Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Closer Every Day

In December, my ward’s Relief Society passed out this packet called 21 Days Closer to Christ. We were challenged to do the daily reading assignments for the 21 days in an effort to gain a stronger testimony of our Savior. This challenge would end on Christmas day, and I knew I was in desperate need of a closer relationship with Christ, so I took it!

I came home from church, and after a lovely family dinner at my parents house, I sat down with my packet and read through the challenge for Day 1. It got me thinking about all of the different things I had in my life that keep me from doing the things I know I should. The distractions. Some were good things, some were bad. Some things were simply a waste of time, others were deliberately pulling me away from God.

I was thinking about my testimony, how I had left it by the wayside recently, and what I was going to do about it. I committed right then and there to change. I decided to become the person I am meant to be. The person God knows I can become. I decided to work daily on becoming a better mother, wife, and daughter of God. I felt very motivated that I would keep up with this challenge, the daily reading, the writing of my thoughts, and the growing closer to Christ, no matter what it took.

The Lord works in mysterious ways, we all have seen this a time or two in our individual lives. The Lord has been working on me for a long time. I look back at the last year of my life and see the times when He has carried me along, the times I pushed Him away, and the times I wished He was with me. I realized as I started this challenge that I had been pushing Him away, and it was time for me to let Him back into my life. I had some changes to make.

I continued to read the scriptures and think about the things each daily challenge told me to, and I wrote each day my experience with it. My testimony has grown more in the last month than it ever has. I am close with my Savior. I have a much better understanding of the Atonement than I ever did in the past. I am re-committed to the Lord. I have turned my life over to Him in a way that I never have before, and He is carrying me along. He is blessing me. I have never been happier in my life. My marriage has never been better. My heart has never been so content. I love my Savior.

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