I have experienced darkness; I know how cold, black and lonely it can be. I have knelt many times in Prayer to plead for the light, to find my way, to be forgiven, to feel His love and to be healed by Him. I have plead for His healing balm when my husband and children have had struggles, at the bedside of children and grandchildren that have been seriously ill, when I have lost loved ones in death, and when I myself have felt the sting of sin, the need for forgiveness and the touch of the Master's hand. I have found light in his tender mercies and his healing balm. I know that Christ is the way and the Light. I have felt His abiding love for me during this walk of life.
I will follow Him, my Savior, my Redeemer, the Prince of Peace, and our Advocate with the Father.
At the beginning of the year I choose a word to live by; that word is Hope. As I listened to speakers during our LDS General Conference this past weekend. I found a great assortment of hope in their messages. Here is a list of what I observed.Hope in The Atonement of Christ -
Hope in being Obedient -
Hope in the Spirit of the Holy Ghost -
Hope in the Priesthood -
Hope in Service -"If you love your children go serve the Lord"-
Hope in Christ's Word - "Feast Upon The Word's of Christ" -
Hope in who you really are - "You are a Beloved Daughter of Heavenly Father -
Hope in my role as a Daughter of God -
Hope in building a Christ Centered Home -
Hope in Peace - "Christ is the Prince of Peace"-
Hope in Miracles -
Hope in the precious Gift of Agency -
Hope in the Gift of Repentance -
Hope in the Gift of Forgiveness -
Hope in my belief which leads to Hope in Conviction -
Hope in Following Christ -
Hope in Christ my Redeemer - "He is Risen"-
Hope in being a Disciple of Christ - "Come Follow Me"-
Hope in the Lord's love and acceptance of me -
Hope in the Lord's Blessings in my life -
Hope in the blessings of the Sacrament -
Hope in Temples and Covenants -
Hope in Chasity and a return to Virtue -
Hope in Marriage and Families -
Hope in being a missionary - "Every Member A Missionary"-
Hope in the Light radiating from the Savior -
A few comforting thoughts by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd counselor in the 1st Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Here is a short video of his message entitled: "The Hope of God's Light". A full video of his talk can be found here.
"Darkness exists but do not dwell there; choose to radiate light and serve others".
"God's light is real; it has the power to heal."
Walk in the light; become the person you were designed to be."
"Darkness can not stand against the Savior's love."
A thought from Greg Olsen in the book entitled: "Walk With Me"; "Christ reminds us that He has weathered the storm for us and trod the rocky path in our behalf so that we may have joy here and now...He is the Living Water that flows with pure love and carries us to that transcendent place of peace and happiness. With Christ's perspective, we can experience heaven, not only as a distant hope on the horizon but as one sanctuary moment by moment."
Art by Greg Olsen~In my life I know that Christ is the light, the truth and the way - I desire to follow Him; to do his Will and to Serve Him with all of my heart, mind and soul. He is my Living Water and my Daily Bread.