1/25/13

A few thoughts.

-Bad days happen. And they are pretty terrible. Here’s my best ‘Bad Days Rx”: “So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness: a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial. The older we get, the more we look back and realize that external circumstances don’t really matter or determine our happiness. We do matter. We determine our happiness. You and I are ultimately in charge of our own happiness.” – President Dieter F. Utchdorf, “Of Regrets and Resolutions,” Oct. 2012

“Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. Moroni spoke of it in the Book of Mormon as “hope for a better world.” For emotional health and spiritual stamina, everyone needs to be able to look forward to some respite, to something pleasant and renewing and hopeful, whether that blessing be near at hand or still some distance ahead. It is enough just to know we can get there, that however measured or far away, there is the promise of “good things to come.” My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need. There is help. There is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the “light that is endless, that can never be darkened.” It is the very Son of God Himself. In loving praise far beyond Romeo’s reach, we say, “What light through yonder window breaks?” It is the return of hope, and Jesus is the Sun. To any who may be struggling to see that light and find that hope, I say: Hold on. Keep trying. God loves you. Things will improve. Christ comes to you in His “more excellent ministry” with a future of “better promises.” He is your “high priest of good things to come.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “An High Priest of Good Things to Come,” Oct. 1999

-It’s becoming clear to me the incredible power of our hands. Whether it’s kneading dough, playing keys on the piano, or feeling the rough but gentle touch of someone you love, I’ve found it pretty amazing not only how therapeutic using our hands in an engaging way is, but also what power our hands have. They remember things that our minds don’t and connect us to the world. It always brings me to one of my favorite songs about my Savior.

-In my New Testament class this week we talked about Acts 12, and one particular part stuck out to me. In verse 5 we read:

“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”

Later, when an angel helps Peter escape, he goes to those that have been praying to him:

“And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.” (Acts 12:5, 13-16)

The very people earnestly praying for Peter’s safety were first unbelieving, then astonished, when the very answer to their prayers appeared in front of them. The scriptures are replete with examples of individuals who receive divine guidance and answers to their earnest prayers after they exhibit faith that God will deliver. We need to ask in faith, believing that we will receive the righteous desires of our heart. The Bible Dictionary says: “Faith is a principle of action and of power, and by it one can command the elements and/or heal the sick, or influence any number of circumstances when occasion warrants (Jacob 4:4–7)….Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel and is more than belief, since true faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical and mental action; it carries an assurance of the fulfillment of the things hoped for.” Thinking about my own life, how often I realize I pray not really trusting or believing that it will actually happen. This is wrong, and in no way the route to our Heavenly Father’s guidance. Our Heavenly Father is all-knowing, all-powerful and inexplicably loving. I have a testimony of this. I am learning that when I pray in faith, believing that my Heavenly Father will fulfill my righteous desires in his time and in his way, then get on my feet and act, he will provide. And I want to be better at believing  and living this more completely. So instead of being ‘astonished’ when our own Peter-arrival comes, let’s be grateful and acknowledge His hand in our lives. Let us recognize the power of our faith! And lastly, “…let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.” (D&C 101:16)

(See 1 Ne. 15:11, 2 Ne. 26:15, Alma 22:16,  D&C 18:18)

T.G.I.F! RECAPZ coming soon!

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One response to “1/25/13

  1. Amen! Oh how I miss BYU religion classes! Beautiful thoughts here, thanks for sharing! Sometimes I hear myself in your posts when the hard stuff tries to deflate hope. Hang in there, life holds many adventures as you know. Love you!

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