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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Raft or Rock?

Imagine you are in the middle of the ocean and you are trying to take care of so many things that you feel you may drown. Now imagine that you try to reach out to someone for help. You hope that the person you find is a life raft and is able to hold you up so that you don't sink. But what happens if the person you reach out to is a rock? And you know if you grab onto them, you will quickly sink to the bottom?

There are occasions in life when you feel you are drowning in day-to-day life, work, finances or other problems and need to reach out for someone hoping to find a raft. Will there be one there for you? Do you have someone you can count on to hold you up when you need it most?

There will also be times in life when you will be called upon for support. Truth be told, you can choose to hold them up and give them the support they need to get through the rough seas or you can choose to treat them like they aren't in need of your help and are only seeking attention. It is hard to tell what they really need, but when it comes down to it, you have to decide whether to be a raft or a rock.

Earlier today I was dealing with some difficult financial decisions and my gut reaction was to reach out for my husband. He wasn't sympathetic however and made me feel like I was reaching out for a rock. After a while of feeling sorry for myself, I remembered that I was reaching out for the wrong person. God should be the raft in my life. He can hold me up when the seas of life are threatening to drown me. I have to remember to reach out for Him, or else He can't help me.

I can't promise that the people around you won't become rocks when you need them, but I can promise that He will be a raft for you when you need Him. Just ask!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Easter Angel

Ever wonder if angels truly exist?

I recently have been graced by an angel in my life. However I need to let you in on a few things first. My husband is recently disabled having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. He can no longer work and to make a long story short, we have been faced with financial difficulties unlike any we have ever experienced before.

Like many chatty people, I frequent a few social sites from time-to-time finding solace in the few friends that I have acquired. As you know, Easter is around the corner and for my family, it marks the 2nd anniversary of my father-in-laws passing to join the Lord.

Anyway, I had posted how I was unable to participate in an Easter gift exchange with some of my friends due to our financial situation. Upon reading this, a nameless individual stepped forward with a very kind heart and offered to send me a little something just because. We messaged back and forth and this person found out that I was trying to get into jewelry making some more but did not have all the tools of the craft that I needed. Going out of their way, this individual purchased these items for me and had them shipped to my home. I am beside myself with joy and love for this person with whom I have never even met face-to-face.

Even a local radio station has been trying to change the way people interact with each other. They have been urging people to consider paying for the bill of the person in the car behind them when they are in the drive-through. What a neat idea.

But what do these things say about today's society? That sometimes even in this tough economy with crooks and evil surrounding us everywhere, there exists the Lord's angels to hold us, love us and protect us even when we struggle to do for ourselves. It can take just one kind word to a stranger, a meal for a homeless child or a small gift for someone we barely know, to show others that all is not lost and that genuine people do still exist.

So I want to humbly say "thank you" to my Easter Angel for reminding me that God is everywhere and to never give up hope. May God bless you!

Friday, April 1, 2011

What does it mean to persevere?

Well, before I continue let me give the dictionary definition of the word "persevere". To persevere means to remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement. It also means to refuse to stop or to continue to (try to) do something in spite of difficulties.

Lately, my oldest has been struggling in school with two of her classes. It is largely because of a boy. Not the boy’s fault at all. It is just the affect that this boy has on her. Yes, she thinks she is in love. Weren't we all once? But you have to admire her determination. Not to do what my husband and I want her to do, but what she wants to do. Being a mom has taught me one thing if nothing else...teenagers are always right at least in their mind.

About a month or so she was caught in a lie. Nothing new I’m sure, but it was worse than normal. She lied to my husband and me about who was bringing her home from a National Honor Society event she was helping to host at her school. She said it was her best friend’s parents bringing her home. It wasn’t. Since the boy goes to another school, I asked her how he was at her school. She said “He must have seen it on my Facebook page.” He didn’t. When I asked the boy, he admitted she had invited him.

When our Taekwondo instructor learned of her deception, she had a talk with her and gave her an assignment do to. She was also demoted a belt for at least a month as punishment for breaking the tenant of integrity. I will discuss the five tenants in a future post.

So what does this have to do with perseverance? Everything. In spite of the situation, she persevered. In spite of being demoted for lying, she persevered. I do not condone her lying, but I admire her for her perseverance. She has remained constant to a purpose.

So when you feel you cannot keep going, remember that if we have the desire of a love-crazed teenager, we can overcome anything and persevere!