22 May 2010

i had to share

I have been feeling so good lately.

In our home.
Kids healthy at last.
Work is so fun.
Home all day with the kids living it up- beaching a lot too!
Good friends and family to call my own.
Thomas starting exciting new ventures in his career that he SO DESERVES.

It feels like the light at the end of the tunnel is radiating brilliantly all around us!

I think it is really important to stand still. Take a deep breath. And recognize how good we have it every once in a while.

It is so easy for me to complain or worry. But luckily I tend to hope no matter what and I know that is because I have faith in my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.

I know that they know me personally and they care about me. I know it. I feel my eyes brimming with tears and a whispered confirmation as I type that.

I love this Christian song (JJ Heller Your Hands) I stumbled upon a while back when I was really struggling. It was a perfect expression of my testimony at the time. So beautiful.

Anyway, tonight I was preparing my lesson for the zany 11 year olds Thomas and I teach and these quotes made my soul smile and my heart beat with joy. I just had to share!

by Virginia H. Pearce:

“• Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live, and they are in charge of this world.

“• They know me.

“• They love me.

“• They have a plan for my future.

“• I will obey the commandments, work hard, and trust in their plan. Sooner or later, everything will be okay” (“Faith Is the Answer,” Ensign, May 1994, p. 92).

from President Gordon B. Hinckley:

“Every one of you was endowed by your Father in Heaven with a tremendous capacity to do good in the world. Train your minds and your hands that you may be equipped to serve well in the society of which you are a part. Cultivate the art of being kind, of being thoughtful, of being helpful. Refine within you the quality of mercy which comes as a part of the divine attributes you have inherited” (“The Light within You,” Ensign, May 1995, p. 99).

(photo credit the one and only natalie norton!)

Sooner or later everything has become more than OK for us and I know we have a long way to go, but I am enjoying where we are and what we have to look forward to and feeling grateful for what we have done. The support of family is wonderful too. We love our parents and siblings! We love our extended families and good friends! We love the Lord. Life is progressing. Hope all is well with you and if it is not- hold on with a perfect brightness of hope!

The Lord knows you. He loves you so much too. Great things ahead if we all do our part! How exciting.


Natalie. said...

you are so special. I'm glad you're feeling settled and are receiving all the wonderful blessings your beautiful heart deserves.



PS- I adore that picture. ;) Seriously.

j,d and little b said...

Love this song and love this post... I really needed to read something like this tonight to make me realize that I have it good too... too good! Thanks Stephanie for this!

liko said...

thank you.
and i am sooo happy for you and your little family.

Bitty said...

I really love this post. It is so important to sometimes still, like you said, and really think about life. Thank you.

::jill:: said...

what a great sunday morning read.


i know we haven't see each other, in like, forever, but isn't it so great that we can feel like we can be so close again when we read each others' thoughts? thanks to blogging. love it.

i am counting my blessings too and praying for those who need a little more light in their dark tunnels.

p.s. love the song.

laurel said...

This song is so beautiful. I really loved that quote by Gordon Hinkley. You are a perfect brighness of hope Stephanie Joy. So glad for your joy. Love abounds!

Annajean D. said...

Thanks for sharing! Things have been pretty tough for me right now and it's helps to have hope that there is a light at the end of tunnel!

Rebecca Waldron said...

What a beautiful post. It was so uplifting. You are amazing! Thanks for sharing your hope with all of us. I love that Gordon B. Hinkley quote too. I need to work on those things.

kimball said...

With so much trouble and ugliness in the world, it certainly helps to see the calmness and beauty. It is a wonderful feeling to have complete faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no trial or difficulty He has not suffered for us if we place our complete faith in Him and do our best.

Damaris said...

thanks for sharing. sharing is good. I've been feeling totally overwhelmed and like the light is sooooo far away. thank for reminding me to just trust.

boo face mcjones said...

amen and amen. i agree and think that if we are willing to take the time to be still and listen, we can always find that perfect brightness of hope within our lives. and it's so important to share it with others when we have a little more -- thanks for doing that.


melissa marie said...

um, shoot. my life is totally NOT in that happy place right now. but i'm very glad you are. cuz you're awesome.