Friday, March 7, 2014

Rebuilding the City!

Last week we were finally able to get wireless internet again.  After the installation guy left, my 12-year old Jackson said, "It's as if a tornado hit our lives, and we're building the city back up again… step by step."

I stopped what I was doing and looked over at him.  I looked into his eyes.  I could see depth.  He understood the difficulty of the way, but he understood so much more… He gave a slight smile and slowly nodded his head as if to say, "God is taking care of it all."  

A few weeks before, as we walked to the beach as a family, Jackson expressed gratitude for the difficult way that things took place in our lives in the months before we left Michigan.  In fact he wanted to thank all those involved in that trial!  He could see that those trials led to greater blessings in our lives.  

What a testimonial to him for the rest of his life that God really does turn all our trials (no matter how long or how fiery) to our greatest good and our greatest eternal happiness.  We have had some very interesting conversations with Jackson lately.  He has been receiving revelations, premonitions, and dreams for his own life so personal and sacred that I cannot even share them.  What does all this mean?  

In his "Mountains to Climb" talk in 2012, President Eyring said:

"If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace. We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up.10 And He always keeps His word."

I have seen great, spiritual growth in my children's lives as a result of our increased effort to endure our financial devastation.  I have so much to learn!!  (This is how I found Mariah yesterday morning… what a joy!)

The spiritual growth of my children is what I live for… it's what I strive for… I have covenanted with my Heavenly Father to give my all to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I thank HIM for the blessings that come from trials. 

I am not yet prepared to ask for more trials…we'll always have them…but again I'm grateful for the blessings and miracles which come as we choose Jesus Christ and HIS gospel.  God is the giver of the GREATEST blessings of all.