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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)
By Diane Moore
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Life is not always fair; we donít always make the right choices. We have to suffer the consequences of the bad choices we have made, learn from them and continue.
Growing up with a mother who was ill with a brain tumor and a father who had more than he could handle with a sick wife, bills and 8 kids to raise, I missed out on a lot. I didnít have a mom who came to my school plays, my band recitals and other activities. My Mom didnít teach me to cook or to sew or even how to be a wife and mother. She wasnít there when my children were born; she wasnít there when my first marriage fell apart.
Some of the choices I have made in life led me on the road of heartache and lost dreams. I have had to suffer the consequences of my decisions. I got married at 15 to a man that was not right for me, after 11 Ĺ yrs we divorced. I made the choice to leave home because I thought it would be better out in the world. I had my 1st child at the age of 17 and my 2nd child at the age of 20.While other girls were going to proms and parties; I was a wife and mother taking care of a home, a husband and a new baby. Gone were the girlish dreams of a big wedding and finding my prince charming.
As I got older lifeís lessons were different and harder to learn. I couldnít think only of myself any more, I had a family and their needs came first. Learning how to be a mother when I was still a teenager, how to be a wife away from home and living in another state. How to handle fears and rejections without my Momís advice and struggling through a bad marriage and then a divorce.
Through all of this God was with me every step of the way. I was saved and learned to live with His love and guidance. Even through the times when I turned my back on Him, He never left me alone. He had plans and still has plans for me. I may have had to detour and back track but He always leads me back.
I became much stronger through the trials. I learned to stumble and how to get back on my feet. I became a better mother and a better person. I learned to like who I am and to enjoy life; that I donít have to be perfect all of the time and that I am loved.
Through all of the bad decisions and choices I made and the things I had to go through, my life is far richer because of them. I would not have my two wonderful children and my two beautiful grandchildren. I am a part of those trials and rough times; it is what made me the person I am today. I would not have God in my life the way I do now. I would not be able to share with others and to help them through their trials. Most important, I would not be who I am today and you know, thatís a pretty good thing.
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