This morning I was contemplating my journey. From where I am now it looks so different in perspective to the journey I had envisioned in my heart and in my mind.
The steep, rocky climb, I was expecting, turned out to be a peaceful walk through hills and valleys.  It definitely has it's hard terrain, but once I put a foot out to take a step, I could see light and knew I would be okay. Our success through challenges comes one step at a time.

I expected that this would be a long, cold, lonely journey. But, from my first step on the path I could see that I was in a beautiful place and that I was definitely not alone.

The Lord was the first one on my path.  I felt His love and I'm at peace knowing He is going before me, preparing the way and bringing comfort to calm my fears.  He is always there, even when I don't see Him, His light shines out and dims the darkness. The path before me is now full of light and hope. 

With Him I can do this!

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
 worketh for us a far more exceeding
 and eternal weight of glory;"
2 Corinthians 4:17

The next person reaching out to me on my path is my husband, lifting me up the steeper sections along the way, encouraging me and giving me hope.   Sad that it takes a life changing event to realize that I haven't fully appreciated him and the love he has had for me throughout these years.

He too, has always been there for me through everything, and now he is here holding on to me and letting me know that will walk this path with me. He gives me hope that I will soon step out of the darkness into the sunshine. The strength I feel from him is so comforting.

With him I can do this!

My family has been a shining beacon for me. So much love, support, personal prayers and encouragement. I find myself lifted spiritually after having visited with each one. My dear family reaching out to me daily. What a joy to know God blessed me with the most amazing family to walk this difficult road. Their love and support cannot be measured! For because of them, I am truly loved!!  They mean the world to me.

With them I can do this!

As with most things we do in life, so many people that I have interacted with through the years are praying for me, giving me their love and encouragements.  Friends from long ago and friends that are here now, friends that I've never met. If only we knew, a fraction of the amazing people, who are out there willing to give their love and support.  I have never felt so loved! 

With them I can do this!

"Love is the most powerful force in the world."
Elder Dallin H Oaks

Hope is not pretending that troubles don't exist. It is hoping that they won't last forever.  That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine. 

Heavenly Father blesses us through our difficulties.  We have to experience the difficult, the trials, the challenges to find the joy, peace and happiness that we all long for.

Our difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

With Him we can do this!