this is me now


reality check

when something happens that stops you in your tracks---you have to step back---whether it is a serious illness, a death, unemployment, break-up---or the loss of a dream----you step back and re-aim your focus---you change your normal---then you have no choice but to continue on.

"We don't always know the details of our future. We do not know what lies ahead. We live in a time of uncertainty. We are surrounded by challenges on all sides. Occasionally discouragement may sneak into our day; frustration may invite itself into our thinking; doubt might enter about the value of our work. In these dark moments Satan whispers in our ears that we will never be able to succeed, that the price isn't worth the effort, and that our small part will never make a difference. He, the father of all lies, will try to prevent us from seeing the end from the beginning."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "See the End from the Beginning," Ensign, May 2006, 43

enduring to the end isnt the goal----because usually we dont have the choice of enduring or not--- it is
HOW we endure it----whether we choose to use our energy to tread water--flailing about, hoping for someone to rescue us---or to use that same energy to move ahead.  i flail----then a switch turns on and i adjust my view of normal---not without belly-aching and 'why me-ing'---yes---i'm that person---i know so many people that have struggles and afflictions and pains that are greater than mine----i feel weak when i think of how easily i whine.

"The Atonement of Jesus Christ and the healing it offers do much more than provide the opportunity for repentance from sins. The Atonement also gives us the strength to endure 'pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind,' because our Savior also took upon Him 'the pains and the sicknesses of his people' (Alma 7:11). Brothers and sisters, if your faith and prayers and the power of the priesthood do not heal you from an affliction, the power of the Atonement will surely give you the strength to bear the burden."  Dallin H. Oaks, "He Heals the Heavy Laden," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 9


Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Do you have a spy hidden in my brain? This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today to help me Endure Well. thanks Merf.

Lyric said...

you even added pictures to such a spiritually uplifting post. I've never been a fan of the saying "Everything is going to be okay" or "It'll all work out"--I've always felt like it's so passive--but I guess sometimes when we are doing everything we can in life's many struggles, we have to remember that everything will be okay in the very very grand scheme of things because of our saviors love and the atonement. This is what I have to keep reminding myself constantly.

Merf said...

"okay" is relative---when you are drowning---you cant see the okay---it is thru the physical act of swimming that it can only be okay---you have to get somewhere to see the okay.

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