Monday, July 14, 2014

Forgiveness

So earlier tonight I was able to attend my first Mapuolesega Family Reunion Meeting.

In the past I've been pegged as someone who often puts friends before family and without flooding this post with my defense. I will say only this to cover ll of my reasons of being anti-family functions. Which is because I allow my mistakes of a young teenager girl/young adult woman define me. So when ignorant comments from family would be expressed towards why I never show up and who I'd choose to keep coming with instead of family. Well that would fuel the fire for me to stay away.

But thank God for the example that my sister Tile Mapu teasingly is to me in
bringing me back to my senses to acknowledge the bigger picture on the importance of family.

And Im grateful I went tonight for the mere fact of being reminded of exercisi
ng the principle of true forgivenes. Something I've been struggling with for over 6 months
now with certain relationships & know that I have a ways to go to master.

So the just of it is after tonight's meeting I see personally on how much more I need to recommit myself in forgiving others more readily and meaningful.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th Of July

As we celebrate the men and women who've fought for our nation's freedom throughout
every branch of our military. Including
those who still fight for us daily overseas. I am grateful for their bravery,
sacrifices and their supportive families.
When my younger brother Roy was enlisted in
the US army two things crossed my mind. He will always be safe by the power of prayer of millions of people around the world. Secondly I wanted to join the service. But after a brief discussion about my decision
on one of his brief visits. He suggested that I didnt do it. Especially since he knows how sensitive I am. But if I had join the service. I would've join the US Marines and without sounding shallow. As a youngwoman I was always a softy for their uniform. White top hat, sharp suit, white gloves and sword. But I joined a different
Army. Equipped with skits, dresses and a badge for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So today's holiday has had me thinking of how we all need freedom in our lives. Both from oppressing countries that venture to control their people and the opposition that keeps us away from God. Today Im more alert of why appreciating our freedoms across the board and for those who fight for us should never be taken for granted.