There are so many opinions out there now. Everybody has something to say and an opinion to share. Opinions used to be limited to your circle of “people” (friends, family, coworkers, etc.) and whatever you read (newspaper, magazine, books) NOWADAYS, we can hear from the whole entire world. At every minute. Of every day.
WOW! And AWESOME! And TERRIBLE! All at once.
Holy cow, it can be sooooo OVERWHELMING! And probably the source of a lot of the anxiety we all feel.
So, this year, I chose a word for the year. This word will direct everything I do.
I am seeking truth, embracing truth, living my truth, and sharing the truth that I find with you.
I have created a Facebook page called “Truth Experiment 2017” to record my findings. This will basically my spiritual/inspirational study journal online for everyone to read. Feel free to follow and send your thoughts, submissions, articles, scriptures, encouragement, thoughts, or anything positive, uplifting and full of TRUTH!
Why is it important that we all seek TRUTH on a daily basis?
Every time I come across something that I know is TRUE, it fills my soul and deepens my reservoir of understanding and strength. The puzzle pieces that make up my life seem to fit together just a little bit better.
How do I know what is TRUE?
It is a little voice inside of me or a feeling that swells within me… it is hard to explain, but it is undeniable.
When I feel and hear these things, I know that it is God speaking to my heart through His spirit, the Holy Ghost. Call it your “conscience”, a feeling in your bones, the little angel on your shoulder, the Light of Christ…
Whatever you call it, these thoughts and feeling will Lead You Toward Christ. I promise.
You can test it for yourself, don’t just take my word for it.
Just pray and ask God to know for yourself. I love this reference on How to Pray
I am certain you have felt these feeling of TRUTH before, and that ALL OF US CAN KNOW WHEN SOMETHING IS TRUE.
How am I so sure?
Because God is our loving Father in Heaven, we were created in His image. He has given us all the ability to feel these things and answer our prayers in a way that each of us as individuals will recognize.
This is mostly just a way for me to stay centered on Christ amidst this crazy world and day to day chaos, but I would love for you to follow along if you would like.
Again, with the truths that I share, don’t just take my word for it as truth. Pray and ask God for yourself. He loves you, He knows you, and He wants to share His truths with YOU!
Day 2: January 6
Today’s Truth: Prayer
All of these truths that I will be sharing with you will not do you any good unless you pray about them too. Like I have said before, you have to pray to know for yourself if what I am sharing is true. I don’t want you to take my word for it. You have a direct line of communication with God and He LOVES to hear from you! So use it! And remember, it isn’t possible to wear out your welcome— He wants to hear from you any time, all the time. It doesn’t have to be a formal kneel down, fold your arms, close your eyes event.
A favorite scripture about prayer:
63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
64 Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you.
God loves you. He knows you. He is your Father and He is always listening. He knows your struggles and your fears. Just like a caring and loving father on earth would want to hear the things on his child’s heart and mind, our Father in Heaven wants to hear from YOUR heart and mind. About anything. Anytime.
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:
How can I make my prayers more meaningful?
How often do you say a prayer focused on gratitude?
How often do you pray for others?
“Praying earnestly for others, both those whom we love and those who despitefully use us, is an important element in meaningful prayer. Just as expressing gratitude more often in our prayers enlarges the conduit for revelation, so praying for others with all of the energy of our souls increases our capacity to hear and to heed the voice of the Lord.
Do our spouses, children, and other family members feel the power of our prayers offered unto the Father for their specific needs and desires? Do those we serve here us pray for them with faith and sincerity?”
-David A. Bednar, Increase In Learning
A GOAL I HAVE SET:
I have set a goal this year to express gratitude to my Savior Jesus Christ for his sacrifice for me in EVERY prayer I say. I believe that this will keep Him more forefront on my mind and deepen my love and understanding of what He has done for me.
