Man I love this man! :) I was just thinking today, how grateful I am for Kade in my life. He is such a rock and strength to me each day. He is so calm.....ALWAYS, and he never gets upset. He's got faith that I've never seen before. His phrase to me is always, "It will all work out". Which always reassures me that things will always and forever, be ok. He amazes me with his patience, and his love of the gospel. I love our discussions about the gospel, and about our Sunday lessons. Sometimes we will give our lessons to each other before we give them to the class, just to maybe bring out some other thoughts that hadn't come to the surface yet.
This past year has been a tough year for us, but we have grown together, even though its been hard. I think about all the hard times in our lives and how, those times are usually when we learn and grow the most and how lessons are learned that our Father in heaven wants us to learn. And then, when you think you've learned a lesson, he gives you another lesson to learn. And it continues throughout life. Our experiences are what make us the individuals that our Father in Heaven wants us to become. We learn to be submissive and humble, teachable. Sometimes when things are going so good, I think its harder to be humbled. I think so many times, we picture our lives a certain way, and then when we are faced with things that we didn't "picture" in our plan, we have to learn a new way of thinking. We may have to adapt to a new plan, but somehow, it all works, and fits into what was meant to be. As I teach my young women each week, I look into their faces and hope that they grasp this gospel with all their hearts, because if they don't have strong testimonies when they go out into this world, the trials that come their way may break them. Its such a critical time for them right now. We learn all of these principals when we grow up, but when we actually have to put them to practice in our lives, its a whole different ball game. The gospel is what we can rely on for that constant peace that we are searching for. One thing I've had to learn, is to trust God. I've had to just turn my life over to Him and have faith. I've had to trust that he knows me, and He has a plan for us and that He loves us so much, more than we can understand and He gives us hard things BECAUSE He loves us!
We truly could not comprehend anything in this life without trials. There would be no way to have even a glimpse of what the atonement is all about without trials. Its how the Lord connects with us. Its how He asks us to get to know Him better and to know our Savior, and sometimes we still don't accept this invitation because we often let bitterness and anger stand in our way of this beautiful gift! I'm so grateful for my Savior, for loving me enough to grant me this opportunity to live life, and to experience the joys and sorrows that give me the understanding that I need, to become who He wants me to become. Its never an easy thing and so many times I feel like I'm failing, but thank goodness we get that chance!
Life is good.........enjoy the journey......even the tough times.