Monday, November 15, 2010

Motivation Through Trial

Over the past couple of weeks I have been really paying attention to people and observing what life may be like for them, what they are going through, and how I can help. Just this last week I was able to talk with a dear friend of mine about trial and the people around us. She pointed out one of her favorite quotes that I have grown to love and understand more by Marjorie Hinkley which states, " Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." I believe this to be so true that everyone is fighting a hard battle. Something else she pointed out to me is that just smiling at someone could really change a lot of things. Maybe a smile is all we could really give to someone and what we don't realize is that something as simple as a smile may mean the world to someone else.

We all go through hard times. Nobody is perfect and we are all doing the best we can and know how. I share this post with you because I am struggling with a few things too and its been rough but there are three quotes that have really helped me through and have strengthened me to push through these weaknesses that I have and I would like to share them with you. These quotes are very near and dear to my heart and maybe they will help you too.

"During moments of discouragement I find strength to go forward with faith by surrounding myself with others who LOVE God." - Paul Cardall

"I used to tell God how big my problems were... Now I tell my problems how big my God is."

"It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out don't worry. Put your trust in God and move forward with faith." - Gordan B. Hinkley

God won't give us anything we can't handle. In fact, God is there every step of the way if we let him. He is our Father. How do you think He feels? What is is like for him to see us in pain, sorrow, sadness, and tangled in sin? I hope that I can do the best I can for Him. Put faith in Him and trust Him. He loves each of us! I hope you can find some motivation through your trials. Be happy and keep smiling wherever you go. Have a great week :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Way

"Jesus Christ is the Way. He is Light and Life, Bread and Water, the Beginning and the End, the Resurrection and the Life, the Savior of the world, the Truth, and the Way.

There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. He is the Way. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way, is foolishness.

  • He offers a well of living water. Either we drink and never thirst more, or we
    don't and foolishly remain thirsty still.
  • He is the Bread of Life. Either we eat and hunger no more, or we don't and foolishly remain weak and hungry still.
  • He is the Light of the World. Either we follow Him and see clearly, or we don't and foolishly remain bling and in darkness still.
  • He is the Ressurection and the Life. He said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Either we learn of Him and have life more abundantly, or we don't and foolishly remain dead still.
  • He is the Savior of the world. Either we accept the blessings of His Atonement and are made clean and pure, worthy to have His Spirit, or we don't and foolishly remain alone and filthy still.

He is the Way.

The Lord's way is not hard. Life is hard, not the gospel. "There is an opposition in all things," everywhere, for everyone. Life is hard for all of us, but life is also simple. We have only two choices. We can either follow the Lord and be endowed with His power and have peace, light, strength, knowledge, confidence, love, and joy, or we can go some other way, any other way, whatever other way, and go it alone--without His support, without His power, without guidance, in darkness, turmoil, doubt, grief, and despair. And I ask, which way is easier?

Life is hard, but life is simple. Get on the path and never, ever give up. You never give up. You just keep on going. You don't quit, and you will make it." - Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge October 2008 Conference

It is hard to find words to express my love for this talk. It is appropriate in such a powerful talk as this one to say AMEN. Amen to the fact that He IS the Way. Happiness ONLY come in ONE way and He is the Way. We are all able to make choices and we can choose to go his way which is NOT hard... or we can go another way and suffer. Jesus Christ has created the path. With His own blood and tears the path was laid for each of us. He is our ultimate example. If we follow His Way we have a promise. A promise of safe return into His presence with Our Heavenly Father. If we do not follow His Way we have no promise. " Life is hard, not the gospel." Life can be made easier by living the gospel. " Life is hard, but life is simple." Find His path and stay on it! Never go astray! Never give up! Do your best and you will find the greatest happiness in this life! Jesus IS the Christ and He IS the Way. I love you all! Have a wonderful day.

Love Shantell