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Falling in Love
By JMS Bell
Sunday, September 06, 2009

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...A heart's change...

  There were times when he just plain...got on her nerves! Wherever she went, seems he'd always show up. Like that time a couple of weeks ago when she and her co-workers decided to get together on a Friday evening after work. Boy, was she having a good time! There was food, groovy music and she had a joint of grass in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. She was just about to do a barefoot solo to one of her favorite songs, when out of the blue...there he was. He was standing there with that...that...look that she resented. It wasn't condescending or judgmental...it was...oh! She didn't know what it was...but it irked her to no end! She eventually stalked out with every one  staring at her like she had lost her mind and it had to stop!

She wanted to end the relationship, but for some reason she couldn't. She needed him. Deep down inside she knew she did, yet he completely aggravated her. It was scary. And that wasn't the only thing that was bothering her. Here lately, she was becoming aware of something else; she was 'hurting' him. Yes, that was it! That was the look in his eyes! It was a look of hurt...of disappointment. And though she acted as if she didn't understand why...again, deep down inside, she did.  He was hurt because though he had proven himself to her time and time again, she had not changed. Whatever she did, he always forgave...always gave her another chance. He tolerated her spurts of anger and total disrespect. Not because he had to, or was supposed to,  but because....he loved her. He really did.

There was no question in her mind of how much he cared. And now, over the past couple of weeks, she was beginning to feel annoyed with herself. She was annoyed because in spite of her admitted confusion at tolerating him when she really didn't want to, something new was occurring that she didn't understand at all...she was, in fact,  growing tired. Tired...of taking advantage of him. She was finding it more and more difficult to ignore the fact of how good a friend he continued to be to her in spite of her actions.  Daily, she received from him and took whatever she needed. But, she never gave back anything in return except maybe, a bland 'thanks' every now and then.

Then there was this other 'thing' that was also bothering her lately. She was desperately, but futily, trying to stop it but it wouldn't go away. Feelings of  'guilt' were steadily rising up inside of her. She could no longer deny what she knew was true . He didn't deserve the way she treated him. He hadn't done anything to warrant the hurt she inflicted on him. She definitely enjoyed the fruits of his labor and his bountiful provisions, but then she selfishly expected him to take her shallow treatment.  She could no longer convince herself that the worldly jests she hurled at him were 'painlessly' swallowed. This was not true . She could see it in his eyes.

So there she was having a heated debate with herself, as to what was right and what was wrong. And finally one day she came to a conclusion. He was a good guy. And, after all, she didn't hate him...just wanted to have a distant, unattached relationship with him. She didn't want him trying to get 'close'. But since it seemed he was not going anywhere, she decided she would 'try' to be more tolerant of him. She would make an sincere effort to treat him at least half as well as she treated her other friends. It was when she made up her mind to do that, she considered the fact that one didn't deliberately hurt a friend...no, one didn't outlandishly use a friend either. Even though one knew they could and would probably get away with it...they didn't, because they 'valued' the friendship.

But how...she wondered? How could she show him that she was willing to be tolerant of his friendship? He had everything ...really. And anyway, it seemed all he cared about, or  wanted was her. All he desired from her was that she should make a sincere effort to return his feelings.

She took it slow...one day at a time. Change was not going to come over night. She figured the first step should be to acknowledge that she had treated him wrong. She asked him to forgive her for all the times she hurt him. She promised that she would try to never again 'deliberately' hurt him. She might 'err' being human, but never again would she blatantly and unashamedly stomp on his love for her.  

And little by little...as she came to know him better, she became more and more 'accepting' of him. His attention that she once spurned, was now beginning to be sort after. Her feelings for him grew to the point where his constant presence was expected...enjoyed...even relished. As they continued to draw closer and closer, she soon found herself  going out of her way to do things that pleased and delighted him. 

 However, the ultimate thing that happened was too wonderful! And it was something that pleased them both immensely. She didn't know when, or even exactly how it had happened...but one day she found herself telling him that she wanted him to always be in her life and that she was totally in love with him! His name....?  Jesus. 

 

Romans 5:8, 2Pet 3:9

copyright; 09/06/09  

 

 

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Reviewed by Judith Mays 9/17/2013
Love It! What a wonderful and true story. Causes one to question why one would ever reject the love offered by Jesus or continue to hurt and displease him in anyway, Thanks Joyce.
Blessings
Judith
Reviewed by Dr. Dorothy Holtslander 10/22/2011
Thank you so much for this!!
Dorothy
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/12/2010
This is artfully written. It draws the reader in and keeps them interested wondering what the outcome will be ! What a great ending!!!........M
Reviewed by Blondie Clayton 8/21/2010
It read like a piece from a romance novel. I like the way it ended up. Thought about my past life, how I behaved much the same way before I really knew HIM.

Blondie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/4/2010
Well done, Joyce. I enjoyed your story. Love and blessings to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 6/23/2010
This is wonderful Joyce.
Reviewed by Smita Tewari 5/7/2010
beautiful ur poetry & ur short stories!
Do visit my blog: www;smitaspoetry.blogspot.com
and leave a comment.
thanks & hugs from India
Reviewed by Therese Maria Abigail Ledesma 12/29/2009
Ms. Joyce M. Bell,
I admire your works and I can tell that you are one of the pillars of writing, because you constantly praise the Lord, giving back all the glory and honor to Him. I pray that He will bless you with more strength so you can continue serving Him through your masterpieces. Power and glory to God alone!

Therese Maria Abigail V. Ledesma
Reviewed by Cryssa C 11/9/2009
I like the changes you have made to the story...
Cryssa :~)
Reviewed by Joyce White 10/14/2009
Wonderful little story, welcome to Authorsden. I'm 62 and have four kids and seven grandchildren. When we get older we get wiser. We make good poets. Thank you for visiting my Terror and Mercy. Please come visit my web, www.sculptingtheheart.com. Lots of inspiration, fun and reading. Sincerely, Joyce (My name is Joyce, too)
Reviewed by Debra Baugh 10/11/2009
beautifully written......no one could have related this short story as well as you have done.....I applaud your talent and ability to take someone thru a story the way this is written.....god has given you a talent and you're sharing it with me right now.....Love It.....kudos......to you Ms. Bell......love peace & harmony
Reviewed by Margaret Purslow 9/19/2009
Wow, makes me have so much hope and surrender to Jesus. He is amazing, isnt He?

Thank you for being such an example of true agape love.


fond wishes and love
margaret
Reviewed by Richard Kallao 9/7/2009
Thankyou I enjoyed that one . Ever since my mom
died it seems I been trying to find help and too
comfort from anywhere I can .That's why I like in
fact Author's Den .
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 9/7/2009
Joyce,
You have the gift of pen. This is extremely well written. Thank you for blessing my life with it.
Abundant blessings to you,
Nicole
Reviewed by Richard Arrington 9/7/2009
This is very, very, very good.
Reviewed by Philip Birmingham 9/7/2009
Wow...didn't expect that ending. Very well done.


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