Tag: tender mercies

God will order and provide

About two weeks ago I was so distressed over the disorder and chaos in my life. All week, as I walked the dogs I memorized a poem, actually a poem set to a hymn. It has become my mantra because it was one of the tender mercies of the Lord given to me one fretful Sunday morning. I worked on memorizing it all week — Be Still My Soul Be still my soul: the Lord is on they side.  With patience bear they cross of grief or pain.   Leave to thy God to order and provide. In every change he faithful will remain. Be still my soul: thy best, thy heavenly friend  Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Gene returned from another trip to Mexico, a 5-day trip where he drove our 10 year-old Yukon for 10 hours down to Alberto (for him to keep) and then he had to fly to Mexico City and spend precious money to visit a dirty filthy landfill. Then they flew to Hermosillo, Mexico for more business talk, and then home via Phoenix, Arizona, arriving at 7 p.m. All day, I went over our work on the taxes, after an audit of three years that resulted in the IRS saying we owe them what amounts to the price of a home. It was our 34th wedding anniversary. I went to bed early,...

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Finding My Perspective

No need to describe all the trials, but my sister and I were comparing.   At the end of our conversation she said, “well let me know if you figure out how to handle all this.” I don’t know the answer, but shared with her my most recent eye-opening understanding of my early morning scripture reading. It seems God does not always deliver us from our trials.  Even when we are doing everything right. Nephi’s brothers tied him up when they were in their “ship” on the sea, headed for the “promised land.”  They wanted to kill him.  Nephi was suffering, his wrists were all bloody, and the sea got crazy and rough–like in that movie, “Joe versus the Volcano.” Everyone prayed, mom and dad, the other siblings, and yet things just got worst. And God did not stop all this affliction for Nephi.  He was doing everything right too. Finally his brothers untie him and the compass begins to work again, the storm now stilled. But Nephi had to endure all those days and nights of hardship and affliction and pain. And yet he talks about this event– saved from a watery death–as a tender mercy from the Lord. What?  He almost died. It was terrible. We just have to look at things differently, I told my sister. I must see how merciful the Lord is to me–I sold...

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Tender Mercies

  Today I canceled my trip to Hawaii, well the expensive hotel anyway.  The air is on frequent flier miles, so I am still thinking we can go, even for a few days, use some points at the Marriott. Yea, right after we moved my husband’s work changed.    He is now consulting for the consultant that has his job.  That’s a head scratching dilemma.  We will leave it at that, as I am still exercising faith that it will somehow all work out for the better. In the not too-distant future that is. It was going to be our...

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When Things Seemingly Go Wrong….

Sometimes when things go wrong, they may be right.I read the book by Enzio Busche, Yearning for the Living God.This was an enjoyable book, easy to read, and uplifting with many stories from his life.As I read his book I learned to be more aware of the hand of God in my life, and that many times, things which seem to go wrong are actually the course that does the most good.For example, last year, Ephraim and I had an interesting experience.He  had been preparing for his mission, one item which included the task of sending his passport, with his visa application and 4 pictures to the Salt Lake City Church office buildings. In his excitement to get it all done he neglected to put a stamp on it. This he realized later that day, several hours after the mailman had picked it up.We had just arrived at the dermatologists office and passing a mailbox–Ephraim said to me, “I forgot to put a stamp on my envelope to the mission.”I thought he was kidding, but realized that this was no joke. I reached for my cell phone, called my other son, Hyrum at home, and explaining the situation, asked him to drive around the neighborhood to look for our mailman.He was most cooperative, and I went back to the dermatologist and waited it out.The call came and Hyrum explained...

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