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"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty." - Henri Frederic Amiel


Break Through

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Hello everyone! I was hoping to release more than just one wallpaper this month, but sometimes - life happens. I'm happy to have finished this one up though, as it embodies a little bit what I'm hoping to gain out of what I've been through these past few weeks. This design is entitled, "Break Through", making it the ninth new wallpaper for the year, and the 184th design overall to the site.

Life is great. Why do I say that? Because I have to right now. Ok, so that's a little bit tongue-in-cheek. You see, this month has been a real challenge for me and my family. I won't get into any specifics, but I will say that nothing - nothing at all - has come easy for us as one thing after another seemed to come "off the rails". It seemed as though life was throwing us bricks at every turn. So many, that a wall of bricks was starting to form up around us. That's why I choose this image for this wallpaper.

Of course , I know that my family is not alone in this present string of trials. There are so many out there right now who are facing their own wall of bricks. All one needs to do is flip on the TV and watch the nightly news to see someone who's had a bad break. And lately, especially in the South here in America, we've seen a bombardment of natural disasters happening left and right. Families forced to evacuate their homes to escape a montage of storms, floods, winds, hunger, and unseen danger that lurks to seek harm to so many.

Tragically, there were some families that lost loved ones in these hurricanes. A lot of homes have been destroyed, while so many families have been uprooted and are still trying to put the pieces back together.

The good news is that many have survived and are breaking through their "bad walls" and rebuilding their lives again. They have family and friends for support. Our country is breaking through walls too - via the generosity of many organizations and individuals joining forces to help those in need. More help is needed still - but at least its a start.

Lastly, I haven't mentioned the most important source of help, love, and support of all yet. It's the most obvious thing for me, so I must give mention, and more so honor, to how the Good Shepherd has carried us through these past few weeks - even though it didn't feel like it on some days. Without prayer and reading and listening to the Scriptures, I know I wouldn't have been able to make it through these recent storms.

(LifeTip: Listening specifially to Psalm 23 was such a joy amid the pressing forces that I cannot compose the right words to how it sustained me these past few weeks. I would highly recommend starting with this passage when you are feeling discouraged.)

I know I can't complain when so many have it much, much worse. But sometimes, we all reach a breaking point. That's when we must swallow our pride and rely on others for help. Don't try and go it alone. A rope with 3 chords is much stronger than 2 or 1. Find a support system to turn to when you know you need help.

This is what has helped us this past month. Some things have been resolved, some haven't as of yet. But we're going to keep pressing on and break through this brick wall eventually. Just a sliver of hope is all that's needed to keep pressing on. Somewhere, something is bound to turn right again. All things come - only to pass by eventually. Look at those storms for example. They came - and they pass eventually.

Now, we can let the healing and the rebuilding begin. And that is why life can be great. It's hard at times, but it is never boring if - through the experiences you go through - you can learn from it.

Yes, life is great. And God is good.
- Original blog entry from 09.30.2017

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Image by George Hodan.
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