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November 9, 2021 - Bloom

Be kind and patient with yourself. I pray that you believe in your nobility as a child of God. I pray that you know that you are loved by your Heavenly Father, who sees your unlimited worth and beauty. I pray that you feel surrounded by the healing and hope extended by our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement. I pray that you receive strength from others who love you. I pray that you grow in your ability to feel strong and empowered, to heal, and to bloom.

Julie L. Valentine, "A Noble Responsibility for Good", BYU Speeches, November 2, 2021

One of my biggest struggles is to be patient with myself. I've struggled with that since I started having memories. That's even become more of a struggle since I've lost ability to do many things that I used to be able to do. But, because of that, I've also gained more humility. Let me just tell you how humble I am. 😁

Seriously, I know God has the complete picture of my life while I only see what's in front of me. That alone gives me tremendous hope. It's not fun at times but I trust Him and hope for a day when I don't need to struggle anymore. It seems a long ways off but it really us a blip on my eternal timeline. (Since eternity isn't measured in time, what do I call my time line thrn? My existence continuum?)

One thing that that helps, in fact, it strengthens me in many ways, is to acknowledge and support others who are far worse off than me a lot times. For one, it gets me to put my focus elsewhere than on myself. And, two, I'm helping Heavenly Father support His child so tremendous blessings come to me exponentially.

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