Thursday, May 30, 2013

seeing clearly

You know those moments when you first wake up in the morning, and things are a bit fuzzy? You know where you are and you know what you are looking at but there’s just a moment of haziness. And then once your eyes are comfortable with the light, you can see more clearly.
Over the past few years I've grown much more in touch with my emotional side and I find times when I really want to share them with my family. But as I said, it's not something we are comfortable doing.

I had a moment like that recently when I was reading through my blog subscriptions. Scrolling through the blogs looking for something to catch my eye when I landed on Amy’s post on Overcome The Lie. (more about that here.) I skimmed through it but kept going to the top and rereading it. She started out “You are a daughter of Christ. I'm sure for most of you, this is not new news. Perhaps you've heard this many times..." And I thought to myself, 'yes, I have heard this before and yes, I do know this,' but something about it kept me coming back and rereading those lines.

To give you a bit of back story, I come from a very close family. We spend a lot of time together, and we get along well. But we are far from the Camdens on 7th Heaven. If someone gets mad, we don't follow that person to their room to talk about the issue. If we are having a bad day, we are grumpy and keep to ourselves. I'm not saying it's a bad thing; we just don't go around discussing our hurt feelings.

When I read that line Amy wrote, it felt like God saying "You know all those things you want to share? Share them with me. You are my daughter, and I am here for you." And it was like that moment, early in the morning, when your eyes can suddenly see a bit more clear.

And I felt relief that I didn't have to keep those feelings inside. I could share them with my Savior.

Maybe God gave you an amazing family like mine; one that is loving but one that is more contained. Know that you can open up to the Lord. Share your feelings, your secrets, your fears. I can ask God for guidance and thank him for blessings. And the biggest blessing of all is our Savior, our Father.

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