It is all about the journey….

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He Knows

He KnowsLife is such right now that I have been pondering the role of Jesus Christ in my life. As I have thought on Him, I have had a song playing in my mind….’He Knows’ by Jeremy Camp.

How I love my Savior!

There are so many small evidences of His love, so many times I know He knows my name and my heart. It is in these moments that I have a small glimpse of what He did for me. My heart feels that deep, enduring love.

For quite some time we have been carrying a load that has felt like more than we can hold up. We have had moments when the load is lightened, and more moments when we have been given even more. It has felt like our knees would buckle under the pressure. In our hearts and in our minds there have been many moments we could not make sense of anything, let alone add one more puzzle to figure out.

At times I have struggled with feelings of inadequacy, weakness, anger and frustration. These feelings have done nothing to bring me the strength and peace my soul craves.

Each time I have arrived at our breaking point, I have felt of His love and the enabling power offered through the Atonement. Healing has come into my heart and taken all of the feelings that keep me from moving forward.

Grace is beautiful!

I am confident in saying that this time in our lives is, and will always be sacred, because we have seen Him reach down and lift us time and time again. I have spent days in prayer asking for guidance, because I don’t know what to do, how to do it, and what to say. Every time I have spoken these pleas out loud or in my heart, I have known deep down that Heavenly Father hears and through Him my answers come.

The peace I have felt in my heart today has been quiet, but real. It can only come from One who knows.

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Uncharted Waters

In the Book of Mormon there is a story that involves a nation relocating to a promised land. These people were spared the cursing that came to those who built the tower of Babel. Through the faith of their prophet and his brother, they were blessed to keep their language and families intact.

Uncharted WatersAs the Jaredites wandered, gathered and learned in a wilderness, they were prepared to build a new nation. Their leaders were given the instructions they needed to move forward a little bit at a time. Eventually they reached a beautiful beach that symbolized rest and abundance for them. After a time, they were commanded to move on. It was required of them to construct boats that would carry them across waters that had never been charted.

Following the directions given them from  on high, they build these boats that were air-tight, water-tight and very light. They must have been quite curious as to why and what purpose this type of construction would serve them, inspite of this they did all that they were commanded to do.

As the boats were completed, they prepared themselves, their animals and food for a journey that they had no idea how long would last or how comfortable would be. In faith, they moved forward. The verses in Ether chapter 6 say it beautifully:

And it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of food, that thereby they might subsist upon the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and whatsoever beast or animal or fowl that they should carry with them—and it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God.

And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters,towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.

And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

WavesAnd it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind.

And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.

10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither whale that could mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.

This story has taken on a new meaning in my life. We spent two amazing years in an area that was like this beach to me. We were surrounded by beauty, love. learning and hope. Yet, somehow we knew it was not the end of our journey. We were asked to build ‘boats’ that we didn’t understand, gather strength for a journey we didn’t know how long or where it would take us and learn how to stand strong against storms that swirled around us.

As we cast our boats into the seas, we did as this Jaredite nation did…we commended ourselves unto the Lord our God. There is more comfort that words can express in knowing we have done everything He has asked us to do, even when we didn’t understand why and it didn’t make sense to our mortal minds. We have found that there is greater strength and guidance in the enabling power of the Atonement. This act by our Savior has kept our boat above water and safe from the monsters that would destroy us.

We know as we are tossed on the waves of these waters, we will always rise. We know that as we are buffeted by the storms that come, we will always stand strong. We know that there are no depths that can swallow us, because we have the power of Him to bring us up. We know that no matter what, our family is in this boat together and here we will stay.

I am grateful for uncharted waters. I am grateful that He trusts us enough to teach us how to build our boats. I am grateful to know deep in my heart that everything we do to obey and become who He needs us to be pushes us closer to that promised land. I am grateful for a Savior who has reached down so many times and lifted me through His grace.

Accepting Grace

file2731272222824Living is an amazing gift. The lives we have will give us firsthand knowledge of the complete goodness of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Sometimes the lessons we learn are difficult and even, gut wrenching. However they always make up the difference…always. (more…)

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