I have set an additional goal concerning my prayers, to pray for my husband every prayer that I say. Whether it is for him to have a good day, to express gratitude for him, to pray about something that might help him, or just for him to feel of my love. Life can be stressful (we all know this) and with so much going on, kids, and whatever else, it is easy to become disconnected if we are not vigilant. I will report back on this after a while. I also try to pray for my kids every day.
You can read a favorite talk about teaching our children to know Christ HERE.
Prayer can be 4 simple steps:
1. Addressing our Father in Heaven
2. Share your gratitude with Him. What are you thankful for?
3. Ask Him for Blessings.
4. Close in the name of Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ purifies our prayers before the Father.
Each day will not be so in depth as today, but I’m excited for what I’ve learned and the thoughts and feelings that have come.
READ THESE ADDITIONAL ARTICLES ABOUT PRAYER:
January 7: Day 3
Today’s Truth: You are loved.
The infinite and eternal Creator of light and life knows you! He is mindful of you.
Yes, God loves you this very day and always.
He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. He is aware that you reach up to Him in heartfelt and hopeful prayer. He knows of the times you have held onto the fading light and believed—even in the midst of growing darkness. He knows of your sufferings. He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you.
And God knows of your successes; though they may seem small to you, He acknowledges and cherishes each one of them. He loves you for extending yourself to others. He loves you for reaching out and helping others bear their heavy burdens—even when you are struggling with your own.
He knows everything about you. He sees you clearly—He knows you as you really are. And He loves you—today and always!
Do you suppose it matters to our Heavenly Father whether your makeup, clothes, hair, and nails are perfect? Do you think your value to Him changes based on how many followers you have on Instagram or Pinterest? Do you think He wants you to worry or get depressed if some un-friend or un-follow you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you think outward attractiveness, your dress size, or popularity make the slightest difference in your worth to the One who created the universe?
He loves you not only for who you are this very day but also for the person of glory and light you have the potential and the desire to become.
January 8: Day 4
I believe that my testimony of Christ grows stronger every time I study His words in the scriptures, every time I pray, every effort I make to follow Him, become like Him, and live His commandments. And most of all, I believe that my testimony of Christ strengthens EVERY TIME I SHARE IT.
Does it count if I share my testimony on social media? Asolutely!! Is that WHY social media was created?! Yes!
I believe social media was created to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
I decided a long time ago that if I am going to use SOCIAL MEDIA, my primary purpose for using it will be to share my testimony of Christ.
A little history…
At first, back in the earlyish Facebook days, I refused to participate. My roommate at college was on Facebook often and would always say, “Why don’t you get on Facebook?! It’s so awesome!” “No thanks, not interested,” was my response, and that was that. Facebook was unknown territory for me, I had heard bad things about it, therefore, it was evil. It wasn’t for me. Well, one day, she started an account FOR me. What?! Haha, okay. I have never used that account once— and it still exists today and I don’t know how to get in to it! Haha, oh well.
After we were roommates, I went away on a mission for my church for 18 months and fell in LOVE with sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Watching Christ light up the lives of those who were reaching and searching for the hope that only He can bring…many of these people didn’t ezven know they were searching for Him. And their lives changed forever, a light was born in their lives as they came to know Him for themselves.
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it— D& C 123:12
As the Savior taught His disciples at the Last Supper, He said to Peter:
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to … sift you as wheat:
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, STRENGTHEN THY BRETHREN” (Luke 22:31–32).
I returned home from my mission and joined Facebook to keep in touch with these wonderful people that I had taught on my mission and as it turns out, it was a great way to keep in touch with many other friends and acquaintances. Though there were definitely some cons to using Facebook.
I didn’t post anything hardly at all and went long stretches without ever checking. Sometimes when I did, it made me feel bad about my life— usually something great someone else was doing that I wasn’t. My husband and I now call this social media side effect “Drinking the pickle juice” (more on this later in another post.
After a strong spiritual prompting one day and a talk about social media that lit me on FIRE, You can watch it HERE.
I got brave and started to share some things of my own. As I did this, I started to learn and realize the FAR REACHING span that these messages could travel for free. Then with more social media options besides Facebook, the far reaching grasp of social media multipled seemingly overnight!
