"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ties, photography skills, and forgiving even when it hurts

Whew, those readings today, eh?? So hard to hear sometimes. I've very much been the type of person that has struggled SO MUCH with forgiving people. My temperament tends to want to hold grudges, as well as holding people to these ridiculously high expectations.

Needless to say, that didn't make for very good relationships. And it certainly didn't make me happy - nor anyone else in my life - happy.

Honestly, sometimes I think I overcompensate for my natural tendency to hold grudges and want to just forgive people for everything and brush it under the rug and forget it never happened.

Well, that doesn't work out very well either. It just leads to me being resentful.

Since we're humans, we're bound to hurt each other, intentionally or unintentionally. And just because God is calling us to forgive over and over, it doesn't mean we have to put ourselves in the position to let people hurt us.

For a long time, I struggled with the whole forgiving 77 times verse. But why, Lord? Why do I need to keep forgiving when someone doesn't apologize? Why do I need to keep forgiving when they don't care that they keep doing the same thing over and over?

What I've learned, though, is that I can still forgive someone even when they don't want (or realize they need) forgiveness. And I can still choose to love someone when they keep hurting me over and over. (But gosh, that sure is easier said than done!) I hurt people too (we all do), and I would hate for them to withhold forgiveness from me. A relationship can't really continue without forgiveness.

Sometimes forgiving 77 times looks like setting boundaries, or taking a break from the relationship (not always possible if they live in your house!), or a million other scenarios. The important thing, though, is that we truly seek forgiveness and are at peace in our hearts. Forgiving is rarely easy - especially for a prideful person like myself - but it is always so worth it.

Well, I hope that made sense. Sometimes my brain works overtime and it doesn't always make sense when I get it all out. But now for some pictures! I finally remembered to take pictures before Mass so I'm linking up with Rosie for My Sunday Best.
 Sometimes they insist on wearing ties that do not match and I just roll with it. Couple of cuties!
 And this cutie wouldn't stop for a picture.
 I'm sporting the dress Logan picked for me on our Goodwill date a few weeks ago. 
 Landon's camera skills are pretty good, right?
Of course, Chase wanted a turn with the camera too and I'm totally impressed. Our boys have some mad photography skills!

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