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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wednesday - Hump Day . . .

“Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

(Thanks Jerry).

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. - William Stafford

I'm thinking today of brokenness - so many times we lament because something - someone in our life is broken - if not ourselves. I sure have been there. I've had things break, I've had broken people in my life, and to be very honest with you - I've felt broken many times and I'm sure it's not over yet.

Do I like to feel broken?


Do I sit around and think about it - well years ago I did - all the time. Now I think about it, I might discuss it with a friend, I'll write it down, and then when I am ready I will rip the paper up and I WILL LET IT GO - a decision that I make. I'm not keeping old baggage anymore. Not that it didn't hurt or I will never think about it again - I'm just letting go of what I can.
Then I also have to make the decision to forgive - myself or someone else and sometimes God. Yes I hate to admit it, but sometimes I get mad at God for him allowing some of the things I've been through or seen to happen. I don't get it - then I realize it is not mind to get it is mine to belief that in the end everything WILL work out according to his will.

And you know what I feel the result is for me - from all this brokenness?

It does feel like a parachute that carries me - like I am in God's arms sometimes just being held - especially when I can't hold myself up. And that parachute is also the strength I've earned for carrying and going through all the pain I've been through. Pain DOES make you stronger.

And maybe it is not a pretty parachute - all nice and tidy - but it is a parachute that works.

What is your opinion - do you have a parachute? How do you handle your brokenness?

My gift for you today is this fantastic site! Enjoy!

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Frosty the snowman was a cute baby :-)

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I have also find it freeing to write it down. Somehow it enables the burden to lighten and sometimes fly away.
I like Frosty more when he grew up a little

Velvet Over Steel said...

Yes, that is how I 'now' handle my own brokenness and the things that I either cannot change or need to forgive and forget!

In '8 to Great' they have you write a letter to someone you need to forgive (even yourself) and then have a 'releasing' of buring the letters. It is very empowering!

Great post, Sandie!!

Blessings & Many Hugs!

Stella said...

I used to worry about yesterday and fret about tomorrow. I think one of the things being older has taught me is to live just today. Yesteray is over and can't be changed. Tomorrow is another day. Hope you are having a blessed week. Stella

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sandie, I LOVE this post. Letting go is one of the best lessons in life... and, it is hard for some of us to "get". I have to learn over and over... and it just feels so much better when you... let go.

I heard the old Reba song two days ago, "Nothing feels as good as letting go." and I've been hearing it in my head ever since... in a good way!

Wise post.

Home In The Hollow said...

Gosh, Sandie...Frosty was just here in the Hollow last winter. In fact, he was here a lot! And, I couldn't agree with you more about having a parachute! I know you're "new" on My Life and you'll get your answers!...:)JP

Ginny said...

You are an amazing person, Sandie. To write down and tear it up is so perfect. We hopefully leave it on the papaer, then tear it up. Lets face it, we are not able to really forget, but God does and says so, and this is as close as you can get to that. You have strength, faith, humor, and courage.

Sandra said...

the thing with MOST of the stuff that has happened to me, was caused by me, by wrong choices and wrong decisions that lead from one ripple to the next on and on. as in the bible it says the sins of the parents are handed down to the children. not that he will punish the children for what we did but they are directly effected by decisons we make good or bad. sometimes the decisions weigh on my mind, but they do go away.

That corgi :) said...

I like how you let things go, Sandie. I struggle with that, but I think I'm going to do what you do and just LET IT GO! It does me no good to harbor it and keep it to myself, just allows bitterness to come in. I don't know why God allows the things he does, that's part of his sovereignity that we just have to accept with him being God and us not. He seems the big picture, past, present, future so we just have to trust even though it might not make sense.

I do have that parachute but I imagine Jesus carrying me on his shoulders, like a lamb.

hugs to you for your insightfulness today

(80 degrees and sunny today here :)


Debbie said...

I've been known to wallow about in the shards of glass for a while before rising UP from it.

God, in His wisdom gave me a husband who is a master parachute maker. I'm so grateful for that.

This was one of my favorite of your posts. I really liked it!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Letting go has become my new mantra of did you know?
It's the only way to fly...and survive as our days on earth roll by. Hugs to you Granny of 2~

Just Be Real said...

A post that is vibrant Sandie. Thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

Nice post, Sandie, as always. My parachute? Unequivocably, my parachute is God. He is who I run to in my brokenness. He always holds me up and for that I am sooooo thankful. Susan

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Letting go is so important and forgiveness is the best thing you can do for yourself. I agree that I feel beat up, hurt and angry some days. I try really hard to move on, life keeps giving me blessings!

Mevely317 said...

Great link, Sandie ... I'm so anxious to share with my own little ones!
Meanwhile ... I'm gonna indulge and ponder your message as I "lay me down to sleep."
Thanks for stirring my old brain cells:) I love it!

Terry said...

Howdy Sandie
Oh how good God is !
I really needed your post I have not been writing things down and letting them go as often as I use to and I can feel the heaviness pulling me down .
Now for that baby snowflake :)he is adorable !
Thank you for your love,comfort and encouragement today .
Take care sweet lady .
Until next time
Happy Trails

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

I put it all in Gods hands. Trish

Sharon Kirby said...

I'm getting better at letting go - I think - most of the time!!

My friend went sky-diving once. It was one of those deals when the instructor "piggy-backed." He told her that the most important thing to do was to NOT curl up into a little ball - that would put you spinning out of control. That's the natural instinct, but that's what gets you in trouble.

So, the way to stay out of trouble, to not spin out of control, is to TRUST the instructor. Spread myself out in TOTAL surrender to Him - and let HIM guide me down.

Thanks for sharing, Sandie.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thanks for the gifts!

Jennifer said...

Nope _ I don't knit or crochet but I thought I would try to buy a few of the preemie hats to donate. Then I thought I would look for fleece and see if a friend would teach me how to sew some in that ultra soft faux fleece... how difficult can it be....hmmmm! Jennifer P.S. as for burdens I love the paper idea... will it hurt when I throw them at people? LOL

Anonymous said...

My visits here brighten my days!

Together We Save said...

Frosty was the cutest baby. LOL Hope you are doing well!