Monday, June 2, 2014

Finding Joy in the Journey

Everyone's situation is different, and the details of each life are unique.  Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives.  There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, even glorious . . . We can be grateful!

All of His commandments are given to make blessings available to us.  Commandments are opportunities to exercise our agency and to receive blessings.  Our loving Heavenly Father knows that choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy and great happiness.

(Elder Uchtdorf)

Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances.  We must deal with them the best we can.  But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important - and what is most important almost always involves the people around us.  Often we assume that they must know how much we love them.  But we should never assume; we should let them know.

(President Monson)

We are reminded by the Lord to “Continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice, for behold,
and lo, I am with you, even unto the end.”  This short passage represents one of the most efficient statements of commandment and promise in all of scripture.

It offers three profound principles: First, to continue—to just keep going; second, to rejoice in that continuing; and finally is the marvelous promise that the Lord is with us now, always, and to the very end. It is a gentle reminder that all we have to do is “press forward” with joy to have the only promise we really need, that the Lord is with us.

(Elaine S. Marshall)

This Week's Challenge:   Look for the tender mercies this week and cultivate gratitude in your life.

Lesson taught by Christy Smith.

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