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Connecticut

I was travelling to celebrate Christmas with my family on the weekend, the day of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut. Such a sad, heart wrenching day for so many. A damper on our celebrations and feelings of inexpressible sorrow, however no comparison to the raw loss and agony all those affected families are feeling and experiencing as Christmas approaches.

I felt that nothing I might say could express adequately all the feelings of my heart. I nearly chose to remain quiet, especially because so very many have attempted to express with tributes, memorials and song our collective heartache and condolences.

However, today I read an exceptionally well expressed article written by Kathryn Skaggs filled with truths and balm for the soul.

“The only true source of comfort and peace to the sorrows, the losses and the soul wrenching pains of mortality is through Jesus Christ. And as difficult as it may seem for us to understand, it is during these times that human nature is prone to seek for a source greater than self to be comforted when there are no reasonable answers, or solace to be found. When we are tormented with grief unspeakable, asking questions where seemingly no answers are to be found.

I think of this as each of us having a sort of homing beacon, planted deep inside. I believe our spirits innately know there is more, and therefore there is a constant yearning, imperceptible, until the answer appears before us. And when it does, it is pure revelation. Light….”

Click here to read the rest of “The Only True Source of Comfort and Peace”.

May your heart be filled to overflowing with truth, faith, and hope as you read Kathryn’s post, and may that truth bring you the deepest of peace, comfort and joy.

Have you ever been in a situation when you knew–really knew–exactly which direction the Lord desired for you to take? What were your choices? What did you choose? Any regrets?

Do you trust God? How do you know?

Many of the ideas in this post originate from a wonderful article that helped me ponder ‘trust in the Lord’.  “How much do I trust God? What does 100% trust look like? What does it take to trust God?  What stops people from trusting God? Why trust Him at all?” I’ve listed my accumulated thoughts. Is there more you can share?

Why trust in God?

* Your needs are great and varied

* You are His unique child

* He knows you individually

* He loves you

* He wants you to be happy

* He has your best interest in mind

* A lack of trust in Him brings sadness into your life

* He will send you messages of encouragement, correction and direction-fitted to you and to your needs

* He will counsel you personally with His wisdom-He can tell you exactly what you need to do-for your needs

Heartaches.  Grief. Anger. Hopelessness. Contention. Depression. Lack of direction in life. Divorce. Loneliness. Burdens of life. Unfulfillment. Frustration. The list of pain and anguish is endless. Countless long for relief but don’t know where to turn. The joy and happiness longed for can be very elusive.

Every individual on this earth has reason to turn to God. Each longs for a life overflowing with joy and happiness.

“I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.” Alma 29:2

What stops you from trusting God?

* Pride

* Fear

* No idea of how much He loves you

* Don’t know or believe that He truly is mindful of you

* You trust in men’s wisdom

* Lack of belief in His power to make or bring change

* Lack of belief in His power to fill your heart with joy, peace, happiness

* Lack of belief in His power to heal the pain, distress and grief of your heart

* Denial

* Lack of integrity

* Lack of a good heart

* Lack of honesty

* Unwillingness to obey His counsel

* A refusal to repent-that is, to turn and go in the direction he indicates.

Do you agree or disagree? Any more you can add to this list?

 “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy” Jonah 2:8

What is the result of not trusting God?

Recall Jonah’s experience?  The Lord sent him to Nineveh to call the people to repentance.  Jonah boarded a ship going Tarshish-the opposite direction. His plan was to hide from the presence of the Lord. A mighty tempest entered his life while he was sleeping.

Waters compassed him…weeds wrapped around his head. (Denial, engulfed in misery, depression, lack of belief in God’s power, definitely didn’t trust the Lord). He did recognize that he was on this worldly level forever-no progression happening here.

What happens when we leave the presence of the Lord?

* Pain

* No joy

* No peace

* No happiness

* No blessings

* No progression

We reject His plan for our life. This lack of trust in God brings sorrow and misery to Heavenly Father’s children.

Then Jonah says he remembered the Lord- and he prayed.

What does it take to trust God?

* Courage

* Humility

* Honesty

* Remaining in God’s presence

* Desire to develop trust

* Two way communication ( Jonah prayed then he says of God, “ He heard me”, “Thou heardest my voice”)

* Commitment

* Knowing God

* Recognize our salvation is in Jesus Christ

* Willingness to obey His commandments no matter how hard they appear

* Repentance-turn in opposite direction

* Thanksgiving

* Keeping our covenants, promises, vows

And then the Lord ‘spake’ unto the fish. God acted –and saved Jonah. A second time He sent Jonah to Nineveh. Jonah did go and his mission was successful.

“I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” 1 Nephi 3:7

When we trust in God, what do we receive?

* Peace

* Security

* Healing

* Strength

* Greater light

* More faith

* More talent

* Harmony

* Confidence

* Prosperity

* Greater joy

* Greater happiness

“…in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15 (KJV)

Trusting God will bless:

*  Our life

*  Lives of our families

Our communities

Nations

“And if you then go and do what He would have you do, your power to trust Him will grow, and in time you will be overwhelmed with gratitude to find that He has come to trust you.”  Henry B Eyring

Do you trust in God? How do you know?

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It’s been three months since my younger sister passed away. She was the first of us ten siblings to leave this mortal plane. I hadn’t known what to expect of my feelings. Honestly, we had not enjoyed an intimate relationship for many years and I did not expect to mourn excessively.

Although- I have loved her daughter as my own for several years and my heart turned to her and her four sweet young children. I felt their pain and grief, witnessed their tears and sad countenances as we waited for the inevitable.

That may be why the week before my sister died, the Lord wrapped His loving arms about me and deep in my soul, I felt His tremendous love and comfort. His palpable blanket of peace buffered me so much that the pain faded. The sorrow couldn’t reach me. The weight had lifted.

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you” Isaiah 66:17

Several times I yearned to share the precious warmth and peace of His presence with each of these precious darlings for a few moments, to lighten their burden. If only I could have lent them the precious blanket…but, it’s not mine to give.

Comfort in Trials: Power of the Holy Spirit

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Beautiful thoughts expressed by those who have felt the power of the Holy Spirit providing comfort.