883. Remember what you’ve seen is oftentimes only what that person has chosen to show you. ~Author Unknown

 **This opening statement is true of me and I suspect many others. And so because of some troubling thoughts and comments made by others who are hurting, I’ve decided share a few things about myself and afterwards make an open offer.

Rain falls because the sky can no longer handle its heaviness.
In the same way tears fall because a person’s heart
can no longer handle its pain or heartache.
~Edited quote by
Dinesh Kumar Biran

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There is a poem by Saint John of the Cross, and in it he narrates the journey of the soul from its bodily home to its union with God. And I believe that everyone who has ever lived has experienced dark nights of the soul even if they’ve never connected with God. Life is hard, and as I approach my 73rd birthday, I can vouch that it’s not getting any easier. In fact a doctor asked me recently when was the last time I remembered having a pain free day, and I quickly replied, “when I was 25.” He was noticeably taken aback despite his years of experience, and although he asked me to explain all the details, I’m not going to take time to do that here. Let me just say that chronic, physical pain and loss of dearly beloved ones have created for me many a dark night of the soul. However, I’m as determined as ever not to let it define me nor keep me from enjoying life as much as I can. Now before you tell yourself it’s because my faith is so strong that I can say that, let me add that it was in my twenties that I also severed my ties to any church or religion and wandered long and far from the Lord.

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Okay now look at the photos above. They are of the Dark Hedges in Ireland which is an avenue of beech trees that was planted as an entrance to a home in the 18th century. However, they represent for me the seasons I’ve traveled through on my own life’s journey. As in the differing photos some seasons have been dark, some dark and cold, others hazy and unclear but not as dark, in some light started to shine but the richness of life still had not greened up, then there were periods of greenness but not much light, and finally there have been times when I’ve experienced both greenness and light. My point in sharing this is that I want to let anyone who reads this know that I’m here, that my email address is on my about page, that I’m a good listener, that I’m not easily shocked, that I will not judge you, that I will try to answer any questions you might have about how I cope, that I won’t expect anything in return, and that when it’s all said and done, I’ll put you on my prayer list regardless of whatever your faith in God is or is not. It’s not that I feel that I’m smarter than anyone else or that I have all the answers because I surely am not and do not, but after what I’ve lived through for nearly a half a century and with what I continue to endure, I have garnered at least a small amount of wisdom and gained a few insights along the way.

PS. I know that I am only here as a direct result of God’s amazing grace, and should anyone ask, I would love to talk with you about Christ’s living water and His offer of salvation. 

As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more. ~Psalm 71:14  ✝

**Images via Pinterest; collage by Natalie

56 thoughts on “883. Remember what you’ve seen is oftentimes only what that person has chosen to show you. ~Author Unknown

  1. Natalie, I think even more highly of you for your outpouring of soul and in my long (83 year’s of experience) I have found that the people who are the most beautiful, are the ones who have survived hardships, pain, loss of loved ones and the humanity that gives them the empathy and compassion to be there for others. I not only already knew these things about you intuitively, I felt it in my very bones and our very brief conversations and comments have been confirmation of who you are inside and out. Be strong on the days you don’t want to be because that , too, is a manner in which you reach out to others, (most probably unknowingly). I hope you don’t mind if I say Dear Natalie, I love you and I have this very strong feeling that God loves you as well. You’re in my prayers for that strength. I know you have it!

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    • Oh I never mind when someone says I love you, Marie. I am very touched that you would say that and that you do. Thank you so much for this lovely comment and encouraging words. I thank you for your prayers and your presence in my world. Much love and huge hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  2. Natalie, bless you and all that you do on this page. We all have a dark side and I find myself thanking God for all His blessings on me lately. I don’t know if that has an ominous connotation of my future, but know now that if not for His watching over me in the past, I would not be here today. You bring the light of His love to all and anyone who reads your page has no business downgrading what you say or belittling anything you offer in guidance. As far as I am concerned, if they don’t like what you have to say they can always stop reading what you offer, the fact that they do tells me they are lost and searching for that special light to come into their lives. I love you dear friend and always look forward to your posts.

