Monday, March 28, 2011

Tender Mercies

"The Lord's timing and his tender mercies are ARE REAL and they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often the Lord's timing of his tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them."
~David Bednar

I believe this is true! I feel like sometimes I don't acknowledge these sweet blessings enough in my life. I recently attended a beautiful funeral for Tyler's (my husband) cousins little boy. I have never felt the spirit so strong at a funeral before. The Father gave an amazing talk that I will never forget, one of the things he said was how he and his wife had a tradition that everyday they would look for a miracle that happened that day.
This really touched me and since then I have tried to do the same each day.   As I have been doing this I feel closer to my Heavenly Father, I know even more than ever that he is very aware of me. He loves me and wants to help me.
And I know he loves each of you as well. He wants to help us, and he wants us to acknowledge him in our lives more often.  I know that if we do this we will feel greater peace and optimism in our lives.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Knowing, Loving, Accepting Yourself and Loving Others

*Wrote this about a year ago but wanted to post again :)

So I have been thinking about this topic the past couple days. Why is it that the natural man in so insecure? Why is it that we focus on the things that are wrong with ourselves and make them so huge!? Why can't we just love ourselves as God does? Well I was reading in a book called "And they were not ashamed" (yes it is a book on marriage and intimacy) but this particular section has to do with other things:) The Author states that if we don't develop sufficient love for ourselves, our life focus is on GETTING love instead of GIVING love. Another Christian Author Joe Beam wrote:

"Love your self if you want to learn how to love others. If you don't love yourself as God wants you to, the need for that self-love will become the diversion that interferes with intimacy with others. Your desire for love will loom so large it will overpower any effort you make to give love. But how do we put this self acceptance into practice? We do it by accepting the truth about ourselves."

This is so simple, I feel it has become part of our culture to get love instead of give it. How many people can I get to love me? Accept me? or think I am amazing at this or that? We measure our worth from how many love us? No that should not be the case! We should love ourselves, know that God loves us, and then love others. The scripture, "Love your neighbors as ourselves", is simply stating love your neighbor as God would love them. Love them not so they will love you in return but just love them because that is what God commands us to do.

These are simple things, and we all have heard it before, I am not saying anything new, sometimes it just helps to be reminded, so we can try a "little harder to do a little better", as Gordon B Hinkley would say.

So my prayer for all you today is to be a little kinder to yourself it is ok to be imperfect! You are loved more than you can comprehend by a Father in Heaven, his love for you will never end. Do you feel when you mess up he won't love you? It is not true! Pray to him, ask for his help and I promise you will feel his love. And  as you learn to truly love yourself you will find it easier to see others through Christs eyes.