This weekend, my emotions have been up and down… and up… and down. I’ve gone from sobbing sad and lonely tears to weeping out of joy and praise.
Here is what I what I’ve learned:
- Forgiveness is essential, and something I have a hard time doing. But I have been forgiven, so how dare I not forgive? Thank you Spirit for deeply witnessing to me today that I have to find a way to forgive those who have hurt me, either intentionally or unintentionally. The Lord has promised me that we will figure out, together, how I’m going to do that.
- Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by all of the depression, illness, poverty, war, and evil that consumes our earth. The Lord told me that if I follow His plan for my life, that I will be able to do my part in comforting and helping those who stand in need.
- "Belief is always the first step to conviction." My mind has been wracked with confusion and doubt lately. Though it has not been reflected in my actions, I have questioned so much of what I have always thought was true. Today, while listening to Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk during General Conference, I learned that simply believing is a starting point to knowing. I can have periods of doubt. I will struggle with my faith. I need only hold on to a glimmer of hope. If I believe, the Lord will continue to reveal His beauty, His power, His love, His face. And I will know.
- Women matter. As a feminist, I have a place in the Kingdom. I no longer need to doubt that. Feminism is not a scary word, nor a scary concept. It is so misunderstood though, especially in my church. Please, friends, learn more about it before you allow your fear response to kick in.
- Even if nobody listens to me or reads what I write, I will never stop witnessing of the Truth. My faith is the biggest part of who I am. I will not hide that.
- I love you all. I care about you and your wellbeing. Please, don’t hesitate to talk to me if you ever need help or just some simple words of encouragement. Tumblr can be a pretty special place for creating bonds with people you’d otherwise never know.