Thursday, November 4, 2010

Trust in the Process

While talking to a good friend about the use of herbs for healing, she said “you have to trust the process.” If there is a problem with the eye, no matter what it is, the same herbs are always used to heal it. So whether it’s scratched, poked, or didn’t grow correctly… trust in the process.
I have been pondering this for days since our conversation. By the way, I know nothing about healing with herbs. I have been thinking  about trusting in the process. Here are a few things I’ve though about.
When we began holding Family Home Evenings 14 years ago it seemed a waste of time. We were going through the motions. Bo-beana was so young and had no idea what we were doing. It seemed rather silly. Our next child came, and our next, and our next… and so on. Kids were jumping off the back of the couch, running around crazy, making faces, ripping the papers that were supposed to be used for the lesson… It was chaos! We trudged on.
Today we were still holding Family Home Evenings on Monday night. Over the years that night has become precious to us. Is it any calmer now? Heavens no! Someone’s crying because they thought it was their turn to lead the music, Cheroo is marching around the room playing her drums while we are trying to get her to pray, or an older sibling won’t sit up and is hogging the entire couch. I have been known to wear earplugs for the first 15 minutes. Really.
That said, we trusted in the process and now treasure the blessings that come from that wonderfully chaotic night.
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A year ago I set a goal to “go on a heart search” while reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover. What an amazing experience it has been for me. My heart has changed. Heavenly Father knows our hearts, personally. My goal was to read two pages per day and finish by Christmas. I am just beginning Moroni and I am sad to see this experience end, yet look forward to the experience of next year doing the same thing with a different purpose.
The Book of Mormon changes lives. It softens hearts. It makes good men better. Reading every single day this year has changed my entire frame of reference, my thoughts, and my actions. If I have a problem I search the scriptures for answers and they are there. A testimony comes when we trust in the process. It has had a cumulative effect on my life that is difficult to explain.
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In order to trust in the process we have to try. We have to put it to the test and see if it works. We are told to pray (individually, with our spouse, and family), study the scriptures (ditto), fast, hold Family Home evening, and attend the temple. All of these have a cumulative effect in our lives as we do them over time. If we throw in the towel too soon, we miss out on that effect that is life-changing. The flame may burn bright for a day, or a week, but quickly dims as old habits return. Keeping the flame burning steady by doing the small and simple things on a daily basis is the key.

Trust in the Process