Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Becoming Like Him - day 31 - Leave

Today is Five minute Friday, this is the day when a group of us get together over at Kate's Place and share our own stories in just five short minutes.  The rules are easy:  Write in five minutes flat without caring about whether it is just right or not.  Go over to Heading Home and link up your post.  And visit the person who linked up before you to share a comment about their writing.  See, easy.
This is also the last day of a month of five minutes a day writing.  I made it all the way through, although I wasn't sure that I would.  I hope you enjoy reading my writings on my month of Becoming Like Him.



The prompt today is:

Leave

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Oh how I hate leaving.  I like things to stay the same.  I am the person who never moves the furniture from one side of the room to another.  I am the person who likes things to not change.  I love going to visit, but hate when it is time to leave. Especially when it is visiting my grown children.
It seems to me that there is one constant in my life, and that is leaving.  I have beautiful children.  I wanted them to live next door and be close to me for the rest of their lives.  I wanted to own an entire block where everyone has their own house and the grandchildren could come to my house whenever they wanted.
Of course, that is not the way it has worked out.  No one lives that close, and the grandkids don't get to come that often.  That makes leaving for me, very difficult, because I don't know when they will be coming again.
One thing that I have learned on my own journey, is that everyone will leave. They might not mean to, the might not go very far.  But they will leave. However there is one person who never leaves us.  That person is always there, even when we feel alone and lonely.  That person is our Heavenly Father.  He knows us, He loves us, He is with us.
We are never alone and we can never do something that He doesn't see.  And that is okay with me, because He loves us in spite of our worst selves.  He loves us even in our sins.  His mercy and His grace are enough for us.  He has paid the price for each one of us to return to Him.
So, in my heart of hearts, I know that I am not alone.  I know that I am His daughter.  I know that He makes me enough, and I know that He will never, ever leave.

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Now, what can you write in five minutes?  Don't forget to link up with the rest of us over at Heading Home and share those thoughts.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Becoming Like Him - Day 30 - First

For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.



I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.



Today the Prompt is:  
FIRST

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For me, one of the ways that I strive to become most like Him is in my family life.  I make lots of mistakes, but I keep working on it and I love my family absolutely and unconditionally.  I don't get enough time with each of them, but I want them to know how much they mean to me as well as to their Heavenly Father.  
This is your very first day of being 16.  Happy birthday my sweet girl!  The very first time I saw you, I knew I loved you.  You opened your one pirate eye and looked right at me.  You melted my heart.  It filled right up with a love that never goes away, no matter what happens.  I want you to know that I will stand by your side and love you.  I will cherish you, sooth your hurts, and help you through your pain.  I know that it is hard to be in the middle.  And you are right in the middle of the final three girls.  You  have had to endure older siblings and a younger sister.  You have had to find your place in an already crowded world.  
The first time I heard you cry, I wanted to fix it.  But I couldn't.  You had a hard time adjusting to the busy place that we call home.  I carried you everywhere, until your dad got home.  From the first time he saw you, you became his.  He would take you outside and softly bounce you on the trampoline until you fell asleep in his arms.  
We were there for all your big firsts.  Your first smile was for daddy.  You first step was between our arms.  Your first soccer game and your first day of school.  We loved you through it all.  Suddenly, you are 16 and most definitely a young woman now.  You had your first permit and your first day of driving.  You are working on getting your first driver's license.  How did time fly so quickly?  You have had your first boyfriend and you are looking forward to your first date.  
I love your laugh.  I could listen to that all day long.  It makes me happy.  You might not be my first daughter, but you are loved as if you were.  You have a place in my heart that only is for you.  There is no competition in our family my sweet daughter, there is only love, and plenty of firsts for you to try.  

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Becoming Like Him - Day 29 - Unite

For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.

I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.



