. When my heart became full, I started loving others as well.
How has your life experiences shaped you into the woman you are today?
In 2011 I gave my life to Christ and I believed my life became extraordinary. Because I had peace and passion and purpose. Only after reflecting on my past in my book called Miraculous, I’ve realized my life was extraordinary from beginning.
Strangely today I am grateful for my past. Rough times taught me to think outside the box. And deal more positive with consequences of my decisions. I can easily adopt and adjust in any circumstances. Pain and suffering taught me to be more compassionate towards others. No matter what happened to you… I understand.
What is one thing you learned about yourself while on your journey to healing?
Actually, it’s two things. First that I am resilient. And second that I am treasure of God, Who will never leave me, never forsake me and never give up on me.
It made such a difference in my life to know that I had love that would never change. I had looked for love that was lacking in my childhood and finally found patience, no judgement, truth and hope. God bless you! Have a wonderful day!!!