Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cultivate Faith, Hope & Love ~

I have discovered throughout my life that being happy was a choice. My husband and I have had a life time filled with many adventures. We have had many good times and many difficult moments. We have lived in different areas and have had to move our family several times. Uprooting our family with those various moves was hard. I decided early on that I would be happy no matter where we lived. I often used the mantra that I would "bloom where I was planted." 

When we have had struggles financially, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally; I have walked by faith. I would move forward with one foot in front of the other with hope in our future. I have always had faith and hope in our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for us.

As I have grown through the years so has my love for others. I do love people and care deeply for Heavenly Father's children; my spirit brothers and sisters. 
I have tried to develop and cultivate faith, hope and love into my everyday life. 

Like everyone else, I do have my down moments; when life seems too hard; but I trust in the Lord and try not to let discouragement enter into my heart. I know where that source of discouragement and discontent comes from. 
My favorite scripture is found in Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths".

Here is one of my favorite stories that have increased my faith, hope and love. Enjoy~

A Summer With Great Aunt Rose~

by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
Second Counselor in the First Presidency


Debbie said...

you have great faith, attitude and strength of spirit leann. your love for life and people shine brightly!!!

i don't remember this picture, are you sure it's mine??!!

Marsha said...

I remember President Dieter Uchtdorf telling that story during Conference. Conference is such a blessing to us....along with faith, hope, joy and all other things that come into our lives from a loving Heavenly Father.

Denise said...

thanks for sharing this post, love you.

Christy Monson said...

Love Great Aunt Rose. Thanks for sharing your beautiful testimony of faith. Lots of love

Barb said...

Hi LeAnn~

You are always happy! But you are right, it is a choice to be happy, cheerful and positive. I love the song by, Janice Kapp Perry, "I Walk by Faith". It's always been one of my favorite songs -

I walk by faith, a daughter of heav’nly parents.
Divine am I in nature by inheritance.
And someday when God has proven me
I’ll see Him face to face.
But just for here and now I walk by faith.
Yes, just for here and now I walk by faith.

You are such a good example to me, and one of the most faithful, happy people I know! Keep the faith little sister!

Hugs and Love,

Susan Anderson said...

I so agree, and I love the story about Great Aunt Rose….the artwork is wonderful, too.


Debbie said...

did you change this image??? this one i remember!!! beautiful artwork and a lovely story!!!!


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