*Please understand that I am not encouraging everyone to join every social platform and quote Scriptures all day— but there are so many ways to share your light through social media to the world!
One thing I have realized, is that within my busy “mom life”, taking care of kids day to day which entails SO MUCH effort and (this effort being the most important.) I can still share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Wearing my sweats, with no makeup or hair done AND sharing the gospel has never been so easy!!!
We are blessed to live, learn, and serve in this most remarkable time. The progression of inventions and innovations has been incredible, nothing short of a miracle. Making it possible to communicate with the rest of the world instantly.
“Trains to telegraphs to radios to automobiles to airplanes to telephones to transistors to televisions to computers to satellite transmissions to the Internet—and to an almost endless list of technologies and tools that bless our lives. All of these advancements are part of the Lord hastening His work in the last days.” -David Bednar
“Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind has been given by direct revelation (inspiration) from God, though but few acknowledge it. It has been given with a view to prepare the way for the ultimate triumph of TRUTH, and the redemption of the earth from the power of sin and Satan. We should take advantage of all these great discoveries, the accumulated wisdom of ages, and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe
Social media expert Grant Cardon said,
“Social media was the first place where I could start streaming out a message of what I teach, what I believe…. Your going to start with no followers, with an account that doesn’t exist, your going to start without knowing anything!”
Because of this we can share the light that we have through Christ across the world INSTANTLY for FREE. And we don’t have to take hours doing it.
Wow guys, we are so lucky to live at this incredible time! It is up to us to replace all of the DARKNESS out there in social media with LIGHT. The light of CHRIST. I promise there are so many people who need YOUR testimony. Don’t be afraid.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth
I recently shared on my blog an important part of my story.
The reason why I started my blog MarathonMomma.com and this TRUTH EXPERIMENT 2017:
In the last year, God has made one thing very clear to me…
Of any talent that I possess, the one thing He needs me to share is my testimony of Him as it relates to my day to day life.
This direction has brought with it many feelings of inadequacy, glaring weaknesses that stare me in the face, and frequent questioning, “Why me, when there are soooo many other people who are more spiritual, smarter, cooler, and overall better functioning human beings than me?” (#truth)
His answer came loud and clear… and has honestly been repeating over and over again in my mind.
“Because you are willing to share.”
I don’t believe that I am special, nor that this mission is unique to me. The fact is,
HE NEEDS ALL OF US.
Bear with me on this TRUTH EXPERIMENT 2017. As I’ve noted before, I don’t consider myself a gospel scholar, English scholar, or any scholar for that matter. I study truth every day anyway and am following a prompting from God to share my personal studies with you. They will not always be so in depth, but I always invite you to study these things to know for yourself if what I’m sharing is true.
How can you share more of Christ in your social media space?
January 9, Day 5
Today’s Truth: Motherhood
Five days into my Truth Experiment 2017 and I am amazed at the way my personal study habits become deeper and more meaningful. This is seriously awesome! I was worried about having a stupor of thought some days and struggling to know what to write… but it has actually been the opposite. I have felt the spirit of God prompting me to know what to share. It is amazing, humbling, and I am so grateful.
My sister called me today with some questions for me…
“How do you do it?”
She has a brand new baby, new to motherhood, lives far away from family, and her husband is in a very rigorous program to become a doctor… She and her husband are actually doing the same exact program (getting an MD and an MBA at the same time) in the same exact place my husband and I were 6 years ago (for 4 years total).
“How did you handle it all?”
“How did you not resent your husband when he was always so busy and couldn’t help you?”
I would love to say that I was perfect at these things, that I handled all of the pressure and stress, and kids with a smile all the timeI had two starting medical school and three kids half way through the four years) . The truth is, I struggled just like we all do at times in our lives. It was so HARD. But in those hard moments, among the tears and earnest prayers, somehow I grew stronger, more independent, and truthfully, I blocked some of it out too. 😉
There are a few things that have become absolutely necessary to my success and happiness as a mom. This is what I shared with my sister, and I share with YOU just in case there is someone else out there struggling too.
