a rope, cord, etc. fastened to something to prevent drifting, escape, etc.; a rope or chain fastened...so as to keep it within certain bounds
This is a first for me....the first time I have not used one of my own pictures in a blog post! I'd love to use my own picture but we don't have a tether ball pole anymore.
So why did I need a picture of a tether ball pole?
I have been thinking a lot lately and to be honest, I have times that I feel picked on by life. I know...my problems could always be worse and I know that for many they are. It's just that the more I think about the trials and challenges that life brings to each of us, the more I think that it is not so much the magnitude of the challenges we face but rather the attitude in which we face them. What is a mere annoyance to you may be huge for me and vice-versa. It is all in the attitude we have. Some days my attitude is good and some days it really could use an overhaul. I believe it's that way for most of us.
But, today I was feeling pretty beat up by life. My emotions were hard to keep in check but I managed to put a smile on and answer "we're doing good" when people asked how we are. I think that "we" as a whole are good. It's the me that doesn't feel like I'm doing good. But experience tells me I will live through the emotional pain that I feel and eventually I really will be "good"; it's just gettin' there that is hard.
So as I thought on the things that our family is facing I thought that through all of this, no matter what I am feeling, I KNOW that I am Connected to my Heavenly Father through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Right now I feel very much like a tether ball being hit around, tossed to and fro, slammed by a fist out of nowhere. But in it all I am Connected -- I am solidly Tethered to a loving Heavenly Father. I'm not going anywhere because I am connected to the Father through His son, Jesus Christ, by the power of His atonement. So while I can't escape the trials we are going through, I am Fastened -- we are Fastened. We are safe because He is the Anchor. We are Tethered.