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Tender Mercies
By ME
2/5/2012 9:57:34 PM
Here is a link to a talk from Elder Bednar
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2005/04/the-tender-mercies-of-the-lord?lang=eng&query=tender+mercies />It is about The Lords Tender Mercies.
Here is a talk from D. Todd Christopherson.
http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/as-many-as-i-love-i-rebuke-and-chasten?lang=eng&query=chasten />It is about how the Lord Rebukes those that He loves.

Tonight I took my teenagers to the Bishops Youth Discussion. The topic that was discussed was about the behaviors in which I have been addicted to. I think that I handled it well, considering that I could have sat there & beat myself up the whole time. After it was done & we were eating our treats, my Bishop came over & stood by me. He probably just happened to stop right where I was, but he shook my hand. I think that he was checking to see how I was handled the whole discussion.
There were moments that I felt a little heavy. But then on the drive home I felt peace. I felt the spirit confirming to me that, I'm not in my addictive behaviors anymore, I'm not what I have been.
What does this have to do with the 2 talks that I put links to? Well, I have been shown many, many tender mercies through my healing & recovery process. And in the times in which I felt as if The Lord put me in a corner for "time out", I realized that The Lord was rebuking me because He loves me. He wants me to be happy. He wants me to feel His Love. He wants me to be more than I have been. I'm so thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For The Atonement, for the Addiction Recovery Program. I'm so thankful for the loving rebukes that I've received from The Lord. I'm thankful for all the Tender Mercies that He sends my way every day.

If this is your day 1 for you, FANTASTIC. If this is day 36 or 79 or 874 FANTASTIC. Keep it up, keep going, keep moving forward & one day at a time, you will see that You are NOT what you used to be. The Lord will bless you & strengthen you, one day at a time, one moment at a time. I testify to it.
Everyone have a good week.

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"Now, my brothers and sisters, let not Jesus’ redemption for us stop at the immortalizing dimension of the Atonement, “the loosing of the bands of death”. Let us grasp the proffered gift of eternal life! We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either “suffer even as I”, or overcome “even as [He] … overcame”. His beckoning command is to become “even as I am”. The spiritually settled accept that invitation, and “through the atonement of Christ,” they become and overcome! "

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987