Saturday, September 3, 2016

Checking in Again with Hope


Checking in again...  it's been a while.



What busy blessings we have been busy with!!  Missions, Marriages, and Babies.

In the past four years, we have had three daughters serve missions.




It was so incredible to watch each of them grow, stretch, and become while on their missions. Missions are great, but they aren't easy. Each of our daughters had moments when they theoretically walked through their own Gethsemane. What awesome growth came through their experiences! It was also the greatest mother moment ever, when they each returned  home! 

 We also in the past year and a half , had 3 daughters get married.



 The weddings were beautiful!! Each one I learned a little bit more about  weddings and how to plan them! More importantly though, it was special to prepare my daughters for marriage and marriage covenants.

The Young Woman Theme is actually reciting in my head...
"...we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation."

                                           There is a collective "YES"  enthusiastically spoken by all mothers who have nurtured their children toward these gospel milestones. The real cheering happens when those children in turn, choose the path that leads to the temple and to covenants on their own, and have chosen the person most likely to help them achieve it all.



And in the past year, we have had our first 2 grand babies born. 


I have come to know that  THIS is what life is all about, THIS is what matters, and THIS is my joy! That joy which gives me so much hope!

I have been pondering the Christ-like attribute of HOPE lately and what it is exactly and how to live with hope.

As I sat down to write this long over-due post, I kept having analogies of a rusty old bike and how it relates to hope. (RUST is good by the way...it's our last name)

I feel like that rusty old bike sometimes. I've been through some trials, I'm a  little out of shape spiritually some days, a little broken and in need of the Savior, and a little worn out. I wonder if I can keep up with what is expected of me, and in some cases, still do what I once did before? 

Through the Savior and His Atonement He can take the rusty old bike side of me, and make me radiant and new again.

 "Hope is an abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promises to you. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance. It is believing and expecting that something will occur. When you have hope, you work through trials and difficulties with the confidence and assurance that all things will work together for your good. Hope helps you conquer discouragement. The scriptures often describe hope in Jesus Christ as the assurance that you will inherit eternal life in the celestial kingdom.
There is a wonderful talk by Neil A. Maxwell , Plow in Hope, Ensign May 2001

  This talk is full of incredible quotes that could make a great quote book. Each quote paints an interesting and faithful picture in our mind.  The title of Plow in Hope is interesting enough and intriguing to our senses. Here's a few quotes that touched me:
"...the world is “in commotion,” but the kingdom is in forward motion as never before! (see D&C 88:91; D&C 45:26). Its distinctiveness is being more sharply defined by adverse trends in the world, where traditional values are not fastened down by the rivets of the Restoration. They are sliding swiftly" 
"Yes, we have unprecedented mass entertainment and mass communications, but so many lonely crowds. The togetherness of technology is no substitute for the family. "
  "The Lord is always quietly refining His faithful people "
"Since faith in the timing of the Lord may be tried, let us learn to say not only, “Thy will be done,” but patiently also, “Thy timing be done.” 
"Failure to serve the Master in small ways estranges us from Him" 
"Given the “fierceness” Christ endured for us, we cannot expect a discipleship of unruffled easiness. " 
"...let us not, as some do, mistake the chips we have placed on our own shoulders for crosses" 
"If, like the Savior, we do not “shrink,” then we must go with the demanding flow of discipleship, including where the tutoring doctrines of the Master take us. Otherwise, we may walk with Jesus up to a point, but then walk no more with Him " 
Thus within the discipleship allotted to us, we are to overcome the world, to finish the work we personally have been given to do; to be able to partake of a bitter cup without becoming bitter; to experience pouring out our souls; to let our wills increasingly be swallowed up in the will of the Father; to acknowledge—tough though the tutoring trials—that, indeed, “All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” 

I don't know all the ways that this talk may touch you, I just know it will. So I hope you decide to experiment upon the word today and read it. It's a great one.