Mixing Heart Passions

by postroad on February 27, 2014

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Mixing and sharing some of my favorites with you today! What are some of your favorite things? Maybe you’re like me, with too many to list? Or maybe you know you’re in need of  a new hobby? No matter either way, life stays interesting and fun when we’re always learning and trying new things.

Lately I’ve been thinking so much about what creates true happiness and contentment in a person. (Does one exist without the other?) In our online/social media world it is so easy to throw up that front of perfection, but we know that truly does not exist on earth. I can only think of one human who really did have everything figured out. For the rest of us, there is no shortage of ways to grow. :-) So what can we do when life throws lemons? What can we do when all is running smooth? I truly believe living life is a constant flux of three things:

Embrace. Overcome. Enjoy.

{embrace the imperfection and struggle}

{overcome. What can we do to take ownership of our situation? And for many struggles/tragedies which are truly out of our hands how can we use them to teach us?}

{and the best part….. enjoy the moments when life is smooth and joyful}

Accepting that life will always be a walk between the three is a major step towards feeling content. But how else? It is different for everyone. But for me, it is 100% certain that I need to have something which I can find joy and fun in during ALL times. Yes, even during the dark days. It is so helpful to get outside ourselves and free our mind from life’s current struggles. Sometimes our heart is just not in it, and that’s ok. But we also need to be able to give ourselves permission to laugh, smile, and have fun in the middle of sadness. This has been my first hand experience and I am so thankful I was given this gift and lesson so early in raising my family. (cause nothing tends to put us in freak-out and worry mode more than raising kids…. for me anyways, just being 100% honest.)

So today I share this message and one of my passions with you. I am so hoping  that if this speaks to you, you’ll join me in creating lots of FUN!! (more to come soon)

xoxoHeather

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Kim Heller February 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Happiness and Contentment- wow that is a tall order!

In my own life right now I am struggling watching my daughter struggle in her marriage. She works 3 jobs- he doesn’t work at all. He doesn’t help out much at home and not at all with baby. He is a full time student and in his spare time he hangs with his friends-he is not 16 years old- no, he is 30 something and should be ready to take on his responsibilities of husband and father. Oh how my heart aches to see my daughter struggle to make this work. Oh how my heart aches to see all the wonderful, once in a lifetime moments he is missing with the baby.
I choose to embrace the good in this- the beautiful, wonderful baby- not really a baby for much longer as he will be walking any day now. I choose to give him all the love and joy I can. He, in turn, provides me with unimaginable joy. I help my daughter where I can and I pray for their relationship and then I leave the rest in God’s most capable hands. I could allow the worry of this to drain me and literally make me sick but instead I pour all my energy into being the best Grammy that little boy could ever have. I think finding that balance and that deep faith in God is what true happiness is about. I think it is a constant journey for all of us.
Your emails and blogs are a real source of joy and happiness- keep them coming.

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postroad February 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm

aw (hugs) to you Kim!! That would be unbelievably hard! But how right you are to focus on your grand-baby instead of something out of your control (how to change you SIL) You are so right about faith and balance…. always easier said than done! And a huge thanks for your support always :)
xoxHeather

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Kitty Murphy February 27, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Probably this past year has been the most difficult part of my journey. I’ve had to accept that everything in life is not fair and without struggles. I saturated myself in the word of God. I read good devotions that helped me apply those principals in my life. God blessed me with a wonderful husband who made me live. He is my hero truly. I’ve kept busy doing things I love even when I didn’t feel like it. I’ve discovered blogs such as yours which echo what I like and love.

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Linda February 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

Our contentment comes from our Savior Jesus Christ. It does not mean we do not struggle from time to time; nor go through trials. But when it is all said and done, our relationship with Christ, reflects our relationship with other. We are all in progress and reach the perfection in Heaven. Thank you for your encouraging works and thoughts to ponder on as we walk and grow in Christ. Linda

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Carolyn February 28, 2014 at 12:17 am

@ Kim Heller, have her get out now before more children come into the picture. My now X-son-in-law was this way except he did work. His off time was spent with his friends while my daughter took care of their 4 children, kept a spotless house and a hot meal on the table. I could go on and on. He was an abuser to her both physically and mentally (this I didn’t know because I live 1800 miles away) because of her religion and not wanting to fail stayed with him for over 20 years. She is so happy now, she says it is such a relief. NO woman should ever have to be put through that! Good luck!

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MaryJ February 28, 2014 at 1:47 am

Hi Kim,
So true! Thank you so much for being you! You are a joy!
God Bless you and your family,
Maryj

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