When it is dark enough…

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
 {Photo taken by my Dad when we were in the Grand Canyon a few years ago}
Sometimes life gets hard, and when you’re having a hard week, its an amazing thing to go to church and find out the entire theme of the day is just what you needed to hear! No joke! The Relief Society lesson, the Sunday School lesson, the talks in Sacrament meeting, and the special words the Bishop randomly decided to share with us all were just what we {husband and I} needed to hear.  
What a testimony builder that Heavenly Father really is there for us.  He knows us, He knows what we need, and He wants to help us. I feel so grateful for all that He has blessed me with. Christ really did suffer for not only our weaknesses and imperfections, but for our pains, our sufferings and the trials we face. He knows what we’ve going through and when we rely on Him as our Savior, He is there for us. I am so grateful for the Atonement. 
I’m inspired by Emerson’s words at the top. They really clicked for me when I heard them yesterday. It means that if the sun is always shining, you don’t get to see and appreciate the beautiful stars that are always in our lives, even if they’re not always visible to us.  I rediscovered some of those stars that are in my life by being reminded of the love of my Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. What a blessing trials are in our life.  They help us to refocus on the things that matter most, and learn the lessons that  we need to for the particular phase of life we’re in, right now.
Thank you Heavenly Father for knowing me well enough to choose what’s best for me, even if that means a trial I think I can’t handle. And thank you for loving me enough to give me these trials, and help me through them, because only through you can I accomplish them. 
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”
Philipians 4:13 
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