Embracing Adversity

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A few years ago, had you asked, I would have told you I was a mother and wife, I own an interior design business , I am a group fitness instructor, in my church I am a Sunday school teacher, and I drove an Audi (notice… past tense… note to self, never buy another Audi, while they are a blast to drive the engines don’t last!) I may have even told you I had done a figure competition and that I ride motorcycles (Okay, I still do)… but today….. only one thing defines me. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.

After a lifetime of lessons and four years of intense schooling (through my son’s cancer) I have realized that everything we think we own and everything we think we are, are sandcastles… washed away in the blink of an eye. The only thing that remains, is our own personal knowledge of God, our eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and our connection to them. If we stay present and awake, they will guide us to exactly where we need to be. We will begin to know that we have the ability to not only “embrace adversity”, but even find joy amidst it.

Ride hard and never look back…

Ride hard and never look back…

In Lord of the Rings, when Froto is dying, Aragorn tells Arwen to stay with the hobbits while he takes Froto to get help.  Arwen, knowing better, says, “NO, I am the faster rider, I’ll take him”.  Aragorn tells her the road is too dangerous.  Clearly...

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Grief, Denial and Mourning

Grief, Denial and Mourning

            I am in the midst of learning about Grief and Mourning, however, …. Denial…. I have that mastered.  I lived in denial for a good portion of my life, without even knowing it.  I was so focused on the “tip of the ice berg”, I had no awareness of the...

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My light was under a bushel

My light was under a bushel

There is a trail along Logan River, close to our home there.  For me, it is a mystical and powerful trail.  I suspect Riley likes to spend time there. It’s not uncommon for me to feel his presence there.  Sometimes his words come to...

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Healing power of tears

Healing power of tears

In the first days and weeks after Riley left I felt him near.  It felt sacred.  I felt like I only wanted to be in places of quiet stillness.  It was as if noise or the words of someone who didn’t understand would close the door to the...

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A Funhouse from Hell

A Funhouse from Hell

Have you ever felt trapped?  I don’t know that others would describe grief that way, but for me, it’s like being in a ‘Funhouse from Hell’.  In fact, life, in its entirety feels like a series of mazes.  When I come to what feels like the end of one maze, another is...

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Have you ever been sent to your room?

Have you ever been sent to your room?

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my room, sometimes by choice, but more often, because I was sent there.  I got sent to my room A LOT.  I was a people person and being sent to my room initially felt like the end of the world… however, I soon...

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Are there any coincidences?

Are there any coincidences?

After being somewhat confined and limited in my abilities to freely do what I may have done otherwise if I were not busy loving and caring for my family, while one of our team mates was fighting cancer, I was excited and eager to get back to a “normal” life. ...

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I hate being told what to do

I hate being told what to do

I have never liked being told what to do.   In fact, I really struggle with it.  I am realizing there are many who feel this way… I am not the minority as I once believed, but the average.   As I read this morning about how Christ,...

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Ride with me…

Ride with me…

I love my house in Logan, particularly my bedroom.  There is a window and a door that look out to the Logan River.  I love to kneel in meditation and prayer looking out at the moving water.   It’s early morning and I’m not moving as...

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