The Lord’s Way and Time

bigstock-Happy-daddy-and-son-Emotional-51748540-2 While we are patiently waiting on the Lord for His will and time table to be revealed, we display TRUST in Him.

 That Trust leads to greater Faith.

In addition to the spiritual blessings that come immediately from obedience to any of God’s laws. Looking back, I know for sure that the promises of the Lord, if perhaps not always swift, are always certain.

 Patience Requires Faith

When the Lord know that He can trust us to be obedient and do what He asks us to do, He will give us more knowledge, but that special blessing comes only when we have proven that we can be faithful and trusted.  He gives us a little and then sees what we will do with it.  He allows us time for processing and time for change.  If we are successful then he knows that we are ready to handle and learn a little more.

Patience is our schooling.

“Brigham Young taught that when something came up which he could not comprehend fully, he would pray to the Lord, “Give me patience to wait until I can understand it for myself.” And then he would continue to pray until he could comprehend it. Understanding comes “line upon line, precept upon precept.”  In short, knowledge and understanding come at the price of patience.” – Dieter F Utchdorf

Sometimes that faith is deeply tested because we cannot see the good or the answers for a long time. Sometimes perspective is needed.  I am still at the point.  I have hints at my future, but it is still only a little ways out.  When I came home from my recent trip to Utah, I was discourage because it was time to put my house back on the market and I was no longer sure what I should do if it sold.  I had to patiently wait for an answer.  I moved forward even though I was not sure what I would do. I listened to the Spirit, and through a bunch of special prompting, I was lead to know that I need to plan to move in with my little sister who is raising her son on her own. A few months ago, I would not have been willing to accept this path for my life, but the experiences of the last few months changed somethings in my heart and I was now willing to accept that answer.  So that is the new plan.  I still don’t know when the house will sell and I do not know how long we will live together, but I am trusting that the Lord will make that known to me on a “as needed basis.”  He says, “This is what you need today.  Be patient and be faithful and I will tell you more.”  Daily he is giving me my Mana or my DAILY BREAD.

 “Often the deep valleys of our present will be understood only by looking back on them from the mountains of our future experience. Often we can’t see the Lord’s hand in our lives until long after trials have passed. Often the most difficult times of our lives are essential building blocks that form the foundation of our character and pave the way to future opportunity, understanding, and happiness.” – Dieter F Utchdorf

Questions to Ponder:

1. How does patience and trust better help us use our faith?  What does that demonstrate to God about us?

I was 38 years old and the mother of 3 teenaged sons and a 10 year-old daughter when I became a widow. My fairy tale world was shattered. I lost my best friend and the love of my life. In that moment I knew I could choose, choose to sink into the darkness of despair, or I could choose to turn to the Lord for understanding and direction. I chose the light and it has made all of the difference. I share my story, what I have learned this life is all about and how I have refound purpose and direction in the hopes of helping others who are struggling. I am determined that when I meet my husband again that we will say, this was worth it. We will look at the learning and the good this tragedy accomplished, and we will say, this was not for naught.

Not For Naught: A Young Widow’s Journey

spouse and father-in-law died in a plane crash 11/2012.

   

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