A small book with a big lesson

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I sat down today and decided to read the book that Cole's parents bought for me for Easter. It's called Redefining Joy In The Last Days by Chris Stewart. I've never really been much into reading books, but since I'm not in classes this spring or summer and since Cole LOVES to read I figured I'd give it a try. 

This book was only 60 pages long, but definitely has a lot of meaning to it. I feel like I'm always trying to figure out how to be a more joyful person but it's always hard to pinpoint what it is I need to do/change so that I can. I think what it all comes down to is learning to count your blessings and realizing that the trying times in life are blessings just as the good times in life are. Our time here on earth is a time for us to learn and grow, and each experience that we go through has something to teach us. 

My favorite quote from the book is:

"God will stretch us. 
But He will also bless us." 

I have found this to be SO true. There have been many times in my life where I feel like nothing seems to be going right, but when I stop to breathe and take a step back I slowly start to see that everything is all right. We've got to learn to look at the world and what goes on in it with the right perspective. 


Our Father in heaven wants what is best for us, but He can't make us do anything. He has given us the gift to choose for ourselves what we will do with the time we have here. Seems kind of scary, but the best part is that He hasn't left us all alone. He has given us guidance and direction through prophets of old in the scriptures and through prophets today in order to help us be a more joyful people.

Vida es bonita.  

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