Life Isn’t Always Paradise Even When You Are Staying There

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  1. Cathy Metzger says:

    Hi Sheila,
    I’m glad you are on Sanibel. I’m not glad about the noseeuums!. No fun! I love the anaologies you draw from life experiences.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Cathy!
      Thanks for your constant encouragement! Sometimes, I wish I knew why God created those little buggers, but if everything was cursed when man fell that explains it! Love you!

  2. I love the title of this post. Great analogy, too. I recently had an experience w bedbugs I picked up when I stayed somewhere. Miserable. But, nothing compared to what some people face. I’ve been handed tough circumstances at times. I am so glad I have hope.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Sheila!
      I’m so sorry! They are both miserable for sure, but we can look forward to our True Paradise with Jesus where no bug can bother us again! Blessings!

  3. Sheila, a year ago this month, my hubby and I did some camping at Ft. DeSoto Park which is just south of St. Pete. It was beautiful. The days were sunny and the evenings balmy…a real paradise…but I was eaten alive! So I know exactly what you are talking about! I thought mosquito bites were itchy, until I experienced those no-see-ums. Love your analogy. True paradise won’t be experienced until we are walking those sunny shores with Jesus! What a great thing to look forward to! Thanks for sharing. – Amy

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Amy! Thank You for understanding my plight of the no-see-ums! It was awful, but God always teaches me a lesson in all of it! I am looking forward to our true paradise where I can walk in freedom and not have to worry about those pesky critters! Blessings to you!

  4. Toni Ryan says:

    Beautiful article my friend! True paradise awaits us!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Toni! Thank You and you are right…True paradise does await us! I’m looking forward to that day!

  5. Andrea says:

    It may not always be paradise, but as long as God is always with us

  6. Andrea says:

    It may not always be perfect – but as long as we have Jesus….

  7. Ruth O'Neil says:

    In regard to “noseeums”, I encouraged the girls at our church camp a couple of weeks ago to pray for each other. We never really know what other people are going through. I am definitely one of those people who seem to live in paradise, but there’s things people don’t see. Pray for your friends today!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Ruth! Prayer is so important and what a gift we give to each other when we pray for one another. I hear what you are saying about Paradise too! I’m praying for you today, friend!

  8. A great life lesson learned from life’s inconveniences, love your heart for the Lord!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Samantha! Thank You so much for your kind and encouraging words. I pray I am always a reflection of His love. I’m perfect by no means, but always trying to be better.

  9. Terri Grothe says:

    this looks like paradise to me, just what the dr ordered

  10. Erin says:

    It’s so interesting that you would share this perspective. Yesterday I shared a testimony of which so many of my friends and family were completely unaware of. They had no idea that me, a person they’ve known for 20 years or more, battled with severe depression. Truly we each battle our own “noseeums.”

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Erin! Wow! What a testimony and how freeing to be able to come out of the cage. There have been times when I have been in that cage due to abuse and there was nothing more powerful or freeing than when I let myself out! I’m adding you to my prayer journal and praying for you as you find your peace.

  11. Alice Mills says:

    The trick is to enjoy the good as much as possible, knowing that happiness comes and goes.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Alice! This is great advice! Happiness is a state of mind…We can choose to be happy or miserable. I will choose happy!

  12. I love how you remind me to look up and beyond myself. This is not our home. No matter how much we enjoy it here our eyes always need to be on heaven. Thank you!!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Christia! Thank You for your encouraging words, and I am grateful this is not our home. I’m looking forward to heaven and truly being home for the first time!

  13. Caroline says:

    I was just in Sanibel. It would have been so fun to meet you there <3 I love your perspective and your vulnerability.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hi, Caroline! Did you love Sanibel? How were the noseeums? They are so pesky! It would have been nice to meet you too! Where do you usually stay when you are on the island? I love everything but the noseeums. 🙂 Thank You for your kind words!

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