Monday, January 26, 2015

Some of My Testimony

I was reading the scriptures tonight and pondering some things and I just feel the desire to share part of my testimony. Doing so is kind of scary, but I love sharing what I know to be true (thus, why I have this blog).

I know God is real. Lately He's been reminding me that He is the one in control. I foolishly forget that at times. He has a plan for each one of us. And He will be there to help us and strengthen us throughout our lives. We are not alone.

I am the first to admit I am not the smartest person. I am not a scriptorian by any means. I know I still have a lot to learn in the scriptures. But I know the amazing feeling I feel when I sincerely and humbly read them. I know that the scriptures are the word of God.

I know Jesus Christ is our Savior. He took upon Him our sins, pains, sicknesses, etc. I know I don't even comprehend the smallest part of what He went through. But, I am so thankful He was willing to do that. Lately I've been thinking about when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and said, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42.) What an amazing, humble man. He set a perfect example. I think of this as in my life I am trying to get to the point where I can fully, truly say, "nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." That is hard. It is so hard when Heavenly Father's will is not to remove the cup from us. But our Savior was able to do that.

I know we have a Father in Heaven. God is real. I don't understand how anyone can not believe in God. Our very lives - our being on this earth - is evidence there is a God.

This is part of my testimony for now. I hope that by sharing what I know to be true I may help others feel the Spirit in their lives and reflect on their own knowledge and testimony.

If you want to know more of what I believe, don't hesitate to ask me. I love sharing my beliefs! :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Satan's Lies

Satan is a good liar. Probably the best one there is. Lately I've realized he works so hard on us. I think one of his greatest lies is to tell us we're not enough. Not smart enough, not pretty enough, not wealthy enough, the list goes on and on. 

I'm thankful for Heavenly Father's reminder to look in the mirror and remember who I truly am. I am enough. I am a daughter of God. I am not perfect. I am flawed. I fall short in many ways. I may not be the smartest or most beautiful or wealthiest, but I am His. He sees my divine potential. He knows my heart. 

And He loves me for who I am.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Quiet Time

I love my quiet alone time. And I'm so lucky to have a lot of it. I've realized I should cherish every moment of it. One day I will probably have a house full of noisy little kiddos begging for my attention and I'm sure my quiet time will be a lot less. So, there's a huge blessing of being single- my alone time. :)

But anyway, I love my quiet time because it gives me the opportunity to ponder and reflect. I think a lot. (Probably too much, but that's a different story.) And I've come to a conclusion- pondering brings gratitude. I've seen how I've recognized the Lord's hand in my life more as I've pondered. Which isn't surprising. Obviously we're not going to be attentive to Him if we are preoccupied.

I've been so grateful as I've thought about how He has blessed me and guided my life and allowed me to have certain experiences and meet certain people. 

Pondering has brought me peace, gratitude and happiness. And definitely closer to The Lord. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

God's Glory

This is truth. Pretty sure this is why I love traveling and photography. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Bright Future

Tonight I just really felt the truthfulness of this in my heart. There are wonderful things ahead. I just have to have faith. 
(Quote by Thomas S. Monson)

Friday, January 2, 2015

It Could Be Worse

"No matter how bad you think your life is, there is always someone who has it worse." My mom has said this and it has stuck with me. It's true. 

Just thinking of this tonight as I read some blogs of people who are dealing with challenges that seem much, much greater than the things I deal with.

My life is really so good.