Comments for Sally Breen http://storiesfromthesheshed.com Just another WordPress site Sat, 09 Jul 2016 23:19:20 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Comment on It Is Well With My Soul by Sue Abram http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/it-is-well-with-my-soul/#comment-105 Sat, 09 Jul 2016 23:19:20 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=382#comment-105 So lovely Sally, kissing grand babies and watering my garden seems to be my well with soil moments right now

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Comment on It Is Well With My Soul by Suzi http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/it-is-well-with-my-soul/#comment-102 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 18:00:33 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=382#comment-102 Love this. Last year on a drive home from taking care of mom, I made a list, and I consult it often! Coffee (or Pimms) with a friend is near the top of the list! xo

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Comment on It Is Well With My Soul by Wenda http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/it-is-well-with-my-soul/#comment-101 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:11:18 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=382#comment-101 Thoughtful. Lovely soul-so others. Will out my own list together. Thanks, my friend.

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Comment on I Hold You – Guest Post by Kindra LeFevre by Kourtney http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/i-hold-you/#comment-99 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:16:36 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=279#comment-99 This arcitle went ahead and made my day.

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Comment on Take a long look… by Bones http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/take-a-long-look/#comment-98 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:14:11 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=378#comment-98 That’s a brilliant answer to an intterseing question

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Comment on Swimsuits and Shattered Hearts by Mary http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/swimsuits-and-shattered-hearts/#comment-95 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:17:31 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=339#comment-95 I think you have observed some very interesting points, appreciate it
for the post.

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Comment on I Hold You – Guest Post by Kindra LeFevre by I Hold You – For the Love! http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/i-hold-you/#comment-86 Sun, 15 May 2016 20:02:50 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=279#comment-86 […] months ago, I had the opportunity to write my first ever guest blog post, “I Hold You,” on the lovely and wise Sally Breen’s blog, Stories from the She Shed. Sally is the co-founder […]

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Comment on I thought I ordered the Happy Meal by Emma http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/i-thought-i-ordered-the-happy-meal/#comment-85 Sat, 14 May 2016 05:16:30 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=370#comment-85 Thank you for so eloquently putting into words, what I have often tried to explain to people! As a single mother, I’ve often encountered the pitying expressions from well-meaning people, while they deliver that standard line: “don’t worry, the right one will come along, there’s plenty of fish in the sea.” It makes me cringe every time. Women have been brainwashed from infancy into believing that finding a husband is their destiny; the be-all and end-all to being a whole woman, the key to happiness. As such, those of us who are living the single life, are seen as having not made it yet. We’re incomplete. Not trying hard enough. Trying too hard. Perhaps there’s even something wrong with us.

I grew up in a family with a long history of women marrying young. It’s just what we did. So along came the first man to show an interest in me, and I snapped him up. It’s what I was supposed to do. My destiny. We had two babies…I parented, he worked long hours. I loved being a mother, caring for my family and home. But I was slowly dying on the inside. The secrets. The constant lies. The emotional abuse. The general disrespect. The disinterest in the children unless they were annoying him. The grand gestures that fooled me into thinking everything was okay…until the next hurt happened. I was too scared to leave. Seven years into our relationship he suspected I was close to leaving, but he assured me if I did, he would take our son and disappear. Our children would be separated. Better he continue to hurt me, than hurt our children like that.

It was about that time that I really came to know Jesus. I took my children off to church on Sundays, hid in a seat near the back of the room, and always left feeling a little stronger. A year later, when that breaking moment came, when I discovered yet another thing I would need to forgive him for, when I saw the damage it was doing to our children, when I just couldn’t live that life any more, and finally saw through his empty threats…I had the strength and courage to leave.

Ten days later I gave birth to our third child. I like to think his conception and birth were perfectly timed. I was so busy falling in love with this beautiful new life, and caring for my 5 year-old and 3 year-old, that it helped a little, to ease the blow of my broken heart, the lost dreams…my failure.

Many would argue that God doesn’t like divorce, so leaving my husband can’t have been His intention in building my strength. Perhaps they’re right. I’ve prayed on it, and asked for forgiveness many times, but I don’t have any regrets. Six years later, God has brought me to where I am today. He has blessed me with the care of three amazing children who know and love Jesus. God’s brought many friends into my life, where once I didn’t (couldn’t) have any. He’s opened doors for me to be a blessing to others. He’s healed my heart and body, and he’s promised me a great future. With Him, I feel complete in my brokenness, and content in my singleness. Yes, life can still get overwhelming and stressful. People get sick. Broken hearts happen. Life’s not perfect, but it is beautiful. I believe Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the key to our happily ever afters…which we will experience at home, in heaven, with the Father. In the meantime, if a fish happens to jump out of the sea and hop along the beach to pop a ring on my finger, well he’d better be sent by God, or I’ll be throwing him right back.

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Comment on Life Lessons – Guest Post by Cheryl Smith by Laura http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/life-lessons-guest-post-by-cheryl-smith/#comment-84 Fri, 13 May 2016 01:28:22 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=366#comment-84 I go back to that conversation time and time again. You are a treasure. The thing about the tide carrying the prayer away? It’s a way to release them into His tender care. He sees you, dear one. And He is enthralled by your beauty.

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Comment on How We Treat Our Neighbor by Gina Dragt http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/how-we-treat-our-neighbor/#comment-83 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:57:50 +0000 http://storiesfromthesheshed.com/?p=356#comment-83 Surely we can!!! Thanks Sally 🙂

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