Patience brings blessings

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday!
I can’t believe its only been 13 days since I submitted my mission papers… It feels like its been 2 months!
my call has been assigned so it should be coming any day now though 🙂 & i’m learning to have more patience. so it’s good!
I can be patient. It’s not so bad.
Afterall, Jacob waited 7 years for his Rachel.
I can wait.
One quote that has helped me a lot is
“The lord is in the details of our lives. He know’s us. He is mindful of us. He hears and answers our prayers. He wants to bless us. He loves us. He truly loves us.”  -Pres. Thomas S. Monson
It’s hard sometimes to wait.
People always ask how missionaries can leave for 2 years or 18 months. How they can put their life on hold.
Your friends get married in that time, they have kids, they go to college, they move on.
How can missionaries be willing to leave everything behind?
But it isn’t about us. It’s about the Lord. He has done so much for us. He gives us everything. We can’t even begin to imagine the blessings he has given us. He loves us.
There will be times in your life that feel like nothing is happening. That you are just waiting. Waiting for an answer. That is when you must remember that god has a plan for you.
He is mindful of you. He knows exactly what is going on in your life. He hasn’t forgotten about you. He will always be there to comfort you. But he knows your strengths and knows what you need to learn and endure.
Endure- “To remain firm in a commitment to be true to the commandments of God despite temptation, opposition, and adversity.”
We don’t always get to know what is going on in our life. We don’t always know why things happen. Sometimes we don’t know how long our trials will go.
Patience is a test.
In 2 Peters 3 verse 13 “Nevertheless, if we shall endure, we shall be kept according to his promise. And we look for a new heavens, and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
I love this poem that I found not too long ago;
by Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, “Wait.” 
“Wait? you say wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.
“My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’ to which I can resign. 
“You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.” 
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, “Wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting for what?” 
He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.
“I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.
“You’d never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
“The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I’m doing in you.
“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait.”
What a magnificent blessing that is, to know that our Heavenly Father knows us, personally. That he knows that we are strong enough to go through times of waiting to learn. The times that I have learned the most and felt our Heavenly Father’s love the most, is usually not at the very moment of panic or fear, although he is there too. But in moments of waiting. Moments where I have to ask, “Heavenly Father, what would you have me do?”. When we humble ourselves enough to ask, to put aside everything else, and focus on discovering what the Lord wants from us, is when we allow ourselves to listen and grow. Sometimes we listen for a long long time. But an answer will come.
Patience is essential.
The prophet Joseph Smith is a prime example of someone who had many struggles in life but endured well! in his life he was told “wait” patiently. He pressed forward with faith, enduring to the end. I’m sure the answers were not always what he wanted, but he believed that the Lord knew him and knew what he needed. So he kept pressing forward, and in doing so he blessed the lives of millions.
Be patient. Know that the Lord loves you. You. & he will be there for you through everything. Be patient. You can do it.

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