Love Where You Are Living

I love my life.

Is it perfect? By no means. Is it tough? You have NO idea. Is it fun? Often. Is it filled with grace, mercy, love, and joy? Absolutely.

Life has given me so many twists and turns lately, it’s hard to count just how many.

Through the deepest of trenches I’ve ever walked, I’ve been molded and shaped by a Creator who loves me and wants me to step into my designed purpose.

Every one of us deals with crap in our lives. Let’s be real. We ALL do. There is stuff that happens that no one would want to deal with.

It can be anything from a losing a loved one, being forced to be a caregiver, working a job you don’t like just because you need the money, losing a job, getting an awful diagnosis, etc. However, I wholeheartedly believe that what we get out of life and how we make it to the other side of these not-so-nice circumstances is how we think about them.

What goes on in our heads determines our attitudes and actions.

What do you think when something goes wrong or not as planned?

How do you initially view a challenge, problem, or issue you must deal with?

Did you know you can choose to make the best of challenges in life by looking for the blessings contained within them? (click to tweet)

Need a real-life example? Here’s one I live out almost every day of my life…

Faith Love Where You Are LivingMy daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular health condition. We have run about every test that 5 neurologists could think of. We have even done nerve conduction studies, an EMG, MRI, spinal tap, biopsy, etc. – all that over the past 6 years and the only thing we know is that she is biopsy-positive for Celiac (gluten intolerant) and shows polyperipheral neuropathy with no known cause.

Poly = many, peripheral = arms & legs, neuropathy = disease of the nerves

So, that in and of itself could be viewed 2 different ways – the first, initial way most people would probably view this situation is “Crap! We still know nothing!” The second way you could view this is more like “at least we know which things it’s not and can mark those off the list with every test we do.”

See the difference?

Let me take it a step further.

I could view her inability to make her legs work like her brain wants them to as a frustration. I could look at the fact that she’s got the only physical problems out of all the kids attending her school as a obvious sign that something is not normal. I could focus on her frustrating days and her own lack of understanding exactly what’s going on and why she’s different from all of her friends and school mates.

Or I can look at how blessed she is to not be in pain which is usually associated with neuropathy. I can view how awesome it is that everyone knows who she is at school because of her use of a power chair and walker and absolutely loves her. I can witness firsthand how her wonderful attitude and joy speaks volumes to people about working through their own struggles with grace and joy because they see how gracefully she deals with her physical issues as though they aren’t a problem most of the time.

There are so many uncertainties in life. It doesn’t mean there can’t be goodness found in everything that comes across our path.

Start looking for the good in life. Start looking for the blessings in what you would typically consider a bad situation. Start choosing to see the silver lining of the rain cloud. There is beauty, grace, joy, and contentment to be found there.

The more you practice noticing silver linings, the more you will see. Do you have any good silver lining stories to share?

One thing is certain in this life… we are all blessed beyond measure!

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JessBio200 Love Where You Are LivingJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter 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 family 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. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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8 thoughts on “Love Where You Are Living

  1. Like we’re living parallel lives. I couldn’t help but think of how true it is that our attitude often determines our outcome. Time to change the way I think and to believe that God is who he says he is. Over come as we overcome and move forward! Thank you for your honesty.

    1. Marvia, there has been a shift I’ve been feeling for quite awhile now – I finally am stepping into that change and LOVING it! It’s when we are honest, dig deep, trust God at His word and that all things work together for our good that we step into His grace, abundance, and planned purpose for us. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I was born into an adventurous family — which meant that “stuff just happened.” So from an early age, I too went through losses and disruptions. But because I had a father who said, “Life should be lived like an adventure,” the first place my brain went (and goes) is, “Okay, how do we fix this one?” And if it can’t be fixed, what was I supposed to learn from it. I lost my dad when I was 22. But he’d be proud of me: at 65 I’m still living life as an adventure, “fixing” things or looking for the life lesson. Life is (very) good.

  3. I was once taught that problems are like coins, with two sides: one is the problem itself and the other is the solution. Sometimes we don’t realize that if we pray for a blessing, it may show up as a problem… because inside of the problem is the blessing.

    It sounds like your beautiful daughter is one of those blessings wrapped up in the shell of a problem, but filled with a mighty powerful blessing to all around her. What a beautiful, blessed family you have Jessica – and they are blessed to have you as their mom!

    1. Thanks, Susan! That’s so true. It goes back to Romans 8:28 – “ALL things work together for good…” Even in bad situations, God’s working something good through it. Bless you!

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