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I have been a little extra stressed the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I have let my family take the brunt of it. My speech has been a little biting and I have raised my voice. Not my finest hour.

I was very humbled when I came across this article titled Woman Realizes She’s Been Verbally Abusing Her Husband Without Even Knowing It. I highly recommend heading over Here and reading it now. Although I may not be as hurtful as this woman I have had my moments. Reading this has caused me to be more aware of my speech and I have a driving desire to be better.  It’s a little lengthy but well worth the read.

I want my family to get my best. Not just my tired worn out self. Here’s to a new day with gentler speech.

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guiltAt church last week, I was in a room full of 3-8 year olds that were having a lesson on repentance.  The teacher asked “what is something that you might do that is wrong or a mistake.” A few hands went up, but they needed a little help thinking of some things to say.  “Not sharing”, “Not doing what mom said.”

The next hour the same question was asked to a group of older kids, aged 8-11 years.  A whole bunch of hands went up.  “Copying someone else’s work at school.” “Telling my brother he’s not allowed to play with me.”  “Promising I would help with something and not doing it” and “Scratching your sister with your fingernails.” If we had let them, they could have kept coming up with more mistakes the whole class time.

It was interesting to see that the older kids were able to come up with so many more ways that they could make mistakes.  Maybe they had more years of experience of getting into trouble?  Maybe…

As adult’s and especially as a mom, there are a million things that we can come up with to feel guilty about. But are they all really mistakes? Does everything we feel bad about require repentance?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in the grace of God and the wonderful power of repentance, but sometimes guilt just comes from unrealistic expectations.  The list of things we feel we need to get done in a day seems endless, and truly it can be. There will always be something more that can be done.

In a world where there are no time restraints, and endless energy, I would get so much done!!  But here on earth that just isn’t the case.

Are there so many activities planned that there is no way to get it all done in a day? Am I stretched so thin, that it is really hard to stay patient with my kids?  Is my schedule so tight, that my the kids are upset that I’m making them late?  Is there room in the day to just sit and talk to a child whose having a hard day and really needs me?

Then what happens at the end of a crazy day full of too many “good things” that I couldn’t get it all done?  Guilt!

I just spent the day doing lots of good things, then end up feeling guilty?  How messed up is that?  Do you feel that way too sometimes?

Life is full, but what are we filling it with?

In an attempt to simplify and gain more peace this is what I discovered.

The secret is to prioritize wisely.  Of all the millions of things we can choose to do with our time, determine what “things” are most crucial and write that down so you’ll remember.

If there is a fairly small list of essential things that get done each day, then the remainder of the activities can be what I choose.  The trick is to figure out what that small list of essentials includes, and to be really thoughtful in prioritizing. We each may have different priorities, but it is really important to narrow in on them, being true to yourself and your family.

Once the priorities are set, and followed, daily activities should flow quicker and easier. Doing things on the list perfectly is not as important as being consistent in making wise choices.

How we spend our time will affect how our lives turn out, but then the most important things, that we set as priorities, should bring peace and joy to life.

As you try to eliminate guilt that comes from competing demands in your life, just remember to choose to be happy, choose what is important, and somewhere in your top priorities, choose to show love to those who are most important to you.  — Laura

 

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 “Prayer just doesn’t work for me”

Have you ever heard that phrase?  It’s as if one imagines prayer to work like magic. Either they have the power to get everything they want and need, or they don’t. Prayer is meant to be more precious and intimate then just wishing on a star and hoping your dreams come true.

Prayer means something to me when I remember it’s true purpose.

Recently I was feeling really overwhelmed. I sat at my computer trying to accomplish a task and I broke down in tears. I realized at that moment that I was trying to take on life while completely forgetting I could have Heavenly assistance if I just asked.

I stopped what I was doing and I bowed my head and prayed for help. It was almost immediate that I could feel God’s love for me and with that love I knew trusting Him would give me all that I needed to successfully complete my task. No miracle occurred. The task didn’t complete itself. But I was now walking with God instead of walking alone.

Prayer helps me to remember the relationship I have with God.

