No endings

How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Do Not Give Up – Ever

I have had days where I felt like giving up. They were horrible days. They were days when I felt too tired or too weak and I didn’t want to put in the effort. Failure only really happens when we fail to try. It’s not a good way to go.

When it comes down to it, we can do really, really hard things. People have been doing really hard things for a very long time. You just have to keep trying. Usually you surprise yourself with how much you can do.

Do not give up. Ever. Keep going. Life sometimes seems too hard–but it isn’t. When we have the help of God, we can do everything that is needful. We don’t ever, ever have to give up on ourselves. Or on others. He has provided a way.

Patience

Patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, from Continue in Patience

I am not really a patient person. I remember a friend telling me that I was patient once. I was pleased that she would think of me that way, but while I may seem patient at times, my thoughts are often worried about the future and the unknown. And there are time with my children when I just don’t seem to have any patience left in me.

How do we gain patience?

We have to let go of those things we can’t control. There is so much in life that we can’t control and it does us little good to worry about it. We instead focus on what we can control. We work towards worthwhile goals, keep a good perspective, and celebrate small victories. We find happiness in the journey, knowing that we will reach the destination sometime, but it doesn’t really matter when because we can be happy now. And we realize we don’t have to have everything we want in order to be happy.

We have to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around us and get more involved in serving and loving those around us. And we have to trust in God and know that He will take care of us.

It is easier said than done. I struggle, but I am working on it.

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This too shall pass.

This too shall pass.

This is my husband’s favorite quote, or one of them. At first, I didn’t like it because it seemed sort of negative. Everything will go away.

But it always helps me to remember to stay in the present, to know that my kids will only be young once; they will only perhaps do or say that adorable thing one time and that I will never get that moment back.

And it helps me to realize when times are hard that it won’t be forever. It will be for such a short time, and so I can endure for a moment. I don’t have to give up, but I can press forward knowing that the future is bright.