Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Secure Anchor

I am so thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who gives us commandments to live by. When we follow the commandments, we anchor ourselves to our Father in Heaven and He in turn is our safety and salvation.



How have you been blessed by following the commandments?


6 comments:

  1. One of my favorite commandments is to fast. I don't particularly love going without food--in fact, I love food and I become cranky without it. However, I love the blessings that come through fasting.

    By having family goal in fasting, we have drawn closer together and relied on each other for support and strength. By following God's commandment to fast, we have not only received the blessings we fasted for, but have seen each family member grow and develop a deeper love towards one another.

    Fasting is a great opportunity where we take the time to consider what is important enough to skip meals for. We stop asking God for trivial things in our lives but we are able to focus our energy and thoughts towards God for something that really matters to us. And when we receive those blessings, we feel God's love. We know that God knows us and listens to our individual prayers. I am grateful for fasting.

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  2. I have found that the most "true and enduring happiness" is brought to me when I follow the commandments of my God.
    In the last couple years I have struggled with physical sickness and bad health. I fell into depression and became consumed with sadness and fear.
    I believe that there come times where a person can sink no further and all they have left to do is look up from the bottom, looking for something that can save them.
    My Savior has been there for me in those times and through His love and following His commandments, I have found my health. Not just physical health, but spiritual health, emotional health, and mental health as well. He has given me a whole health and as I continue to follow Him, I continue to heal.
    I may never be able to physically do some of the things I used to be capable of. But through God, I have found peace, love, and healing. He is my "secure anchor" and His commandments are my lifeline to happiness.

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  3. I think that it's easier to see sometimes how necessary it is to secure ourselves physically like with seat belts in the car or straps when riding roller coasters but we miss how much more dangerous it can be to not be secured spiritually. The adversary does not want us to have eternal life or be with our families forever and so he is doing everything he can to deceive us and spiritually lead us astray. The little things are really the big things such as reading our scriptures, saying our prayers, going to our meetings and having Family Home Evening. These are the spiritual anchors that secure us and help us to have real joy.

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  4. I read an interesting analogy the other day that compared our level of confidence to security we feel in our lives. The analogy was how we don't feel scared to walk the tight rope if there is a big soft net to catch us if we fall. I think the same works for rock climbing... It would scare me to death to climb without a secure anchor and rope and harness. But when we have all the right things in the right places we feel safe to climb on. That is the same in our lives. If we are doing like Aimee said, anchoring to the rock of Jesus Christ with the little things, we have the confidence to take on the challenges of life. If we fall we only fall as far as our last placed anchor. We can quickly regain our balance and start climbing again. This gives me a lot of confidence. I know Heavenly Father loves me and did not send me to this earth without providing me with the safety gear I need to survive.

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    1. I agree, yet even though we are given the tools and necessary "safety equipment" we need to remember to use it. If it just sits in the box never opened then it can't save us when it counts, or if we only choose to use certain pieces. So like the commandments we need to keep them all and not pick and choose which ones we will follow at that moment

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  5. Ezra Taft Benson, a prior Prophet and President of the church, said the following: “When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.” I think that one of the songs that the children in the Primary are familiar with called "Keep the Commandments" also provides some very inspired words on the subject:

    1. Keep the commandments; keep the commandments! In this there is safety; in this there is peace. He will send blessings; He will send blessings. Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments. In this there is safety and peace.
    2. We are His children; we are His children, and we must be tested to show we are true. Hold to His promises; Hold to His promises, Heeding the prophets: Keep the commandments. In this there is safety and peace.

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