David Bednar put it this way

As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part”

As we begin to understand the true meaning of prayer, we will understand how it actually can “work” for all of us.

Prayer is intended to be a two-way communication between God and His children. It is truly beautiful and mind-blowing when you think about it. As very average human beings we can talk to an all-powerful God. Through our own experience we learn that He is not only listening but also concerned with our lives.

At times He does grant us what we want and other times He instead gives us what we need. Our all-knowing God can see the difference in our wants and needs even when we cannot. Isn’t that why we go to Him?  That we may have assistance to have the faith we need when life seems different than we hoped? Trust and confidence that can be given if sought earnestly in prayer.

Prayer really truly “works” when we let go of what we think we want and need and turn our will over to our Heavenly Father. This takes time. In all relationships trust needs to build upon itself. As we consistently talk to and plead with our God, we began to feel His love in greater abundance. That is where the beauty of prayer is to be found. It’s not in the miracles or the yes answers. It’s in knowing and loving our God enough to trust all that He has in store for us. SUSAN

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Jesus WeptI watched the most recent episode of Two Brothers Two this weekend. (If you haven’t seen it before, you can find it here.)

In this family, the oldest brother Sam has battled with depression and has tried to find ways to deal with it on his own.  He learned to manage it really well; however, while serving a mission in Chili, he found that it became really hard not to feel sad, when you love the people.  To really love someone you feel with them. When you feel with someone and hardships that they are going through, it can be heartbreaking.

I said goodbye yesterday, to a sweet little boy who stayed at our house for a week.  I grew to really care about him, and now that he is gone, I worry about him.  I feel sad thinking of the trials that he has been through, and knowing that there will be more for him.  I pray for him. I cry for him…

I wonder how hard it must be for our God to look out at all of his children, and see the cruelties of man to each other.  To see them struggle with physical illnesses.  To see them battle the demons of mental illness.  To watch some people just fight to survive, in finding adequate food or shelter.  To just watch people deal (or not deal) with their addictions, and how it hurts the family members that are involved.

I know the pain that I felt when this little boy was taken to another home, because I no longer have any way to help him or teach him.  Knowing how hard it is for me, just a mom, worried about a child who is not my own, I can’t imaging how hard it is for God, who loves us all with more complete love than we even understand.

But there was something that Sam mentioned in the video I watched.  It was that Jesus Wept.  He felt with those that were in pain.

The perfect example of manhood, the perfect example of self-mastery and self-control, wept.”

As I weep because of not knowing how this child will fair, Christ wept with his friends, not out of worry for the future, but out of empathy and compassion for how they were feeling.

As I struggled with my sadness and thought about how God can deal with this sadness, I came to realize something. When God and Jesus Christ see tragedies and pain and heartbreak in this world, they don’t have to just sit back and do nothing, the way I have to with this little child. They can send help. And they do send help. In the form of angels and other people on this earth. The little nudging of the spirit will let us know when we need to help another person in need. If we choose to follow Christ, and have the desire to do His will, we can be a part of the bigger plan.

Alma taught that as people desire to come unto the fold of God, they

are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God… Mosiah 18:8-9

We aren’t meant to be here alone. We aren’t meant to suffer alone and leave others to suffer alone.  Part of our purpose on this earth is to learn as much as we can about God and the Gospel fo Jesus Christ, but it is also to help others of God’s children as they try to navigate this sometimes very difficult life.

I am grateful that I was able to play a small part in the life of this little boy as he was going through a difficult trial. And I am grateful for the sadness and tears, that help me to understand a little bit of how God feels when He sees us hurt, and be reminded that He is relying on us to support each other.  To bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light.

I found this video on my Facebook feed yesterday and I felt like it explains even more of what I have been thinking.

We are here on the Earth for each other.  As children of God, I hope that we can all look to each other and help each other a little more. We are all special and we each deserve that love and compassion.  —  Laura

22. May 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Hope, Joy
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I firmly believe that our ancestors watch over us like guardian angels.  Think of how much you love your children (and grand-children if you have them) and how you would protect them and watch over them whenever you could.  I know that the mothers and fathers of our past, our ancestors, feel the same about us.  I have personally felt the presence of women from my family, watching over me and comforting me during important life events.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of these sweet ladies.  Ellen Oldham BickmoreEllen Oldham Bickmore  1847-1907

Because we live in the information age, we can find out about our ancestors so easily from our own homes and computers.

