Praying this morning for the courage to get up- I felt a prompting to hunt down some new quotes to share.
“To me, courage is not a specific set of skills that can be taught. Courage instead is the combined elements of the human condition. These combined elements are composed of caring, compassion, service, kindness, and love.” –Byron Pulsifer,
“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.” –Brené Brown
“Truth be told, you will never really know just how strong and adamant you are unless adversity strikes. Then you learn courage, you build resilience, you learn to persevere, you build character. “- T Whitmore
“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
But there has been growth too. For instance, I took my younger 3 to Phoenix Comicon at the start of summer. Dealing with a crowd of several thousands took a lot of energy to stay calm, for all of them. And then we just crashed and I don’t remember the next day. But they all had fun in a learning sort of way. Big plans have already started for next year.
We have also been trying to finish the remodeling of house- it’s almost done- in spite of the heat. In the mean time, courage quotes keep me going…
“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” ~Michel de Montaigne
Tonight, in the care of family and loved ones, I am ready to start up my habit of posting courage quotes again…
“Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one. “ ~Lauren Raffo
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 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!
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.
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–
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
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.
Tender mercies for sure.
Because, so long and steep feels the mountain of life, that I find myself totally feeling like this one….
“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
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.