1/19/2012 2:23:53 AM
Step 2 - Key Principle — Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health.
There is an old Michael McClean song, I can't remember the name, I just remember a few lines of it. It goes like this,
"There is hope, for every soul that's lost. There is a way back home, no matter where you roam. Let His love heal you & lead you there. There's a place for every heart in pain, a place where there's not hurt, and there's no shame, let His love heal you & lead you there."
HOPE, there is HOPE. God can restore us to COMPLETE spiritual health. It's not like mending a hole in a sock. There's no new stitches or a weak spot, we can receive COMPLETE spiritual health.
There is HOPE, because FIRST and foremost, we are CHILDREN of GOD. God loves ALL of His children. If we all took a step back & looked at our lives, we would all recognize the Tender Mercies that step #2 talks about. All of these Tender Mercies are evidence that God loves us & would never leave us without a way to return to Him.
Thankfully, I've been working this programlong enough that I'm finally recognizing some of The Lord's Tender Mercies in my life. This blog is one of The Lord's Tender Mercies. My ARP group, my Bishop, the large picture of Christ that I received from an anonymous giver & so many other small things that reminds me that God is here to help me return to Him.
I'm so thankful for all that The Lord has given me & blessed with me with.
I think that if you look around, you will recoginze the Tender Mercies that are part of your everyday lives.


In Elder Bednar's first conference talk as an apostle,    
"he spoke of the tender mercies of the Lord, and how the Lord is in the details of our lives. So true. And ME, you said something that I think is pivotal, and that is that you've been working the program long enough (and I emphasize, "long enough") for you to begin to recognize some of those tender mercies in the details of your life.

Don't get discouraged, any of you, no matter how long it takes, no matter how many tries it takes. And never fail to recognize any degree of improvement in your lives, and be thankful for it to the Lord in private prayer.

The Lord is in the details of our lives."
posted at 10:12:00 on January 19, 2012 by dog

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"Nothing is beyond [Christ’s] redeeming reach or His encircling empathy. Therefore, we should not complain about our own life’s not being a rose garden when we remember who wore the crown of thorns! Having bled at every pore, how red His raiment must have been in Gethsemane, how crimson that cloak! No wonder, when Christ comes in power and glory, that He will come in reminding red attire, signifying not only the winepress of wrath, but also to bring to our remembrance how He suffered for each of us in Gethsemane and on Calvary!"

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987