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, January 16, 2013

Tender Mercies - Faith

"Be aware that faith is not a free gift given without thought, desire or effort....The Savior said, "Come unto me" and "Knock, and it shall be [given] you".  These are action verbs- come, knock.  They are choices.  So I say, choose faith."  Richard C. Edgley

I read this today and it made me think about my own faith.  Sometimes I know that I want the Savior to come to me.  I want Him to make the decision and take it out of my hands.  Sometimes, I don't want to be the one making the choices.  I just want them made for me.  I just want to know that maybe I am doing it right after all.  I want someone to tell me that I am good.  That I am where I should be.  That I am doing what He wants me to do.  I want Him to come to me so that I don't have to risk choosing unwisely. 
The internal me, the thinking me, the one who knows better, understands that He does not do it for me.  He does not come to me without my first asking it of Him.  He stands at the door and knocks.  There is no handle on His side.  He does not come busting in, like the hero in one of my favorite fantasy tales, He does not save me, at the last second, from the villians of my life. 
But I have learned that, whenever a trial is given, whenever my heart is aching, whenever I think I have failed, there is a blessing hidden in the sorrow.  He stands with me through it all.  He never leaves my aching.  He waits for me to ask Him in for the healing to begin.  I must be the one to turn the knob and open the door toward Him.  I must make the effort to invite and welcome Him into my home and my heart.  He loves me, He is waiting, but the choice is mine. 


  1. What a beautifully written reminder of OUR part in the relationship with our Father. I, too, have desired many, many times for God to just swoop down and rescue me from it all: the tough decisions, the constant health battles, the heartaches of life...and He gently reminds me that "this too shall pass." He is always with us, guarding and guiding... Thank you for this very touching post. I love you my friend.

  2. That was a very awesome post. It is so true that we do need to invite him in. He is always within our reach. I am so grateful to know that. Everyday we do make choices and the better ones reflect his will for us.
    Blessings for this one. I have missed your posts.

  3. Hi Patty Ann! :)I have a wall hanging in my living room that simply says, "Ask, Seek, Knock." I love it! :D And I love the quote you shared here today - especially the last two words, "choose faith." Choosing Faith is something I have had to learn to do in my life; I have gong through some tough times! But I'm so thankful for each one of them! As you said, "there is a blessing hidden in the sorrow. He stands with me through it all. He never leaves my aching." I LOVE that! :D And I agree... Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us SO MUCH! I'm so thankful for that, and that He has the courage and strength to let us go through challenges so we can learn and grow from them. He is an AMAZING Father! :)
    Corine :D