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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Broken Pieces

We finished this puzzle last week.  It took us about 10 hours throughout the week to complete.  When I bought Mike the puzzle, I also bought the mat to go underneath the puzzle so it could be transported without breaking.  I went to move the puzzle today and instead of rolling the mat up the way it was designed for, I decided to just carry the puzzle laying in the mat.  And you can see the results....not good.  I seriously just wanted to cry.  I couldn't help but be upset with myself for carrying the puzzle the way I wanted to, and not taking the time to follow the directions.

And of course, God gently reminded me of how stubborn I can be going through life.  I want things done my way. Looking back, if I would have just shown more grace to that person, bridges wouldn't have been burned.  If I had just had more patience, feelings would have never been crushed.  If I had just said no, I would have never found myself in sticky situations.  So many times I'll try to figure it out the hard way and if I had only taken a few extra minutes to ask God for direction, life wouldn't have been so complicated.

Luke 9:23 says Then He said to them all "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me".  It must be a daily commitment to choose love over hate.  To choose patience over frustration.  To choose good over evil.    To choose forgiveness over bitterness.  To choose mercy over revenge.  To choose happiness over depression.  

The beauty of this broken puzzle is that it can easily be fixed.  And so can I.  God isn't finished with me yet.  There will be good days and broken days...but He is with me picking up my broken pieces, continually loving me, and showing me there's so much more to life if I just live His way.

1 comment:

  1. What a great way of looking at it! Thankful for a God who accepts us broken pieces and all! I can so seeing myself picking up a puzzle, messing it up, and getting frustrated with myself. Glad you were able to use the mess to encourage yourself and others! So did Mike help you put the puzzle back together?