Analine’s Story of Resilience 

At this darkest hour, her lowest point in life, Analine stepped back and thought about the voices she’d been listening to all this time.

She’d listened to people around her. Listened to the voices of despair and sadness in her mind. But she hadn’t listened to the source of all her strength up until now!

There’s one thing about life which will always catch you by surprise: that is, you can follow the right path for some time, but before you know it, the small mistakes, or the one-off problems all eventually stack up.

When that happens it can either hurt you, or you have to find a new path.

The Story of Analine

Analine is a charming, hilarious and spiritual wife and mother from South Africa.

Until 2011, she’d lived life as an able bodied, headstrong and caring woman, but suddenly, starting with a troubling knee operation, everything was about to change for Analine and her entire family.

“I’d like my story to inspire people to know that they’re not alone. And coming from my background, I always believe that if it wasn’t for God covering my back, I would never ever have overcome any of my obstacles and challenges.”

Analine’s knee replacement left her in constant pain and barely able to walk anywhere, but with her husband working for the ministry full time, the pressure was on her to provide for the family.

“I had to resign from my voluntary job at Rainbow FM, our Christian community radio station, and go back to the corporate world working for the bank.

“We needed money. My kids were still at school and we still owed on our bond. With my husband going full time in the ministry we went from 2 salaries, to one, and then to zero.

“All the financial pressure was on me.”

A Few Wrong Decisions

With little to no financial support, Analine single-handedly led her family - doing the best she could.

But with bills to pay, mouths to feed, the mortgage and her bond owing, even the smallest tasks like picking up the groceries became stressful.

“All bills were falling behind. I made some stupid decisions, started paying the bills and day to day living costs with the access bond not realising that it was going up… 

“Originally fifty thousand, in the end I owed five hundred and fifty thousand.”

As many of us do, Analine kept these financial troubles from her family,

By Beverley Anderson

@BeUnshakable


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  •  It's better to share your troubles. Analine kept their financial difficulties from her family. "I thought I was protecting them but I was just making things worse."
  • Analine recognised that life often gives us a second chance. "What I realised after the stroke is that I was given a second chance in life, some people never survive.."
  • Analine uses song to reinforce her faith and her strength. Find your way of reinforcing your strength and let the world see the joy that comes from it.

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“I didn’t want to worry my kids. I didn’t want to worry my husband. I thought I was protecting them but I was just making things worse.”

When their car broke down and there was no money to fix it, Analine felt doomed.

“My job was like 45 minutes away. My house was facing repossession by the bank. I didn’t know what to do. Where will we go? What are we going to do?”

Analine’s health deteriorated.

She found it harder and harder to walk, her diabetes affected her heavily, and the onset of stress resulted in things coming to a head…

When Worse Comes to Worst

“All these things were affecting my health and eventually I had a stroke.

“I was told I’ll never be able to use the right side of my body again. The first thought that came to mind was ‘God, how can this happen to me.’

“I even tried to take my own life.”

Every single day of her life became a challenge, a struggle, something that was far too difficult to bear.

“Family members started avoiding us, it felt like we’d become beggars. My husband was embroiled in a struggle with his siblings over the church building which his dad left in his care, which distanced us even more from the family.

“At work I faced more challenges with new management victimizing me. My husband started blaming everyone around us for the situation we were in.

“It felt like I had no backup. I felt abandoned and alone.”

At this darkest hour, her lowest point in life, Analine stepped back and thought about the voices she’d been listening to all this time.

She’d listened to people around her.

Listened to the voices of despair and sadness in her mind.

But she hadn’t listened to the source of all her strength up until now in her life.

“You should listen to the voice of God, and that’s when I realised you need to be strong. You cannot, you cannot, you cannot be strong on your own.

“We need people. But most importantly we need God in our life.”

Analine’s faith in God helped her to realise that all was not lost. That she was not the only person going through this kind of difficulty in life.

And that she, too, can keep going.

Key Take Away

We all have a power in us, a source of our strength, that reminds us of our purpose and our ability to move forward.

Our faith, our purpose, is a vital key to our resilience.

What is that purpose for you? What does God have in store for you?


Her Song of Joy

Without God I am nothing.

“I’m the type of person that will always sing my praise to God. If I am sad, happy, whatever I am going through, I sing…

“I’ll go into a place where I don't know anyone and I’ll leave having half of the peoples phone numbers - I think it’s because of the joy that I have and they pick up on it.”

Using song as her outlet, Analine is able to hold on to the joy she’s found in life.

“What I realized after the stroke is that I was given a second chance in life, some people never survive.”

Key Take Away

Analine uses song to reinforce her faith and her strength.

What outlet do you use to find your own strength?

Some people use affirmations, some people use prayer, some people use journals.
Find your way of reinforcing your strength and let the world see the joy that comes from it.

With this new power discovered, Analine set forth to right the wrongs that sent her to hospital in the first place.

After just 3 weeks in hospital, being told she’d be paralyzed, Analine walked out triumphantly with just a crutch for assistance.

She returned to work a month later.  Resilience comes from knowing your "why", your purpose:

“I had to do what I had to do. I left at half past four in the morning, come rain, hail, or snow. I had to provide for my family. If I didn’t work there’d be no       income. 

So, with the power of God on her side, Analine’s working on living debt-free and sold the house to live more affordably. 

“Now, whatever I feel like doing, I do it. As I have a second chance, I need to do everything that I have to do. I’m doing stand up comedy, I’m doing drama, I’m a host at Rainbow Christian community radio, and I’m busy currently writing a book.”

Analine won’t let fear get the better of her anymore as she gets everything she ever wanted out of life.

Financial struggles were worked through, disability was faced and conquered, life found a new path for Analine to walk.

It may have taken her a little longer to get where she wanted to be, but she got there, and that was what was important to her, and her family. 

“I would say to someone facing adversity, as much as you’re going through your situation, you are not alone.

We get so blinded and consumed by our situation that it takes up all our energy, it saps our strength. You are making your situation bigger than God, you are making yourself sick. You’re so focused on your problem that it consumes you entirely."

You need to let go and trust God. Have a relationship with your Creator. Without God, you cannot achieve or obtain anything. You need God.”

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