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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
- TITLE: She's Happy
By Deborah Engle
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Acceptance seems to be the only option available. Outward signs of conflict are minimal so the children will grow up in a “secure” environment which, in these days, can be considered a victory. Abuses and offenses continue to wound, only to be overlooked with resolve that has to come from the Power that sustains. Then one day she takes a stand which, sadly, becomes the beginning of the end. She realizes that the life she has led is over and feels as if she in the middle of a great explosion, tumbling through the air without control and no clue as to how or who she will be when she lands. But the landing is much different than she expects.
Peace begins to work it’s way into her being. Unbelievably, in the most traumatic days of her life, her heart is at rest, strengthened by the arms of mercy, comfort and support that her Lord has always promised. In gratitude she allows Him to minister to her devastated spirit, knowing that He is, and always has been, in control. He knows her going out and her cominig in, He will set her on a high place, and He will never leave her nor forsake her. She knows she faces many and diverse challenges, but she also knows that she does not have to face them alone. God faithfully begins guiding her and she gratefully follows where He leads. As this new adventure continues, she is amazed and delighted with the unexpected success and fulfillment she attains. She finds a way to contribute and a place to be, modest though it is. It’s not what she expected, nor is it what she would have chosen for herself, but she is content.
Perspective is always affected by the events of ones life, and she soon begins to understand that her previous pessimistic frame of mind has been replaced with one of thankfulness, devotion and anticipation. She understands that dwelling on regrets and mistakes cannot accomplish anything, and by the grace of God her own part in the past is forgiven. Realizing that is something to rejoice over, she approaches each new day looking for the blessings that God will surely bring her way.
Youthfulness is said to have many advantages, but she knows that the one thing it rarely has is experience. She has learned that usually comes at a high price, but is an important part of the process which produces maturity. To have reached maturity with joy in her heart and confidence in the future is a happy thing indeed.
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