Tuesday, April 9, 2013

a solid foundation

it has been quite some time since i have taken the time to share on this blog. life has continued. my children continue to grow, bringing joy, laughter, purpose, focus, and humility to my life. we have been busy working and growing as a family.

we have had some frustrations, stress, and setbacks in the last few months as we have been trying to move forward professionally. money has been tight and i have felt that for each step we have taken forwards, we have taken two steps back. now, for those of you who know me well, i am not by nature a very patient person. not having immediate answers to what we are going to do and how we are planning for our future has been really hard for me.

but, i am learning. i know and understand that we experience hard things in life so that we can learn and grow. and i am trying to learn and grow. i am learning to take a step back and wait. i am learning that taking my frustrations out on my amazing husband does nothing to help the situation but only divides us and prevents us from working together and supporting each other. i am learning to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. i am learning that you can be happy in the midst of uncertainty and stress. and i am learning that being happy is always a choice.

we watched this mormon message for family home evening last night and i wanted to share.

mountains to climb

i know that my own struggles and trials pale in comparison to many. i also know that if we turn to the Lord in all things, He will give us peace and strength to weather any storm. our trials are most often not removed from us - not because He doesn't care about our hurt, pain, confusion, or fear. on the contrary, He cares very much about us. but He loves us enough that He wants us to learn and grow in strength and knowledge. He loves us enough that He experienced literally all the hurt, fear, pain, sorrow, confusion, and worry that we feel. and that is why He is our Savior. He has promised that we never have to walk alone down our long and hard paths. we can always turn to Him and find the peace, hope, and strength to weather all storms.

and that is the solid foundation that i have built my life on.


Sharon said...

great post, jen! i LOVE your family photo!!!!! it's adorable. we can't wait for your visit.

stone's eye view said...

Thanks for sharing.