Courage quotes

On Becoming Superman

It’s  4:30 am, Tuesday Morning.

This has been the most amazing of hard weeks in many ways.  But this morning, I am only thinking of one of them.  Today is the hinge-point of a new adventure.  Over 2 years ago,  my 21 year old and I started the paperwork for him to express his desire to serve a mission.

And then we waited.

And waited.

And while we waited, of course, more life kept happening all around.  School.  His sister’s scoliosis surgery. And lots of learning.  Learning to handle the red tape of new paths, learning to let the pain go of watching peers younger that him go on their mission-and come home 2 years later, learning to grow thru and in spite of medical needs,  learning to keep going thru trials, and stay steady while waiting on the timing of the Lord.  I admit, sometimes it was harder for me than for him, we kind of traded back and forth on that one.  And then all at once, about a month ago, things started to move forward and we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Even then, tho- there was no visibility of the path, things were still open-ended as we moved thru the steps of a not-quite-fully-defined gateway to the new Young Church Service Mission.  Then even more suddenly- like the frost on a cold window- everything came together all at once; and he had the final interviews, finished papers, calling and setting apart all in the last 2 weeks- and he starts his mission TODAY!!!  Yikes!

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So my dear son, I hunted down some courage quotes for the 2 of us to start the day with…

Remember, sometimes the Lord asks us to  “not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This is the path of the Trailblazer, the life of the strongest of heroes. And I’m afraid much of the time, it’s our lot in life.  The path of learning to become a superhero is never easy- it is much closer to bootcamp, for the Lord is making warriors.
But He doesn’t leave us to wander lost.  “Our Heavenly Father did not put us on the Earth to fail, but to succeed gloriously.” (Richard G. Scott)
So, just like Father Lehi in the Book of Mormon, The Lord has given us access to helps along the way.  Scriptures, Personal Promptings, and even our Patriarchal blessing are like our own Liahonas- guiding us through life’s dangers.
Neither does the Lord ever ask us to be completely alone.  Jesus has been on our path before us, and has sent us family and companions here and there to stand by us. Hold tight, we will make it together.
And remember- as we move forward, “we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass.”  (President Thomas S. Monson)

I am so proud of you, my son.  Your kindness and steady strength will see you thru many things.  Keep hold of your courage.  This will grow into a great adventure.

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Sunday Morning Courage

Last week was one for the record books in hard for me.  It wasn’t any one thing- but more like a mountain of daily life poured into a funnel too small to hold it, mixed liberally with car troubles and my own anxiety attacks….in fact, much of the time, it seamed as if all the powers that be were trying to keep us from having the courage to move forward.  And yet, here we are.  Sunday Morning’s early light is peaking in the window and I find myself contemplating about daily miracles and courage.  So I looked up some of my favorite courage scriptures to start the day–

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1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. — Psalms 46
4 Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. -Ezra 10:4
16 ¶Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.
22 For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake:
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
24 Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you -1 Samuel:12

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Ponderings on a Friday Night

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It’s been a very heavy week this week; seriously tired.  So praying has been minute by minute – mostly for the strength to hang on and move forward.  Then this afternoon, I had a really long talk with my oldest.  He has been so struggling too; but today we felt so connected and, well, having each other’s back- so to speak.  And it was so good.

Sometimes miracles are the quietest of things, and yet they still have the power to be a hinge that life turns on.  Like the hugs from your adult sons.

So I’m going to bed with this scripture tonight.

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He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Ready to take on the weekend.

Tender mercies for sure.

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Sunday Night before School, Courage Quotes

I ran across an old post full of courage quotes.  The lift they gave me reminded me that I need to get back into the habit of lifting my spirits with scriptures and courage quotes.  So I went hunting this evening, and I found that I couldn’t pick just one…  I guess you’ll have to enjoy me doing a bit of a collage of courage quotes.
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First- this one seemed to talk to me personally and profoundly—
“Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.”- Saint Francis de Sales
And when considering my faults….
“You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.'”- Maya Angelou

Because, so long and steep feels the mountain of life, that I find myself totally feeling like this one….

“Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all. “-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
But then I found these quotes- they will probably end up on the bathroom mirror for this month…..
“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. “-Barbara de Angelis
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”- Winston Churchill
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”- Orison Swett Marden
So- as you and I get ourselves ready to try to get enough sleep to take on a Monday morning of extremely normal proportions, here is  some final thoughts to take with us in our prayers and dreams…
“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. “-John F. Kennedy
“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility. “-Thomas S. Monson
  “Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded… for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach… any more.”- Isaiah 54 :4IMG_2151
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Saturday Night Courage Quotes

I have been doing a lot of pondering here and there (especially in the car, for some reason- it’s my ponder place)  about the power of adversity, Sometime I will have to find the time and space to write more about it.  In the mean time- I found I needed some courage quotes.  So here’s a few quotes that really resonate with me tonight.
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“I really believe in the old expression that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s through adversity that you find the strength you never knew you had.” -Christie Brinkley

“In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser and happier as a result.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Many of the lessons we are to learn in mortality can only be received through the things we experience and sometimes suffer. And God expects and trusts us to face temporary mortal adversity with His help so we can learn what we need to learn and ultimately become what we are to become in eternity.” -David A. Bednar
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A Warrior Mom’s gift to Color

I made the mistake once, of telling someone that I hated Mother’s Day. I was hurting, and hoping for some comfort, but instead got a lecture about how it gives families a chance to show their mother how much they are grateful to them.  Well, the years roll on, and my awesome family makes the effort to tell me every. single. day. how much they love me and are grateful for the things I do.  I’m good now, tho I still don’t expect get a traditional “normal” day, with the trappings and cards. Perhaps because of these things,  it has been on my heart all week, to give a card, instead of getting one.

