The most amazing individuals who have ever lived have all had vision. (Some of them have even had visions!) However, just like Helen Keller, not all of them have had sight. Do you have vision? Do you understand the gift that you were born to be? If you hear that little voice inside telling you that you are no one special, please take some time to talk to God. Ask Him who you are to Him. You will be surprised at what He will tell you! When you sincerely reach out to God and have a true desire and willingness to listen to what He has to say, the answers will come and if you allow those answers to penetrate your heart, I promise that you will never be the same again.
I love quotes! Often when I am reading through quotes, I find one that just speaks to me – those are the ones that I make into memes. Today, I came across this quote! It tickled me so much that I decided that I just had to share some humor today! Every time I read this quote, I can’t help but smile! Hope you enjoy!
Pity is powerful…unfortunately for those who keep themselves trapped in a pity party, escapes from the negativity and dismal abyss that most often accompanies self-pity are rare. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, pity neither helps nor provides comfort. Pity often keeps a person from looking at their situation from a different angle – a more positive angle. There are many circumstances in which we can find ourselves – quite often those circumstances are not of our own making. However, no matter who is to blame or what the circumstance is, the only way to overcome difficulties is to leave the self-pity behind and move on to a more positive outlook!
Isn’t it interesting that so many people think that happiness will come with wealth and fame? I think it is even more interesting the so many people see those with wealth and fame struggle with unhappiness and yet continue to believe that wealth and fame will make them happy. I was never more full of joy and happiness than when I was in heaven. I can’t say for sure, but I don’t remember there being any money in heaven. There certainly was not vying for fame and wealth in heaven. Yet, it was so amazing there! I have known no one who has returned from a near death experience whose life has not changed and not one of them has had the focus of gaining wealth and fame. (That includes me.) The truth is that happiness comes from sharing time with those you love and learning and savoring the precious moments in life. Seeing a beautiful vista, smelling a bouquet of lilacs, holding the hand of a child, a tender hug from your main squeeze – that is happiness and that is the real stuff of life!
Motherhood is such a tough job. Yet, though the rewarding moments may come infrequently, I believe that motherhood is one of the most important jobs in this world. Few others can shape a child and the world in which we live like a mother. I have seen the effect that I have had on my first four children. (Which I think/hope is mostly positive?!) I have also seen the effect of their birth mother on my adopted children. Although my adopted son was four and my adopted daughter was nine when we adopted them, the emotional damage received as a result of a mother who frequently abandoned her children still continues to plague my children and our family. Their ability to love, trust and allow themselves to be vulnerable has been significantly compromised. Just like innocent victims in a car accident, they are left not really understanding why it had to happen to them and though the damage and neglect was not their fault, they each must be the one who does the work of recovery. I hope that every mother who feels the burden of her frequently thankless job will know that heaven thanks you for all of the sleepless nights, sacrifices made, moral instruction, positive example setting and nurturing that you do and so do I. Though I know that few days FEEL that way, as mothers, we truly are in a partnership with God. With God’s help, we are the ones who are most able to effect positive changes in this world. When the world needs change, God sends a babies into the hands and hearts of women who will raise, nurture, and instill values and principles within those children that will enable them to rise above adversity and become a part of the positive solutions needed to address the various problems of this world. God knows that the super heroes of this world are not leaders of government – they are the mothers (and fathers) who are daily in the trenches of family life; loving the sometimes unlovable, teaching children who often seem unreachable, and giving their families all of their energy even though that energy vanished with the morning chores. Tonight, as you prepare for bed, give yourself a pat on the back; for today you were a part of the super hero work of raising responsible children!