So, today wasn’t my favorite day.
It seems like our plans are dancing the Cha-Cha. Which makes us so super proud of our children and how they are choosing to handle these upsets alongside us.
No parent wants unforeseen upsets to come their children’s way. But once they pass, we can usually see the good those experiences taught them. So I trust our Father in Heaven knows why we are going through these challenges too. And that we need them!
So much so, He has lovingly provided us with exactly what we need for now: a safe place to sleep, a vehicle to help us not have to take the RV every place we need to go, plenty of affordable & good food to eat, clean clothing at our disposal (we have a washer and dryer in the RV), and talents & skills to be able to bear living in this manner.
We trust that this experience won’t last forever, so we find solace that “this too shall pass,” so we should enjoy it while it lasts. But this unique attitude doesn’t mean our life is easy.
We feel disappointed and frustrated, irritated and a bit jaded. Paul and I have always lived honestly and with a strong work ethic. So it is painful to be told that because we “don’t have a work history” (i.e. – current paycheck) we are undesirable renters. Ouch!
That is where this week’s favorite scripture from our CFM reading is a balm to my soul.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.Helaman 5:12
We trust that the experiences we are having are uniquely crafted to allow us to become more like our Father in Heaven is. And without these trials, how else would we possibly learn to be so humble, so patient, so hopeful (despite harsh criticism), and so full of love and gratitude toward those who are serving and supporting our family at this time?
There’s more to this than we can fully understand right now, and that’s okay. For now, we are blessed to know that we are seen, heard, and not forgotten by our God, for He shows Himself in the most precious of ways. . .
like in finding the tiniest caterpillar and watching it move,
or being able to hold a tiny baby bunny,
or catching fish right before dusk, or having a homeschool plan already to go – no matter where we might currently live!
There are so many more blessings than these few. I learned to make my own list by listening to this talk – https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1974/10/do-not-despair.
We love you! Chin up!