Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Future Is As Bright As Your Faith

One of my dear friends asked me to make a printable to go in a "box of sunshine" she is sending to a woman who is going through a really difficult time. She thought that this quote by President Thomas S. Monson would be an inspiration to her friend: "The future is as bright as your faith."

I have a few friends who I feel need to hear this message, as well.

It is so easy to get discouraged and to become depressed--trust me, I have been there. Counseling, medication, deep name it. However, through it all, I didn't have a perspective that my faith could help my future. When I finally repented and humbled myself and asked the Lord for more faith and for the promised blessings He had offered, I realized that my future was in my hands, not just His.

When we have hope, faith, and a positive perspective, we can do or become anything we want to. We can have happiness and joy in our futures because of our faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter how hard our trials and challenges are; all that matters is that we trust in Him, in His Atonement, and in the power it can have in our lives.

My faith in Christ has helped me more than I could ever have imagined. I can look forward with excitement and eagerness to the rest of my life because even when things aren't going right or well, my destiny is set--I can return and live with God again and be with my family for eternity. All that is wrong in this life will be made up because of the Atonement of Christ. We can choose to be happy, choose to have faith, and choose to have joy in our futures.

I pray that my friends who are struggling will be able to realize that now is the time to have faith in Christ; now is the time to determine our future happiness; now is the time to have joy. I know my Savior lives and has given us the chance to change, to improve, and to have everlasting peace.

How has faith in Christ given you hope for your future?

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Friday, February 8, 2013

A Heart in Christ

Valentine's Day is next week! I have to admit, I am really getting excited. I have been doing 14 days of gifts for my husband to celebrate our love this month, and some days I include cute notes and have great things planned...aaannndddd some days (around 9 pm or so), I realize I forgot to give him a gift and grab the next one on my list and say, "Happy Day 4." Haha. He still loves it, and loves the goodies and surprises he has been getting.

For Valentine's Day, my hubby and I got a gift card so we can actually go out to dinner, and my younger brother asked my baby girl to be his "Valentine" that night (aka. I have a free baby-sitter!). Then during the weekend, we are hosting a belated Valentine's Day dinner and group date with some friends. My baby boy is due next month, so I figured I might as well load up February with as many fun things to do as I can before the baby takes charge!

I mention these things only because I feel like they are pertinent to my real message today.

I recently read a quote by Maya Angelou that said, "A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her."

My husband has often told me that he felt this way about me when we were first dating, and he sought to be a more righteous man so that he could not only be "worthy of my love" (his thoughts, not mine!), and also so that he could be a better man, husband, and father. As he sought to be closer to Christ, even though his relationship with Him was already wonderful, I grew to love him even more because I saw in him a man committed to doing what was right.

As a wife and mother now, I realize that I need to continue to develop my relationship with the Savior and give Him all of my heart so that I can do what is best for my family. My heart should still be hidden in Christ, yet all should be able to see the positive effect it has on me and those around me. I pray that my husband and I will be able to commit our whole selves to serving the Lord, and that my children will see our examples and see how much we love our Savior.

(Just a side note- I really love the new trend of chalkboard art printables, so I am going to try and do my next few quotes and printables in this style. What do you think about it? Yay or nay for home decorating? I'd love to hear your thoughts!)

What does this quote mean to you this Valentine's Day?

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