Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Start Rowing" & "Good Things to Come"

A friend of mine shared this video from Elder Holland called "Good Things to Come."...I cried. And you will too because I know we all have been there or are going through it now. Jesus Christ offers & promises us "better things," but for us to really appreciate them we have to go through those hard times. I am SO grateful to have gone through the times we've had so that I could be that much more grateful for the little things that I do have, not to mention of course my family who if I didn't have, all the riches in the world would have no value at all.

I also love this story in the Ensign called "Start Rowing" that I keep reading over and over. It compares us going through trials as sitting in a row boat with no wind. When things are going well it's like being in the boat with a swift breeze helping us along our way. But when the wind stops sometimes we just want to give up. Sitting in an overwhelming ocean makes it seem like rowing a little at a time is just too much work for a reward that seems unattainable.

The quote I loved the most that sums it all us is this:

“How often do we not DO more because we pray

for wind and none comes? We pray for good things

and they don’t seem to happen, so we sit and

wait and do no more. We should always pray for

help, but we should always listen for

inspiration and impressions to proceed in ways

different from those we may have thought of."
~Elder John H. Groberg

Oftentimes the blessings don't come right away & it seems like we are rowing over & over again with little to no success. We have to remind ourselves that when we fall to get back up again! I often say to myself I feel like I (or we) are RUNNING IN PLACE, or getting NOWHERE!...but hey at least we're running! But really we are getting somewhere. Even though we may not see it; He does. Heavenly Father is aware of us & our rowing and will bless us with the wind we need in due time.


Brian and Janette said...

One of my favorite mantras is, "Pray to God and row to shore." To me it means that we can certainly ask Him for help but we better keep working at it ourselves. Thanks for this beautiful reminder, Audra.

Ezra, Kian & Eden said...

I totally know that article! I love it too! It really spoke to me when I read it...I'm pretty sure I wrote about it in my journal!
Life is hard work...but it is certainly worth it! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I love this post and I know I was inspired to check your blog so I could see it at this very moment. I am feeling so down right now, Jeremy had a few nasty seizures today and I just felt so helpless. Also his job is no longer there waiting for him. It is just scary and overwhelming, but I know I just have to have faith and the wind will come and push us to where we need to be. Love you Audy, thanks for your sweet testimony.

A day in the life of the Campbell's said...

so thankful for your inspirational posts. I have to vting today and this is a good start...hope you had fun in Laguna!

kristal said...

Audra, can you just remind me every Sunday to come to your blog and catch up? I have been slacking at blog stalking this year and every time I come to yours I walk away better, and I wanna go do something great! I LOVE IT! I LOVE YOU!!! You're amazing!!!!!

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