Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Look Forward With An Eye Of Faith

Sometimes life is easier with a good set of blinders on. For example, it's lot easier for me to go about my days when I'm  emotionally denying that my dad died, or telling myself that I actually might get pregnant this month, or even that quoting the one scripture that I have memorized as fast as I can at bedtime totally counts as family scripture study. Sometimes it's just easier to not face the facts. Because facts like I'm for sure not going to be pregnant this month, and my dad has been gone for 2 whole Christmases, and we haven't actually sat down as a family and read more than 2 versus of scripture in over a week, are really, quite sad. But recently I read a scripture from The Book of Mormon that said, "do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith?" and suddenly it hit me, that by choosing to be blind to hard things, I'm denying myself an opportunity to grow in faith and come closer to Jesus Christ. Deciding to be spiritually blind is a temporary solution for getting through life and mortality, rather than exercising faith which is an eternal solution for exaltation. I want that last one, the one that includes exaltation, eternity, and faith. I know that means hard days will come. But when I get hit with a ton of infertility bricks, or when I finally get up the courage to listen to that voice mail I still have from my dad and then I fall to a million pieces, or when I foolishly make it through another day by skimping on our scripture study, instead of putting on my blinders, my goal is this: I will look forward with an eye of faith, and trust in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and know that everything will be okay, through Him. 

Collin and I decided this will be our family theme for 2014. I plan on printing and hanging this for our family to see every day. You're welcome to print one for yourself!

Alma 5:15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?