Here is the ultimate lesson. It is an ultimate sacrifice!!!
If you haven't figured it out yet, my faith is everything of who I am. When I thought of this I just couldn't let go.
God sent his only son to die on the cross. No one, not you or I could have taken Christ's place. It was his cross to bear.
This is my cross. It is heavy and it is mine. People can come along side you as you carry the cross. Christ had his friends and support, you have yours and I have mine, but in the end the only one who can bear your cross is you.
I have friends that have difficulties in their lives. I cannot take the obstacles and struggles away from them. I can come along side, I can give help, and I can even carry the burden for a little while, but it comes times one they can bear their own cross.
Each of us has our struggles. The pain is real and the anger, frustration and the cry of your heart is real.
The gift and peace comes in knowing that you are not alone and through all of it Christ is with you.
Hope, faith & love are the keys.
I have always said that you should not pray for patience. Only pray for patience if you want tests for patience. So what should you pray for. Ask Solomon. You should pray for wisdom. Wisdom to know what to do, who to lean on, where to go. Wisdom is the answer. If you ask, God will give. So wisdom and clarity are my usual prayer requests. Nice right.
OK, so what do I do with the anger, frustration, and hurt. I begged for it to go away for that I would have clarity. You cannot make wise decisions without clarity and you cannot have clarity if you are always angry, mean, mad, and moody.
Having those feelings are not wrong. They are part of life. It is what you do with those feelings and how you handle them that makes a difference. It all comes down to choices. You are ultimately responsible for your own actions.
The biggest key to understanding if you made a mistake and are learning from it comes in repenting. Did you feel remorse? Are you sorry for what you did? Have you apologized to the right people?
Making mistakes is human. How we handle our mistakes is our character. Own up to your responsibility. Be a man of integrity, honesty, and self respect.
Do What's Right - Be Your Best - with God's help!!!!
When life throws you a LEMON, make some lemonade...
Wow, that is really hard to do sometimes isn't it!!!
Here is a profound lesson I have learned this week. I am sure I will have more to come because learning to walk by faith iss hard.
Walk by faith, hmmm, trusting God when you cant see where you are going or when someone has thrown blinders on you. Yes, walking by faith... People who are driven by faith know what it takes: Asking just for wisdom and clarity!!!
My first pearl of wisdom:
We are all alone in this together, together we are each alone.
I said that at my father's funeral when I realized how differently each of my children mourned the loss of their grandfather.
Here we were all together but alone each one of us processes through life's ups and down differently.
Here is the lesson I learned from Opa, my father. Daddy told us to mourn but one when he was gone and then go on and honor God every day.. He knew his time here on earth was short and he was still responsible for preparing us for what was to come. Reflecting on his first year away from us I have felt like I was failing becaasue I did not know how to do that every day. Of course, the truth is it is in our daily living that we honor God.
As a family we mourned for more than one day. We celebrated his life and enjoyed recounting the many memories of friends and family.
Now I too have something to mourn even if it isn't a person. Yes, I have a major change in my life. 27 years of being married and my life is turned upside down. My husband wants a divorce. Not going into the details of the situation, life has thrown me a lemon and now I am supposed to make lemonade.
The best advice everyone gave my mother as a new widow is to not make any drastic changes your first year alone. So, in my mourning the loss of a family, I too wont make drastic changes in the first year.
Know that God is in control, have peace, and beg for clarity and wisdom...
I will explain that in my next pearl of wisdom....
Blessings to each of you,
Vilma - Do What's Right - Be Your Best - with God's help.
Vilma Blum is an ordinary woman who helps others move from being lost & ordinary to Extra-Ordinary in 90 Days...