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Move forward with faith

Several years ago, I went to seek marriage counseling for the first time.  But what I really needed was some guidance for myself.  And luckily, that’s what I got.

The therapist told me to make “faith cards.”  She instructed me to create a set of small cards, that each have a statement of faith on them, to keep in my purse and pull out to look at whenever I am having a difficult moment. As she asked me to do this, it made absolutely no sense.  I didn’t have faith in my husband and that was why I had come to see her in the first place.  Why was she asking me to remind myself of faith?

I couldn’t think of anything that I could write down on these cards, so she gave me some places to look for help.  She told me to search my scriptures, hymns, talks from trusted church leaders and other personal trusted sources. This wasn’t about finding faith in my husband or any other person. This was about finding faith in my Heavenly Father and faith in myself enough to trust that I could endure the difficulties that were coming my way.

Some of the things I came up with are these.

Thy God doth undertake to guide the future as he has the past.

If ye will enter in by the way and receive the Holy Ghost it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

If God be for me, then who can prevail against me?

Faith is an interesting thing.

When your family members say they love you and are there for you, you trust that they mean it, and have faith in that relationship.

If a doctor tells you that you need to take a certain medicine, or make a certain lifestyle change to benefit your health, your faith in his knowledge and education is what leads you to action.

You have faith that the bank will safely manage your money and you can access it whenever you want.

When you go to the grocery store, you have faith that they will have milk and bread.

But the most important type of faith is faith the you have a Heavenly Father, that he truly loves you and that he is watching over your life, and is ready and willing to guide you.

I think that any type of faith leads you to action.

You wouldn’t put your money in the bank if you didn’t trust them to keep it safe. You wouldn’t run over to the store for those last-minute things that you need, if you didn’t trust them to have the items in stock.  Then, when the store, person or institution does what they say they will do, your faith in them is strengthened.  It’s a cycle of faith.

Faith in earthly things has to be tried. As a small child you trust your family members until someone lets you down (and let’s face it, as some point everyone lets us down.  We are human after all and we do make mistakes.) Then you learn to trust them again when they continue to love you.  Your faith in the Doctor has to be tried, by your listening to and obeying his advice.

Faith in Heavenly Father has to start with our actions also.  Search. Come. Knock.  These are all action words. God is there, but we have to do something in order to allow his love into our hearts and minds.

Developing faith in God starts with listening to his words by attending church, or reading scriptures.  Faith in God is not free. It isn’t automatic. If it were, there would not be any atheists in the world.

Faith is a choice.  Faith requires action.  Through scripture study, worshiping & attending church services, prayer, and expressing gratitude for our blessings, we can begin to witness the little miracles that are sent to our lives to help us through our trials.  Through these recognitions, our faith will increase.

President Gordon B Hinckley once said

“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. … If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers”

By creating the “faith cards” that my therapist recommended, I have been able to refer back to them over the years, during low points when I needed a little reminder that God is aware of us. By reading and praying, I have been able to keep my life on a slightly higher plane, making the low points less challenging to overcome.

I have faith that Heavenly Father is there for me, and that he is constantly sending me little helps along the way to help me with the challenges of life.  But the greatest gift that he has given to me and to all of us, is the gift of his son and the atonement.  Without the ability to repent and turn over my sins and weaknesses to him, none of the  other successes in my life would be meaningful.

Have a wonderful weekend, and keep the hope of Christ with you and the Faith the God will watch over you in all your trials.

 

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