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Gratitude
By ican
6/15/2009 11:57:53 PM
How Firm a Foundation : 3 — Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
I have been on this blog site for about 6 months now and I think that it has been a big help in my recovery. I have posted above the words to a hymn that has been my strength hymn for a long time. It seems that every time that I am having a hard time with life, I hear this hymn sung and this verse sticks out at me, almost as if the Lord himself is talking to me, telling me that it will be all right.

I am so grateful for the strength the Lord has given me in this recovery process. I have literally felt angels surrounding me, strengthening and protecting me. I know that the Lord keeps his promises, he blesses our efforts. I know that when we fall he weeps with us, he does not condemn us, he only reaches out a hand and invites us to try again.

I am preparing to go to the temple to receive my own endowment. I never thought I would be ready. I have always been active in the church and faithful, but this problem has plagued me for all my life, and I never felt worthy of the blessings the Lord has in store.

It is an amazing feeling, after a lifetime of self hatred, feelings of inadequacy and doubt to finally feel the love of the Lord on a daily basis. I know that the Lord's love has always been there, it has been constant, but I could not feel it, I could not see it. A dark cloud of negative feelings and behaviors kept me from realizing what has always been there.

The Lord really does heal all of our wounds, he can take away the hurt of all of the bad in our lives...both the things we bring upon ourselves and the things that happen to us out of no fault of our own. I love the Lord.

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