“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
~~2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This quote and scripture gives everyone hope and purpose with the struggles and “Red Light” moments we all battle.
The fortitude and “power of Christ” we attain because of weakness and hardship is worth every distress we go through.
Do Not Give Up.
Turn Toward Christ.
These are my words, I wrote in my journal back in February of 2008.
“I get caught up (again, again) with the whirlwinds of urgent tasks and forget to feed my soul on the word of God.”
Oh boy, that still sounds familiar.
As I read that journal entry of over ten years ago and looked at my life now, it occurred to me that no matter the season of life we are in, it’s always a battle to make time for spiritual things.
There is always something to do–ALWAYS.
It just may be that our “thick of thin things” may be quenching the Spirit in our lives and taking away access to a most precious tool we all need everyday.
However, I ended my journal entry with a quote by Elder Keith K. Hilbig, from a talk entitled “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man”.
Do you wish to know the price to be paid for the privileges that are offered after we have received the Holy Ghost? The price is not a predetermined or fixed amount; rather, it is determined by each of us individually.
If you set your payment, which is your personal effort, very low, you may not be able to avail yourself of all the Spirit has to offer. You may even quench the Spirit! However, if you set your personal contribution high, you will reap an abundant harvest from the Spirit. The payment I reference is, of course, not money; rather, it is a greater commitment to and involvement in personal spiritual endeavors and behaviors.
If we undertake this effort and quench not the Spirit, our inner being is quickened. As we persevere, eternal life awaits us. Thus, we dare not quench the Spirit through disobedience or neglect. Rather, let us “live in the Spirit,”6 enhancing the sacred and essential role of the Holy Ghost in our individual lives.
This is what I wanted to share today because it was an uplift to me.
You’ll find this quote in the daily counsel and inspiration book for July 14, pg. 212, “A Future as Bright as Your Faith” by Thomas S. Monson, our beloved Prophet.
“Your Heavenly Father loves you–each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.“
Thomas S. Monson
Could I please just remember these words every day?
Especially on THOSE kind of days.
To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.” I can pay no higher tribute to anyone.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Mother and Child by Pino Daeni
I can get caught up in our “selfie” motivated society and dread the aging process.
A natural process that every living thing experiences.
I just don’t like seeing the wrinkles and grey hair appear when I truly feel like I’m still 22 years old.
My youngest son just turned into double digits and he was moaning how he doesn’t want to grow up…he wants to be a kid forever. Truthfully, I don’t blame him.
Don’t we all wish sometimes for the clock to stand still or even to go backwards because we don’t want to face “growing up”?
This photo and blogpost from mama’s musings however, puts all those Peter Pan-ish thoughts into perspective.
I love what she says about seizing the now moments of each day and to be fully present. Of not insulting today because we pine for yesterday.
Instead of fearing the calendar, be grateful for each birthday we get to celebrate. Be grateful for each and every day we get to spend with those we love.
Not everyone gets that luxury.
I think my Mom will agree.