Monday, March 28, 2011

Hope on the Horizon...

I was at a member's house the other night and I saw the picture that is placed above. When I saw this picture and read the title of it, I couldn't help but get the feeling of overwhelming comfort. This picture struck me with great power. I pictured myself and all the ones I love walking on the horizon with Jesus Christ watching us. We are all taught the things we need to do to get back to our Heavenly Father. He hopes we will make the right choices to be able to get back to live with Him.

When I think of the word Hope, I think of Faith. Faith meaning a hope in that which is not seen which is true. These two words are very powerful. If we don't have faith or a hope for something, then we aren't doing things right. The Savior has hope and faith that we will do all we can to come back.

This picture is in our house and I love it. It shows the love that our Savior and our Heavenly Father has for us. This same love displayed here in this picture is what we should have for other. We should have such love that we are willing to be the "Hope on the Horizon" for others. I don't know how important it is to be willing to help. Family and friends are the biggest support we can have on earth. We never know when we can be the answer to some one's prayer, or the "Hope on the Horizon."

The Lord is Our Shepherd

"Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
St. John 10:16

The Lord is our shepherd. He quoted this scripture referring to the people in the Americas long ago. He will do anything to help bring "the one" back to the fold. Christ left the 99 sheep to go find "the one." This is the same today. Christ is willing to go to all lengths to bring us back. Joseph Smith quoted "The worth of every soul is great in the eyes of God." We should be willing to reach out and befriend those that may be going astray. The path in which we need to stay on is described as "the straight and narrow" but because the Lord gave us agency that "straight and narrow" path becomes very windy. Each or us is different. We have our own challenges. Some bigger that others, but we need to remember that no matter the challenge we go through we are loved. The worth of every soul is great... So if we have friends or family members that may be going astray, remember to befriend them. just love them. It has been quoted the "everyone who has gone astray will come back to the fold in time." We just need to show love for those people as they are. We cannot change them, but if we show appreciation and love for those people as they are and not shun them for going astray, in time they will come back.

Show the love the Savior has for "the one" to everyone because the Lord is our shepherd and every soul is great in the eyes of God!

"And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also."

Doctrine and Covenants 84:106

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Standing Strong

I was lying in bed the other night when a thought popped into my head about Standing A Little Taller. I have a book with that title that is full of inspiration for each day of the year.

I was lying there thinking about how I can help people do exactly that, Stand A Little Taller. There are so many examples and experiences that just flood my mind, I don't know where to start.

Each of us have challenges that are different but we have the same answer for support, our Heavenly Father. Each of us have difficult times that are different because if they were the same we wouldn't get anywhere. One thing I have always remembered since the day I have heard it is this... "You can be disappointed but never get discouraged!" No matter how tough things get and how alone we feel, we are never alone. My sister wrote in my journal, "Keep you head up and when you feel alone, always remember you are never alone, Just a prayer away!" I have always remembered this. I have shared this in many instances. I love it! It always reminds me of who I can turn to.

Best Friends are always there too. I know I have friends that I can turn to for help and encouragement at any time. In my Stand A Little Taller book there is a page on Encouragement, it says...

"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
-Matthew 25: 35-36

"All of us can become discouraged. It is important to know, when you feel down, that many others do also and that their circumstances are often much worse than ours. And it is important to know that when one of us is down, it becomes the obligation of his friends to give him a lift."
-Gordon B. Hinckley

Along with our friends to give us that lift is our Heavenly Father. His hand is ALWAYS stretched out just waiting for us to take it. When I think of this I think of the picture where Christ is standing at the door knocking with no handle.

It is up to us to open it or take his hand. It is up to us to help our friends in times of need, we never know when we could be the answer to a friend's prayer. Just a simple phone call saying, "I was thinking about you, How are you doing?" can mean a lot to someone, especially to a close friend. I have done this a lot to my friends and later I found out it is what they needed.

We need to Stand Strong and help those we love to Stand A Little Taller. We never know when we could be the answer to a friend's prayer.