Monday, January 17, 2011

The Love of God

When we feel alone, when we feel unloved or unlovable, we can turn to these words of an apostle of Christ:

“God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.
He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us…

• “I testify that God is in His heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you” (“The Love of GOD, DIETER F. UCHTDORF, OCTOBER 2009 GENERAL CONFERENCE).

I’m so glad that Father loves me- no matter how flawed or broken I am.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Kitchen Sink

I just had a visit from a friend who has been going through some very difficult times in her life. She told me of an experience she had this morning and then gave me a gift. She had been praying for peace and to feel settled about a huge, possibly devastating issue, and then listened to my CD about turning hard times into holy places.
“My kitchen sink is now a holy place for me.” She said.
The Spirit had touched her as she did dishes at the sink, and she connected that to being a holy place. She presented me with a baton, which represented something from my CD.
It was so sweet, and I was thrilled that she had received the peace she desperately needed. It made my heart happy to hear the calm peace and assurance in her voice. Of course, my friend’s troubles are not over and the current issue is far from corrected, but she has the Spirit to help her go forward. I am so grateful for a loving Father who will help us through the seemingly impossible trials in our lives.