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    • Thank you so much, Virginia. You are such a good friend. I’m so glad you’ve been thanking God for all His blessings, for He is very good to both of us. I love you too and am so glad that Jack brought us together. I so appreciate your support and encouraging words. Huge hugs, dear friend. Love, N 🙂 ❤

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  3. Thanks for opening up to share more of your personal challenges and life Natalie. We all have challenges. You seem to have learned and grown from yours. I may take you up on the offer for help. Meanwhile, I appreciate your hugs, wisdom, beauty and kindness. I’m glad to know you.
    hugs and blessings, Brad

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  4. Thank you Natalie. I am lucky and glad that I have you as my Cyber friend. My recent postings from my 1980s writings are like your first three photos – dark, cold and foggy. I have travelled so many different paths but I have always believed God is with me. Hugs and God bless you.

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    • Oh, Carol you are so welcome. Thank you for being my friend and a part of my world. I wandered from the Lord, but I never stopped believing in Him or that He cared about me. And I’m so glad that He never gave up on me and came after me. Blessings and hugs to you as well. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks so much for alerting my to the missing like button. I have NO idea why it went away. It was there when I went to bed last night. After looking and looking I finally found where to get it back on. I’m glad you liked my post, and pray that you have a wonderful week. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  5. I hope no one’s been giving you a hard time, Natalie. Occasionally, I learn of fellow bloggers being targeted for unacceptable commentary or harrassment. If that’s the case, block them. Pay them no heed. There will always be haters, unfortunately, and they are especially antagonistic to anyone who lives the light.
    You don’t need to justify yourself, your words, your presence here although your honesty, sincerity and generosity in posting this is commendable.
    I wish you peace to pursue your path and pray for an easing of your pain. Others will learn in time.
    Hugs and love in the spirit of light.x

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    • Oh, how sweet of you to be concerned about me, Momus. I’m sorry my post was misleading. No one has been harrassing me. It’s that I know some people who are really struggling, and I wanted them to know
      that I was here and willing to help. I thought perhaps it would help if they knew about my trials as sometimes that helps someone feel comfortable enough to open up to another. Thank you so much for your concern and your affirming and encouraging words. I wish you the same, my friend. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤
      PS. Thank you also for taking the time to read these other comments and like them too.

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      • I’m glad to hear that, Natalie. It vexes me when I read of anyone being troubled in that way. It’s good of you to open your heart and offer time to those needing an ear. God bless.x

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      • It does me too! I just don’t understand it. If they don’t like something why can’t they just move on and not come back if it offends them that much. I know not everyone likes my posts, but thank goodness, no one, well maybe one, has made any negative comments. Thanks again, Momus, for your concern and kind words. God bless you as well. Love, N 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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  6. We never really know what suffering there in a person’s life, and especially for someone who always puts a brave face on. I am sorry you have had such a difficult time of it all, but your beautiful spirit is out there, offering you for the benefit of others. You are a most unselfish person with a big heart. I hope you have more good days than painful ones. God Bless you Natalie x

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    • No we really don’t, Teri. Thank you so much for your kind and loving comment. It means the world to me to know that people care. Your comments here are very touching and so appreciated and I thank you for your well wishes and blessings, my friend. Hugs and love, N 🙂 ❤

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  7. Thank you Natalie, a happy soul! Your story and quotes stirred memories. I visited Dark Hedges last summer, and like you, was immersed in thoughts. I too, in my youth, wandered looking for some “special” message and truth, and only much later I realized that this truth was already in my heart. Thank you again, blessings and peace to you!

