Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fear and Faith Cannot Coexist

It is so easy to get discouraged, isn't it? For me, it is far too easy to fear the future, to fear getting through the day, to fear an event...anything! My family is preparing for a potential move across the country, which would take us away from our extended family and close friends and put us in a completely unfamiliar place. I have allowed fear to enter my heart so many times with questions like, "How can I do it?" and, "How can we afford it?" and, "Why would we leave this place where we are so comfortable?" I try to make a little room for faith, knowing that God has a plan for me and my family and that everything will probably be fine, but my fears push it out much too quickly.

In a talk entitled "You Know Enough," Elder Neil L. Andersen said, "Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time."

I know what he said is true, but that doesn't make it less difficult to push out the fears and have complete faith, especially when everything looks so uncertain or unfamiliar...or scary. However, I know there have been times in my life (my mission, getting married, having kids, etc.) where there were plenty of fears that could have overcome me, but my faith was so much stronger.

Maybe I just need to do things to gain a little more faith. :)

I often think about the apostle Peter, who once walked on water because he trusted Christ so much, but then began to sink because he let fear enter his heart. What made him stop believing? What was it that caused him to doubt the Savior, who was right in front of him? Perhaps it was a lesson to him, an opportunity to reach his hand out to the Savior and cry for help to save his life, which maybe we all need at some point. But wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all have as much faith as Peter started out with?

What do you do to keep your fears out of your heart so there is room for faith?

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Teach Me to Walk in the Light

There are SO many things I am learning as my children grow older. One thing my two-year-old daughter is teaching me is that she listens to EVERYTHING I say. Literally. She may not lead on that she can hear me, but she memorizes the things I say and do, and later, she does or says the same things. For example, I put her down for her nap and listened to her talk to herself for a little while. She said, among many other random things, "Bubble spaghetti? No, that's not an option." I have never heard her say, "That's not an option," but I say it to her often. I never thought she would pick up on that!

It made me wonder what else I am saying or doing that she is picking up on...

My 10-month-old son has recently started trying to fold his arms for prayers, which surprised us. We had never "taught" him to fold his arms, or even asked him to try. He watched, observed, and copied. This is another lesson to me.

A Children's Songbook hymn that I love is "Teach Me to Walk in the Light" by Clara W. McMaster. The lyrics are so important, especially to anyone who could possibly be an example to a child or younger person.

Teach me to walk in the light of His love;
Teach me to pray to my Father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.

I hope that I am teaching my children to walk in the light of His love; I hope they are learning from my husband and I how to pray to and have a relationship with their Father above; I hope they are learning what is good and right from our examples. I am going to make a more conscious effort to say and do things that will teach my children how to follow their Father in Heaven.

What things have your children picked up on that you do?

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Love With An Everlasting Love - Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is less than a few weeks away, and I'm excited to spend the day showing extra love to my family.

As we reach out to others in love and appreciation, we must feel a bit like the Savior did when He was on the earth. He showed love everywhere He went, to anyone He met. I pray that we can do the same thing, and not just on Valentine's Day!

A reader recently requested a Valentine's Day card in business card size with Christ and a scripture about love, so I am sharing it with everyone today. The scripture I chose is Jeremiah 31:3, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." The picture of Christ and the children is based off of the painting by Del Parson (see original here).

I know that Christ truly loves us with an everlasting love, and we should emulate Him and love others as unconditionally as He loves us.

These small cards would make great little Valentine's for your children (or you!) to pass out to people you love. Feel free to cut them out, write on the back, or attach them to a candy or treat. The possibilities are endless. Some say "Happy Valentine's Day" and some do not.

Have a wonderful Valentine's, and please share with me how you used your cards! I'd love to hear about your experiences.

How will you teach your family about Christ's love on Valentine's?

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