Saturday, November 8, 2008

HOPE...such an incredible word!


I have been reading blogs...(duh) and it has been so cool to read some blogs where they are finding something to be thankful for EVERYDAY or everytime they post. I'm not sure for how long...if it's just for November or just until Thanksgiving or what? But I love it nonetheless...don't you just love words like that...nonetheless...all written together? I do.

Well I'm not one to stick with something, but I can add my two cents and contribute to telling you what I'm thankful for. I pride myself in being a well-rounded person (no pun intended)--I love to laugh, I'm known to cry, and I'm only crazy 3/4 of the time...the other times...

Here is the OTHER times...

I'm thankful for my religion. For the gospel I'm lucky to have in my life...and the thing I am most thankful for about the gospel, I so love...is the hope that comes with it.

I couldn't begin to say in words how I feel, but when I re-read this talk given in the last General Conference we had (Oct. 2008)--well he explains it SO much better!

So as not to massacre what I would like to relay, here is an excerpt from that talk "The Infinite Power of Hope" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Second Counselor in the First Presidency:

The scriptures say that there must be “an opposition in all things.”15 So it is with faith, hope, and charity. Doubt, despair, and failure to care for our fellowmen lead us into temptation, which can cause us to forfeit choice and precious blessings.

The adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul, and deadens the heart. Despair can seem like a staircase that leads only and forever downward.

Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a world of relativism, confusion, and of fear.

And if that isn't cool enough...if that doesn't make you picture exactly what HOPE should be or mean in your life...this should clinch it for you:

Hope is not knowledge,17 but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future.18 It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.

In the language of the gospel, this hope is sure, unwavering, and active. The prophets of old speak of a “firm hope”19 and a “lively hope.”20 It is a hope glorifying God through good works. With hope comes joy and happiness.21 With hope, we can “have patience, and bear . . . [our] afflictions.”22

HOPE...I am SO thankful for HOPE. With the trials and tribulations that chip at me and mold me into who I am...there is NO WAY the sharp edges and angles could be buffed away by anything other than HOPE. Someday I HOPE to reach the potential of the master piece I can become.

Love,

Shelle

P.S. Get your POST ready for Don't You Hate It When tomorrow...because look what you could WIN for the month of November!



This beautiful Quilt (just started, yet to be completed) that Kritta22 is making over at Protect and Provide ...And a $25.00 gift card from -------------

16 comments:

Kritta22 said...

Look at how awesome that picture is! Doyou have photoshop or what? You are so talented cuz I know that picture didn't look that great. It makes the quilt look really cool! You should pre-post your Don't you hate it when...for Monday at 12am with Mr. Linky so I can put it up before I go to bed!

I LOVE Pres. Uchtdorf! He is amazing! I LOVE the talk he gave at Women's Broadcast this conference. It made me cry!

Kritta22 said...

Will you link me up to your Mr. Linky? By the time I get up in the morning for school....holy crap!!! Do you realize that tomorrow is Sunday?? Crap!! Now I have to re post it! Okay...don't take note of these comment...I'm going to go to bed now that I have wasted an hour with my hubby writing that story! Write you tomorrow!! :) (PS I'm a dork!Like you didn't already know that!)

devri said...

Great post. I just posted on the same thing. it must be in everyones heads.

Sher said...

I have really been having one of "those" mornings, and this is why I love blogging so much. I feel like garbage, and I come onto people's blogs and immediately I am uplifted.
Thanks for writing this post just for me. Sorry, to all your other readers who have be patient while you tell ME just what I needed to hear!
THANK YOU!!

McEwens said...

If we only truly understood what we have! I am grateful for what I know to be true! We had Elder Eyring in conference! HOW cool was that!

Motherboard said...

That talk was my most favorite one this conference... HOPE. Sometimes that's all we have, is hope. Hope that things WILL be better.

I love your blog. Even if I don't comment-- I'm reading over in lazy world-- It rocks!

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Awesome post. I really needed that today. I have been feeling hopeless the last few weeks with all the troubles in the world. All day today I tried to find all the good. It made such a difference.

Gram would be so proud of this post :)

Palmer Family said...

Hey you, I sorry I haven't commented in a while! You seem to keep busy. Shannon said that you might be comming this way. We all should get together. I love your blog it is so entertaining! We will also be down over Thanksgiving weekend so maybe we could get together then? Let me know!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Hope is such a beautiful gift we've been given. Heavenly Father is so merciful toward us!

I love your fun, sarcastic, goofy side, but I love seeing this side of you as well!

Aubrey said...

I am thankful that you reminded me everything I need to be thankful for! Great post for the start of the week!

Annie said...

Great post!

Emily said...

Oh my goodness, that quilt is beyond beautiful.
HOPE, Post coming your way.
I love your writing and LOVE your photos. Found you on Candid Carrie.

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

WOW, I loved this. I think that you and Devri must be on the same page because of what just happened to our country!
And isn't it interesting that this talk would be given just recently. I guess a prophet of God would know what we need to hear just at the right time!
Thanks so much for posting this!
I enjoyed reading it again!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Hope is my favorite word.

That was lovely.

manic mariah said...

Hope is by far my favorite word. Hope is what keeps me going

binks said...

That was lovely. I feel the whole sharp edges & buffing thing. So true.

I should have pre-posted those contest entries. Kritta, what a good idea.
I will be playing next week, that quilt is sweeeet!
Now, to go back and read all the entries. Well, after the 87 posts to catch up. ;)

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