May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy. -Unknown
The past few years have been a major trial and learning process for me.
Wanting things in life-GOOD things, striving for them and yet, still having things turn out differently or feeling as though prayers are not being answered the way we want, or that we must be doing something wrong to be experiencing all of these trials in the first place.
I have learned some important things- which is the point of all trials, right? LEARNING and GROWING.
I have truly learned the following (even if I thought I knew it before):
*Faith and Fear cannot coexist.
*We are carefully watched over and are engraven in the palms of the Lord's hands.
*What we think we want may not be what we need.
*If, at any time we pridefully think we know all the answers in an area of life, we will surely be made aware of our weaknesses.
* If we think our trials are difficult, remember, there are always those experiencing much more difficult things!
* At times, we may think others have it 'all together' when in fact, they may be experiencing deep pain or hardship.
*GO and DO, don't sit and stew.
* Do NOT feed the wrong wolf within you.
*Trials make us stronger.
* Happiness is a Choice.
* The Sweet, Simple things in life are the real ones.
These trials, this period of our life, have changed us. I realized the other day how much less we have laughed over the past few years or just enjoyed simple pleasures. We have known burdens unlike any we had known previously.
On the other hand, we have been blessed exquisitely and have felt a depth of satisfaction and love for our children and grandchildren that is amazing and has carried us through.
I have come to deeply admire those who have made it through trials and tribulations and my compassion and empathy have grown by leaps and bounds. This is a powerful thing.
At this point in time, I can carefully say that we are now safely on the other side of a major life storm. We have weathered it- not always well, but having learned some big lessons.
A weight is being lifted from our shoulders and we are filled with gratitude for our blessings.
Here's to looking forward to experiencing simple pleasures once again, with a more wisened heart.
Trials are medicine which our gracious and wise
physician prescribes, because we need them and he proportions the
frequency and weight of them to what the case requires, let us trust in
his skill and thank him for his prescription. -John newton
Things for me to remember:
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
This has been my journey- and I'm sure always will be. I know that as I have needs or desires or questions, I can pray and ask for an increase in faith. " It is an upward spiral. When we ask in faith, we receive answers to our prayers. When we receive answers to our prayers, our faith is strengthened. With increased faith, we can receive increased blessings." From You Can Become Pure In Heart
"The Lord answers our prayers according to our desire and according to our faith. It is important that our desires are correct and that our faith is strong."
To that, I will add that every answer is in the Lord's time and is for our benefit- even though we may think we're not receiving what we prayed for. It is a learning process to truly TRUST IN THE LORD....and He knows best!
"Why does it sometimes appear that God is not listening or answering? Perhaps we have not prepared properly. The Savior said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)
"This promise is made to everyone. There is no discrimination, no favored few, but the Lord has not promised to crash the door. He stands and knocks. If we do not listen, he will not sup with us nor give answer to our prayers. We must learn how to listen, grasp, interpret, understand. The Lord stands knocking. He never retreats. But he will never force himself upon us. If our distance from him increases, it is we who have moved and not the Lord. And should we ever fail to get an answer to our prayers, we must look into our lives for a reason. We have failed to do what we should do, or we have done something we should not have done. We have dulled our hearing or impaired our eyesight." ~ Spencer W. Kimball
"If we are worried about something and upset in our feelings, the inspiration does not come. If we so live that our minds are free from worry and our conscience is clear and our feelings are right toward one another, the operation of the Spirit of the Lord upon our spirit is as real as when we pick up the telephone; but when they come, we must be brave enough to take the suggested actions." Harold B. Lee