Monday, February 16, 2009

Chapter 1 - 'This Isn't the Life I signed up for'

As I started reading this book, the news was coming on. They were talking about the plane that crashed in Buffalo,NY into the house killing 49 people on board and 1 person on the ground. As I watched the news, the wife and son of one of those killed were talking. I could feel the tears swelling up in my eyes. As they talked about their husband and father, the wife said "I just don't understand why this happened, what do I do now"? She definately didn't sign up for that to happen in her life and I completely understood.

Things like divorce, children gone astray, work situations, bills piling up, sickness and death are not things we hope and pray about but as hard as it is, bad things are going to happen in our lives whether we are ready or not. We all want to live as Ms Partow puts "happily ever after", but the fact is, we have to be ready when things are not so happy.

Deuteronomy 30: 19-20 - "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him."

So, we have a choice in the matter of dealing with things that happen to us... we can choose live, death, refuse to make any choices or go back and forth between life and death. Which do you think God is rooting for????? Life will be much better choosing life.

For a long time, and I mean a long time, I didn't choose or even want to choose life, either, but it did nothing for the people around me, meaning my children. They saw me upset alot, not really knowing or able to do anything for me. Actually I choose to stay in that place and there was nothing anyone could do to make me change. But I finally started to realize, and I am not sure why or when it happened that I didn't like the way I was feeling anymore. I didn't choose what happened to me, but I finally chose how I would respond to it.

I hope you all have a great Monday, for those who are off.. lucky you!!

We have a group of about 22 people (including my daughter) skiing and snowboarding in North Carolina for the next few days. Please say a prayer that they have fun (and don't break any bones) and have a safe return!!

Chapter 2 tomorrow (Lord willing!)

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