1- Personal Scripture Study – Reading the word of God, no matter what, will help you every day. I promise. Test my words. Find out for yourself.
“And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which HEALETH THE WOUNDED SOUL. “ Jacob 2:8
2- Regular Exercise- This is like manna from heaven for me. Walk around the block or train for a marathon or do something in between. It doesn’t matter what you do, just find what YOU love. Loving your exercise of choice will in itself motivate you to exercise. One of my favorite quotes about this…
“Take responsibility for your own physical well-being. Your soul consists of your body and spirit (see D&C 88:15). Feeding the spirit while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you are out of shape, if you are uncomfortable in your own body and can do something about it, then do it! Elder Russell M. Nelson has taught that we should “regard our body as a temple of our very own” and that we should “control our diet and exercise for physical fitness”- Jorg Klebingat
3- Weekly Dates with my Husband- This is the 11th commandment in our marriage. Whether we have “at home” dates or hire a babysitter and go out on the town, this is CRUCIAL for the wellbeing of our relationship. Just to be able to talk without the stress of kids, no interruptions, usually over a good plate of food— this heals all! Sometimes after a particularly horrendous week, it is just the thing to let down, relax, enjoy, and remember why we love each other. And when we don’t have to fight the “putting kids to bed war” one night a week, that alone can be totally worth it!
4- Find time for yourself to do what you love. When your kids are really little and really attached to you, this can be really really hard to do! But I believe it is important every now and then to give yourself a breather. Time where you can do something that you enjoy by yourself. A craft, shopping, a girls night, read a book, whatever it is. Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel selfish, it is crucial to your wellbeing to take care of yourself a little bit so that you can take better care of the ones you love and give so much to.
5- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When I first started having kids, I was close to family and that made it easy to get help every now and then. But then we moved away to medical school with two really little kids that were 20 months apart, I had a husband trying to earn two degrees at once, so it was pretty much on me. My list of people I could rely on was forced to grow, even though it was a little out of my comfort zone to ask for help. So this list began to include friends, visiting teachers, young women from my church, etc. (the last two mentioned are from organizations in my church. Learn more about them Here: https://www.lds.org/callings/relief-society/getting-started/roles-and-responsibilities/visiting-teacher?lang=eng and Here: https://www.mormon.org/
FACE YOURSELF TOWARD GOD
Ever since I can remember, while searching for my mom, I would go all over the house looking for her and often find her on her knees at her bedside, praying. Or with a stack of scriptures and inspirational books and magazines by her bedside table studying away and taking notes. In fact, for years my mom rounded up all 6 of us kids and brought us to church by herself every week. That just gives you a small idea of the SPIRITUAL IRON WILL this woman has.
Anyway, this last weekend while visiting my parents… my mom, knowing that I had been struggling for a while trying to recover from an injury all while doing the day to day of raising four kids, broke out her journal which was full of inspirational quotes and insights. She had been praying for me and had come across a quote that she felt particularly inspired to share with me and in turn, we both wanted me to share it with you.
“The noblest calling in the world is motherhood. True motherhood. True motherhood is most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece, or who can write a book that will influence millions, deserves the admiration and plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose immortal souls will exert an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have decayed or have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give and the choicest blessings of God.
Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God given virtues of creating and sacrificing… No nobler work in this world can be performed by any mother than to rear and love the children with whom God has blessed her.”
So when you are struggling and feeling like you can’t go on, just remember that you are doing the greatest work. I am grateful for my mom who is still doing this noble work even though I am all old and grown up with a family of my own. She knew just what my mommy heart needed to hear—— like, every. day. 😃 And chances are, some of you momma’s out there needed to hear it too. I love the quiet strength that my mom has always shown me as she has tried to stay close to God. Her example has taught me that even when things are REALLY HARD, Mothering with God makes you unstoppable.
