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Sometimes I wonder why I write in here. I get notifications of views, but I dont know who reads it, or if they are blessed.
Tucked away in my room are 4 journals that serve different purposes in recording my thoughts, prayers and dreams. But every once in a while I write in here.
I have nothing to prove really. Im simply to lazy to go get my journal now- So the welling in my heart that stimulates the desire to set pen to page will have to settle for finger to keys. Lets see what comes out:

My dad used to tell me this parable as a child:

‘Once upon a  time there was town tucked away in the hills, with a guard who stood at its gates. One day a family came to the town and asked the guard,
“We are looking for a new place to live. What are the people like in this town?”
The guard replied, “Well, first you must tell me what the people are like in the town your from.”
“Oh, they are so kind! In fact it will be hard to leave so many friends behind!”
At this the gate-keeper said: “If you are to enter this town, I’m sure you will find that the people will be equally kind.”
Later that day, a second family came to the town and asked the guard what the people were like who lived in th town.
The guard replied, “Well, first you must tell me what the people are like in the town your from.”
“Oh, they are so cruel! We couldn’t stand living there any longer!”
At this the gate-keeper said: “If you are to enter this town, I’m sure you will find that the people will be equally cruel.”
And the second family walked away in dismay.’

I remember running that story over in my mind a thousand times as a kid, recounting all the little details. It didnt sit with me well that there wasnt a happy ending.
Of course we are to create our own happy ending in response to it. We are to love others as we want to be loved. 
unfortunately I have found that it doesnt work in all circumstances. I have had a change of environments. I went from a place that I had so many uplifting and encouraging friends, to a place that I feel so out of place, so alone.
Last night I spent time with my good friends and today I have entered back into the world of stone. Where I once felt the warmth  from the joy of friendship, my heart now shivers with the icy blast of its absence.

But there is good. Because I have found what it means to have my hope in Christ.
Not a hope derived from what’s to come.
Not a hope created to ease pain.
But a hope that is in the person of Jesus Christ and nothing else.

And I’m at a place in my life that things have been going wrong for so long, and there are even more struggles that are presenting themselves in the future.

And yet I have hope, yet I have joy, yet I have peace.
A peace that surpasses all understanding.

When your faith is tested, you are provided an opportunity to be faithful.
Why would I now go take my house and build it in the sand? God has sustained me thus far… Im sure I can make it until Christmas break. =)

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