10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
The Prompt today is:

UNITE

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How hard is it to unite our hearts?  I have a rather large family.  We blended two families together and had a few more children to form a large blended family.  It was not an easy journey.  Sometimes, my children thought that they should be loved best, and sometimes his did.  One of the hardest things to teach them was that they are all our children.  They are each loved individually for themselves.  They are needed and wanted and each a blessing in our lives.  
Uniting together is one of the best things we have ever done.  It was a rough journey at times with a lot of potholes along the way.  Yet, it has been so rewarding and I would not change it for the world.  
Uniting our hearts together to God is not easy either.  There are so many things that would interfere with our relationship.  The world would have us believe that the Sabbath is just another part of the weekend.  It is a time to have fun and forget about everything else.  I know that the sabbath is a day of worship.  As I used to tell my children, Heavenly Father has given us everything and right now He is only asking for a little bit of your time.  
Uniting ourselves for His purpose is such a blessing.  Gathering together helps each of us to strengthen our own testimonies as well as the testimonies of others.  It helps us to find ways to remain strong and faithful.  For me, going to church, fulfills a need that is deep inside my heart.  A need to be more like Him.  It is a chance to teach, learn, listen and love. It is a choice that places my feet in the right direction for the rest of the week.  
Uniting my heart in His glory.  
I can't think of a better place to be.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Becoming Like Him - Day 28 - Wake

For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.

I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.


One day, someone is going to hug you so tight, 
that all the broken pieces will stick back together.

Today the prompt is:

WAKE


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When my older children were teenagers, they often had a hard time waking up in the morning.  Every single one of them did not like getting out of bed, getting ready for school, or eating a decent breakfast.  I usually made oatmeal or grits or even rice breakfast.  Those ones were filling and I could make a lot, but I really got a little grouchy when the teens would not listen to me and wake up and rise out of those beds.  
As a matter of fact, several mornings saw them pull covers tightly over heads and snuggle back down for more sleep.  It probably wouldn't have been so bad, except they kept missing the buses and making me late for work.  I could not afford to lose a job because they didn't care whether or not they made it to school on time.  
I tried everything I could think of to make it easier for them to get up, they all had their own alarm clocks, I would turn the lights on, we made everyone go to bed earlier and we even went to bed ourselves.  
It never seemed to matter.  When it came to sleeping in, those kids were right on top of it.  Finally, in desperation, I threw a glass of water on the heads of two of the biggest culprits.  The boy, leaped out of bed and shouted "MOM!  What are you doing?"  The girl cried big alligator tears because she just knew that I ruined her bed.  
However, they do joke about it today.  They could both swear that I took a garden hose to the beds and nearly drowned them in ice cold freezing water, (in reality, it was about 4 oz of water, lukewarm out of the tap and not even cold).  They have told all the younger siblings, so I have never again had difficulty getting anyone else out of bed in the mornings.  The youngest girls get themselves up even if we don't do it for them.
I really wasn't trying to be mean, I just needed those teens to respect what I was doing for them.  As much as they complained at the time, they never made me late to work in the rest of the years they lived at home.  They have grown into responsible adults who wake themselves every single day.  
It makes me wonder if Heavenly Father ever gets tired of telling us to wake up and look at what is going on around us.  The scriptures tell us many of the same things over and over again.  I am guessing, that the reason we have to hear things more than once, is because we too can be just like my sleeping teens.  We don't always want to open our eyes and wake to reality.  We don't always listen when we should.  Sometimes we have to be reminded.  We need that startling wake up call that makes us remember those things that are most important.  


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Becoming Like Him - Day 27 - Free

For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.

I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.

