I loved so many aspects of this talk, but overall, I was grateful for the reminder that God doesn’t expect PERFECTION.
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After-all, God knew that all of us would fall short, and that is why He sent us the Savior, the one perfect person that ever lived.
And yet, when we make mistakes and mess up, it’s so easy for us to get down on ourselves and feel “unworthy.”
That is not what God wants us to feel.
God wants us to try every day to be a bit better, but if we fall short, we haven’t lost all of our chances.
I love this quote from Brother Wilcox’s talk that says ” Some mistakenly receive the message that they are not worthy to participate fully in the gospel because they are not completely free of bad habits. God’s message is that worthiness is not flawlessness.”
What a wonderful reminder to keep trying, have the goal and mindset to do your best! And even when we fall short, remember that “worthiness is not flawlessness.”
Also, I write this for you and for myself, remember to forgive yourself when you mess up, and move on.
Dwelling in our past mistakes and issues, never truly helps us move forward.
I hope you know how much Heavenly Father loves us. He always has and He always will.
When I asked my 6 year old son what he has learned about Easter he said “Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.”
My heart was happy knowing that there was a deeper meaning to Easter.
A deeper meaning that impacts all of us.
Christ’s atonement, His crucifixion, He suffered greatly for each one of us.
Because He loves us.
He had all power to stop his pain and suffering, and yet, He knew he had to endure the deepest and enduring pain and anguish… so that through His atonement we can have the chance to live with Him again.
And yes, we know our Savior was resurrected. He lives.
He continues to be there for us all if we but reach for him.
Yes Easter is much, much more than eggs and bunnies, it’s about remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. Remembering that he suffered for us all, and that He lives again.
Happy Easter to all!
And my hope is that we remember this often, not just on Easter.
As I write this post, I write it to remind myself, that despite all the difficulties and stressors around us, God wants us to have joy in life!
I have always loved this quote by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
This quote reminds us that there is light and happiness to be found in EVERYTHING, even those things that are hard.
In 2019, I had my sweet baby girl 5 weeks early due to a heart complication called WPW. Baby girl was fragile and small, and was on medicine around the clock to keep her heart in check.
I was nervous and scared in having to care for this sweet baby girl with monitors and oxygen on her at all times.
Just 5 months later after my baby was born, the world shut down due to the pandemic of Covid 19. The same week of Covid, here in Salt Lake, we experienced a 5.7 earthquake!
Stress settled in, fear took over my heart.
And I had my husband who was constantly reminding me to have “faith over fear.” And even more, my little kids were there to remind me that there is joy to be found in all the hardships we were in.
(below a picture of my cute kids during 2020 ages 4, 2, 6 months.)
Despite the difficulties through the year of 2020, my kids enjoyed building forts, driving past the cattle farms, coloring pictures, FaceTiming family….the list goes on.
Yes, my sweet little toddlers and baby reminded me that we truly are created to have joy. It’s inevitable that we will suffer trials and hardships. And yet, our Heavenly Father does not want us to wallow in our struggles.
Heavenly Father is just like any parent and wants us to enjoy all the moments of life that we can.
I am so thankful for this constant reminder in life.
Even more, I am grateful for sweet children who remind me to smile, have fun, and to enjoy life.