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It is what it is.
As my children can tell you I don't candy-coat things. Telling someone less of the truth because it is painful, doesn't help. I always think of the example of when I had a miscarriage between my first and second daughters. I was in the ER and I was scared, I wanted to know what was going to happen. . . . what to expect. I had never had surgery before (at least that I remembered). I didn't want someone to hold my hand and tell me everything would be okay, I wanted the truth. The doctors were busy, my mom wasn't in the room and I remember my mother-in-law telling me very matter of fact.
"They are going to take you in a bright room, they are going to hook you up to some machines, you are going to taste a very strong bad taste in your mouth, when THAT happens the lights are going to go out and when you wake up it will feel like only five minutes have gone by. Then you won't be pregnant anymore."
It must have been hard for all these people who were with me, especially my mom, because we were staying at her house when it happened. It was just comforting to hear the truth, because it was a bad situation and candy-coating it wasn't going to make it magically good.
I am not going to try to sugar-coat my life so that it fits in with people I meet. The problems and sins of my past will not be changed by me lying about it. The truth is the truth, whether it's the dirty side or the clean side. So if you were expecting . . .because I'm Mrs. Claus. . . that this would be a sparking clean blog, filled with sugar plums and candy canes. . . well, you are going to be disappointed.
I'm not saying you have to be deliberately cruel to people, but lying about how you got to this point in your life well, it kind of cheapens what Jesus Christ did for me. He died for me and I'm not going to pretend like I was a perfect angel my whole life, when obviously I wasn't, or why would I so desperately need Jesus?
I still screw things up all the time.
I have been reading a lot of blogs lately, and I see a trend in some of them (not all) but the trend to make things appear to be perfect and "put together" and organized and great all the time. I am far from perfect . . . like the total opposite of perfect . . .whatever that is. . . I guess a total mess.
If we all had it "perfectly" figured out, what would Jesus be able to do for us? Jesus didn't make me perfect, He just loves me and forgives me. He'll do the same for you.
. . . be amazed and be changed by your perfect God.
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