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grattitude
By sjanderson
12/27/2014 7:17:44 AM
I have a lot to be grateful for today and this holiday season. i don't want to be grateful, i want to wallow in self pitty and self doubt and regret, that is easier and better known to me.

i am grateful to still be employed especially given our situation at least some money coming in is better than none at all. I think i get so very impaitient with God looking at my Pat blessing and expecting things. Those were promises that helped keep me going at times even though i was an addict and now it can be hard to give up the addiction and hold strong with the hope of the Savior. In fact in some cases because i didn't feel like God could or would answer prayers i gave up for the addiction instead. even now i want to believe that God is powerful enough to help and heal us, but the pain at times seems to be too deep.

i know it sounds crazy to hear myself say that, 'I know all the answers' it is living them that is a problem.

i love home my girls have perfect faith in the Savior and i wish i could prevent them from being hurt like i have been hurt and disappointed, yet i guess that is not part of the plan.

Back to gratitude. i have five and a half months of sobriety, have been told i can go back to the Temple etc and baptize my daughter. there is a lot of stress between my wife and i am grateful for the hard work she is putting in in trying to understand her own anger and issues.

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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006