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By julieann
5/17/2009 12:17:07 PM
1 Nephi 11:17 — And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
Hi, I am Derek's wife. Of course I am very pained and sorrowed, frustrated and heartbroken by what my husband has done. However, I have not forgotten the things I have learned over the last three years. I have not lost what I had gained and continue to gain through the atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ. He has given me hope, the chance to be exalted, the opportunity to become like him and my Father in Heaven. I do glory in their goodness and their mercy and their gentleness and long suffering of all that we as children of God go through on earth.

Life is definitely hard and seems unfair and unfortunately I also suffer many of the consequences of the bad choices my husband has made. He has truly hurt me and our family. But I believe in family. I believe he can change. I will not turn away from someone who is in desperate need of help and is honestly seeking it.

I am in a war against Satan and his crew. I am fighting for my family!


A wonderful song that seems to express a lot of the feeling both Derek and I have is "Let Him Heal Your Heart", by John Canaan.

Who can know the heartache you are feeling deep inside?
Who can know the burdens you've carried all your life.
Darkness fills the daylight and the road is much too long.
Where are heaven's answers and the strength to carry on?

When the night is lonely and your pride and fear depart.
When the tears have fallen and the questions fill your heart.
Think of how He loves you, how He longs to bring you home.
Reach out for His guidance. He has walked your path alone.

Let Him Heal your heart.
Remember every promise He has made.
Reach into your soul and forsake a life of sin and
He will shine that light inside again.
Let Him help you start to live again and feel His endless love.
Let Him hold and teach you-- love and reach you.
Let Him heal your heart.

There's no simple challenge. Every road is not the same.
But every wrong decision is forgotten if you change.
Feel His warmth surround you. See His arms are open wide.
Know that He stands ready when you start to change your life.

Never doubt His goodness. Don't believe that it's too late.
He sees your every struggle and he knows the trials you face.
Follow and believe Him. Put your trust in Him again.
Change your heart forever.Let the miracle begin.

Let Him Heal your heart.
Remember every promise He has made.
Reach into your soul and forsake a life of sin and
He will shine that light inside again.
Let Him help you start to live again and feel His endless love.
Let Him hold and teach you-- love and reach you.
Let Him heal your heart.

Comments:

What a beautiful post    
"Thank-you, Julieann for showing the rest of us what the right attitude looks like. I admire your courage and I believe you will win the fight for your family. God bless you."
posted at 14:32:25 on May 17, 2009 by Anonymous
So sorry!    
"Julie, I just want you to know that I am so sorry for what is going on and I am praying for you! I know we haven't talked for a long time, but if you ever need to talk just give me a call. I'm in the phone book."
posted at 15:19:10 on May 18, 2009 by Connie
julie ann    
"I think you are amazing and hope to learn more from you. How lucky your husband is to have you. I have thought about and prayed a for you these past couple of days. You must have been inspired to share your struggles early on with your family. What a strength they must be to you now. Families are the best. Keep fighting for yours."
posted at 10:59:36 on May 19, 2009 by robin
Julie Ann!    
"Your ability to look at this in a Christ-like way is inspiring.

Praying for you all."
posted at 13:07:25 on May 20, 2009 by justjohn


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