Recently I spent a week back in the United States and hung out with a friend from my old Quiverfull church. She and I laughed and cried over many things that happened through the years, like the time the pastor fell through the ceiling of the church and was dangling on electrical wires like a flying Wallenda team member.
One of the more interesting conversations we had was about what we carried out that was positive. So much of it was awful, soul-crushing and just plain old vanilla wrong, but not everything was. Plus there are things that came about only because of the misery that we needed. We both agreed that the pain forced us to become truer versions of ourselves, just like putting flower bulbs in a deep freeze forces an early flowering.
That, and the fact that I learned to bake bread very well.
What did you carry out, or learn, or develop during your time out?
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