Tag Archives: Challenges

It Takes an Act of Faith

 

There have been times in my life when I have felt encompassed in darkness.  I have also reached the point where I have wanted and even tried to end my life… but somehow, I am still here.  I am still needed, as are you.  You are needed.  The Lord needs YOU on HIS side.

 

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Pictures

Today, I decided to share some of my favorite pictures with you.

I love how the little girl in this picture is touching the scar on Christ's hand. He has repeatedly shown His love to us. He knows us personally and has gone through all that we have gone through because of the atonement. I am so grateful for my Savior.

 

I like this picture because it reminds me that Christ is the one who lifts us up. He is the one who helps us to become more than we are. He is our true source of help and comfort.

 

This picture reminds me of the primary song, "When I am baptized." Part of the lyrics are: "I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain."

 

Sunsets help remind me of the majesty and power of the Lord and how He blesses us so greatly.

 

Scripture Study

I love this quote about scripture study by L. Tom Perry, and I wanted to share it with you:

“Personal, sincere involvement in the scriptures produces faith, hope, and solutions to our daily challenges.  Frequently reading, pondering, and applying the lessons of the scriptures, combined with prayer, become an irreplaceable part of gaining and sustaining a strong, vibrant testimony.”

I have felt this in my life and know it to be true.

The Songs I Cannot Sing

I love the line from the hymn, “There Is Sunshine in my soul today” that says:

“And Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing.”

The Lord knows each of us personally.  He understands our challenges and our heartaches.  He know the songs that we cannot sing and He helps us through.  Quentin L. Cook said in his talk, “The Songs They Could not Sing:”

“While we do not know all the answers, we do know important principles that allow us to face tragedies with faith and confidence that there is a bright future planned for each of us.”

One of those important principles that we know is that Heavenly Father loves each one of us personally and perfectly.  He is there to help.  Cook goes on to explain how many times in our lives we are unaware of the blessings the Lord has given us.  He says:

“We should be grateful for all the tender mercies that come into our lives.  We are unaware of hosts of blessings that we receive from day to day.  It is extremely important that we have a spirit of gratitude in our hearts.”

We are unaware of many, many blessings that the Lord has in store for each of us.  Sometimes in life we are hit with challenges, that may also be blessings to us. I know that my struggle with depression and anxiety was definitely a blessing in my life.  I may not have seen it as one at the time, but now it is obvious.  Cook continues:

“Adverse results in this mortal life are not evidence of lack of faith or of an imperfection in our Father in Heaven’s overall plan.  The refiner’s fire is real, and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God.”

God is there to help us.  He knows the trials and struggles that we need to go through in this life to refine us and prepare us to meet Him.  Let us remember that the Lord does not forget us.  He loves us.  “And Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing.”

Prayer can change the night to day

"Pray Fervently. With God all things are possible."

Prayer

Prayer is extremely powerful.  It is our communication with our Father in Heaven.  We are His children and He desires to know how we are doing.  He loves us dearly and has given and gives to us abundantly.

I love the Hymn “Did you think to Pray?”  I believe that it clearly relates how prayer can have a great impact in our lives.  These are the lyrics:

“Ere you left your room this morning
Did you think to pray
In the name of Christ our Saviour
Did you sue for loving favour
As a shield today?

Oh how praying rests the weary
Prayer will change the night to day
So when life seems dark and dreary
Don’t forget to pray.

When you met with great temptation
Did you think to pray
By His dying love and merit
Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay?

Oh how praying rests the weary
Prayer will change the night to day
So when life seems dark and dreary
Don’t forget to pray.

When your heart was filled with anger
Did you think to pray
Did you plead for grace my brother
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?

Oh how praying rests the weary
Prayer will change the night to day
So when life seems dark and dreary
Don’t forget to pray…”

Praying to our Father in Heaven does help us to change and to have a purer, better perspective on life.  He will help us and others.  Let us remember to pray.  Let us pray with sincerity.  Let us pray whenever we are prompted to pray.  Our Father in Heaven is waiting to hear from us.

I invite you to watch this whole video.  There are extremely powerful and true statements regarding prayer.

Hot Tears

Hot Tears

Have you ever wondered why people describe tears as being hot?  This passed my mind last night as warm tears were streaming down my face.  Somehow, I felt inadequate and lonely.  The warm tears came down onto my cold cheeks.  In a way the warmth from the salty liquid was a refreshing feeling.

There are a lot of things that I do not particularly like about crying though, one of which is that I always end up with a headache a couple hours afterwards.  But that is besides the point.

I know that even when we are having a hard time, we can be strengthened by the Lord, Jesus Christ.  He is there and He knows and understands what we are going through.  He loves us.  He is the one who makes it possible for us to return home to our Father in Heaven.  He is the one who lifts us up out of our sorrows and fears.  He can comfort us because He truly does know.  He will not leave us.  When we are struggling, turning to Him will be a great help and strength.