So I drew up this coloring page and wrote a poem for you— all my loved ones and friends; Whether we are young, old, with families or not- we care for each other, putting us all in this boat of life together.  Feel free to pull off this picture and take it with you to color and get silly with, whatever you like.

I Love You.

SuperMoms

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“Fear Not”

Just needed to hunt down my list of first aid scriptures today.  Here is today’s selection.

Isaiah 43:1-2
1 “O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

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Fall break- 2015

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Like Me?

My sweet TeaRose has had a cold this week, T- Jan 2016on top of everything.  Finally on Thursday, I let her stay home from school.  During one of our cuddles to get past a meltdown moment, she turned to me and asked,

“Did Jesus have Scoliosis like me?”

What? (think fast, think fast)- “Um- why?   Have you been talking about Christ in Seminary?”

“Yeah”- and she went on to say they had been talking about where it says He takes all our infirmities upon himself.

Ahh–  So we talked a bit about how it would take a thousand lifetimes to live out all the worlds different weaknesses and pains and illnesses, not even counting the mistakes– if he had to take them in real-time… he couldn’t do that- so in the Garden, it was poured out and sped up fast-forward, which I think is immensely harder to bear, but necessary to get it all in.  So I told her, No- even tho he did have normal stuff growing up, he did not have everything, and scoliosis was likely one of the things he experienced in super-speed at the end; but he did feel it all- he knows how she feels.

It was a good and comforting conversation.  These kids of mine think deeply often enough that it doesn’t really surprise me anymore.  Then she was back to her regular wear (so to speak) little girl self.

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Amazingly enough, tho’ not really;  the very next day this lovely talk by Elder Holland came up in my facebook feed.  It fits so perfectly, that I need to end here with the link to it– enjoy- I hope it lifts your spirits like it did mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGvAQQ8wLNE

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a little courage quote for today

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It’s been a very hard hill to climb this week; but I woke up early today, and clear headed- which is a gift.  So I looked up a courage quote to share…

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.”
Victor Hugo

It goes with my ponderizing scripture for this week…

1 Chr. 28: 20
…, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

Hope you all have a good wednesday.

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When “she is shaken of a mighty wind”

Revelation 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

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Sometimes my kids ask me why things have to be so hard.  I have a couple answers for that one.  Sometimes they are willing to listen to my analogies and parables; sometimes, there is nothing less to say than the Lord isn’t interested in raising wimps as his children, he is raising warriors- and  that is not an easy thing to do.  I am grateful the hard times come in seasons, not all the time.  On the other hand, this has been one of  the hardest summers of record for me.

Last school year was tough.  Especially for my TeaRose and myself.  By Spring we were both shaking in our souls and wondering if it was worth the pain.  Then in April, we found out she had also developed Scoliosis- bad enough for surgery.  In spite of knowing extended family with this condition, I realized I knew very little about it …back to research mode, and all the panic involved with planning for one of the most major surgeries that Orthopedists (bone doctors) do.  And how would Autism affect the whole process?

July finally came.  I had found a wonderful support site with good info, and so my bags were packed.  The freezer was filled for everyone at home, and my Daughter and I were checked in to the Children’s hospital for what I knew would be the rest of the week.

Then suddenly, all the planning stage was done, and off she was gone- into the operating room- and I was alone in the waiting room.  Later that day, while browsing the Scoliosis site- another Mom looking forward to sitting in my shoes soon asked me a question online.  She said “Can I ask how long she was under anesthesia? And what you did to stay sane?”

Well- the answer is something rather remarkable, so I am copying it here…

I had to get her up at 4:30 this morning for the drive to the hospital. We checked in at 5:30 and she officially got started (with me sent to the waiting room) at 7:30am– they told me that first they started the IV anesthesia, then they have a specialist who has little needle probes that he puts in all over the extremities and such, and they can actually monitor the weak electrical signals running thru the nerves from the spine and he watches to tell the Doc if anything changes while he moves the bones– that info right there helped a lot toward the staying sane part. I am very grateful for modern breakthroughs and learning. Then I just had to wait and wait.  And wait.  The surgery itself was about 4-1/2 to 5 hours, depending on whether you count their cleanup time before they came and got me.  Somewhere during this time, I suddenly realized that I had left hubby with a house full of high functioning spectrum teens (and a little sister) to take care of each other for a week. :O   I actually slept for about a half hour or so, since I hadn’t slept at all last night (duh) but just when I thought I couldn’t stand it, something happened.

I met another parent of a child in surgery- this was a dad whose 14 yr old son had been punched for unknown reasons by a stranger 20 yr old during the 4th of July- and it broke the kids jaw which was having to be surgically fixed.  This dad was heart broken.  My heart just was overcome with the need to comfort and pray for him, and in the caring for this stranger/fellow parent waiting during the unknown time of the waiting room, and helping him in his burdens;  I forgot how nervous I was.  In fact, I was utterly calm- even about the rest of my family at home.

It was a moment of gratitude for the blessings I suddenly realized I had.  🙂 Funny how life works that way.

Summer was still hard- but each evening we found with surprise that we had made it thru just a little bit better.

So sitting here in the hospital room with my daughter the second time, as we wait for the IV antibiotics for a blip in our recovery progress- I finally have finished writing this up. So I’ll leave with some more scriptures I hunted up that helped me get thru the rest of the summer.

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Deuteronomy 32:

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

12 So the Lord alone did lead him.

Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

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Psalm 18:In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire

15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

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