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  8. Sorry to hear about your never-ending pain. I wish there was something a doctor could do to make you feel better. With all the medicines we have today, it’s shocking that people have to suffer from chronic pain. Your offer to help others is lovely. I follow the Tao. I don’t believe in god or the devil or any saints at all. We each walk our own path and when we find the thing that’s right for us, it feels like home:) I know you aren’t doing this for compliments and praise. Having read your blog for some time, I know that you are offering your experience and advice and that’s what makes this a sincere and wonderful gesture. Peace to you Natalie and I hope someone finds a magic pill that can ease your pain.

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    • Thank you so much, Gigi! I so appreciate your comments and your taking the time to respond. There are meds that I take that help some, but the stroke I had nearly 3 years ago keeps me from being able to take others that might help more. But I’m hanging in there with good days and bad days. People like you and having my blog have helped a lot in keeping me going. Peace and blessings, sweet friend. Love, N 🙂 ❤

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      • I’m so sorry to hear that Natalie. But you have a beautiful and strong spirit and that will see you through. It’s amazing how strong we can be:) I wish you could get more relief. I’m always shocked when doctors can’t relieve pain. I understand that you can’t take certain things and that’s a shame but it seems as if they should have SOMETHING to help you. I know that’s silly but it seems like they should. I hope your faith and your blog continue to bring you happiness. Love, G ❤

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      • My feet are what’s so bad right now, Gigi. They are so full of arthritis that even surgery is not an option, and the meds that might make that better are the ones I can’t take after having a stroke. But they are injecting them periodically with steroids, and I take pain meds everyday and that helps as much as can be expected. I just can’t stand for long periods of time or walk as much and as far as I would like. But I am alive and am grateful for my new knee and the meds that help with the migraines and restless leg syndrome. Again, thank you so much for your sweet comments and well wishes and concern. I’ve made it this far and am not going to throw in the towel yet. The Lord blessed me with a second chance when the surgeon was able to remove the clots from my brain and I suffered not physical or emotional damage from the stroke. So every day is a gift and I do my best to hang in their with grace and gratitude. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  9. That is a wonderful invitation, Natalie and I pray that you will have folks take you up on it! The wisdom accumulated through the decades is a gift–and I’m glad you are willing to share it and offer support to other “pilgrims” along the way! Blessings and hugs ~ Laura

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  10. Now that’s a straight shooter girl! You rocked my boots off. I’m sorry – I didn’t know you dealt with this. Thank you – for sharing your heart. When you do that it opens the door for me to share mine…I love the picture and description of seasons. Been there too.
    Prayers and hugs 💞 Diana

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  11. I like how open you were with your periods of time or moments when challenges were tough for you, Natalie. The more “human” we are and present ourselves interested in listening; the more people will share. I like how one prayer leads off, “All those who are heavy laden. . . I will refresh you.” I may talk a lot but I do treasure when someone unloads their burdens and allows me to share some of the weight of their problems. We try to figure out a way to fix things for them.
    One of my favorite songs seems appropriate to mention, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” which specifically says, “Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down. . .”

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    • Thank you, Robin. Yes, most people respond to honesty especially when we are willing to open us about our own lives. I love that song too. James and I were and still are big Simon and Garfunkel fans. In fact we were listening to one of their old albums in the car this week. Have a great weekend, my friend. Hugs and love, N 🙂 ❤

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  12. Thank you dear friend for your honest expressions of love and peace. We walk the narrow road of truth. Our foretaste of heavenly treasure is at every side. Your foretastes of rewards are reflected in the ones you love and care for. One day you will pick bouquets of flowers in the Lord’s garden clothed with your glorified body. See you one day in the clouds of rapture. GaryB.

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  13. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    Thank you, Natalie! 😉 ❤
    I would like to share a link to an interview that I found amazingly enlightening. Many things I suspected are validated here. Please read or share as you see fit.
    http://thesunmagazine.org/issues/478/the_geography_of_sorrow
    As you can see it's called "The Geography of Sorrow."
    Peace,
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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