Heavy Hearts

So much tragedy. So much uncertainty. So much chaos. This world that we live in…this world. I know that the Bible speaks of the last days…the days in which we are living, describing in detail the very types of events that we are unfortunately experiencing and to which we are bearing witness. 

Yet, even with the Bible shedding such clear light on the reality of what it is to live in this fallen world, at this time, it is still immensely shocking when these types of tragic events come to pass.

Through it all I still pray for peace, harmony, and togetherness, and my focus is still on Christ. There is so much that is unable to be understood, unable to be grasped, and unable to be logically processed. But through it all God is still with us and He is still Love. Love and peace to us all #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Gratitude #196

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Today I am thankful for mountains, both literal and figurative.

The literal mountains that we encounter in life are grand, regal summits that invoke both awe and fear in many of us. Some of us simply enjoy looking at them from afar, while others of us make our way to their bases and hesitantly explore, just as others of us courageously ascend their surfaces looking for adventures and new experiences.

The figurative mountains in our lives in many ways mirror the literal ones, serving as figurative representations of their literal counterparts. However, they do differ in one regard in particular – literal mountains are usually fairly visible from a distance, rarely ever catching us by surprise; figurative mountains, on the other hand, often seem to sneak up on us, yielding very little, if any, advanced warning.

Mountains, both literal and figurative, do extend to us certain benefits though, one of which is the fact that they change our lives by either affecting us positively or negatively. And fortunately for us the choice of which type of effect they will have on us is up to us. And that, my dears, is simply amazing to me. The thought of being able to affect the outcome that a mountain is able to yield in my life is not only empowering, but also hope-inspiring. And I am glad that I am finally at the point where I recognize and understand this. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #86

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Today I am thankful for adversity. The decision to write about this subject today stems from a comment that I recently posted on Facebook regarding adversity. I shared the following message with my Facebook friends:

I’m finally realizing that part of the reason why I’ve experienced adversity is so that I would have more than mere opinions to share with people and upon which to base my existence.

I wrote those words as I was dealing with some challenging situations, and as usual, I was focused on seeing the positives associated with the situations rather than the negatives. I must admit that it was a real challenge to do so that day, as I was feeling burnt out in so many areas of my life and I was dealing with a bit of an emotional battle within myself.

Ultimalely, after posting that status update on Facebook I felt better. And as Facebook friends of mine showed their appreciation of what I said, I was reminded of the truth that lies within the words of my statement. We, as human beings, experience some rather trying situations at times, and as we are making our way through all of the muck and mire we wonder things like “why me,” “why now,” and “what really is the point of all of this.” We’ll, I am here to answer those questions for you today. Dear ones, we are allowed to experience challenging situations because we are the precise people who are meant to handle them and are capable of handling them. These challenging situations accost us at the particular times that they do because that is the time in which our greatest blessings are ripening. And the point of our experiences with adversity is that we come out on the other side of them equipped with experience, compassion for ourselves and for our fellow man, and a greater appreciation of the peaceful, easy, and positive times that we experience in our lives. And all of these elements are essential for our ability to take the lessons that we learn from our experiences and turn them into messages of hope and inspiration that have the potential to save someone else’s life.

So, when those moments of adversity rear their unwanted heads, remember that the blessings that await you and those whom you will encounter on the other side of those storms far outweigh the temporary turbulence that you may be experiencing. And the knowledge and wisdom that you gain from those situations are treasures that cannot be measured. #lovebythedrop