Monday, April 25, 2011

Trials of Faith

"Faith is something greater than ourselves, enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain." - Gordon B. Hinckley

"Your Father in Heaven knows your name and knows your circumstance. He hears your prayers. He knows your hopes and dreams, including your fears and frustrations. And He knows what you can become through faith in Him." - Jeffery R. Holland

Challenges come in all different shapes and sizes. I've often heard the phrase, "when it rains, it pours" - I seem to be a living testament to that. At the same time, I know I am becoming a stronger person from all the trials that are sent my way. The selfish part of me wants to sit and ask, "Why me, God? Why now? Have I not been tried enough?!" but the humbled part of me has to ask, "What am I supposed to learn now?" I can wish and wish until I'm blue in the face that my circumstances were different, but it will do me more good to pray and ask for help in handling the present circumstances.

It seems the trials of my past happened because it eventually brought me closer to my Heavenly Father. It taught me about the woman I want to be and what I can be. I'll be honest, I think I'm one of the strongest women out there. I've been through a lot more in my 20 years than most people go through in an entire lifetime. I know exactly what I want in my family, the kind of person I want to be, and I know I can take on anything because - well - I've had to take on a lot. The only thing that gets me through my days lately is knowing that God must have some huge blessings and plans waiting for me and my family!

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