Moving Works and Trusting God

Months ago, I watched this video and was reminded of some precious lessons the Lord has taught me in the past few years. All about righteous desires, trust, patience, faith, and most of all how much God loves each and every one of us.

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I haven’t had the same experience as these two people, but I’ve had experiences that have taught me similar lessons. I think we’ve all had moments of stress where we are expecting certain blessings and outcomes and become frustrated when they do not come. Many have lost faith because of these experiences.

Watching this video moved me to want to share what I know. We are so loved by our Heavenly Father. He has a perfect knowledge of what will be best for us in this life because he knows us perfectly. Again and again, I’ve made plans based off desires and goals. And “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. I honestly think that Heavenly Father chuckles at my little attempts to plan and control my life. Patiently, I’ve felt Heavenly Father remind me to let go and have faith. But that is SO hard! It can take a lifetime to learn how to trust so perfectly in God, that we can let go of worry and anxiety. I’m grateful that He is patient with us as we learn. As we move forward in faith, our desires change and our character is changed. I do not believe God witholds things out of spite -he knows what we can learn and become through the tests and trials we face.

As it mentioned in the video – do not wait for a specific blessing to live a life full of joy. Joy can be found everyday in a million ways. Happiness is what God intends for us. Expected blessings should not be the condition we use to feel happiness.

I am not perfect in my ability to trust, but because of my experiences I can say without a doubt that God knows us. He will give us the blessings we need at the time we need them. Trust in God and His timing.

Life Lessons from Hiking

So I really like hiking. My favorite kind is the easy to moderate that is in the midst beautiful things… while it’s perfect weather, of course! Hiking to me is about taking yourself out of the world and connecting with nature. I just like to be able to look around myself in wonder of God’s creations.  I don’t believe I have to workout hard to do that. But… it often happens anyway!

My brother also likes to hike. But he finds enjoyment in all types of hikes – including those in 100 degree weather. All uphill. (Ok, ok, not that bad! But he’s more likely to pick a tough hike than I am!)

I really love having a brother who likes hiking because he finds all the best hikes for me and then we go together. It’s a perfect system! He found a great one recently and wanted to go together. He warned me it was a longer hike (4-5 hours), and it was moderate to difficult. I felt confident I could do it, and he absolutely raved about the beauty of it…so how could I refuse??

Little did I know what was in store for me on that hike.

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What Would a Holy Woman Do?

Anyone who knows me knows that I love books. My favorites to hoard in my library? Religious, Classic Literature, and Self-Improvement. I, of course, have the occasional twist of fun reads too. 🙂

First of all, the author of this book is incredible. I’ve had the blessing of hearing Wendy Watson Nelson speak several times and I have been inspired every time. So when she came out with a short book entitled, What Would A Holy Woman Do?, I couldn’t resist grabbing it!

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