With Christ, we are good enough as long as we are striving to do what is right and true. With Christ, we know enough and we are made perfect in Christ. He loves you. Lean on him in your hard times and trials. He will be there for you.
There were many moments in my life while I was struggling with depression that I just did not want to exist anymore. I wanted to be gone. My mind was constantly thinking of ways that I could make this happen, ways to kill myself. I didn’t want to deal with all of my sorrows and pain. I felt like I was a burden to everyone and that it would be better for them if I were gone.
But I knew that death was not the end. I had been taught that and I had received a witness that it is true. Death is not the end. We have life after death and we can return to live with our Father in Heaven and our families again.
The summer before I started my freshman year of high school, a dear friend of mine passed away. She had a very sweet spirit. I will never forget her example of kindness and love to all of those around her. I had my testimony reaffirmed as I attended her viewing and funeral. Truly the Lord is great! He has given us such a wonderful gift. The gift of his atonement and resurrection allows it so that each of us will be resurrected and that each of us can return to live with our loved ones again.
Heavenly Father, Are you really there?
As a child, and even sometimes not as a child, we wonder if there really is a God in heaven. We wonder if Heavenly Father is really there. We wonder if He really does answer our prayers and pay attention to us. I believe that even the most devout Christians have had times where they have contemplated and pondered these thoughts.
I know that I have at times. I have especially when I am about to pray and when I am striving to make my prayers more sincere. Am I really talking to someone? Yes! And He cares! He answers!
A Child’s Prayer
When I was a child and went to church, one of the songs the children would sing is A Child’s Prayer. This used to be one of my favorite songs to sing at church. It touches on so many of the thoughts that many of us have concerning our Heavenly Father and heavenly home. The lyrics are as follows:
“Heav-en-ly Fa-ther, are you real-ly there? And do you hear and an-swer ev-‘ry child’s prayer? Some say that heav-en is far a-way. , but I feel it close a-round me as I pray. Heav-en-ly Fa-ther, I re-mem-ber now. Some-thing that Je-sus told dis-ci-ples long a-go: “Suf-fer the chil-dren to come to me.” Fa-ther, in prayer I’m com-ing now to thee.
Pray, he is there; Speak, he is lis-t’ning. You are his child; His love now sur-rounds you. He hears your prayer; He loves the chil-dren. Of such is the king-dom, the king-dom of heav’n.”
What thoughts have you had concerning God or your Father in Heaven? What thoughts does this song bring to your mind? How can you have a greater testimony of the reality of God?
I know that my Father in Heaven is really there. He does really answer every one of my prayers. I have felt His love and it does surround you. He loves you and He does answer your prayers. He is there. He waits to hear from you.
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