Be the Answer to Someone’s Prayer

To say that this week has been difficult is an understatement. But there are those who continue to think about us and pray for us. They don’t even know that they are being the answer to our prayers.

Like on Tuesday, when I had been thinking about how much I needed Laney to be here to show me her optimism that things will be ok.  Only to come home and find a message from her friend telling me what Laney would have said. Amazing.

Or on Monday, when Captain America and his mom showed up to bring us pizza for dinner. And last night, they brought over goodies, a Hilary Weeks CD, and a beautiful card. How did they know that we needed them? They always seem to know the right thing to say or do. Our family loves them more than we can ever express.

Or the day my niece came across the talk by Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Sunday Will Come,” and knew immediately I needed it. She knew I needed the hope that even after all of the hard times, Sunday Will come. Peace and hope and happiness will come.

One thing that I have realized lately is that when I am thinking about someone, it is usually for a reason. You never know when you will be the answer to someone’s prayer.

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.                               ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Don’t Forget to Look Up

I remember a day when Laney was off at college. She had posted a status update on Facebook that said something about receiving lots of blessings. I was completely baffled. I had no idea what she was talking about.  It happened to be a time when we were going through some rough times.

I called Laney, curious about what she was talking about. I will never forget her response to me. She said, ” Mom! Dad found some work, I don’t have to have surgery, B doesn’t have to have surgery. We have SO many blessings right now!”

What a lesson my 18 year old daughter taught me. That even when things seem hard, and it is easy to get discouraged, we shouldn’t forget to look up. To look for those blessings that we DO have.

Never ForgetWhen we don’t look up we fail to see the blessings that are right in front of us. Heavenly Father delights to bless us, and when we look for those blessings, we will see them more clearly. The pain and trials may still be there, but they will become more bearable. Even though the thought of getting through the loss  of my daughter seems impossible, it isn’t. Not if we continue to look up.

Laney used to sign her journal entries with two things. CTR ( Choose the Right) and ETTE (Endure to the End). And that is just what I plan on doing. Enduring to the end, while finding joy in the journey.