"The past is behind--we must learn from it. The future is ahead--we must prepare for it. The present is now—we must live in it." President Thomas S. Monson
Morgan is doing wonderful. The seizures are lessening significantly. She actually had a date this weekend with a very nice young man who has been her friend through all of this. He has asked her on a date for the past 8 weeks and she has continued to put him off and this weekend she finally felt confident enough to say yes. Of course I had to give him the run down of everything and make sure he had my cell phone number and make sure he did not let her out of his sight. He assured me they would be fine and he was okay with it. He is actually in school to become a physical therapist and works for a physical therapist 3 days a week so he is “perfect” date for her right now. They went to the Mesa Temple lights and I was a nervous wreck – but they returned safe and sound. They came back and watched a movie and she actually had a seizure while he was here and he was totally okay with it and even came back last night for dinner and to watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. She still has a long road of recovery ahead, but this is amazing progress.
God does hear and answer our prayers. Sometimes though we are wanting it all on our schedule on our time frame and that does not always happen. Or should I say that rarely ever happens. But I can testify that he hears them and although we may not have immediate resolve he will give us the peace and the strength we need to make it through. And he will answer our prayers at the right time. (unfortunately we do not always know when that right time is - but if we are faithful and continue to believe - he will answer them)
The Lord’s invitation to each of us is
“come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
I have taken the invitation and I have felt the peace and the rest. I have also felt the Lords hand in my life and I have felt the heaven's open and pour blessings upon me.
Yesterday as I spoke to one of my friends we were talking specifically about the things we have learned, the skills we have acquired and the strength we have gained from the experiences and trials in our lives. Looking back on some of the struggles I have been through I would not trade them. From each and every trial I have experienced, I have gained so much. So much of that makes me the person I am today. I am grateful for the person I have become and I am grateful for all that I have learned along the way. I know that my life will be filled with trials, but I also know it will be filled with much joy and happiness.
As I listened to Morgan talk the other day reflecting on one of her relationships with a friend I was impressed with the growth I saw in her and her ability to recognize what is healthy and what is unhealthy about their relationship. I know that this is a direct result of the growth she is gaining through this trial in her life right now.
She is beginning to get better. Remarkably better. But there is still a long ways to go. Maybe it has not been on the time frame I was hoping for, but I now can recognize it to be the time frame that she needs for complete healing to take place. It is the time she needs to become the strong person she will become as she rises above all of this.
During our entire time here on earth we will learn and grow. We will have trials and misfortunes. Be we will all have the ability to become stronger and better people from these experiences.
I know that I can see and feel the direct result when I have faith and I do not allow fear to overcome (which can happen so easily) I know I will be blessed with the strength and hope to face and overcome the trials and pains of this life.
The Lord has promised each of us -
“Be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you.”
God is our Father. We are His children. He loves us. He desires our happiness here in this life and for all eternity. At this wonderful time of year let us always remember that Jesus is the Christ. Through Him, we can find peace in this world.
I am so thankful for the blessings that I have felt poured over me in abundance and I am thankful for all the people in our lives who have continued to pray and support us through all of this.