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Strong Will

It’s often hard to imagine anyone going through a situation much more soul draining than one you yourself has been through or maybe going through right now. It’s real, it really happens and to the best of us, it’s really kind of sad when you think about it.

Like people some situations are not created equal. Some believe that God only gives you what you can handle, others believe the problem could be only possible for them and others don’t face the same situations. Who’s right, the realist or the believer? My first thought, that doesn’t matter.

To stay on point, we can’t get of topic, we must push forward. It’s in our DNA, we’ve spent whole life times doing it, it’s all we know. The push sometimes though, is exactly what’s wrong. Usually stemming from a choice we’ve made a long time ago.

A young man sends his new wife and new baby to stay with family out of state, he stays to work. The job is good and the pay is great, they will need it for their future. Somehow to him, now seems a long way off.

The wife with her baby reluctant in leaving but more than confident in a choice they made together. Her travel was long and hard, her thoughts embossed as if carved in stone and sadness in her heart. Worried and praying for things to work out, she’s sure of it, it must work out because they won’t stop trying.

The first call was relief, for him and her, “the baby is going down for a nap now hunny”, the I-love-you’s, silenced by a dial tone and off to bed themselves. The heart is heavy, the mind is lost in sadness but yet at the same time their heads hit their pillows, a prayer and then lights out. For them both the struggle is real, she sleeps in tears and he, in fears. Fearing nothing he does seems to work out, her worries are that he’s not comfortable. She lives for him and him for her, they must find hope in their decisions.

As the days roll so do the calls but the worries and fears lean toward anger, angry that they have to do this, wondering where they went wrong and never knowing that negative thought alone, could break them.

If knowing that mechanical problems have to be fixed from the core outward, like if the brakes on your car squeak then you wouldn’t put brake fluid in it, right? No, you go to the brakes and start there. So why don’t we do ourselves that way too. If we are unhappy with our life trajectory, maybe we should start with the way we are looking at it!

She knows this, reminding him of a conversation they had together one evening, baby sleeping on daddy, mommy holding on tightly, the warmth of their hearts filled the room. He tells her she’s exactly right, seeing now he does hate the situation they are in, always ridiculing himself for it all. In her sweetest voice she utters, “relax”. Just relax everything will be fine, he finds it hard to do but comforts her hanging up more slowly every night wishing he was there with her holding her tight.

He will make it and she’ll be back with him soon. It will be ok. They’ve started on the right path, they have a plan, he has the will and she has the strength. They know they can change things if they just simply change the way they’re looking at it.
If it is a problem to you then it will begin to seem so much worse, but if we just put effort into the problem and our opinions out of it, we can get through them a little smoother then before. You can always be sure to know that you’ll be just fine in a given situation if you have asked questions about it. Can’t fix those breaks if you’ve never seen the YouTube how-to video! Feel me…

Now, insert yourself in the scenario, make their problem whatever you may be facing and then read on.
We can be one hundred percent sure that if we change the way we look at our own problems or situations they will be so much easier to deal with.
We can also be one hundred percent sure that we are only human, and we will back slide stumble and fall along the way. We will have doubts and feel as if our faith is slipping. We will hit moments when we feel we’ve had enough and want to stop. We may feel as if we should no longer care. We will feel moments of lost perception and possibly fall further behind, but feelings don’t fix problems, actions do. So tell your brain to chill cause you got this.

Michael Milburn

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I am a single father of two beautiful little girls. Our life is not simple, we work hard for what we have and the way we grow together. My children are the why to my life, I move for them, my life is theirs. We all like to share stories and create our own, but the best story to me, is them!

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