Welcome...I'm delighted that you chose to visit! I started this blog in March 2010 and I am so happy that I did. It has made me more aware of the many ways that God is blessing my life. I have made some special friends who bless,teach,encourage,and entertain me! My desire is to be an encouragement to you. I hope you will tarry for a while and that you will come back to visit often.
Do you enjoy playing it? I don't! I never have liked it and that opinion was confirmed this week while playing it with the little girls. You are already at the mercy of the spinner as to how many steps you take and, then, after working your way up the board....you land on a chute and end up back at the bottom. Whoever thought that was a fun idea? My observation is that it promotes frustration and a sense of futility. It isn't so much about the winning as it is about not being knocked down. I saw the look on their faces when they had to start over......over and over again. So, how has this aggravating game stayed around so long? I think the answer is hope. Every time we get the board out, we hope maybe this time........ I'll make it to the top without sliding down a chute. Sounds a lot like life, don't you think? We are living our life, everything's going smoothly and then......POW! we get hit with a problem, a disappointment, a hurt. We feel ourselves losing our footing, losing our balance .....sliding down that chute.....until we hit bottom. We worked hard to get where we were.....financially, emotionally, spiritually, etc....and now we have to start all over again. How do we do it? Hope. We turn to our Heavenly Father, the God of all hope, and He restores and strengthens us. He "renews a right spirit within us"! He gives us "everything we need for life and godliness." And He uses those trips down the "chutes" to teach us patience and perseverance and to remind us of our total dependence on Him. So, I guess the lesson is....if we accept the ride up on the ladder (the blessings), we have to accept the ride down on the chute (the trials). It's all a part of the game...and a part of life!