I loved reading the stories from Ellen’s life. At 17 her family made the trek from Lancashire England to Utah, by boat and trail.  There was record of a few scares and lots of hardship, but this was said about her.

Ellen’s memory of the trip was quite positive, however. She remarked that for her it was not a hardship because she loved the company of the other young people and the nights of singing and dancing.

I love that optimistic attitude.  I think I got that from her, but I bet there were other ancestors that shared that positive spirit.

A few years later, she was married on New Year’s Eve.  It sounds like she may have been a romantic.

She later had 8 children total, and it was said of her that

She was an example of the hard-working, industrious, religious farm woman that was typical of this time.

Her home was one that was remembered for its home-makers atmosphere. Her culinary skills were well known. The kitchen was never without a full crock of sour cream, molasses, and caraway cookies. A special treat seen by the grandchildren was fresh whipped cream cakes, four or five layers high.

I see pieces of Susan and me in this description.

I’m also so grateful for my sweet mom, JoAnn Stagge Miller, for putting together these family histories so that we can, with the click of a mouse, find these stories in our family tree.  These people are so important to us, because they are the stuff that we are made of.

I would encourage you to go find out more about your ancestor “guardian angels” by going to familysearch.org, or ancestry.com  Both are good resources.  —  Laura

ps: if you are interested in more of the histories that my mom collected, you can find them here:  Schow-Bickmore histories  Stagge-Parker histories and Miller-Anderson histories

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Why yes, “Get on up” is a James Brown song, and a movie about him.  But the concept can be so much more rewarding.

Have you ever gotten up to go into another room to get something and you forgot what you were going to get once you got there?  It would be totally annoying if it weren’t so funny!!

Our body and our minds are connected in such a deep intertwined way that sometimes we don’t even notice how one can affect the other.  When your body is tired, your brain just can’t think as well.  When you are stressed or sad, your body is more likely to be vulnerable to catching a cold or other illness.  It surprises me how when I have had a day full of mental stress, my body feels all worn out by the end of the day… even though I may have spent most of the day sitting.

Our mental well-being affects our physical well-being.  But did you realize that physical movement can also affect brain function?

happinessJust like when you got up to go get something from another room and forgot in the process, getting up and moving can help change the direction of your thought processes.

We talked the other day about times when we are feeling really sad, and how times of depression can come to everyone.  But we didn’t talk about how to handle life when it gets really, REALLY hard.

This is the time to “Get on up.”  When you feel that hard moment creeping up on you… get up and go look for something active you can do.  It might just be doing dishes or laundry.  Maybe it is going for a walk.  Or talking to a friend on the phone.

One thing that helped me in a bad moment, I started making plans to bake cupcakes for some friends that I felt could use some cheering up themselves.  This process took a few days because I had to shop for ingredients, plan for when I would have free time to bake, and then I had to find out when my friends would be home so I could deliver them.  Being involved in this project left me forget that I had been sad.

If just getting up and moving isn’t enough, spend that energy doing something for someone else.

This is one of my favorite stories: Alicia had a friend over visiting one day, and when they walked out to say goodbye, they saw another friend that they both knew mowing the lawn at Alicia’s house. This woman was crying big sad tears. They both walked up to her and held her and asked “what in the world are you doing?” She said she was feeling sad, and she wanted to feel better, and all she could think of to do was give service, so she came over to mow the lawn. Pretty soon they were all laughing and hugging and sharing a touching moment with each other.

I’m a big proponent of giving service when you need to get out of a funk.  Just thinking of someone else when you are feeling sad isn’t often enough to help you get over it though.  I really believe that it is the physical motion and effort put into giving in behalf of another person that helps you as much as it helps the other person.

And if we know that everyone goes through hardships and trials, just like we do, we also know there is someone out there that can use a little help.  And probably someone closer than you think.

