If I could pick any moment in time to set my in-real-life- DVR to record, so that I can go back to at any moment in time, it would be in a simple moment. A moment that I can vividly repeat in my mind and look forward to often. On a gentle Spring day, riding passenger side, windows down, I sling my arm out an open window and allow my fingers to glide up and down the waves of cool breeze. It's in the split second I'm able to close my eyes, lay my head back and be in absolute peace and nirvana. It's something about the precise balance of cool and warm, the wind tantalizing each and every nerve, the sense of absolute calm, slicing through suspended time.
What happens when you close your eyes to this moment, only to reopen them to see nothing but the red, rough texture of a brick wall just as you are smashing straight into it?
This happened last week. What do you do when you hit a metaphorical brick wall in your life?
You keep going.
4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The godof this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a]made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
This messaged is on my mind today.
From our trials and tribulations comes a great and powerful wisdom. This knowledge will either help us in the future or help someone else. Don't carry around your pain, all balled up inside; share it with the world! Tell a friend, talk with a family member, write a blog. There is no one that is guarded from pain; we are all there together. When we share our wisdom with others and light will shine on our darkness. The most important is the last verse, don't give up. Allow God to make glory from pain. (a great, in depth commentary HERE)
There's something you didn't know about my message from last week's POMMM. Me and my father didn't have a very good relationship. Our relationship was torn and broken. We both have trouble with communication. And instead of working through our problems, we chose to ignore them and walk away- we had not spoke a word to each other in years. Years had passed without a single bit of communication between the two of us- until the dreaded phone call. It was this immediate communication shot to the heart that allowed us to once again open up communication. God allowed us a second chance (or 3rd chance...but, who's counting.) I could have received a much worse, more damaging call. Instead, it was a wakeup call. A call to drop all negative baggage and move forward with the future- keep going. I'm choosing to find light in the darkness and to dig through all the disaster and rubble to find the remaining intact piece of treasure- hope and healing.
While my initial reaction was so very painful and I wanted to burry my feelings deep down inside, I am now choosing to let them out. I am choosing to be happy and realize what glory has been given and not focus on the pain. So, can I please have that piece of my mind back? I may need it. I'm going to conquer onward and upward!
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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