Pain and Life

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.  (Charlie Chaplin) 

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.  (Joseph Campbell)

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.  I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have — life itself.  (Walter Anderson) 

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Help Me God (Matthew 7:7-11)

In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus is still delivering the Sermon on the Mount and he tells the crowd how to petition God for help in times of struggle and how to find answers to our questions.

  1. Ask – Make your request known to God, say something to God in prayer, ask and you will receive
  2. Seek – Spend time searching for your answers or for what you need, seek and you will find
  3. Knock – Make your request known by attacking attention to your needs, knock and it will be opened

Each step requires effort on our part, but God promises to help us when we ask, seek, and knock.

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Terrified of Failing


Having Gwen in my home is the greatest blessings I could ever receive.  It is also the biggest responsibility I’ve ever had and the most important thing in which I have ever been entrusted.  At times, I am literally terrified of failing as Gwen’s guardian.

  • What if I fail to warn her of all the dangers in the world?
  • What if I fail to teach her the skills she will need to be a functioning adult?
  • What if I fail to protect her from harm or from the evil of this world?
  • What if I fail to provide for all her needs:  physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational.
  • What if my desire to shield her from all harm and struggles actually prevents her form developing the strength she will need to survive when I am gone?

I am determined to do what is best for Gwen, but I am still terrified that I might fail.