On Blood Moons, Divorce, and Ultimate Happiness

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“Blood moon is rising tonight!”

The text came across my phone from a close friend last Monday afternoon.

“That doesn’t sound good,” I replied.

She went on to explain that the blood moon doesn’t happen often and especially not during Holy week. The last time it happened at this time was during the week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.

“Wow. And I just filed my divorce forms. What do you think that means?!”

I was at the courthouse just an hour before I received the text. A series of events out of my control had suddenly set me on the fast track to divorce. It was on the day of the blood moon that I made it official.

After the series of texts, I did some research on the blood moon. The blood moon occurs when the Earth spins between the sun and the moon. A red sheen is cast upon the moon when the shadow of the Earth catches the refracted sunlight during this lunar eclipse.

Some say there is a divine connection to the occurrence of the blood moon. The first of a series of four blood moons, known as tetrad, happened on April 15. Tax day. A day when my family is typically celebrating our reunification with my CPA husband.

Some say the blood moon means that “world-shaking events” will take place and start to fulfill the End Times prophecy. While several other tetrad blood moons have occurred in the past, this particular one falls on significant dates for Jewish people.

People react to the idea of impending doom in different ways. Some run from the situation, while others attempt to face it head on. Some predict the end of the world, while others appreciate the rare opportunity. Some say they are sorry, while others congratulate.

“Well, there must be a correlation between the two. An ending to the pain and unhappiness, and the beginning of something really great that’s about to happen in your life!”

Was I completely blind-sided by the situation I find myself in? Not really. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises left after spending nearly 20 years of your life – more than half my life – with the same person. But it takes two people and a mutual understanding of what constitutes love and commitment to make a marriage work for the long haul.

For every extreme down, there has been an extreme up. I am achieving major life goals. Coincidently – or maybe not so coincidently – I have done a great amount of research on gratitude and happiness this past year and have worked on finding what a meaningful life translates for me.

It’s scary as hell, but I’m smart enough to know that while my world is shaking a bit, it is not actually ending. The next blood moon in the tetrad will happen on the 20th anniversary of the first date with my husband. I could assume impending doom, but instead I choose it as a sign of something new and amazing to come.

A new life is just beginning. One in which I can put myself first. Where I can continue to focus on raising my beautiful boys and keep sauntering on my path to ultimate happiness.

I just might get a glimpse of the striking blood moon itself along the way.

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Read more about the blood moon: Does the Bible predict the ‘Blood Moon’?

Wordless Wednesday: Bunny Cage

Biz, age 5, was rewarded with a stuffed bunny for volunteering with me at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program last week. He brought home a couple of boxes and made this cage with some help from his big brother, G. It even includes water and a plate of pasta salad.

Gearing up for Easter? Hopefully your Easter egg coloring goes better than my experience last year.

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Wordless Wednesday (4.16.14): Bunny Cage Constructed by Biz and G

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Philanthropy Friday: Somebody’s Daughter

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

This following article is a guest post from Susan Allen Panzica.

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It started with a dream – a nightmare really. A vivid dream that my daughter (who was living in Australia at the time) was abducted by human traffickers. I grabbed my phone and immediately texted my daughter. Finally the ping of her text reply. “I’m fine Mom. What’s up?”

The flood of relief as I sank into the pillows and prayed “Thank God it wasn’t my daughter” was immediately replaced by the awareness that it was somebody’s daughter.

Somebody’s daughter was abducted and sold into slavery that night. Somebody’s daughter ran away and was sucked into the web of human trafficking. Somebody’s daughter was brainwashed to think there was no hope, no way out. Somebody’s daughter was being used for profit and the salacious enjoyment of men in a dark and evil underworld. Somebody’s daughter was silently crying out for justice.

That night, across the world and in my own state of New Jersey, people of all ages, colors, and genders were being held against their will, their passports held by unscrupulous “employers,” working as nannies, maids, bonded laborers with no hope or chance for freedom.

It’s a tragic fact that there is more slavery in the world today than at any time in history. There’s an estimated 29.8 million people caught in human trafficking – modern day slavery – whether it is forced labor or the sex trade or underage prostitution. It’s the fastest growing and second largest criminal activity in the world.

Shortly after my nightmare, I saw a post on a friend’s Facebook page about human trafficking and left a comment. Then another Facebook friend left a comment to mine saying, “If you do something, let me know.”

I stared at her comment thinking, “Will this be one more time where I say I want to do something, yet actually do nothing. Or this time will I actually DO something?”

So I reached out to Tanya who created the original post. Over her kitchen table, we shared our thoughts and information. We were just two suburban moms, outraged over the colossal issue of human trafficking, attempting to answer the question, “How can we make a difference from here?”  In the days that followed, I casually mentioned my new endeavor to selected friends and family. In less than two months, our group grew from two to twenty-two!

And we accidentally became abolitionists.

We formed Justice Network to raise awareness of the issue and support for organizations locally and globally that are already on the front lines fighting this heinous evil. Justice Network exists to educate, equip, and empower friends and neighbors to become abolitionists providing education about the facts and ways to fight the issue and directing support to those organizations rescuing victims.

We are part of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, participating in and contributing to their activities. And each month Justice Network hosts its own events, including a movie showing, fair trade market, jewelry party, appeals to Congressmen, high school outreach, etc.

Through both secular and religious organizations, change is taking place. Traffickers are going to jail. Victims are rescued and redeemed. People are changing the world. I’m a “real housewife of NJ” out to change my corner of it and to do what I can to impact the lives of those in peril.

Susan-JEK-smSusan is a wife and mom who manages her chiropractor husband’s office by day and writes by night. She writes a personal blog, Eternity Café, that shares stories of everyday life that reflect the eternal truths of God and is the co-founder of Justice Network, which raises awareness of human trafficking and support for organizations locally and globally that are already on the front lines fighting this heinous evil.

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