Dancing Through Life

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 10:53 AM


I woke up this morning and thought, "I'm healing." I'm healing! I'm finding joy in life again. I'm finding my old self. I wake up feeling like my life is worth living. These are big words! These are God's miracles.

Then, amidst the cleaning and cuddling, I checked my email to find this video from Vic's cousin, Shara. I started sobbing. Seriously?? Why am I crying?? But again, it came back to me, "You are healing." This wedding party illustrates perfectly how I want to live my life...celebrating wonderful things! Enjoying friendships. Not taking yourself too seriously. It hit me hard. God does want us to be happy. I won't be dancing at Lucy's wedding in this life, but I will be dancing my way through many wonderful events. Like long weekends with my boys, simple dinners at home, running through mountain trails, singing in church, picnics in the park, visiting with friends, performing on stage, making someone laugh, and watching Peter grow and learn.

The pain can come back in a heartbeat. Trials will knock on our door over and over. But two scriptures from The Book of Mormon came to mind:

2 Nephi 1:21

"And now that my soul might have joy in you, and that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you, that I might not be brought down with grief and sorrow to the grave, arise from the dust, my sons, and be men, and be determined in one mind and in one heart, united in all things, that ye may not come down into captivity;"

2 Nephi 2:25

"Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."

Rock on, wedding dancers.






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  1. Well said Molly. Once again,thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Seriously- even if you don't feel this way tomorrow, feeling like this TODAY is a huge accomplishment! It made me teary watching that video again (I've watched it a few times before)but just thinking how good it must feel to have the desire to "dance" again! I couldn't be happier for you. I hope little Peter gets a private show today:)

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  3. That video is so great! My daughter left the church after her wedding to the Beatles... All you need is love! Everyone sang and clapped as the wedding party danced down the aisle.

    Lucy is laughing and rejoicing with delight that her mommy is smiling! The picture of you and Vic is so great.

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  4. What an awesome day! I thought of you as I sat in Relief Society yesterday. The lesson was out of the conference issue of the Ensign by President Monson it's titled "Be of Good Cheer" if you haven't read it you should. Our future is as bright as our faith and you have just proved it!!

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  5. LOVE that pic of you and Vic. I am glad today was a good day. (((HUGS)))

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  6. Made me cry too! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. You have just taught me a really valuable lesson. I won't dance at Darien's wedding, but we can dance through life in the mean time. We have now, even though we won't have later. But then...we will have later too. My family are primarily atheist...I'm LDS...and they don't understand that they won't have completely lost me when I die. It's such a hard way to live.

    Anyway, thanks again for the great lesson, and thanks to Heavenly Father for answering prayers... you are the proof!!!

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  8. Your spirit and love of life amaze and inspire me.

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  9. that last scripture was quoted in RS last Sunday. A woman in my ward made the comment that it should read "Adam fell that men might be and women are that men might have joy." Can you believe someone actually said that at church?! I'll never be able to read that scripture without laughing now. Hope I didn't ruin it for you...
    nice post. I'm so glad you are healing. This is what we have all prayed for...

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  10. Do you think there can be a "Dancing Through Life" club too? I need to remember that I'm 'surviving', and also, sometimes, remind myself to dance. There is too much to be happy about and thankful for to not dance.
    Thank Mol.

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  11. I have never commented before, although I've been following your blog for more than a year now. I enjoy reading it, I just never found the right words to leave a comment.

    Yesterday a big German newspaper had an article about dancing through life together - and each part included a youtube wedding video. I enjoyed watching them last night and hope you do too: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,638511,00.html

    Greetings from Germany :)

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  12. I got teary eyed watching that youtube clip too. That was neat.

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  13. What a perfect scripture. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. I saw a clip of that video on Good Morning America or something. We watched the full thing & it is truly great - Ireland LOVED watching it & was dancing the whole time.
    Great scriptures & great pic at the bottom. I am also enjoying all the old pics you posted on FB. Loads of fun!

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  15. Healing is a long slow process. Revel in these days and hold them close to your heart for the days when it is not so easy. You are blessed to have such good friends and family.

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  16. Love it! Thanks for sharing! Glad to see people loving life.

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  17. This is wonderful. So so wonderful.
    P.S. I miss you.

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  18. wow, I even teared up watching that. Cause I know what you mean.. finding the joy's in life. Even here as I sit in a hostel in Florence Italy. After having a really hard and tiring day, and hard couple of weeks. I've wanted to come home at times, but this puts it in to perspective. Dont take like too seriously, enjoy the moments. Even if they're hard. And your bag is sooo heavy and you're lost.. and so sweaty. At least you're in Italy, and its beautiful here! Good Post.

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  19. Molly, you are doing such an amazing job. I think you really are healing, and you are helping the rest of us heal from whatever struggles we may be enduring. I continue to look at your example and feel stronger and courageous because of it. Love you. Let's do something soon? Maybe a girls night, or another BBQ. We finally have landscaping at our house and would love to have people come over.

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  20. Yea! I am so happy to hear all of this from you. You deserve to begin to heal and I am sure it is wonderful to have Peter to help you do it. I am sorry I have been incommunicato...I have been husbandless and am due with a baby any day. I kind of turned into a hermit just out of sheer survival! Mike just got back and we are hoping for our little girl to come any day. Seriously Grace...I mean it!!! ;)

    I have wanted to buy that Survivor's Club book and now I think I will!

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  21. Vic & Molly,
    You don't know me, but I'm a regular reader of your blog, having found you through a friend. I want to thank you. Your posts always touch my heart and usually have me in tears. I so admire the strength and the courage that you both have. I admire the depth of love that you both possess. You are both true examples and I thank you again for being willing to put your hearts out there to help others, often times who you don't know, heal.

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