I don't believe I've done a post on exactly WHY my blog is called 'Of love, strength and silver linings'.
Well, I do have a reason- believe it or not!
Because looking back over my life thus far- that's what it's been about. First of all- everything boils down to love. Second- having strength through difficult situations, and third- always looking for, and finding- a silver lining.
It's always there!
Yes, there are clouds- but to see the beauty in spite of the clouds. To know that the sun IS INDEED SHINING. Even when I can't see it... that is the gift.
Just because I can't see something, can't feel something, or *I* don't think it exists doesn't mean it's not there. It simply means that I am not looking for it.
Love is a big thing in my life, as it is in everyone's lives whether they know it or not. Being loved, accepted, and belonging to someone or something is a desire of every human being.
I found a quote by Mother Theresa that I believe is very important and basis to what life is, indeed about.
"Love has no meaning if it isn't shared. Love has to be put into action. You have to love without expectation, do something for love itself, not for what you may receive. ...Love in action is what gives us grace. We have been created for greater things... to love and to be loved. Love is love--to love a person without any conditions, without any expectations. Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace. To love, it is necessary to give. To give, it is necessary to be free from selfishness."
Life isn't about money, work, having a nice, house, car, status, power... or any of the things so many people (including myself sometimes) focus on. Life is about the giving and receiving of love. Of nurturing your relationship with Elohim, the Creator. Of helping other fellow travelers along the way. Yehushua loved us without any inhibitions, if ands or buts, He wasn't selfish or self serving in His giving away of Love. Why should we?
Who are we..am *I* to say... "you must do this...then i will love you." Never!
Now, to expound on the Strength and silver linings bit of my title- yes, there have been trials in my life. Quite a few, actually... difficult situations, people, things of my own making, and things thrust upon me with no apparent reason whatsoever. Soldiering on through these situations having faith in and leaning on the Love of our Jehovah is what carried me through. Yes- there were (many) moments of despair, being lost and feeling hopeless. But I wasn't left there! He picked me up, dusted me off, and set me back on my feet. Then showed me the chaotic mess He had turned into something beautiful.
That is the Yah we serve. He turns charcoal into diamonds, hopeless threads into a tapestry. Paints a thunder torn sky with brilliant rainbows.
Holds my hand and heart during the darkness and the storm.
Abba, Father, Daddy. When I call to Him He not only answers, but opens His arms wide so I can run headlong into the arms of Love that will never let me fall.