light bulb moments

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this week i had a couple of revelations.

  • i’ve had a variety of counsellors throughout my life. it began in my senior year of high school. our psychology teacher took notice of me and would just listen to things i had to get out of my brain. it wasn’t until i was expecting my first child that i sought out help again. this time it was for our marriage. it ended after the first session, where the counsellor had the audacity to say that i had been emotionally abused by my parents. throughout our 27+ years of marriage, we’ve gone for more marriage and individual counselling, both with mental health workers as well as Christian counsellors, using Biblical Based techniques.

after all those years of questioning if and when i was sexually abused as a child (which i     wasn’t) it dawned on me that as a young adult i had been. i had always thought that if i was the one asking for touch that it wasn’t considered abuse… just something i was responsible for. however, i did not realize that when it came to the point of being told what the other person expected from me… and that i was uncomfortable, actually not wanting to “go there” that was when it turned to abuse.

i was asked how it made me feel, and how it affects me today. all of the feelings were negative. i now thought, “okay, so now what do i do to heal from this?” “do i have to accept this and just flip a switch to move on?” i asked my counsellor if maybe we could check out some positive feelings… but we didn’t have time that night.

still, it felt comforting that the feelings of wanting affection weren’t wrong… they were actually quite normal. i can live with that. i had lived a life where black was black and white was white that i constantly lived in fear. i don’t live that way any longer.

yes, i still believe in sin and in making good choices. and striving to be more like Christ is very important to me. but i also realize that i will never be completely pure until i no longer live on this earth. it is through Christ that i am forgiven of my sinful nature… and my sins have been completely erased. yet, i still struggle and make mistakes. and i will always struggle as long as i live… because i am fully human.

but the hope! the hope that one day all of the struggling will be over. i will be in Heaven with God, where there will be no more sin, no more sickness, no more hurting, no more weeping… oh i long for that day!

  • the second revelation this week was that although i am not one to dream of better things for myself, i dream through reading fiction or watching tv/dvd shows. it may not be that big of a deal to you, but to my husband it is. dreaming is one of the biggest parts of who he is. he’s always wishing/hoping for bigger and better things to come. for me, dreaming is just putting myself in a position to be let down, or to feel really greedy (not satisfied with what i have or where i am).

i find it more exciting to watch good things come to other people… like in fiction. or even in real life. i dream big for my clients and other people in my life. i just can’t do it for myself. when our daughter was very young she wanted a horse very badly. i just knew that we would never be able to afford to get her one. but i did know we believed in a big God. so, i told her to pray for one. well, she did. she prayed for three years. during that three years she was given opportunities to board two different horses and then she was asked if she would like to have her own. she cared for rollie for eight years. she never doubted, and it was faith-building for her.

i don’t really know why i am sharing this with you, except that i want people to know that despite my hurt, God is there helping me get through it. through my doubts, He is still there. He wants the best for me. i am totally fine with waiting for Heaven, till i can receive His best. but if He blesses me with earthly pleasures and joys, i will graciously accept them.

i am content. that is a very good thing!


Published by: bcsmithereens

hello, my name is dawn and i have been married for 33 years. hubby and i have two grown children. our family has lived in smithers, bc canada since march 17, 2001. i love GOD, plants and cats and my husband (not necessarily in that order)... and my kids, their partners and our first grandson. i am an mk (missionary’s kid). i graduated in kenya… a long time ago! (1980) i love cats and kittens! we have two. Our oldest is a three year old Ragdoll who goes by the name Bailey. she has some Siamese tendencies, such as selective talking and a bit of her special temperament. she prefers the indoors, but does get pushed outside every-once in a while. being that she has one eye that is crossed (a condition called strabismus) means we have never seen her successfully catch a bunny, bat, bird, mole, or even a moth, fly, or mosquito. i have forgotten to mention that if bailey's water bowl has a piece of her food fall in, she will not drink from it. however, she thinks nothing of starting her meal without ... shall I correctly say... she thinks nothing of starting our meal without us taking our portions first, yogurt, cheese and sour cream are her preferred cuisine. she gets away without having any manners. she is definitely our cuddliest cat in all our years together, yet she can be quite the bully with our other cat. miss myu (pronounced Miss Mew) arrived when she was 6 weeks old, which was a few months before we got bailey. looking at her I believe she is a Siberian cat, without it being official. She is rarely indoors, unless it’s night time in the coldest nights of winter. She has brought us some of her hunted creatures to show off. she likes to lick my skin and most of the time prefers to have her own space. Thankfully both of these mid-long haired beauties only need to be groomed a couple of times a week. and we have gotten into being fish owners in the last couple of years. we have a 20 gallon tank with a monstrous plecosstomus (pleco), a mini mexican orange lobster (crayfish), two apple snails, a mystery snail, four beautifully coloured male guppies, two multi coloured mollies, three baby ember tetras, a loach and a large miniature freshwater clam. i really enjoy reading, preferring fiction and biographical. unfortunately my eyes and a drastically declining lack of concentration have kept me from it for a number of years since I have given up reading I have taken up rescuing orchids, which did wonderfully until we moved into our basement suite, so have finally settled on all things colourful! i currently am a bookkeeper for a few small businesses, where i now work remotely, from home. i previously blogged at: at the time i was going through a very rough period in my life. since that time i have undergone what i can only explain as a “Spiritual Heart Transplant”. i have begun to share my story with the public and have found that to be strengthening as well. i would love for you to follow me along on my journey, make a comment, or two… or three so i can get to know you too. hopefully i can be a blessing to you. thank you for your time. d

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7 thoughts on “light bulb moments”

  1. In my humble opinion, this is your best post yet. Thank you for sharing what you are thinking. I think there is much value in facing the fact that this world isn’t always a place where dreams come true. I am thankful that we have the hope of knowing that this world is not all there is. I look forward to the day when Christ comes again to make all things new.

    1. thank you so much for your kind words! the only reason i can figure out for going through these things is to share them with others, so that’s what i’m trying to do. blessings to you and your man!

  2. Ahhhh, contentment. How I long for it, more than anything else… It is a treasure to be greatly guarded once found! Good blog. Lots of truth and honesty. Thanks, Tanya

  3. I think sometimes we settle in life instead of dreaming, expecting bigger. I serve a BIG God. If He gives me a big dream–which He has. I will persevere to see that dream on this side of eternity. Yes, the other side of eternity will be indescribable. But until that day, I plan on making this side of eternity as indescribable as I can. Thanks for reminding me!

    1. rita, thank you for your comment! i agree with you totally. maybe what i’m referring to are making wishes bigger than they need to be.such as thinking i’ll own a huge house one day (that is insignificant to me). if God were to give me a vision of something He wants me to go for, then i could jump on that bandwagon. enjoy your sunday!

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