Tag Archives: Heavenly Father

Everyday Miracles

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I love everyday miracles. I know the Lord has given me a miracle today by allowing the doctor to okay my prescription refill that was already denied once. I love my Heavenly Father. He loves us. I am grateful to my Father in Heaven who watches over me daily. I know He watches over you too. What are some of the everday miracles that you have experienced?

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In the Arms of the Angel

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Many times in my life I have felt like I have been in the arms of an angel. This has especially been the case as I have struggled with depression, doubt, and dislike…. the destructive D’s. I know that my Heavenly Father is there for both me and you though. He hears our prayers, and He sends angels to us to wrap us in His love. Comfort does come as we turn to Christ. Sometimes it takes longer than we hope, but I testify that it does come. I hope you enjoy this beautiful and talented young girl.

He Knows You

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Heavenly Father knows you. The closer you get to Him, the closer He gets to you. I know that as you study and pray, He is there for you. He listens to your pleas. He has listened to mine repeatedly. In my struggle with depression and doubt, I know I have been strengthened to get through, to endure, as I have studied my scriptures and prayed to my Father in Heaven.

I used to cut and burn myself when I was really depressed. As I have been faithful in studying, the Lord has strengthened me and I do not have the desire that I did before to do those things. I know that my body is a temple of the Lord and that His Spirit lives in me.

He wants to be close to you. You just need to let Him in.

Why does God love us?

In answer to this question, I quote President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who said:

“He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love.  We are important to God not because of our resume but because we are His children.  he loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.

What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us.  No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.”

I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of us.  We are His children.  He wants what is best for us and desires to bless us.

Tender Mercies in my Life

Honestly, I have had a ton of tender mercies of the Lord in my life.  Ones that I have not seen I am sure.  In fact, I am sure there are more tender mercies that I have not seen than those that I have recognized and recorded.

One such tender mercy was yesterday at work.  I work at a sandwich shop in a town about twenty minutes away.  It is kind of like Quiznos and Subway but has a specific atmosphere and also has dinner items and waiters and waitresses.

So, last night I was on the schedule to waitress and I just was not feeling it.  I did not want to go to work and waitress.  I thought to myself as I was driving there that I would be totally fine being on the cash register or putting vegetables on sandwiches for people.

I got to work, clocked in, and put on my apron for serving.  I got a few things ready and then the shift manager said that I was on register for the night because all of the people couldn’t come in who were scheduled.  Such a tender mercy.  I was so relieved.  I know that the Lord is mindful of me, even in the details in my life.

Not only did I not have to waitress, which I usually enjoy doing, the night was also very slow.  This meant that it wasn’t as stressful and it was actually quite enjoyable.  And, because it was really slow the owner said that we could go as soon as we had everything ready to close for the night.  So, we got off right at 9pm rather than at like 9:30 or 10pm.

I know that my Savior loves me and the my Heavenly Father cares very dearly for me.  I know that He loves you too.

Virtue: For such a time as this

Virtue

Virtue is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as:

“1.a: conformity to a standard of right :b: a particular moral excellence
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: a beneficial quality or power of a thing
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: manly strength or courage
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: a commendable quality or trait
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: a capacity to act :potency
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:chastity especially in a woman”
Virtue is increasingly important in today’s world, especially for the young people.  We grow up in a world that is surrounded with filth and uncleanliness.  Virtue is  a light that is not found in everyone but can light up a room.  It is a gift that is fought for day in and day out.
Scripture
I love Proverbs 31:10 which states:
“Who can find a virtuous woman?  for her price is far above rubies.”
The scriptures go on to describe what this virtuous woman looks like in Proverbs 31:11-30:

 11 The heart of her husband doth safely atrust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with herahands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She ariseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold theadistaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the apoor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her aclothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her aclothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of akindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of aidleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and abeauty is vain: but a woman thatbfeareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”

I am sure you found a couple things in that list that you could do better on, as I have.  Each of us can and must add to our virtue.  We must become more virtuous in our lives so that we can return to our Father in Heaven and He can say that we were virtuous.  This is a vital quality to have in this life at this time.  It will help and strengthen us.

Young Women
I love the additions to the Young Women’s theme, since I have been in the young women’s organization.  Each week, 12 to 18 year old young women, stand and recite this theme:
“We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him.  We will stand as witnesses of God at all times, in all places, and in all things as we strive to live the Young Women values which are:
Faith
Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Knowledge
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
Integrity, and
Virtue.
We believe that as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”
We are each precious to our Heavenly Father.  Let us show Him that we feel so and we thank Him for His continued love, by remaining virtuous, or returning to virtue.

You Matter to Him

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There was a time not to long ago when I felt absolutely worthless.  I constantly thought of how I could end my life and just cease to exist.  It didn’t seem worth it anymore.  I wanted to be done.  I was not important, so what did it matter?

In fact, this is something that I began writing when I was having all of these feelings…. I never finished it, but this is what it said and how I really felt:

“I hate my life so much.  I want to die right now. But nobody will let me. And I don’t understand why.  My life is pointless.  I hurt everyone.  I’m a stress to everyone.  I’m a burden to everyone and things would be better for people if I was not alive.  Really they would. So maybe all I …”

I wanted to be done.  Perhaps at times in your life you have felt small and insignificant.  It is at these times that the words of prophets and apostles help me to know and feel of my divine worth.

The Words of Dieter F. Uchtdorf

These are words that Dieter F. Uchtdorf said two weeks ago:

“My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him! If you ever doubt that, consider these four divine principles:

First, God loves the humble and meek, for they are “greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”17

Second, the Lord entrusts “the fulness of [His] gospel [to] be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.”18 He has chosen “the weak things of the world [to] come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones”19 and to put to shame “the things which are mighty.”20

Third, no matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, how limited your abilities, how ordinary your appearance, or how little your calling in the Church may appear to you, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He knows your humble heart and your acts of love and kindness. Together, they form a lasting testimony of your fidelity and faith.

Fourth and finally, please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever. We have the faithful promise of God that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him.21 Have hope and faith in that promise. Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and in deed.

Be assured that if you but hold on, believe in Him, and remain faithful in keeping the commandments, one day you will experience for yourselves the promises revealed to the Apostle Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”22

Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.

God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.

May we ever believe, trust, and align our lives so that we will understand our true eternal worth and potential. May we be worthy of the precious blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us is my prayer in the name of His Son, even Jesus Christ, amen.”