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1.) Did you create a list of 22 things you’ve done in your life last week? This week, choose one item from your list and elaborate! We want the story.
2.) Create an FAQ page for yourself that answers frequently asked questions if people were to frequently ask you questions. People make those up all the time. YOUR TURN!
3.) Write a post in just eight lines.
4.) Pour me a drink. Share a favorite drink recipe!
5.) A day in the life of your pet…how bad do they have it?
I chose number 1. To pick an item from my list last week and write about it. I chose the second one on my own list. It is simply this: 2. I have learned, that no matter what problems we face, we are all children of God and He loves us.
You don't live fifty years of life without sorrow and heartache. No matter how good you try to be, you still manage to have bad things happen to you. One of my sons, with type one diabetes, once asked me why bad things always seemed to happen to our family. I gave him some kind of answer about how none of us escape life without trials, and we all had them. I don't think that was as good of an answer as I should have given him, so I will try and correct that mistake here today.
Heavenly Father, never ever promised us that this life would be easy. As a matter of fact, if you turn to the scriptures, I think that you will find where much has been given to the people, much more is expected from them. Often, the things that are expected of them are hard. They are not fair. They can be overwhelming. The scriptures are full of those examples. The first man Adam and his wife Eve, one of their sons killed the other. I can't imagine the anguish that must have caused those parents. Job lost everything. His children, his possessions, his wife, his friends. Literally every single thing. Yet, he praised God and loved Him anyway. Noah, watched everyone he knew, except his immediate family, drowned and destroyed. He sailed for a very long time in a small ship. I can't imagine being confined for that period of time. Abraham did not have children with Sarah until they were both old. Then he was asked to sacrifice his son. It makes my heart hurt to try and imagine ever needed to make a decision like that.
I could go on and on. There are stories upon stories, one after the other, of the sons and daughters of God who have had to endure great trials and than received amazing blessings.
But remember, the blessings came after the trial of their faith, not before.
I have learned, that no matter what trials come my way, He really is there. He really is listening. He really does care. I love my own children. They mean pretty much everything to me. I can't imagine losing them. Indeed, I would say that I would do nearly anything to help them. If I love them so very much, with a love that is far from perfect, it stands to reason, that my Heavenly Father, who has a perfect love, loves each of us even more. We really are His children.