Stretching Opportunities

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I came upon this message ripped from an LDS Living Magazine when I was decluttering my closet.
It spoke to my heart.
I do not welcome stretching opportunities as well as I ought.
This is a time of life that is making me go beyond myself.
It’s just all the little things that add up each day to overwhelm my natural man self.

I believe that God intends us all to get to this point through one challenge or another.
It requires of us to look upward and outward for strength.
This is when we humble ourselves and realize that we are nothing without Jesus Christ…
That He is the reason we can be sustained at any level.

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.” (Alma 26:12)

My sweet Hannah shared this quote by Patience Loader Archer, a pioneer girl who traveled with the Edward Martin Handcart company.
She had such strong faith. She knew her strength came from God.

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These are other selections from her journal that showed her strength and courage [currage] … I love the spelling. The simplicity of her words. Her strength and testimony.

Archer, Patience Loader, Reminiscences, [transcript]. MS 6218, p. 57-92.

brother Richards and three other breathren adminesterd to him and blessed him and told him that he should get better and continue his journey and get to Salt Lake City[.] this seemed to give him new strength and currage[.] we rested there for a few hours untill three o clock in the afternoon[.] then we Started on our Journey again to Camp at Cuttlers park seven Miles from Florance[.] My dear father got up and came to the cart to commence to pull with me[.] I said father you are not able to pull the cart to day[.] he said yes I am My dear[.] I am better[.] the breathern blessed Me and Said I should get well and go to the valley and I have faith that I shall[.]

this was asevere trial[.] here we had to [w]rap my dear father in a quilt all we had to lay him in[;] no nice casket to lay him away in comfortable but put into the grave and the earth thrown in upon his poor body[.] oh that sounded so hard[,] I will never forget the sound of that dirt beign [being] shoveld onto my poor fathers boday[.] it seemed to me that it would break every bone in his body. it did indeed seem a great trial to have to leave our dear father behind that morning knowing we had looked upon that sweet smiling face for the last time on earth but not without a hope of Meeting him again in the Morning of the resurection for he had been afaithfull servant of God and bore testemony to the truth of the gosple of Jesus Christ nombers of times and we Know if we his children follow his example that we will Meet our dear father again and be reunited with him to dwell in unity and love all through eternity and as our dear Mother and we girls traveled that day[,] it was a verey Sorrowfull day and we all greeved greatly[.]

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