If you’re lucky enough to be in a really good place today, give a little bit to someone in need, it will keep you feel happy longer. No matter where you start out, we could all use a little more “Happy” in our lives. Get on up and go get it.  —  Laura

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I sat in my room and cried.  The good long deep cry that is usually reserved for the privacy of my bedroom.  I felt so inadequate and my weaknesses were evident.  How would I ever measure up to what the Lord wants me to be?

I thought I wasn’t having confidence in my own ability.  I was sure I was just not good enough.  I truly believed I had trust and faith in the Lord and simply didn’t have trust in myself.  What a big fat lie that is, and I had fully accepted and adopted it as truth.  No wonder I felt so horrible.

I believed Satan. He does that, he lies.  He strives to tear us down anyway he can, often in our own voice.  It wasn’t until I spent much time in study and prayer that I realized I was actually trusting in the arm of flesh, my own.  I was trusting my own inabilities over the Lord’s abilities.  Present before me were all the ways that I, if left to myself, could not accomplish the task at hand.  I didn’t have enough training or knowledge.  I was only believing in what I could see instead of having faith in what I couldn’t.

Clarity had come in a way I had not anticipated.  Was I actually believing in myself over God?  The realization was startling and humbling.  I consider myself a faithful person, so why would I trust my own way over God’s?  And yet I had.

Sometimes we have to fail, to do things the wrong way, to be taught a lesson of much grater value.

I didn’t like the feeling of worry or stress that took over as I cried in my bedroom, but it brought me to my knees, then carried me into God’s words.

Christ has said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me” Moroni 7:33

Because of my failings, my first reaction to trust myself, I have come to know that God wants to guide us and give us the power to do what we could never do on our own.  Our role is that we must come to Him and believe in what we cannot see.  His role is to make us into much more than we would ever settle for.  I strongly believe He has a higher purpose and calling for each one of us. Will we let Him make us into that beautiful mansion?  Or will we settle for a simple little cottage? (CS Lewis quote I am referencing is at the bottom of this post)  One will bring untold joy and happiness and the other will bring mediocrity.  Where do we want to fall?

I will never be perfect in this life.  Most likely I will have to be taught this exact lesson some times again in the near future.  But I can continue to get up every single time I fall.  That is the power and majesty of the atonement.  Repentance is my dear friend and one I must call upon often.

The Lord knows us. He knows we have our challenges.” Elder Ballard

And what never ceases to amaze me is that He still profoundly, deeply, loves us.

Your needs are great and varied. Each of you is a unique child of God. God knows you individually. He sends messages of encouragement, correction, and direction fitted to you and to your needs.” Elder Eyring

His understanding of who I am is what can give me the courage to trust in Him when trusting becomes difficult.  I felt that as I struggled to trust what I could not see.  Even in my mistakes and wrongful thinking He still came in and gave me words of love and gentleness.  Encouragement and correction.  He showed me a much better way that I could never have seen while trusting only in what I could see. – SUSAN

CS Lewis Quote- My all time favorite Quote, I believe I have shared it on the blog before but it is worth sharing again

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

 

 

 

 

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Everyone you meet, everyone you know, has experienced some sort of trial or difficulty in their lives.  Some trials are bigger than others.  Some are small by the standards of what they have already been through.  And some people struggle just to get through each day.

But in every case, each person’s trial is unique to them and will cause its own level of pain.

The truth about happiness also seems so contradicting.

really happy

 

It’s like when you spend some time out in the cold.   Think of a time when you’ve been out in a storm, or playing in the snow, and you feel really chilled to the bone.  When you come inside, the feeling of warmth, whether from a warm room, or maybe a warm bath, is the most amazing, comforting feeling in the whole world.

In the same way, to experience real true joy, you must have a good understanding of what it is like to experience the opposite.

Sad….  Afraid…. Angry….. Depressed….

We all feel these things and so much more. It is what makes us human.

But I’m talking about is when we find ourselves in an extended period of not being able to find some reason to smile.  It can come from fear, or depression or worrying about the well being of a loved one.  This type of despair can become quite overwhelming.  I wonder if most of us haven’t been through a period like this at some point in our lives.

