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Sally-Ann Gray: - An inspiration to others

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:04 AMShanna Monteith
Sally-Ann Gray and husband and children.
Sally-Ann Gray and husband and children.
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"And we know that all things work together for good those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose." -Roman 8:28

At the age of three months my mother decided she was unable to give me the life she wanted for me. She decided to walk to RJR on Lyndhurst road to make an announcement. She had a baby she wanted to give away," said Sally-Ann Gray, as she recalled what she knows of her earlier days.

Gray told Family and Religion that while her mother was on her way, with her in hand to make the announcement, it began to rain and a stranger stopped to offer her a ride.

After a few minutes of explaining her plight, the man revealed that he and his wife have been praying for a baby, and just like that little Gray was handed over to them, complete strangers.

"When I was 11, it was revealed to me that I was adopted. I felt terribly rejected and struggled with feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth. Those feelings morphed and I was an extremely wayward teen. I snuck out the house, going to parties, searching for love in all the wrong places. Many people told my [adoptive] mother I would never amount to anything. My [adoptive] parents prayed hard. High school was hard because I was teased immeasurably. I was not accepted within certain social circles," she said, adding that growing up was very painful for her because no one really knew how she felt on the inside.

 

Blossomed into hope

 

But what began as quite an unfortunate story has endured much pain and rebelliousness and has blossomed into one of hope and inspiration.

While in lower six in high school, Gray was expelled from the institution that she would be employed at as a special education teacher.

"I wanted to help students like myself who were misunderstood within the system. I settled from there and started to make my mark as a special educator teaching both locally and abroad. I got married to my husband Mark who God created just for me.

He spoke life into me, he loved and accepted me. We had two beautiful children and bought a house. I did everything society says will make you happy. I only found that the feelings of low self-worth from my teenage years were once again rearing its ugly head," she said.

Gray explained that though she got baptised at age 14, she had backslidden and had hit a spiritual low, but she knew it was time to seek God again.

According to her: "I gave my life to the Lord and gave up trying to make myself look good on the outside to measure up or be accepted by others. My husband saw the change in me and he too gave his life to God because he wanted to please God and we both grew spiritually.

God revealed to me that I went through all of that to achieve His purpose which is to use my life story to inspire and empower others to know life is less about the circumstances into which you are born but more about the power you have to choose differently."

Gray, who also serves as a motivational speaker recently added author to her list of credentials as she revealed that her book called The Renewal was launched in July and can be accessed at Bookophilia or on Amazon.

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