LIFE BEGAN WITH LOVE.....DIVINE LOVE

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Life Began With Love...Divine Love

This Life Is A Difficult Journey

We have all experienced life enough to know that it’s hard!  And has been a difficult journey since birth.  There is a plethora of experiences that build us up and some that tell us, “You have been weighed. You have been measured. And you absolutely have been found wanting.”  (A Knights Tale)

Many of us will build walls and put up doors to try to protect ourselves from such experiences.

Anyone that has known me through the years, know that, because of my insecurities, I do not like to be in the spotlight for any reason.  So......because I have allowed myself to be found ‘wanting’ in so many areas, walls have been built to protect me.

I think for all of us, the hope is that through the years, we can grow out of our ‘brokenness’ and leave that world behind. But, out of no where, reminders come and we realize we are still vulnerable and unprotected from life’s experiences.

I feel I have grown in so many ways through my cancer challenge.  Gratitude to be on the healing side has been huge.  Blessings have come and I have gained strength in overcoming.

Having my hair begin it’s return has been such a blessing!!

Being without has been an interesting journey in itself. The challenge to feel confident in going amongst the masses sporting a ‘new look’ can be quite daunting.  Months ago, this challenge would have brought self judgment and tears only because, ‘how I looked’ mattered to me. It’s where I thought my value lie.


A Better Way

Needless to say, I have been through an in-depth training in ‘pride’ the last 8 months. I am opening myself to a better way and have allowed myself to surrender the natural tendency to feel ‘naked’ and ‘ugly’ in front of others and live without my normal fears and inhibitions.  

This change in my attitude has come because of a very special blessing that is available to all of us.....in fact we were born with it. We just don’t understand or remember that it was given to us before we came here to this earth.

You will remember in my last blog ‘Get A Life’, I talked about the importance of knowing our true identity....our divine inheritance.  Knowing we are a Child of God can change us in ways we never understood before. It can empower us with hope, direction and courage to do things we never would have done prior to that knowledge.

We can enjoy a better way and become magnified in our journey......as a Child of God.....with no limitations!

This knowledge is priceless!!!

Divine Love.....My Super Power

With the knowledge of being a Child of God comes another special gift....the love of Heavenly Parents.  

If I were to have a superpower, I would say that it was Divine Love.

This is how an Apostle of God explaines this love,  “Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount--that is the measure of God’s love for you.

He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love.  We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children.  He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.  God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.”  ~ Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Knowing I am loved by my Heavenly Parents is so powerful and so enduring.  It has strengthened me through some events that have had the potential to destroy me..... IF I didn’t open up to that pure and infinate love.

This last week I went out with my ‘new look’, with the purpose of serving the Lord.  I knew in my heart that it wasn’t about me and tried to focus on my purpose.  All went well and I wasn’t concerned until at one point something happened and I became the focus of everyone around.  A spotlight that lasted forever! I began to do my normal retreat behind my self fabricated walls, when I remembered.

I remembered I was loved by my Heavenly Father and my Heavenly Mother.  They knew my heart and they knew my desires.  With that love I was able to remember my purpose and immediately began to refocus on my service....I was there to bless the life of another.  I was able to stand strong and to wait confidently until things could move forward into their normal routine.

Magic happens when we can be filled with a love far greater than we know.  Our Heavenly Father and Mother never lose sight of our eternal potential even when we waiver. Their presence in our lives remind us that we are divine, that we are beautiful and more glorious than we can possibly imagine.

“The Lord is in the details of our lives, He knows us , He is mindful of us, He hears and answers our prayers. He wants to bless us. He Loves us, He truly loves us!” ~ Pres. Thomas S. Monson


Divine Love Is The Source Of Our Highest Bliss.

Love is the power needed to create our joy and become what we seek.

Only when I opened my heart to God’s love was I able to put aside my worldly inhibitions and feelings of inferiority.  With a larger purpose in mind I could feel God’s love for me....His Child.  This love became the source of my highest bliss and empowered me to love another and to desire to put them first and serve them with all my heart.

My concerns for myself forgotten.  I was lifted.

“Yea it is the love of God....[that]...is the most desirable above all things...yea, and the most joyous to the soul.” (1 Nephi 11:22-23)

When we are filled with God’s love, it changes everything: we can endure pain of any kind, it will quell our fears, anxieties, panic and distress.  We can forgive more freely and avoid contention.  God’s love renews our strength and distills upon our minds precious truths and answers our righteous petitions.

Our joy...our bliss, now and forever, is completely tied to our capacity to love.  Our lives as children of a loving God, will become filled through His love and our own loving hearts.  

Love will warm our hearts and our journey through this life will be joyful.

 

This Weeks Watercolor Painting:
Titled:  Running Away

We have all experienced life enough to know that it’s hard and we sometimes wish we could just run away from it all.  

When we are filled with God’s love, it changes everything: we can endure pain of any kind, it will quell our fears, anxieties, panic and distress.  We can forgive more freely and avoid contention.  God’s love renews our strength and distills upon our minds precious truths and answers our righteous petitions.

“Yea it is the love of God....[that]...is the most desirable above all things...yea, and the most joyous to the soul.” (1 Nephi 11:22-23)