Friday, March 18, 2011

Trials......


I have had so many thoughts on my mind this week. It hasn't been the easiest week. We received some bad news about a job that we were really hoping Larry would get. Its in Salt Lake so it would mean a move but we were ok with that at this point. We have turned this financial trial over to the Lord a long time ago and we refuse to take it back. We have had our share of financial struggles over our married life but this past year has by far been the hardest. And yet, through it all we have felt peace. Why? Because we have a loving Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ who has literally eased the burdens from our back. He has brought us peace when we should feel despair and hopelessness. I repeat this scripture in my mind almost daily....."wherefore, we must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope..... That's how I choose to live my life. Fear and faith cannot co-exist so I choose faith. Even though this job was Larry's dream job and would mean so much to our family, I know, I know, that Heavenly Father will guide our path and all will be well. I'm not just saying that..... I KNOW it. I have no doubt that He loves me, is mindful of me and my family and he will provide. How do those without the gospel make it through this life with all it's ups and downs without the knowledge of the gospel? I can't imagine. Life is difficult even with this knowledge. Not having it would be a tragedy. So, today, I express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ who have eased my burden and have brought me such sweet peace and joy even through the hard times. I have so much to be grateful for and I will continue to press forward knowing that I am not alone. We can do hard things and we can stand victorious in the end. I am so grateful for a strong husband who constantly amazes me with his level of faith and righteousness. And, to my wonderful children that love and support me and bring me so much joy. The saying goes...."I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." I believe that to be true.

8 comments:

Janna said...

Your strength and perseverance never cease to amaze me, my dear sister! I love and honor you so very much. Thank you for sharing your life with me!

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

Julie, you are a pillar of strength. I love that scripture too. Along with my favorite D&C 122:7 "that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." (which is now etched in my driveway by the way). These things will be for your good. Thank you for your post.

sarah jane said...

I love you guys!

Sammie Noellie said...

Mom, you are amazing. I am thankful for your thoughts and for you strength. I love you so much.

BRETTnMEGAN said...

YOU ARE AMAZING...AND TOTALLY RIGHT CONTINUE TO PUT THE LORD FIRST IN OUR LIVES AND HE WILL DO THE REST... I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE. HE KNOWS EACH AND EVERYONE OF US AND THE TRIALS WE FACE AND HE WILL BLESS US WITH THE THINGS WE NEED... AHH I LOVE YOU JULIE AND PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY DAILY.

Jennifer said...

So nice talking to you this morning! I am strengthened by your strength and faith. The Lord loves you and your family so much, as do all of us! Keep the faith and never give up! I love you dearly :)

The Woodbury's said...

Love you mom! I am so lucky to have you in my life, you are such a strength to Trev and I. We love you!!