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I hope that everyone is feeling well, doing good, and sharing her joie de vivre with those in her sphere of influence.
I had to laugh with the unintended irony of this question. You see, for the past several months I have truly struggled with almost every aspect of my life. I even became somewhat depressed for a time and found keeping up with the "activities of daily living" to be more difficult than usual. I am now taking steps to make real changes in the life of our family, but more about that later.
But even through the worst part of the last eight-ish months, a core of happiness remained within me. That core consists of my relationships: with God, with family, and with friends. I have come to the conclusion that relationships are all that really matter, all that really lasts.
God's word tells us (and if you don't believe that the Bible is God's word, perhaps you could take it as a book of ancient wisdom) that our lives are going to be full of struggles, but that we are to "count it all joy" (James 1: 2-3). Even the faithful are not promised that their lives are going to be endless bliss with no difficulty; rather, we are to embrace the difficulties of our lives (Luke 9:23).
And yet, throughout all this difficulty, we are to maintain a joyful perspective on life and to share that joy with other people, which I hope this blog does. My family is so important to me. They have suffered with me through the struggles of the past, and I love the idea that they will be with me in what I hope to be a fabulous future.
I am thankful for all the people in my life, even people whom I have never met: I see certain places on my blog's feed and I think, "Oh, there is the lady from ____, again. God bless her."
So feel free to ask whatever you like. If the question is too personal or if it involves specificities about a third party, I won't answer it, and that's okay.