Friday, May 27, 2016

I Will Rest In You

Straight up pure anxiety and fear has lived in my heart for over a month. It's this deep fear that I can't seem to shake off. I've tried so hard to fight it on my own. I wrestled with it over and over again. I felt lost and like I was falling. I was holding back. I was trying to fight parts of this anxiety on my own, not giving Christ my entire burden but only a portion of it for fear that if I gave Him the entire load that was weighing me down, my fear would simply come true. First of all, that's not pure and honest faith. Second of all, that's not how God works anyways. God is FOR US, not against us! No matter who you are, what you've done, where you're headed, or what state your heart might be in at this moment; Heavenly Father STILL loves you, STILL wants the best for you, and He is STILL cheering you on! He doesn't want to punish you. He doesn't want you to be miserable. Natural laws and opposition that exist on the earth today may bring pain and hardship on your life, but I truly believe with my whole heart (and I could be wrong) but God isn't punishing you. Punishment comes in the afterlife, but for now opposition is just a part of this mortal journey and it's not God that is taking the desires of your heart away from you. 


This morning I read my scriptures with REAL INTENT. I was looking for the tender mercies of Heavenly Father and the blessings only possible through Jesus Christ in the words of the Book of Mormon. I found some treasures, but even more than that I found my heart resting in Jesus Christ. I found peace and comfort. 

Am I still anxious? Yes, of course. It's going to take some practice in controlling my thoughts and seeing life in a new light. Can I overcome it? ABSOLUTELY! God didn't give me this anxiety. He doesn't give us our burdens. He allows them to happen, and He allowed opposition, but it isn't a curse or a punishment. He wants us to learn how to draw down the powers of Heaven to have all the blessings we could ever desire. He wants what we want, we just must first desire what He wants which is why we must learn to give our hearts to Him. 

The powers of Heaven are SO REAL! God wants us to be happy. Christ suffered in ways we can't fathom for our happiness. So of course there is hope. Of course we can overcome the trials of this life. Of course we can make choices that bring us happiness and have God's blessing of our righteous desires. We simply have to trust God and obey Him to the best of our abilities according to the laws He has laid before us. But every good thing in this life comes from Heavenly Father. It's about us learning to rest our heart, hopes, and happiness at the feet of Christ trusting in Him. God is on your side and Heaven is cheering you on! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Embrace the Moment You're In

Proverbs 23:7 // "As He thinketh in His heart, so is He."

Picture from our Snow Canyon Cave Hike

Have you ever heard the statement, "You are what you believe you are?" How true that is! If you believe you aren't loved, no amount of love either through words or actions will ever be enough to make you feel loved, it is your beliefs that will feed your soul. 

If you think about faith and happiness; you bring about faith and happiness. What a beautiful concept, am I right?!

Last week I went down to St. George; fear and anxiety kept creeping up on me in the worst ways. Some moments I wanted to wish away the vacation and the beautiful time to relax so the fear would leave me. What I didn't recognize in that moment was I was thinking about that fear. I was allowing it to build up and fester in my heart and mind which only created more fear and anxiety and eventually many other negative emotions that brought down opposition that threatened my happiness and even the happiness of those around me as well.

Life is to be enjoyed - Have a little fun! 

We are in control of our happiness, it's not about the circumstances that lie in front of us. We can be happy at any time, any where if we allow ourselves to be. It's about not fearing the future, but living in the moment. Every moment is so beautiful. Every moment there is so much joy that awaits us, will we choose it? Will we choose to soak up the moment, a gift so precious given to us by a loving Heavenly Father? 

After coming home from that vacation, thinking all fear would float away, it didn't. All I wanted was to go back on that vacation and have a do-over. I wanted to relive the moments that I had missed out on living in fear. What moments are you missing out on in your life? What opposition are you bringing upon yourself because of what your thoughts are creating you to be?

I love life! Life is hard, really hard! But it's beautiful and so worth it and I never want to waste a precious moment of it. I don't ever want to be found wishing a moment away again. Life is to be enjoyed. God created us to have joy! Let's make the most of it. I want to make sure I make life full of good and clean fun and stop worrying my life away. Today I choose to give up fear and sadness and look to God to live!

Here are three life motto's I want to leave you with today:

1. Make people feel loved!

You will NEVER regret making others feel loved, EVER! You know what you will regret? Criticism and tearing others down. Even if you don't mean to criticize, even if you think the words you are going to say will solve your problems; if it's not going to make others feel loved, refrain. You have so much power inside of you to make a difference and influence others for good. Make people feel loved, that's the way to true friendship and getting others to like you. 

You never forget those that make you feel loved. You never forget the people that make you feel loved, so be that person. To be a people builder is to accomplish the greatest thing. Don't underestimate the power your words and actions have. If it isn't nice and encouraging, then simply don't say it. Help others to feel valued and appreciated because you chose your words carefully. Criticism doesn't change people, love and acceptance does. The quickest way to inspire others is to love them unconditionally. 

2. Live in the Moment You're In!

Embrace this moment. It will never come again. Make happiness an option even if you find yourself drowning in anxiety. You can waste the moment living in fear, or you can let the fear go, look to God and LIVE! He gave you this moment for a reason. This moment is yours; it's yours to have joy in, it's yours to embrace it; it's yours to use to serve others! Don't let the moment pass you by because it will all too quickly. Just soak it up, live in it. 

Moments pass all too quickly, beauty and lessons are found in every single moment; focus on the moment until you find it. This present day was given to you for a reason. Life is short, don't let it pass you by.

3. Be Grateful

Be grateful to those around you, be thankful to Heavenly Father, and find gratitude in the good moments and the hard ones. So many people do so many incredible things for you, are you aware of all of them? Let people know that you notice the good others do for you. Thank people when you see them build you up, check on you, or show you charity and love. Everyone deserves a little gratitude for the good they do. Thank Heavenly Father for the blessings that feel your very life and soul. Thank Him for the blessings you just keep overlooking. Life is good! Did you hear me? LIFE IS GOOD! It's hard, I can't even explain how hard I think life, but man there is so much to be thankful for and ever good and bad moment you get through; that is something to be grateful about. Look for the beauty in every moment no matter what it offers you. You deserve to be happy and that comes from gratitude. 

Disclaimer: This little blog of mine, it's my space where I try to make something beautiful out of the little mess in my mind. I'm not perfect at what I say, in fact I think I learn more from my blog than any other person out there. I don't blog to try and tell others how I think they should be living their life, I blog because it's what I enjoy. It's what brings me peace in the hectic moments of life. These three motto's are three things that I am imperfect at, but things I believe with all my heart are important. I'm preaching to myself, but if you want to join along we can make it a party.