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The Soul is Like a Violin String

“The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched.”

I grew up playing music, it was and still is everything to me.

If a Violin Could Talk

I wonder if those little strings could talk would they say, “oh please, the vibrations and constant pulling across me, shredding me to bits is too much! I can no longer do this! And for what? A pointless pain!

You know how it goes, many things cannot hear at the same levels because of their size and so that string would sometimes daily be put through constant pain and suffering for something she could not see or hear, while other times she could go months without being touched, left alone to rest awhile.

And during those times of “rest” she wouldn’t even know that the music had stopped.

a woman removing a tray of cookies from the oven with her proud father looking on in the background

No Growth in Giving Up

Cade and I used to watch a show called The Biggest Loser. Contestants would be overweight and daily be put through exhausting exercise and meal planning to become their true potential.

But sometimes a contestant would beg for it to end so much that eventually it would stop, and they would leave, finally resting as they had asked for.

But what happened?


The others grew in courage and confidence, lost in weight and fears, all because they were will to be “played” creating the new, wonderful music of their lives.

Pray to Become

If there’s one thing hyperemesis gravidarum taught me more than anything else it was to stop praying for the suffering to end and begin praying to be changed for the better.

To become.

To be sanctified.

And in so doing, my burden became lighter and my soul stronger.

It works every time. And you better believe I’m doing it now through this year of all years.

“The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched.”

It really is a beautiful truth, isn’t it.

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About the authors

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • I look forward every day to your posts. Not only for the wonderful recipes (the peanut butter cookies were divine!), but the everyday posts and perspectives you share that sometimes are forgotten. Yes, these times are a real trial, but there are SO many blessings in our lives that I choose to be thankful for all the time spent together, that we are all healthy, and able to shelter in place during this virus (and during all the fires, one of which isn’t far away). So we keep our ‘go’ bags & boxes near, and hope that rain comes sooner this year, so we can go outside again in healthy, clean air again, and above all, we are thankful.

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    • Thank you so much Deb! Your support and perspective have boosted my soul today! Gratitude will make any dark day brighter! Xoxo! Stay safe, friend!

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