Weekly Message from Sister Lambert (Missionary)
ood morning sisters. I hope you are doing well and enjoying these hot end-of-summer days. What a crazy but rewarding summer this has been for our family–I hope your have enjoyed time with your families and feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the school year ahead.
I’m excited to be with you tomorrow night as we discuss Step 3: Trust in God. The key principle of Step 3 is: decide to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the step of peace–we make the decision to completely surrender our will and our lives to the Lord. Doing so we are putting ourselves in God’s care–what wonderful, capable, loving hands we can be supported and directed by! We’ll talk again about the analogy of the tandem bike–I think of that often when I try to steer through life’s roads.
One sister said about this step: “After trying to solve my problems my way and having no success, I was at last open to follow the will of the Lord. I had hit bottom! I willingly turned the saving of my own soul and all those I loved, over to my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I trusted Him for the first time to take everything! I will forever and ever be grateful that I have come to understand Step One, my powerlessness, and fully apply Steps Two and Three. I now practice remembering to rely completely on my Savior’s power, love, tender mercies, and redemption in my life and the lives of those I love. As I practice remembering, He gently guides my steps and I feel His
peace as never before. I believe Him. He is enough. He is everything.
Well said. HE really is everything!
With love and prayers for each of you,
Message from Sister Lambert (missionary)
Good morning, Sisters. Are you enjoying the beautiful weather? I can’t believe summer is ending so soon–the nights are certainly proving that to be the case. But I do love cool nights and fresh air while snuggled under my comforter!
As I reflect on this summer, especially the last month, I realize that seldom, if ever, in my life have I faced as many challenges all at once as I have recently. I also realize, in retrospect, that the Lord’s tender mercies were abundant and sustaining to me and my family–I’m so grateful for the “love notes” He sends me, even when it takes me a few weeks to look back and “read” them. I realize that recognizing the hand of the Lord in our lives is fundamental in our journey of healing. Such recognition surely gives us HOPE (step 2) in the power of God and in our healing from life’s wounds–as well as strength and hope in our future and the ability and knowledge that we can do hard things (and survive with strength, confidence, and knowledge).
Through Step Two we come to understand that God has the power to restore and heal us. President James E. Faust testified: “I wish to give assurance that there is a sure cure for heartache, disappointment, torment, anguish, and despair. The Psalmist stated, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Ps. 147:3)
I hope you will join us Thursday night as we work together to understand the healing power of God–there is a balm in Gilead, and we can all partake of it.
The following is the weekly, uplifting message from one of our special missionaries, Sister Karen Lambert:
Hello, dear sisters. I hope you had a fun holiday and are having a great week. I went to my mom’s new branch on Sunday and heard a delightful talk on “Faith in Every Footstep.” What a great way to think about those who have gone before us as well as the pioneers of today, such as each one of us, who are trodding difficult paths in unknown territories with faith and a belief that the Lord will support us and help us reach our eternal goals.We are pioneers in our fight against pornography and our commitment to forge ahead with faith in every footstep. You are amazing women who show courage and faith to those around you–I know that because I see it and feel it when I am with you. I’m really looking forward to being with you again this week and hope to see familiar as well as new faces in our support group.
There is a very nice video on YouTube and posting often on Facebook that is a visual of one of Elder Holland’s talks on pornography. If you haven’t seen it, please take a minute and watch it: http://lds.org/pages/watch-your-step. I think it really demonstrates the pornography problem and it’s impact on the family as well as the internal struggle that is so difficult to control.
This week we will be discussing Step 1: KEY PRINCIPLE: Come to admit that we are powerless over the addiction of another and recognize that our lives have become unmanageable. Sometimes (okay, all the time for me) it is hard for some of us who may be control oriented, to admit we are powerless and then to recognize how unmanageable our life has become. We will discuss the Lord’s gift of free agency and how, even if we wanted to, we can not override agency. Admitting that we are powerless over the addiction of another and recognizing how our efforts to control others will make our lives miserable, allows us to begin a healthier way of interacting with our addicted loved ones. Please join us as we work together to understand this important principle and start (or start anew) our new life path with faith in every footstep.
I do hope to see you Thursday night at 7:30! Love and prayers to all, Karen
Camburcita would like to share that there is a very nice video on YouTube that is a visual of one of Elder Holland’s talks on pornography. If you haven’t seen it, please take a minute and watch it: http://lds.org/pages/watch-your-step?lang=eng