Posts tagged ‘Heavenly Father’

Tell Him and Love Him…

Driving to Missoula for dristrict meeting each week provides over 60 minutes of story time! One told the struggles of a loved one and how we can’t make choices for others; all we can do is tell them we love them and love them. At first, I thought she had repeated herself but then realized the slight but significant difference. It reminds me of a statement I heard much earlier than this event. “God wants commitment, not just conversation.”

One can say they love God and Christ all they want, but until they prove that love through their actions, the profession is void. Christ demanded action from us when He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Can we say we truly love Him, when we choose recreational activities over church attendance? We might be able to say it and feel it without SHOWING it; however, does He really know of our love? A phrase often heard when pointing out one’s lack of commitment through action is  “God knows my heart.” Yeah He does, but do you know His? Think of someone you know loves you…how do you know they love you? Is it because they would profess it from the mountain tops? Or is it because of how they treat you, listen to you, talk to you, and the things they do for you?

An example comes to mind. Two children of the same mother. One tells his mom of his love for her, then goes to play. The other child expresses his love to his mother and spends his time doing the chores she required of him. No doubt they both love their mother and are eager to express it. Actions that are in agreement with the words, add so much more meaning behind the simple words I LOVE YOU. May we prove our love for God through our daily efforts to live the lives He would have us live!

Cease to be God

Reading in Alma one morning proved to be thought provoking. The 42 chapter tells of Alma’s admonition to his son Corianton. Both serving as missionaries, Corianton has struggled to preach the gospel which in turn affects Alma’s ability to gain followers. One of Corianton’s issues is found starting in verse 1:

“And now, my son, I perceive there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind, which ye cannot understand—which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner; for ye do try to suppose that it is injustice that the sinner should be consigned to a state of misery.”

Not an unusual concern to have. Each person at some point will quesition the justice of God found in the scriptures. I think we question it more when it concerns our salvation, our suffering, the one vice we find difficult to let go. Sometimes we ask, “Will He really keep me out of heaven for gossipping or because I chose to express myself with piercings and tattoos?” To answer yes seems unreasonable and extreme. But Alma continues to explain that because we are human, we are fallen. We will all make mistakes and have weaknesses that do keep us from returning to our Heavenly Father. There are laws that must be kept and when they are not kept, a price must be paid. God is just. He cannot change universal laws, no matter how small they seem. But He can provide a way for us to escape that punishment, which allows Him to apply mercy. This is the role of our Savior’s atonement.

In verse 14-15, we read: “And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence. And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.”

Without laws, God would cease to be God. The Savior overcame the conflicting issue of justice verses mercy. It may appear cruel that punishment follows small broken commandments but justice must prevail. As we live on this earth, we decide what degree of glory we’ll receive by how obedient we are to the commandments of God. I know that no habit or wordly pleasure is worth risking our eternal happiness. When in doubt, do without! Heavenly Father blesses the faithful but it’s always in equal proportion to their obedience. He will not give you what you do not deserve, and you do not deserve that which you did not live for. Doctrine & Covenants 88:22 states that, “For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.” Christ surrendered completely to Heavenly Father’s will and He is our example. His call has been and forever will be, “Come follow me.”

the life you’ve been waiting for

Encouraged at a young age to make goals, have dreams of what you’d like to accomplish and who you’d like to become in the future, “what do you want to be when you grow up” is a typical question heard during our school years. Something that we fail to do is involve our Heavenly Father in our goal setting and decision making. He is the one who knows what will be best for us in the end. I’ve had many chances to develop a wonderful trust with my Father in Heaven. Ever since high school, I’ve had a plan set for my life. Several changes came about before ending up on my mission but looking back on those U-turns, round-a-bouts, and merging lanes, I can see how the Lord was right there guiding to what I really wanted.

Very accustomed to the feeling of watching my plans fall apart, Iwould then put my trust in my God. I knew of His love, of His desire for my happiness, and of His merciful hand that would guide me in a time of need. I have found this quote by Marilyn Monroe to be very true. “When God takes something from your grasp; He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.” Every time one plan didn’t work out, I was directed to another that was far better and one that I never would have gotten to had I continued with my original plan. I’m a firm believer that “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” (author unknown).


At times, we’re desperately clutching the outline of our lives, what we think will be best for us. We’re so insistent on holding to the very thing He is trying to take from us. Heavenly Father is simply striving to give us what He KNOWS will be best. Perfectly spoken by Sister Elaine S. Dalton, former president of the General Young Women organization: “You must be willing to give up the life you have planned in order to receive the life you are waiting for!” ULTIMATE TRUST, FAITH, HOPE in God’s plan for your life. He knows where you really want to be, and He perfectly knows how to get you there with the greatest benefit to you.

I’m waiting for my life when I have been married in the temple, have grown children who are strong in the gospel, have remained firm in the faith myself, have passed on to receive the eternal life with my forever family. I trust that He will help me get the life that I’m waiting for. I know that all suffering and struggling to this point is worth it, if I end up with what I’ve been waiting for. I trust Heavenly Father and His plan for me; therefore I hope for better things to come.

I Hid My Face From Thee

Somewhat of a disturbing image to use as a reminder. I saw this picture in the September 2010 ensign and thought of how it relates to our Heavenly Father and His role in our life. This beautiful baby girl cries out in pain, with questioning eyes that ask “Why would you do such a thing to me?” From her perspective, the person administering the shot is cruel, heartless, hurtful. She doesn’t understand the purpose this shot will have later on in life. Discomfort is short in the big picture of her life while the benefits continue much longer. So it is with our lives and eternity. God has given all men trials that seem cruel, heartless, hurtful. Often wondering “Why would you do such a thing to me?,” one can look to God with pleading, pondering eyes. Some don’t realize how the “small” moments of pain or struggle will affect them further down the rocky road of life. God can see the full picture, even into the eternities.
I love this song (written with a scripture from Isaiah and the revelation Joseph Smith received during Liberty Jail) because of how well it portrays God’s mercy, kindness and constant love.  For a little while, He might forsaken us or hide His face from us to let us learn, grow and stretch. But He will always gather us beneath His wings with the endless care that He has. I testify God really knows our every thought and every care. He is with us! Please know my brothers and sisters, His kindness truly shall not depart from thee. Because of Christ’s sacrifice for us, God can apply mercy,  welcome us into his presence and fulfill his eternal promises. So hold on thy way. Even if the very jaws of hell gape open after us, it shall be for our good. He will not leave us comfort-less. He will come to us, to our rescue! (John 14:18)