John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Today the prompt is:

FREE

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I used to not understand this scripture.  You would think that it would be easy, but I was taught from an early age to lie.  I had to learn to tell my parents what the wanted to hear and not the truth.  If my mother decided something was the truth, than anything else you told her was a lie, no matter what the truth really was.  So, I learned to lie very, very well.  
I am not proud of that fact, and I made a vow to my Heavenly Father when I got married that I would never lie to my husband.   It has not always been an easy vow to keep, especially when I first started, but it has been one that I have never violated.  I want my husband to know that I love him enough to always tell the truth, even when the truth is a hard thing to face.  
Telling the truth is a freedom for me.  I never have to remember what I said, because I always remember the truth.  It is freeing because my sweet husband accepts me, even with all my faults.  I am free because God gave me that gift.  I am free to live and worship and have a family.  
I love the old saying,
"You are free to make your own choice, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice." 
I am so grateful that Heavenly Father gave me free agency to choose.  Sometimes I choose right, and sometimes I make mistakes.  That saying is so true.  When I make choices, there are always consequences for them.  Sometimes the consequences are hard things to bear, sometimes, they are easy, but they are always there.  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Becoming Like Him - Day 26 - Visit

For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.

I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.




James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Today the prompt is:

VISIT

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It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of our daily lives.  Sometimes, I think that might be out greatest weakness.  We don't have time to take time with others.  We are so busy making a living and getting our kids everywhere that they need to be, that it is too easy to put off other things that are just as important.  I love the scripture from James.  I think it puts things in perspective for me.
In our church, we have something called Visiting Teaching.  It is a calling where we are given several women to visit every month.  We are supposed to notice if anything is wrong and find ways to help.  It has been such a good experience for me throughout my life.  I must admit, that some of the best friends I have made have been because I visited with them as a visiting teacher.
I have a feeling that Heavenly Father does not expect us to go through our lives alone.  That He expects us to take care of each other.  He wants us to cherish the good in each other and to visit each other and be friends with each other.  I am a social creature.  It means a lot to me when someone cares enough about me to visit.
Religion is more than a church.  It is a people doing the best they can to remind each other of who they really are.  It is taking care of others and serving them.  For me, it exceeds the boundaries of any church.  I have met several good religious people that do not believe the same things that I do, nevertheless, we are all sons and daughters of God, doing our best to get home to Him.
I think often of the story of the Good Samaritan.  Samaritans were looked down upon by the Jews.  They were despised.  They were considered the lowest of the low.  Yet, a samaritan is the one who saved a man that had been robbed and beaten when no one else wanted to get involved.
It reminds me time and again that my job is never to judge.  My life is not to be lived alone.  Rather, I am to visit and love all those whom He would love also.
In becoming like Him, my life needs to reflect His service.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Becoming Like Him - Day 25 - Enjoy

For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.

I am sharing my journey for 31 days as I strive to become more like Him. My prayer is that you can find hope and peace in my words.


ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS, 
BECAUSE ONE DAY 
YOU WILL WAKE UP AND REALIZE 
THAT THERE WERE NO LITTLE THINGS.

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One of the things that I am trying to do more of in my search to become like Him, is to enjoy the little things around me.  To make room for them.  To give them a place in my life.  I think that I am not much fun.  It is hard for me to "take time out and smell the roses" as my husband says.
I believe that Heavenly Father made this beautiful world that we live in, for us to enjoy.  For us to take time out to breath and to foster relationships and to even have a little bit of fun.  Why else did He make such amazing places?
Today was a beautiful day.  We wanted to spend a little bit of family time together and one of my older sons and his wife were coming up for the day.  We met them at the lake with our kayaks and our dogs.  They met us with their dogs and we had a great day.  I have a boot on my foot because it is broken, so I was the dog sitter with three yorkies and one mastiff at the side of the lake.
As you can see, the family is having a great time.  I did too.  It was so nice to sit and enjoy the peace and the beauty in the world that we live in.



I really think one of the things that brings me so much closer to Him is to acknowledge His hand in the world around me.  I love seeing the many creations that surround us.  I really enjoyed my day at the lake with my family playing on the waters.
Enjoying our blessings makes them so much more valuable to us.  It give us a chance to regroup and recharge and show our gratitude.

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