This is your day and you can change for the better.
Today is my Birthday
So, today is my birthday. It seems that when we have birthdays, they are the perfect time to reflect on the past year. As I reflect on this past year of my life I am overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude for the way the Lord has sustained and protected me.
I was hit with many challenges this year, including being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. As I was struggling with depression, I was admitted to mental hospitals four to five times and got put on numerous different medications.
But, I am extremely grateful for these experiences in my life. The Lord truly helped me through my challenges and helped me to find light and hope.
As I was studying today I came across these verses in the Doctrine and Covenants. I love them. They are found in Doctrine and Covenants 1:31-32:
“For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance;
Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven.”
How beautiful is that! The Lord provides a way back to Him! He loves us so much. I am extremely grateful for the love and guidance of the Lord in my life. I know that it is though keeping the commandments that we can have continual peace in our lives, even among hard challenges.
A New Year
I am grateful also to move forward with a new year. Honestly, each day can be the start of a new year. We do not have to wait until our birthdays or until January 1 to change our lives for the better. We can do it now. The Lord will help us and he will also help us to know what needs to be changed in our lives.
Some things that I have found helpful this past year during my times of struggle, I will continue to do. These things include such things as praying to my Father in Heaven morning and night, studying His word each day, recording His tender mercies that I see in my life daily, and striving to choose that which is virtuous, lovely, and of good report.
When I think of the Lord’s love I think of a quote I heard that goes:
“Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that the things that are important to us become important to Him, simply because He loves us.”
Think of that! He loves you. He loves you perfectly and infinitely. He let you come down to earth to experience mortality so that you can return to Him. His plan for you is truly a plan of happiness!