Sunday, January 29, 2012

Do you believe it or not?

Wow! Sorry about the hiatus I’ve taken during the month of January. It’s gone by fast, and I must confess my days have been very busy, so busy that I’ve pretty much avoided any January blues. Yay!

A few years ago I was listening to a talk given by Sheri Dew. She was sharing a story about how her brother passed away unexpectedly at a young age. Of course these things are always tragic for those left behind, but the question she found herself asking was, “Well, Sheri, do you believe it or not?”

She was referring to the Plan of Happiness and all it entailed about life after death, etc. The thought has stuck with me in the years since then. It’s not only because I’ve had my own experience of losing someone I loved at a tragically young age but because the principle applies to so many other things in life.

I’ve specifically been thinking of blessings that I’ve been promised that haven’t come to pass yet. In those dark moments of doubt when I feel like throwing my hands into the air out of sheer frustration, I find myself asking, “Well, Tammy, do you believe it or not?”

Inevitably this causes me to take a step back and think carefully about the situation. In the end, it boils down to having faith in what Heavenly Father has promised me. Am I truly going to let myself doubt that?

Nope. Not a chance.

He will never break His end of a promise to me, as long as I’m fulfilling my end of it too. That means I have to do everything in my power to bring it to pass, knowing that it’ll happen when the time is right. It is a matter of faith. It is a matter of trusting in something I cannot see and which is out of my control. I personally don’t want to be caught in the trap of doubting when I should be trusting. I know it’s easier said than done, but in reality that’s what it comes down to.

Having this perspective has brought me a lot of peace in the last few months and has helped me find a strength I didn’t know I possessed. So, I will persist in doing everything I can and moving forward with faith, knowing that God will never go back on His promises.

2 comments:

Andersons said...

Love Sheri Dew, she's such a great example to all women!

rhonda said...

Thank you for sharing your intimate thoughts and expressions. I am grateful for this testimony you have just given about having faith in Heavenly Father and the promises He WILL fulfill to us if we do our part. I love you Tammy!