Friday, October 24, 2014

Have Faith.

Jeffrey R. Holland said, "Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven who loves you more than you can comprehend  Never, ever doubt that, and never harden your heart" is a reminder to help guide us when we're confronted with any emotional trial whether big or small. Especially one that is so fragile, and unexpected in which we've never faced before. It can ease us through the grievances, and heartache it will bring. With that said quote we not let the adversary win, and harden our hearts, but to have faith that no matter what happens in the end it'll be God's will, and plan.

As parents you never know what you're going to expect when it comes to your child. We create them, and nurture them the best we can in raising them with true principles, but in the end they will find their own way. And as parents we want them to find the "correct" way, but that's not always going to be the case. Sometimes they're going to hit a  few bumps on the road, and find ways to heal from their mistakes. Some ways may be by default with negativity, and some ways may be followed by making good choices with positive actions.  There will be moments when all you want to do is coddle them to help them find their way back to goodness, but all you can do is allow them to find their own way in hopes that it is a positive one, pray your heart out, and have faith that everything will work out in the end. By reminding them constantly of who they are in this world, what their purpose is in this life, and what they were taught throughout their youth in the church as well as in the home where they once felt safe, but most of all letting them know that they are never alone. 

Raising children requires a lot of work from the moment they come out of our womb. And in between the laughter, and good times bringing a child in this world is hard from the beginning, in the middle, and also when the time comes for them to leave the nest. Some of us end up having high expectations because let's face it...we all want our children to do better with their life both spiritually and temporally. Unfortunately, we have the adversary who is roaming around with his claws wide open working overtime waiting to bring down every good soul out there who has so much to give in this life. Tricks them by making something that's bad, look really good. Tests them to the point where he will find ways to target them because of their valiance, worthiness, and make them feel the exact opposite...a failure, unworthy, useless, damaged, used up, and no good. I know this because I have been there, and I see it happening to the youth. The best part of being a parent in spite of all the hardships one faces while parenting, is the unconditional love we have for our children, and the love that comes from within. And in between the yelling, lecturing, and disappointment...is love. Love and compassion. Many of us may not have that, hence hardening our hearts to the point to oblivion where we are feeling like miserable souls ourselves. Sad, and crying like we've never before because we put our trust in God, and everything we believe in hopes that they'll never forget what morals, and values they were taught as children, goals they had set up in hopes that they will achieve them, as well as people we trusted to guard, and protect our children.  

One thing we can rely on, and hope to never forget is knowing that the love we have comes form the Divine to help ease our soul, and mind for any bad situation one may be in whether it's suffering from depression, drugs, alcohol, or breaking the law of chastity. Building, and having faith in knowing that can bring us more hope, less stress, and help our faith grow even stronger.  


**You can read the rest of Jeffery R. Holland's talk "Like a Broken Vessel" here.

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