READ SOME OF MY FAVORITE TALKS ON MOTHERHOOD HERE:
January 10, Day 6
The Gift of The Holy Ghost
Today’s truth is the talk that I wrote for my son’s baptism. I spoke about the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
For weeks before, I prayed over and over that God would help me to know exactly what my Tommy needed to hear. I wanted the spirit to touch his heart and I was worried that because he doesn’t always listen to me at home, he wouldn’t listen to my talk either. 😃 I even tried to ask other family members to speak on the topic to no avail, and finally, my husband was like, “You just need to do it.” Haha, okay okay… I had come up with some ideas but it didn’t really come together until early morning of the actual day. I had gotten up nice and early, I prepared the body of my talk with all of the attributes of the Holy Ghost, but I still needed it to really touch my son’s heart.
Well, he LOVES super heroes. And truthfully, having the Holy Ghost with you is like the greatest super power you could ever have, right? So I drew an alter ego superhero of my son and named him T.C. (My son’s initials). I loved the idea of using my son in the drawing — hopefully he could see himself loving and understanding the Holy Ghost like T.C. does) I framed the picture and held it up the whole time, so it was like the talk was coming from T.C. and not from me! Haha, it worked! The spirit was so strong, I can’t even explain it. And my son was riveted on every word I said.
If you have any questions on my beliefs about baptism and confirmation (receiving the gift of the holy ghost) I would be happy to answer them. I will include a few links at the end of the talk.
The Gift of the Holy Ghost
“Tommy, what if I told you that you had the ability to possess the greatest super power in the world?!” (Looking right at him, and he was excited!)
(Then I held up my drawing which was framed)
This is my friend T.C. and he is a boy just like you that has learned how to use the greatest super power in all of the world. T.C. always feels BIG feeling of JOY & HAPPINESS because of it. He wanted to teach you today how you can too!
His lesson is called “The Gift of the Holy Ghost 101” also known as “the greatest super power in all of the world!” Here is what T.C. wants you to know:
– You are getting baptized today, baptism by water is only half of a baptism. Baptism for the Remission of sins is only complete when you are baptized by FIRE as well. Not by fire like we know it, but fire as in receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost is the other half of baptism.
– If you keep the promises that you make with Heavenly Father at baptism, He promises you that THE HOLY GHOST WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU. And the Holy Ghost will help you to KEEP YOUR PROMISES TO HEAVENLY FATHER too!
– The Holy Ghost brings BIG feelings of COMFORT! And will make you FEEL WARM INSIDE. You know, like how you feel BIG feelings of LOVE for everyone around you? This is the Holy Ghost helping you to STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. If you have the Holy Ghost with you, you will feel more CALM, FORGIVING, and PATIENT with those around you.
– When the Holy Ghost or “The Greatest Super Power in all the world” is with you, you feel like helping everyone around you. Serving others will make you feel those BIG feelings of PEACE and JOY inside. That is the Holy Ghost and Heavenly Father cheering you on!
– T.C. wants you to know that sometimes sad things or hard things happen in life. It can hurt your heart. But the Holy Ghost brings feelings of PEACE. With the Holy Ghost, you NEVER HAVE TO FEEL ALONE.
– The Holy Ghost helps you IMPROVE yourself, CHOOSE THE RIGHT, and KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.
Another very important thing that T.C wants you to know is…
– The Holy Ghost will help you to BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE. (This is a REAL GIFT!)
– The Holy Ghost will PROTECT YOU FROM DANGER by a warning feeling or voice.
– The Holy Ghost will help you to KNOW WHAT TO PRAY FOR.
– The Holy Ghost will help you to KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE HURT SOMEONE OR DONE SOMETHING WRONG— then you will want to tell Heavenly Father and those you hurt that you are sorry.
– The Holy Ghost helps you to KNOW THAT HEAVENLY FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST IS TRUE. When you bear TESTIMONY of these things, you will feel the Holy Ghost swell in your heart… like it might burst!
– The Holy Ghost helps you UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES and other things that might be a little hard to learn or understand.
