Today has been a very good Sunday so far. I went to church and felt spiritually fed. In Gospel Principles (Sunday School) we talked about families and the responsibility of the father, mother, and children. I am always strengthened as I listen to others comment and share their life experiences in the class. I also was reminded that we cannot control our children (as much as I would like to) but are here to be their guides, to teach them, and try to help them make good decisions BUT we cannot force them to do anything.
In Relief Society (the 3rd hour in which all the women meet) the lesson was on trials and enduring them. I shared the experience of when I was training for my first (and only) marathon. On a Saturday, as my husband and I were doing a long run, we experienced a lot of strong wind and had to run against it. At one point I sat down, cried, and said that I couldn't do it anymore. It was too hard! My husband encouraged me to get up and just finish. After a few minutes of feeling sorry for myself, I got up and finished the run, crying the rest of the way. As I look back on that experience I can relate it to life. We all have tough challenges that we face every day and some might seem too hard. We want to give up. But, we have the Savior there to help us along the way and encourage us to endure. Life is hard but the greatest reward is that we can be with our Father in Heaven and our family forever IF we just endure and make it to the end.
There was a sweet 86 year old woman visiting our ward (congregation) today. She has been taking lessons from the missionaries about our church. You can click HERE if you don't know anything about my church and are curious. I am going to stop by and visit her tonight. I made this card for her. Do you notice that I didn't use pink? I was very tempted though. LOL! I hope you all are having a WONDERFUL and PEACEFUL Sunday. I am grateful for you and the support you give me daily. Thank you all for being YOU! Even though we come from different backgrounds & religions we have very much in common. :)
On this card I used the saying Charity Never Faitheth which comes from the Faithful Sayings MPS stamp set. The saying is our Relief Society's Motto.