One thing I have always wanted is to see an Angel. I have always thought seeing an angel would be this great thing. As I went through the refiners fire this past year the Savior taught me one lesson after another. One was that we are Angels. Each of us has the ability to be an angel to someone in need. When I was in need, friends were there for me. I was given blessings, I received phone calls at the most perfect time, friends constantly cared for me through e-mails, texts, phone calls and visits. These people were God's angels. Every part of the trial I endured, every turn on the rocky path of change brought a new person in my life who cared for me. I was surrounded by Angels. I also realized that I was an angel to others. One of my desires is to bring sunshine into this world. To bring hope to others. I was able to help many even as I learned and suffered with my Savior. I learned about issues that made me more compassionate, and allowed me to be of help. In the process of refinement I realized that my soul, and the standards of God were the most important to me. I learned that I could not walk with blinders on and pretend all was right. I realized that Integrity was important to me. I had gone so long feeling that I was slowly lowering my standards, and at some point I realized my standards and my integrity were what were important. My desire to always be worthy to attend the Temple and be near to God was most important to me.
I have to say I am thankful for it all. I'm thankful I took the Lord's hand and walked a rugged path. I realized that you can have "Calm" in your life even in the middle of a storm. You can make your own calm when all the world around you seems out of control. You do it by caring for yourself. By finding quiet. By holding onto the Savior. The blessings come after your trial of Faith. I have seen so many blessings, and continue to receive more. One thing I know is that Blessings from God are not wealth or material things. Blessings are revelation, increased knowledge, and the spirit guiding you.
As the path of this year comes to an end, do you find you have changed for the better.? Have you had a challenging year? Have you moved closer to the Savior or have you moved away from him? Are you planning your next year out? As I cleaned my garden today I thought about this year and how quickly it has gone. I have felt gratitude for my trials. I have realized I changed in large ways and in good ways.
My path this year began in the Temple, and I'm glad to find it is ending with me still attending the Temple and Learning more about my Savior. I hope next year to attend the Temple more often, to cherish every moment that I can with my family.
Have you started to think about your goals for next year?
Let me know what you plan to do.