When you are in the middle of it, life is VERY HARD. There are times of hopelessness.  Times when you really don’t know what to do to get past it.  And what is worse, there are probably people who love you who are suffering also, whether they suffer for the same reasons you do, or they are hurting to see you in pain.

The thing about this type of pain that comes to all of us at some point or another is that it doesn’t have to be a permanent thing.  It may feel like the end of the world, but if we hang on, and push through the pain, there is some light waiting for us to grab onto it.  That light is most effective when it is found in the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  He is there for us, and sometimes, He is the only one who truly knows the depth of pain we may be dealing with.  No matter what your beliefs, Christ loves every one of us and is just waiting to help us.  We are all God’s children. He will send help if we turn to Him and ask first. Sometimes help comes immediately, and sometimes it takes time. But if holding onto the hope and the light is all that you can do for now, just do it.

Then, when the trials and pains and hardships end or fade and become more bearable, you will begin to see just how glorious happiness really is. You will then appreciate it in a way that you couldn’t before.

That type of happiness is worth holding onto, and keeping in your memory for the next time life may get really hard.  — Laura

18. May 2015 · 1 comment · Categories: Motherhood
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My girls, ages 13 and 15, and I went to dinner the other night.  While we were out one of my girls asked me what something meant. A slang word for an intimate act. I was so taken aback and had no idea how to respond. I was grateful she felt comfortable enough to ask, but giving her an adequate explanation was going to be uncomfortable for her as well as for me.


Ever since my children were little, I have worked at creating a relationship where they can talk to me about anything. I have become very open with my children about sex. I encourage them to ask me questions if they have them, and I try to answer very honestly and appropriately for their age. I would much rather they ask me instead of finding out from their friends or googling it later.

As the mom I consider it my responsibility to teach my children and offer them as much guidance as I can. Even when it comes to uncomfortable topics. With the information age and the internet being so readily available to my children, I have come to realize how important it is for me to talk about the hard stuff.  Pornography.  Just hearing that word used to make me feel like I was saying a bad word. Over the last few years we have made it a household word.

Talking about pornography can feel scary and overwhelming.  Most of us understand the dangers pornography can hold for our children, but if you are anything like I was, you have no idea how to even began to have the conversation.  When talking to these little people of mine, it felt like I was speaking to a crowd of 1000’s.  My heart beat faster, and I’m sure my hands were sweating. This parenting thing can be difficult, and I have often wished it came with an owner’s manual.  Although that wish is like dreaming on a star, I finally discovered a book that has helped me not just discuss pornography with my children, but give them an easy to follow 5-step process called the CAN DO plan.  It had been a God-send, and I literally tell everyone about it when the subject comes up.  It is the owner’s manual on talking to kids about Porn.

In the book titled Good Pictures Bad Pictures, kids and parents will learn why pornography is so addictive and what we can all do to arm ourselves with the tools to avoid it and its addictive nature.  It is meant to be read with your kids and opens up a wonderful conversation. This once uncomfortable topic, with the help of the book, can begin to feel more natural, less scary and intimidating, and more manageable for any parent.

The 5-step process she teaches to the reader is easy to follow and simple for even young children to remember.  One of the steps we have used in our house for years is calling pornography by name. When we watch TV and an inappropriate scene comes on we say, “That’s not modest” or “that’s pornography” and we close our eyes or turn away.  Either my husband or I turn the channel so that  their young impressionable brains don’t have to be exposed to it for one extra second.  Calling it by name helps your brain to recognize it is something to be avoided and turned away from.

Just today my 15-year-old told me she was in school watching Romeo and Juliet when a very exposing scene came on. She was telling me how she turned her head down and shielded her eyes.  As she did this she noticed another boy in class was doing the same.  Teaching them techniques ahead of time gives them the strength and courage to look away when they are exposed, even when that exposure comes in the middle of freshman English class.

Hope can be found through giving your children open communication so that when they see something disturbing they feel free to come and talk with you.

I view my role as a mom as the protector. Part of that is arming my children with the knowledge they need so when the time comes they know how to handle the tough situations. We protect them while they are young but our main goal is, little by little, to teach them so that they can eventually protect themselves.

