Sunday, July 21, 2013

Looking Back

As I sat in the Bishop's office today with my husband, I was touched by the spirit.  We were just chatting about this and that (Our Bishop is kind of like my Dad.) when something got brought up (no I don't remember exactly what) about when I wasn't living as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ.  The reason it touched me, is because it brought me such happiness to look back and see where I came from and what I have become.

Living life back in the day was hard.  I didn't think it was while I was living it, I just thought it was normal to have so much drama in my life.  I can't believe the difference from then to now.  Back then something was always happening, life was always falling apart, something was always the matter, and when you dealt with it the best you knew how, something else would take it's place.  It was exhausting.  Living life without the guidance of the spirit is draining mentally, and emotionally.  Like I said though, I didn't realize it then.

As I wake up everyday next to my sweet husband, I wake up with peace and so much love in my heart.  I have so much comfort in my life, even when things are hard.  Even when there is a struggle, it's not as big because I have the spirit to come to me and calm my thoughts, and bring clarity to my mind.  

I don't have drama in my life anymore.  Dave and I have the most amazing relationship, and the reason why is because both of us have chosen to live our life by the spirit.  We decided the day we got married that our choices would be based on what Heavenly Father wanted, and not what we wanted.  Because we made those decisions, we have had a beautiful, drama free, life.  

Has our life been easy?  Of course NOT! I mean, a month after we were married I almost died.  Then the entire first year of our marriage I lived in a Hospital bed.  Even with all of these trials, figuring out how to pay the medical bills, along with all of our other bills.  Dave still having to go to school for 8 hours a day and then spend the night on the couch at the hospital.  We still had stress, but we were comforted and knew it would be okay because we listened to the spirit. We allowed the spirit to enter our lives and show us the way.  

Life was anything but easy, but it was beautiful.  There was and still is so much love and happiness in our lives.  Dave and I both say that the 1st year of our marriage was the best.  We grew to love each other more than we ever thought possible because I was almost taken from him.  You find out quick out important someone is when they almost die.  You realize what's important and what's not, and you have a love develop that is unlike any other. It's unbreakable.

Because Dave and I have chosen (and yes it's a choice) to allow the spirit to guide basically every part of our lives, we have been so blessed, and have so much joy.  I can't believe I used to live any other way than this.  I made life so much more difficult than it ever needed to be.

Before the spirit, life was hard.  Life was tough.  It was so hard, and I didn't even have any major traumatic events happening.  It was hard just because I was making choices that didn't coincide with what my Heavenly Father wanted.  Yet all I needed to do was ask for him to come to me.  All I needed to do was put down my pride, say I was wrong, and beg him to save me.  I just wish I would have done it sooner.

Life is beautiful with the spirit.  Life is fun, and enjoyable, and easy.  I know what my Heavenly Father wants of me, and when I do it, he blesses me more than I could ever imagine.  He loves me so unconditionally, and wants so badly to bless me.  All I have to do is listen.  The same goes for each of you.

I promise you that if you will get on your knees and ask your Father to start guiding your life, your life will change.  It will become easier, clearer, and joyful.  All you have to do is ask.  He stands and knocks at the door.  All we have to do is let him in.

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