Well, we find ourselves now in the last week of this change and getting ready to start with another :) We have some big plans this week to finish strong, and we are excited to follow up on them in the coming change so quickly approaching!
This week, I was studying a lot in the Book of Mormon and also the talks from our most recent General Conference. Of all the lovely thoughts and lessons learned and great scriptures found... the resounding theme I found for me was to not get caught in the thick of thin things.
One of the best sources I found was the talk "A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose" by President Dieter F Uchtdorf. It's so good!! (you can see the video by following this link
It really is worth the few minutes you'll spend) He talks about our personal path of discipleship and how it can be a bright path, a happy path, a loving path, and a rewarding path... when we let our faith burn bright in Christ and in the promised blessings of our Heavenly Father. We can be like the painting of the pioneer girl.. with a spring in our step, cheerfully moving forward.
I have a tendency to sometimes get lost in the thick of thin things... I let the little things that don't matter suddenly become big things that matter too much. The misison has really helped me learn how to take a step back, prioritize things again... make sure that Christ stays at the top of the list... and then focus on the blessings that He has given me and the blessings He has promised me for obedience to His commandments.
As we count our blessings and remember to breathe and excercise faith, we can do the impossible, we can enjoy the moments that seem impossible to get out of, and we can find sunshine even on a cloudy day :)
Discover faith. Let that faith lead to hope. Let that faith and hope give you the confidence that one day everything will make sense, because of the Savior, all the wrong can be made right... Like Aunt Rose says in the story... it doesnt matter what is happening or has happened in the past... our stories can have their happy ending! :)
Take the necessary time to step back and simplify... to think of the things that matter most. Remember to count your blessings and to have faith in the blessings that the Lord has promised you! :) Serve others and love them, as you do... your stress, worries, anxiousness will all fade away and the bright path of discipleship shall shine before you and you can follow that path with a spring in your step and a smile on your face... you will keep stepping forward and grow in faith, grow in your love for God and fortify every footstep along your way to your happy ending!! :)
I love you all, I love my Heavenly Father and I love My Savior Jesus Christ! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His church and He sits at the head!! :)
Have a great week!