You have this plan. You think of it. You write it out. You talk about it. You even dream about it. You know exactly how your life is going to go. The mister man who’s tall, dark, and handsome. The 2.5 kids (still wondering about that “.5″ and how that actually happens!!). Even the white picket fence.
You know you’ll at least have 1 boy and 1 girl (again, not sure about that .5). You’ll all be happy. Healthy.
You’ll have the perfect amount of money to live on that makes you comfortable and lets you give to your favorite charities.
You will make a mean jello mold and be known all throughout the community for your baking skills, helpful hands, and willing heart to jump into any task.
You not only will attend every PTA meeting, but you will know the President on a first-name basis.
You will travel and see the world once the kids get a bit older. You will go on luxury vacations with plenty of fun to be had. You will drive nice cars. Live in a nice house. Wear nice clothes.
Ah… the life!
Then you wake up one day seeing a curveball (or several at once!) swirling towards you. You realize that your perfect plan is not what’s happened. It didn’t take. You’re kids are sick. The money had to go to a new hot water heater instead of a vacation. And your husband was just laid off.
Or what about this one? You start a new job, just to find out that you are on call 24/7, your boss can’t even pick out his own tie without your help, and you now hardly have time to breathe, so you can forget any vacation plans you once had. Your life is no longer your own.
How many times have we turned our lives over to circumstances? It’s easy to do… especially when you get information that comes out of the blue. Believe me, I know. Like when you are told there is, in fact, something different about your child. Or that you no longer are needed at your job and someone with no experience is taking over. Or what about waking up to a flood in your basement? Tough stuff.
And just as equally tough is our responsibility to fight those situations pulling us down, robbing our joy, and running our lives.
Just because you may need a hot water heater doesn’t mean you’ll never go on vacation. And losing a job can mean promotion into a new one. Just like PJ McClure’s story about his house burning down that he writes about in his book, Flip the Switch ~ you can either view it as a tragedy or look at it as a chance for a new beginning.
I have learned a lot in the past 6 months ~ about people and especially about myself. I have been changed, molded, pushed, pulled, prodded, and even felt plucked at times. It’s been painfully rewarding.
Being refined is never fun because it requires fire. Ask anyone who works with metals. It’s the refining process that makes the metal pure. It’s the heat. The pressure. It’s the mixing and the skimming ~ which brings up a good point. When silver is heated, the impurities come to the top, and they are scraped away.
You lose part of yourself with every blast of heat that hits your life. But know that by the time it’s over and things cool off, you will be more perfected, more precious, and more pure than when you first hit the heat.
Don’t back away. Don’t lose heart. Don’t faint or grow weary.
Stand strong. Stand firm. Don’t ever, ever give up. Your plans will succeed. You will have life to the fullest. You can find joy in the midst of ANY circumstance.
I challenge you. Will you do it?
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!