Thinking time tonight, prayers galore, searching the scriptures. Taking time tonight out of the hustle and bustle of life is imperative. I would truly be ungrateful if I didn't take the time to testify of the tender mercies and divine love of God. Since I was a little girl I have been blessed with a strong testimony of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, my Savior. Even if I've failed some tests life has thrown my way, I have always known that I have a Savior who loves me and who loves all His children. I'm so thankful that this life is a process. We aren't given all the knowledge in the beginning, it comes line upon line, precept upon precept as we seek it. It is that concept that keeps things interesting. It is our duty and privilege to use this life as an opportunity to continue gaining spiritual knowledge in our ultimate goal of being more Christlike.
I have an inner peace because I know that I am never alone. My Savior stands beside me and wraps me in love whenever I am hurt or upset. I have felt His love and presence, and I know for myself, independent of any other person, that He lives and loves me. Today, many people my age follow shifting values and unfortunately stumble in their search for who they really are. I believe that understanding one's divine potential and connection with God has to come about before you can really find out who YOU are. All of us were created in God's image...that means that each of us have pieces of Godliness in our countenances whether it be physically or spiritually. God is aware of every single one of His children. He hears and answers prayers in His timing, not ours. He stands with His arms open wide to any that will come and follow His son, Jesus Christ. He has left us His holy word in the scriptures that are instantly available to us.
I try to live my life with an eternal perspective rather than as a quest for instant gratification. Things that matter and are of worth take persistence and sacrifice. At times, I get frustrated and want so much to just let loose and make some mistakes, but I know that living my life that way will not lead me back to my Heavenly Father, His love is what keeps me going.
His love for me allows me to go through the refiner's fire because He sent his Son to die for my sins, weaknesses, shortcomings, pains, sorrows, doubts, fears...sometimes it feels I'm going through that refiner's fire more than I would like, but I am so grateful because that process allows me the opportunity to be counted as one of the virtuous daughters of God who keeps herself pure and worthy.
I'm thankful for the Lord's hand in my life daily, and for the awareness of mind I have to recognize when I'm being blessed. I love being in nature and admiring all of the creations of God, especially the stars. I feel closest to God when I'm out in nature. I'm especially thankful for the people closest to me that influence the kind of woman I am becoming. I firmly believe that the Lord plants people in my path for special reasons.
Basically, I can testify of the reality of God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ, His Son. If you ever doubt or wonder about the existence of God, kneel and make the effort to come unto Him, and you will be given a witness, most likely small and quiet, that He lives. I've been blessed to have such a witness in my life.
Cheers to tender mercies and answers to prayers.