Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Change . . .

We are making changes in our lives each day. I received a newsletter in the office a few days ago that talked about changing our thoughts. It talked about how we need to learn to face our problems and then try to find the best way to overcome them.

We read in Luke 1:37 "
For with God nothing shall be impossible". Our Heavenly Father knows each one of us personally. He has a plan for each of us. And He won't give us more than we can handle. We need to ask for His help. Do you remember the picture of Christ knocking on a door. There is no door knob. He can only enter if He is invited in. That is what we need to do - invite Him into our lives. He can help us to change those things in our life that we want to change.

Elder James E. Faust said, "Each new day that dawns can be a new day for us to begin to change. We can change our environment. We can change our lives by substituting new habits for old. We can mold our character and future by purer thoughts and nobler actions. As someone once put it, 'the possibility of change is always there, with its hidden promise of peace, happiness and a better live.'"

We made a big change in our lives as we made the choice to serve a mission. It meant changing our address, leaving family and friends behind, especially our grand children. It hasn't been easy, in fact, there have been times that it has been really hard. But when those hard times come, it is nice to know that there is someone who has not handed me more than I can handle. It also meant we would learn to love people of a different country, culture and language. It also meant that we would learn to laugh at each other, to show kindness to each other, to listen to the frustrations and to fall in love all over again.

Change? Yes.

Our children have all made some sort of a change over the past couple of months. Andrea is working more at the kids Charter School. She will have all three kids in the same school next fall - a big change for all of them. Patti has taken up residence in her own apartment in Atlanta. She has moved all of her belongings across the country to make a home of her own. Michael has a new job and is taking on the responsibility of taking care of our home while we are away. With the new YSA stakes in Salt Lake, he has changed wards and is meeting new people there. He even has had to buy a new fridge on his own. Charlie has moved to a new job in Southern California. He left his new home in the hands of friends and is making a new life and new friends in California.

We each need to
Think Differently, Do Differently and Feel Differently. as our life changes each day. Change is good . . . look for the positive in all that you do.

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