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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

14 March 2016

The Choice Belongs to YOU!

Writing today with the Tuesday at Ten group on the prompt word... CHOICE

Are there any other parents out there who feel like they said this a thousand times to their children... "LIFE IS NOT FAIR!" When one child complained that it wasn't fair that the other got to attend a special concert that they couldn't... we tried to explain that things in life can't seem "EVEN" and often don't seem "FAIR". When one child got on a team or into a group that the other didn't... we had to try to help them see that sometimes things happen in a way that we totally do not expect.  We told both, "We must take what happens in our life and make the best of our life."  We don't always get
what we deserve. As a matter of fact, we OFTEN don't. And, sometimes that's to our favor. How many times have I been incredibly grateful that I didn't get what I deserved.

Yet, there are so many things which happen in life that take us off guard - that seem so unfair - that leave us wondering where to go next or how will we continue on the path that is now ours.  The loss of a child is crushing - whether after a long battle with cancer or from a senseless death in a car accident with a drunk driver. No matter the age of the child or before birth or well into adulthood, it's always too soon. The loss of a spouse... a failed marriage... the loss of a job... a bitter end to a friendship... the list goes on. Life is full of circumstances that cause us to pause. And in the words of Josh Shipp:

"You either get bitter or you get better. It's that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you." ~ Josh Shipp #quote

Each day we have a choice... to get bitter or to get better. We learn from what happens to us and get better or we don't. But either way, it's our choice... the choice belongs to me... the choice belongs to you.

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