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Friday, April 23, 2010

So many blessings!

Tonight I've got trials and tribulations on the mind. This morning I was praying on my way to work as I tend to do, and was really focusing on what I am grateful for. Because even though I have a ton of stuff going on that is kind of stressing me out, I'm so totally blessed!! I started thinking about how easy it is for us to think that the world is falling apart, but really... it's not. Really, my trials are not that big. Yes, they are real to me, but if I put them in perspective, they’re just not that bad. It's like a pebble. If you hold a pebble up to your eye it is HUGE!! It appears that there is no way around it. You feel stuck and much imposed upon. But then, if you take that stupid pebble and you throw it across the room, you see it for what it really is. A pebble. Something tiny, not even worth noticing as you step over it and move on with your day.

It seems like lately things around here have gotten a little crazy. Between Mike's back problems, having my brother-in-law move in, and just being an emotional women attempting some crazy goals it's been a little nuts. I've had that pebble good and close to my eye. I was reading in my scriptures about a people that were in bondage. They had some serious burdens being laid on their shoulders. And when they prayed to the Lord, he helped them and made their burdens light. "And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." This scripture really hit me right between the eyes. Because yes, I have trials, but as I said, if I can step back and look at them, they’re not that bad. I have not been very cheerful or patient, which in the end just makes things that much more worse. I guess what I'm getting at, although I do have hard things going on right now, I have also been SOOOOO blessed! I have a wonderful family that supports me, I have a warm home to call my own, I have a darling husband that has a strong work ethic and is willing to show his love for me, I have the gospel in my life to hold me up, I have a fantastic job that I love, I have plenty of food to eat (probably could do with less :), and I have the opportunity to help out a family member. Ultimately, life is good.

Last week I made an effort to track my emotions and as I mentioned, it went really well. This week I am focusing on getting my minerals and vitamins in. And more importantly on being cheerful and patient with things that I find hard. I know that as I strive to do that, the Lord will help to make the rest light and more bearable.

Something that has been a HUGE strength to me is YOU! Thank you so much for reading my blog, for leaving comments, and even for those silent readers. I still feel your strength, and it is MUCH appreciated!!! Thank you!

Let's go and have a cheerful (and patient) week! What are you grateful for?


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5 comments:

~Lesia and Clay~ said...

Perfectly written girl! You hit the nail right on the head. I only wish I could write as well as you do. I love the way you are looking at your trials. The Lord does works, if we just ask. Love your blogs too.

ladyofthehouse said...

It's to true, isn't it?! It's so easy to get caught up in our every day trials and struggles, but when we step back and see all the the Lord has done, and continues to do for us, it really puts everything in perspective!!
Just came across your blog via another follower and LOVE it!!! So well written, very pretty! and I love your recipe page too!!!
I've signed up as a follower and will be putting you on my blog roll. I have started to blog to helop my journey to a healthier lifestyle also.
www.itst-i-m-e.blogspot.com/

diane :)

Quay said...

HI Sam...Wish I had more time after WW!! I'll have to drive myself next week. Then I can chat at ya!! I have to say you do write very eloquently! I have started my day out with everything I am suppose to do. And stayed within my points. Hallelujah!! :D Now what am I grateful for...hmmmm I love my freedoms and the right to say what I want. And I love all of my family and how well we get along with each other. And I love going to church. All tho' I dislike the 9-12 session. Blah! LOL Love your blog!!

julielopez3 said...

Sam,
Very well written, I don't go belong to he same religion that you do. But I totaly belive the Lord will not give you more then you can handle, and that every trial we do have helps us get through the next. You are so right about sometimes we think our problems are so hard and more then we think we can handle, but there are so many people worse off then we all are. I enjoy reading your blog, and you are doing a great job at WW!

Mary said...

I am grateful for all the love and happiness that I have in my life :)