When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

After the Trial of Your Faith

Oh my, we have had a difficult year this past year.  We have had different illnesses, accidents, trauma, depression, finally culminating in a difficult illness for a child.  We have been privilaged to witness not just one, but several miracles.  I don't say that lightly, and I haven't written about this because it was personal.  I don't like to put too many personal things about others on my blog, but I would be ungrateful in the extreme if I did not document my blessings.
I think that one of the hardest things we are asked to do in this earth life is to trust.  We are asked to trust in Him.  To trust that He has our best interests at heart.  To trust enough to say, "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done".  That simple word, "Nevertheless" can say so much!  As a mom and a grammy, I have wanted to shoulder those burdens myself.  I have wanted to take away the trial.  To keep those tender little ones (and even sometimes the bigger ones) from suffering.  The very hardest thing that I have ever done is to simply say "Nevertheless" and mean it. 
Our Heavenly Father, who can see the ending of the path as well as the fragile beginning, has asked us to Trust in Him.  To believe in His words, to keep His commandments, to follow Him.  And so, in my inept, wondering way, I try and follow as best I can.  I try and remember to trust in the fragile bond that holds us together.  I try and remember that families really are forever and a separation is only for a moment.  It is not really "good-bye", but more like, "I will see you soon".  We have had righteous priesthood holders gather around our sweet loved ones and annoint a head and offer a blessing.  Priesthood power is REAL!  It is amazing to have that witness of our Heavenly Father's love.  He did not leave us alone to fumble about as best we could.  I have certainly realized just how much of a blessing life can be and how very precious and fragile it is. I do know that Heavenly Father is watching over us and that we are always in His care. I am so thankful for the priesthood in my life and for the men that my boys have become. I am so thankful that they could stand in a circle and give a blessing.  I am thankful for their love and support of each other.  I know that we are always in God’s hands and that He does love us and bless us continually. May you always realize how very much you are loved!

After The Trial Of Your Faith
by Patricia A Pitterle

When life's burdens seem to surround you,
And worldly cares bring you down,
Let the Spirit enfold His love 'round you
Look up, keep your thoughts heaven bound.
For a wise and glorious purpose
You were born in this time and place.
Endure the trials of this moment
With faith, you will win the race.

Press on through your trials and heartaches
Ride past all life's bitter storms
For after the trial of your faith
Will come a new and glorious morn.

Steer through the wind and waves of trial
Hold your course, head for the light.
Let the Spirit be your beacon
Clasp the Iron Rod and choose the right.
Look ahead, after the darkness
Will shine the morning sun
You have received His promise
With the Lord, your victory is won!

Press on through your trials and heartaches
Ride past all life's bitter storms
For after the trial of your faith
Will come a new and glorious morn.


  1. Such a touching poem and one I needed today especially. I've kept your daughter in my prayers and hope she is doing okay.

  2. Thank you Valerie, She is amazing!