I was reminded today of how blessed I am. It boggles my human mind how many times in life I have to open my heart to see those blessings. The ones that the eyes can't see. Isn't it true that when you open your eyes to see your blessings you see the material; your house, your car, your food, everything that helps support your physical being. When you open your heart looking for blessings, you see the many gifts that God has given you to make you stronger; your family, your faith, your trials, your struggles, and so much more.

Lately I have been feeling sorry for myself. Not that I have a bad life, because in many ways I am happier than I ever have been. But because life has taken a different track than I thought it would take. I thought by now my husband would be done with school and have a career for life. I guess it is easy to dream of the easy way that life could take you, but when life took the harder road, it threw me for a loop. I had hoped to be in our own home by now, not having to work. Being able to stay at home with my kids, not feeling like I am juggling them to and fro.

One thing that I love is to watch the Mormon Messages on You Tube. They always give me a spiritual lift when I need one. The most recent one is called 'My New Life'.

It is a story of a women, Stephanie Nielsen's, who was in a serious plane crash a couple of years ago. After spending 3 months in a coma, she documented her recovery through her blog The NieNie Dialogue. I have been following her since that time. She writes so eloquently about her struggles through life and recovery as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Toward the end of the the message 'My New Life' there is a quote from President Monson where he says...
"When suffering we may in fact be nearer to God then we've ever been in our entire lives. That knowledge can turn every such situation into a would be temple. Regarding our earthly journey the Lord has promised...
'I will go before your face, I will be on your right hand and on your left, my spirit shall be in your hearts and mine angles round about you to bear you up.'
That is an everlasting declaration of God's Love and care for us. Including and perhaps especially in times of trouble. "

That was a quote that I needed to hear. I do feel closer to God now, during these times of trouble, than I ever have before. I guess I needed to be reminded of the Lord's personal promise to me. He is in my heart. His angles are round about me, especially in times of trouble.

Love, Tamber


Tara said...

I watched that today too it was ver uplifting.

Erin said...

Thanks for sharing such a personal message, Tamber. I understand a little of how you feel and I admire you for being able to find an uplifting meaning from your struggles. You are a wonderful person and have such a great family - I'm certain angels are with you all of the time.

PS - That scripture is my favorite since Henry.