– The Holy Ghost can help you FIND ANSWERS to your PROBLEMS. If you don’t know what to do about something, just ponder and pray about what to do and the Holy Ghost will fill your heart and let you know that you made the right choice. If the decision is not right, you will feel uncertain and confused.
– The Holy Ghost helps us to REMEMBER things that you learn. The Holy Ghost even helped your daddy learn how to speak Portuguese on his mission!
T.C. wants you to know that the feelings you receive from the Holy Ghost are called “PERSONAL REVELATION”. When you do, HEAVENLY FATHER WILL BLESS YOU and your ability to use “The Greatest Super Power in the World”, which is the Holy Ghost, will increase!
January 11, Day 7
“Everything depends on our desires. These shape our thought patterns. Our desires thus precede our deeds and lie at the very cores of our souls, tilting us toward or away from God (see D&C 4:3). God can educate our desires. Others seek to manipulate our desires. But it is we who form the desires, the “thoughts and intents of [our] hearts” (Mosiah 5:13).
Only by aligning our wills with God’s is full happiness to be found. Anything less results in a lesser portion (see Alma 12:10–11). The Lord will work with us even if, at first, we “can no more than desire” but are willing to “give place for a portion of [His] words” (Alma 32:27). A small foothold is all He needs! But we must DESIRE and provide it. -Neal A. Maxwell, “Swallowed Up In The Will of the Father”
I have read this quote (and it’s accompanying talk) over and over— this is just one of the many gems that spoke to my soul.
Read the whole talk HERE:https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1995/10/swallowed-up-in-the-will-of-the-father?lang=eng
Each decision I make boils down to my desire. But when I sit and think of my one greatest desire, I know that I have made decisions that take me away from reaching my greatest desire.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you do what you do every day? What is the purpose? And do the things you do every day take you closer to the deepest desire within you? For that matter, do your deeds tilt you “toward or away from God?”
What is the core desire that drives your life?
My core desire can be summed up by one picture painted by Minerva Teichert
When I look at this picture, I see a pioneer woman with her family. Her number one desire was to follow God’s will. He asked her to do something really REALLY hard. To take her loved ones on a journey over a thousand miles on foot with only the possessions they could fit in that handcart. No doubt the journey was treacherous, the food terrible, the weather worrisome, the terrain impossible, lives were lost, hope dwindled— but she was driven by one deep desire. To follow God and make it to Zion. And then, as captured in the picture, the victory on her face as she reached the peak— she made it to Zion!… So immediately, she turns around to the rest of her party (because she deeply cares and loves all around her) throws her fist up to the sky elated as if to yell to God and his angels too, “We did it!!!!” The emotion and power behind her exclamation brings me to tears… no doubt she shed a million tears on that journey.
I liken my life journey (all of our life journeys) to this pioneer woman and her family’s trek to Zion. Our ultimate destination is to make it together back to God. This woman’s trials were physical in nature, and the trials in our day can be physical, but most especially, we encounter many spiritual tests and trials. I want to have this pioneer woman’s strength. I want her faith. I want to successfully bring my family along as we point our wagon (our home, our lives) toward God. Because my greatest desire is to return to live with Him, His Son, and my family. I already feel exhausted and marred by the vicissitudes of life with many more miles (years and experiences) to go. Truly beaten down with little hope at times. But I know that if I am facing the right direction, putting one foot in front of the other, and letting my deepest desire drive me on— I too, will make it through all of the muck, the sludge, the falling rocks, the seemingly impassible rivers, the bad days, hard moments, and whatever else is thrown at me. The key is to keep my arms around my loved ones, look toward the Savior, follow my scripture map, and keep my lines of communication open with He who thought I was fit for this journey in the first place. If God thinks I can do it, if He sent his Son to walk by my side and feel my pains and troubles, and even carry me at times, I have no reason to fail.
I will reach the top of the mountain, with my loved ones by my side and it will be a glorious view… one worth every snag and tear. Where I will turn around and proclaim to all of my loved ones and friends, “We did it!!!!!!”