My Predestined Relationship with the Family of My Stepmother
(Minghui.org) My mother passed away in 1997, and my father re-married three months later to a woman eight years younger than he with three children. I wasn't in favor of this marriage, but my father said he had no other choice due to his age. I had just started to practice Falun Dafa then. In time I realized that it might be a predestined relationship, and I should follow the course of nature.
My father never used to worry about anything. However, after this second marriage, he changed completely. He took care of everything in the family, from earning money to household chores. He even helped his stepson set up a small business. I complained that he had never been that good to me. These comments revealed my jealousy, competitiveness, and resentment.
My father frequently went on business trips, and my stepmother often came to me for help with her household chores. I ran a bun shop with a fellow practitioner. My stepsister came to buy buns and said that my father would pay the bill.
When my father came, I got angry at him and told him that I didn’t want to see any member of my stepmother’s family and even wanted to sever our relationship. But he didn’t get angry and looked at me kindly.
I shared this with the other practitioners and realized my problems. I was dealing with my stepmother’s family with my human notions and didn’t behave like a practitioner. I had no compassion for them. When we had conflicts, I looked outside instead of looking within. One practitioner said, “In this lifetime, your father has become a member of her family. You might have a great predestined relationship with them.”
Guided by the principles of Falun Dafa and with help from fellow practitioners, I changed my notions and rectified myself. My xinxing improved a bit. My stepmother's family no longer bothered me. Instead I sincerely felt close to them. I went to see my father and his wife on holidays and congratulated her daughter and son when they got married or had babies.
I clarified the truth about Falun Dafa to my stepmother and gave her a Shen Yun DVD and other DVDs about Falun Dafa. I watched the DVDs with them.
One day I went to see my stepmother and saw that her daughter was visiting from the city. She was sitting on the couch and looked pale and sad. There were vials of pills on the table. My stepmother said that she was six-months pregnant and had a serious condition. She was taking the pills to protect her baby.
I told them that even beneficial medicine had side effects and an impact on the baby. I told her that it would help her if she recited, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She took it seriously and started to say it right away. The next day I brought her a copy of Zhuan Falun.
I went to see her several days later. She was in high spirits with rosy cheeks and had put on some weight. My stepmother was happy and told me that she had recited, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” every day and read the Falun Dafa book. She was feeling well and no longer took any pills. Several months later she gave birth to a chubby baby boy.
On another occasion when I went to visit my stepmother, her brother was there. He had been in a car accident and was at his sister’s so that she could take care of him. I realized that another predestined person had come to hear the truth.
I asked him if he had ever heard of Falun Dafa. He said that people in his hometown practiced it, but they were under strict surveillance. I told him that Falun Dafa was a very good practice and different from what the propaganda on TV said about it.
I also told him that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was persecuting Falun Dafa, but one day people would know the truth about it. I gave him an amulet and asked him to recite the words on it. He read the words out loud. I gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun the next day.
I went to see him a few days later. He was pleased to see me and told me that the book was really good. He didn’t need to wear glasses when he started reading it, like he had to in the past. He could read without his glasses. I saw him for the third time several days later. He told me that his legs were no longer swollen. He said he literally saw his legs become thinner and the swelling disappear in the afternoon. He was very touched. Thank you, Master, for your compassion in allowing an ordinary person see the miraculous nature of Falun Dafa.
My father came to see me one day after I finished work. He said that my stepmother's sister had come to stay with them. She was diagnosed with osteonecrosis, and her son and daughter-in-law were not good to her. She had thought of committing suicide. My father asked me to tell her about Falun Dafa. I agreed.
She was lying in bed, worry etched on her face. I sat beside her and told her my story, that I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997 and hadn’t been on medication since. I told her that Falun Dafa not only has amazing health benefits, but also helps improve people’s morality. I also told her the facts about the staged Tiananmen Square self immolation. She listened to me attentively and smiled at times. I encouraged her to withdraw from the CCP to keep herself safe. She agreed.
At that moment I saw her eyes were serene and peaceful, like a baby in the mother’s arms. I was shocked. I must have a great predestined relationship with her!
Everyone around us, just like my stepmother's family, meets us through a kind of connection. They come to hear the truth about Falun Dafa. We should treasure them all.