Saturday, March 18, 2017

Safety in the Storm

Hello There!!!

So I'm doing better at posting!
I just had a thought come to me about storms in life and how we can find safety.
There are some pretty crazy storms we face in life, even more than just the physical storms of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, blizzards, etc. We face storms in life of pain, hurt feelings, offence, anger, moving, depression, anxiety, death of a loved one, and the list could go on!

I know for myself I have often questioned the "why?" for the trials or storms that I have faced. I've thought many times that maybe what I was given was to much and that I should give up. Or have asked why it is that me and family was given such hard battles to fight. We look straight into the rain and the wind that whips around us and get discouraged about the trials we face.

And as I have asked these questions I have been drawn again and again to the Saviour Jesus Christ, because it is only through Him that my family and I have been able to come out on top again and again in the trials we have faced.

There is a poem I heard when I was little that I can only remember a little bit of now (if anyone has the poem PLEASE let me know I would love to get it!)
 There is a line that says, "from the strongest winds grow the strongest trees,"
I see my life and my experiences as a testimony of that.
I know there is a way that we can all in the end come through our storms smiling and asking "That's it?" We are so much stronger than we think, and that is because of Jesus Christ. 
Never get discouraged because of the trials that you face. God gives some of His toughest warriors the hardest battles. 
Last night at a supper appointment with a member, Sister Varey said this, "There is no use in giving up, if we give up Satan wins." 
The Safety in the Storm is found through Jesus Christ's restored gospel, it is found through His Atonement, and if we endure to the end we will have peace and safety. 
A silhouette of a man walking along a coastline, with a text overlay quoting Elder Neil L. Andersen: “These are your days—to stand strong.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Road Life

Hello again!!

I am SOooo sorry I have been terrible at blogging lately! But I promise I am still alive and kicking!
So I actually wasn't going to post today.... eeek! haha but then a thought came to my mind, so I'm going to run with it and see how it goes! Please bear with me and don't judge me to harshly because of it. :)

So I've posted a lot in the past about the decisions we have in life, choices we make, and how things change over time.
My thoughts today come in part from those previous thoughts, and also the check points a long the way.
Our Heavenly Father gives us many things to guide us a long our path of life. Like street signs they point us in the direction that we want to go. And if we follow them will be blessed to reach our destination.

These streets signs are only one point of the equation though. Without a map or a destination they are meaningless. We will get somewhere, and we may seem some beautiful sights a long the way,  But with out knowing where we are headed we'll just be stuck.

Sometimes in our life, we come to a screeching halt. Where we have the opportunity to reevaluate and check our progress.  

SO what? What does this have to do with anything?? 
What are the tools that our Heavenly Father has given to us to use? 
Our map is the scriptures, the street signs are prayers, church attendance, and the personal revelation we receive. 
What our destination is ultimately tells us how we use the tools we've been given. If our desire is to return to our Heavenly Father then we are going to search our map and find the best way possible there. If we are simply desiring to go to the dump, we don't even need the map. We might as well follow the crowd. 
An image of a young woman reading the scriptures, coupled with a quote by Elder L. Tom Perry: “The choices you make will make all of the difference.” We can accomplish great things in the service of our God, and as we follow His guidance we will truly be able to do great things!