Right now go click on this link
and buy the book.  You will not regret having it as your personal go to manual.  I have used it to talk with all 6 of my children ranging from ages 6-16.  –SUSAN

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We live in a world of instant gratification.

If I seek knowledge, I can instantly pull out my phone and Google any topic.

If I don’t have time to make dinner, I can drive thru somewhere and instantly have dinner.

Need a birthday cake?  I can pick one up on my way home.

If I need a gift for a friend, I can go on Amazon and instantly have it ordered.

If I want to talk to friends, I can text or call or even FaceTime them and instantly it’s like they are there.

Social media will let me instantly share my life and happenings with all of my “friends.”

I’m wondering if all these insta’s are causing our senses to be dulled. Have we forgotten what it means to wait patiently or to work to find an answer? (Encyclopedias and trips to the library are no longer necessary). We get frustrated when someone doesn’t respond quickly to a call or text. Forgetting a time when letters were sent and it could take weeks to hear back?

And in this age of right now answers, it can be difficult to wait upon the Lord.  We get down on our knees and petition the Lord and we want an answer quickly. We want what we want often times forgetting His timing and His ways are not our ways.

Maybe I’m the only one who struggles with this but I don’t think so. I pray to find peace hoping to feel it take over my whole being immediately with little or no effort or learning. Or I want to have healing the instant I pray for it. More often though I want a trial taken away, forgetting that the struggle is often more valuable than the achieving.

I came across this great article found here titled When God Makes You Wait. The author addresses some of the times in the scriptures the Lord makes people wait for something they desired. In her words.

“Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive.
Instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave.

God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed.
Instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.

God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt.
Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years.

God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there.
Instead, he was stuck in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free.

God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man.
Instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and because of physical reasons would have a more difficult time conceiving at that age.”

If they, being holy men of God, had to learn and grow through waiting than how much more am I in need of learning how to wait on the Lord.

The author continues

“IF He is making you wait, there is a very good reason for it.
If He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow.
If He is keeping you in the same place you’ve always been today, maybe it’s because He’s helping build your faith before you enter your Promised Land tomorrow.
If He is not healing you or bringing you victory today, maybe it’s because you will have a greater testimony when He waits to help you be an overcomer tomorrow.

Wherever you are at today know that God is right beside you and that there is a purpose for you. Even if that purpose is to wait.
Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening today.
Maybe there is nothing physically happening that your eyes can see but there is definitely something happening in the spiritual realm as you learn to rely on Christ.

Don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring.
Instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you.
He made some of the greatest men of faith wait.
Don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well.
He will come through for you, just like He came through for them.”

What a powerful reminder.  I can only see what’s right before me. But with the Lord’s all-seeing eye He can guide me and direct me to a life much better than I would settle for.

When my small child tells me they want ice cream for dinner, I can see the value in making them wait until they eat something healthy first. I understand if I gave them the dessert without making them eat a real dinner, they probably wouldn’t want to eat a sustaining meal. And with only ice cream in their belly they would not have the energy and strength needed to grow and play.

“We see such a limited part of the eternal plan He has fashioned for each one of us. Trust Him, even when in eternal perspective it temporarily hurts very much. Have patience when you are asked to wait when you want immediate action. He may ask you to do things which are powerfully against your will. Exercise faith and say, Let Thy will be done. Such experiences, honorably met, prepare you and condition you for yet greater blessings. As your Father, His purpose is your eternal happiness, your continuing development, your increasing capacity. His desire is to share with you all that He has. The path you are to walk through life may be very different from others. You may not always know why He does what He does, but you can know that He is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. He would have you suffer no consequence, no challenge, endure no burden that is superfluous to your good”- Richard G Scott

What if, like the prophets of old, your prayers of today aren’t being answered because something much more glorious is coming. I have seen this in my own life. An unexpected road or detour placed upon us only to lead to a joy that could not have been foreseen at the start.

I am grateful for prayers not answered the way I believed they should have been. For in the beautiful heartbreak I have found my relationship with my Savior and I have seen His hand guiding me into an unknown gloriousness that is yet to be fully realized.- SUSAN