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I want to tell you about a funny, happy time in my life:
Growing up in a household with 5 sisters and a baby brother, we had many happy, funny times—building straw houses, jumping from a barn loft into hay, rolling down the front lawn inside a car tire, and, of course, playing house. One special incident: Your aunt Gloria and I went to Idora Park (Youngstown, OH) on our school's end-of-the-year outing & decided to ride the Roller Coaster. Gloria screamed her head off & I (brave, big sister) had to act calm and unafraid, though I was quite the opposite! It was funny afterwards, not during the episode!
I know how tough it can be to forgive. This is how it happened to me:
When a lady in a church Grandpa pastored interfered BIG TIME in a family difficulty we experienced, I was extremely hurt—actually devastated. I did not want to be bitter, nor hold a grudge so I prayed for God to help me to love her in spite of what she had done. I knew I needed help in this—God's help—so I prayed again and again, and again, and again, and again…God's help and power came through and I never did hold a grudge—only because of what God did!
Here are some things you can do to help you get through a tough time:
1. Search the Scriptures.
2. Spend time alone with God.
3. Consult with your pastor.
4. Talk to a good Christian friend.
5. Don't be hasty in reacting or making a decision. Take time.