Posted by: desirehigher | July 26, 2015

Replacing Fear With Faith

What is fear?

Fear is not knowing the outcome.  Fear is knowing all too well what the outcome could be.  Most of all, fear is feeling helpless to affect the outcome.

What is the opposite of fear?

The opposite of fear is faith, faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

“The Lord said, “Take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to stand” (D&C 27:15).

“Our young people in many ways are much stronger and better than we were. They and we should not be afraid of what is ahead.

“Encourage our young people. They need not live in fear (see D&C 6:36). Fear is the opposite of faith.

“While we cannot erase wickedness, we can produce young Latter-day Saints who, spiritually nourished, are immunized against evil influences.

“As a grandfather who has lived a long time, I counsel you to have faith. Things have a way of working out. Stay close to the Church. Keep your children close to the Church.

“In Alma’s day “the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it … had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God” (Alma 31:5).

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.

“Find happiness in ordinary things, and keep your sense of humor.”  Elder Boyd K. Packer in a talk entitled Do Not Fear, Ensign magazine, May 2004 or https://www.lds.org/ensign/2004/05/do-not-fear?lang=eng

This advice works great not just for the youth, but for all of us as well.  I have seen it in action countless times in my own life and in the lives of those around me.

So the next time you find yourself being fearful, look up and ask your Father in Heaven, God, to grant you His great blessing of faith.  Then let your mind and your heart be at peace, knowing that He will guide and bless you and that you have no reason to fear anymore.  🙂

Posted by: desirehigher | December 26, 2014

Christmas Season Brings Joy

I have just finished the 25 Days of Christ, in honor of Christmas, on my other blog,

https://courageandreverence.wordpress.com/.

It was a fun, though intense, undertaking as I’d never tried blogging on a daily basis for more than maybe a week before.  But it certainly reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas and kept that in the forefront of my mind!

It was wonderful to share such wonderful blessings and ideas with the world (as my blogs are open to everyone) and to watch people enjoy gleaning tidbits from what I was able to share.

I know that God, our Father in Heaven, lives, that He loves His children and is mindful of you.  He has a plan for your life and is right there beside you at all times.  How wonderful that we have the privilege of talking with Him whenever, and wherever, we want.

He invites all to turn to Him and ask for His guidance and blessings.  When we don’t know where to turn for help, or when we have something wonderful to share, He is right there ready to listen to us, and help us if we ask.

With His help we are able to become so much more than we could ever do on our own.  With Him all things are possible, and while the high road may seem more difficult at the onset, following Him makes life so much better than we can ever imagine!

Trust God and fear not to follow Him.  He loves us and wants what is best for us.  He will help us to become who we were meant to be, and to overcome all obstacles.  Learn about, and follow, His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to show us the way back to God, and to true happiness.

And remember that true Christmas can never be ruined, no matter what our circumstances or trials.  🙂

 

Posted by: desirehigher | November 23, 2013

Little Blessings

At times life gets so busy that there is little time to do more than just keep up the basics.

It can be disheartening, particularly when one feels overwhelmed, unable to take care of even little things that are important, trying to keep up with the many demands made on one’s time and energy.

But lately I’ve been reminded of little blessings in life that enrich our lives, often without our being aware or noticing:

  • Closed Captioning – we have closed captioning turned on our TV most of the time.  It may sound lame, but it has helped fill in parts of the show that are spoken too softly, or more often, spoken too quickly.  I count this as one of life’s little blessings.  (I do wish, however, that they would Desire Higher and make the captioning more accurate.  Sometimes, even on the news channels in the morning, it gets far behind what’s being said, or errors are made that make one wonder if they are writing for the same show that is playing.  I guess it’s probably harder to do than it seems.)
  • Medicines – this little blessing has saved millions of lives, and has even improved my life many times.  Strep has almost overpowered me more than once and medicine destroyed it almost overnight!  Medicine helps me to breathe better on a daily basis.  Another of life’s little blessings.
  • Food – I am fortunate enough to have plenty to eat each and every day.  Additionally, I have a wide variety of foods to choose from!  What a wonderful little blessing this is.  And I can get my food from many different sources, grow my own, shop at any of an almost unlimited number of stores, purchase it from fast food shops, the cafeteria at work, or from my choice of restaurants from homestyle to barbeque to international flavors.  Yes, a great little blessing.
  • Libraries – what a great idea Benjamin Franklin came up with!  At the library there is information on anything in the world, or out of it that one could want.  And you can borrow them for free!  My library has books, CDs, even DVDs I can borrow and enjoy, for fun and entertainment, or to learn something new on any topic I choose.  And now of course there is also the Internet where one can get great information any time.  Another little blessing!
  • Funny Beloved Hubby – he came to join me and looked over at me.  “Wow,” he stated.  “From this angle I see some aging in your face!”  What a nice thing for him to point out.  But, inspiration hit me and I replied, “Well, you are not allowed to be at that angle ever again!”  He chuckled, “Oh, you refer to rule number 45 from the husband’s handbook that the union gives us when we get married.  A husband can never notice any aging in his wife.”  🙂  He is also one of life’s little blessings, as is inspiration for a great come-back.

As we travel life’s journey, with its ups and downs, our Great Parent has provided many little blessings to enrich our lives.  When we Desire Higher we look to notice those little blessings.  And we say a quick, silent prayer of thanks to our Father in Heaven.

 

Posted by: desirehigher | January 6, 2013

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 310 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 6 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Posted by: desirehigher | December 26, 2012

The Day After Christmas

Today is the day after Christmas.

Christmas is over.  Things are returning to normal.  We put away the Christmas presents, leftover holiday foods, and cheery decorations.

We return to work, soon the children will return to school.  Christmas is soon forgotten…

But,

Does it have to be?  Do we want to forget about Christmas until 11 months from now when the whole thing repeats itself?  Is that all there is to Christmas?

Not necessarily.

As Charles Dickens wrote, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”

What does it mean to keep Christmas all year?  Singing Christmas songs, decorating your house, preparing extravagant meals, giving away gifts all year ’round?

No.  This question is easily answered when we remember the true meaning of Christmas.  The reason for the season.  Why do we have Christmas?  What does it commemorate?

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Son of God.  He would free us from our sins, save us from death, provide the power that will bind families together forever!

What helps us to keep Christmas all year?

Doing the things that help us to remember Jesus Christ and strive to be like Him.  Praying to our Father in Heaven, expressing our love and appreciation for what His Son did for us, and asking for His help to remember His example and to show us the way to help others also.

We keep Christmas as we look around us for opportunities to bless and strengthen others, our family, friends, even a kind word to strangers who cross our path.  These things bring back the feelings of Christmas any time we do them.

Thus, every day can truly be Christmas day.

It is the day after Christmas.  What have you done to today to feel the Christmas spirit?

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