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Life is a journey. Years of studying to obtain a Master’s Degree must have prepared me to see life subconsciously as foresight, or in phases as it changes; and the effects on life patterns, or changes in/on family dynamics.
That one element is a merely a dot of ink, on a sheet of words – written on pages, closed together in books – stacked high, and now — long discarded. Recycled.
“… there is sorrow, and we have to accept and receive ourselves in its fires. If we try to evade sorrow, refusing to deal with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life, and there is no use in saying it should not be. Sin, sorrow, and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.”
-My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
Let me begin by saying,
“God does perform miracles. I’ve witnessed Him perform miracles many times, but mainly with my parents – (healing) most recently. I’ve seen physicians confounded by these miracles, leaving one literally scratching his head.”
Life changes with one phone call, maybe two. Circumstances vary.
I sense things.
My friends know, and it isn’t always ‘seemingly’ good. BUT, if you keep walking through the fog, listening, doing, the outcome is good — because it is God’s.
It is not “easy”, mind you… keeping, walking, silently, listening, patiently, doing — you will be rewarded. This is a journey called — “life”. Seek to live it Eternally.
The rewards will be beyond your own belief!
Hard work is not over, but celebrate — LIFE!
One milestone down, so I wanted to surprise my beloved Korean mother with a simple cake — with roses.
We read about these things, right?
It happened to me. This is supposed be the best the store. BAH!
Whoever waited on me in the bakery was not even polite, as she was doing a bit of everything, but not waiting on customers.
She hands me THIS!
I did not say that!
Went well with her impersonal, bitterness, and spite. I took it politely, walking away perplexed.
Where’s the “YOU“? Can’t whomever read? What do they hire these employees for anyway? Certainly not to read, follow directions, or be polite.
The cashier offered the opportunity to have it fixed for free.
- “The icing is RED!
- It smears.
- There’s no room.
- She wasn’t nice.
I looked at the cashier, smiled, and politely said,
“No thank you. I’ll take a photograph, and put it on it on social media instead. I won’t say where I got it.”
I had no idea it got worse, or even could… BUT that too was oddly – okay.
The icing was requested as “buttercream“, but tasted strange. My mother liked it, so it was fine. We concluded it tasted like WHIPPED CREAM! HOW?
I start looking for a label to see ingredients, because I am a self-taught gourmet cook, and baked everything from scratch. Became a home test kitchen, compiled a cookbook with ratings, researched ingredients — ditched bleached flour too.
They skipped the label, but I found THIS!
WHO? WHAT is that?
I turned to my friend like always. Now it gets weird.
He didn’t think I went “THERE” of all places. They should know, and do better. His recommendation was to contact the manager, and we hashed that all out about lazy people, no customer service… blah, blah, blah, etc.
He was much harder on them than me. Surprisingly. (We are very “Yin Yang”, in that we balance each other out.)
My style is not to complain, unless it’s REALLY bad. I go out of my way to encourage good customer service. I rarely frequent that store since we don’t thrive on sweets.
Then we get to the cake decorator. WHAT?
I give up! Your turn.
There has been a loss for words since. Life can be draining, yet we have SO much to celebrate!
Whomever YOU are.
YOU really are not left out!
“Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness, but it does not always make that person better. Suffering either gives me to myself or it destroys me. You cannot find or receive yourself through success, because you lose your head over pride. And you cannot receive yourself through the monotony of your daily life, because you give in to complaining. The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be this way is immaterial. The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You can always recognise who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can go to him in your moment of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, having no respect or time for you, only turning you away. If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people.”
-My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers
“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.”
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