Friday, April 1, 2011

One year ago...


I was pregnant with our 5th baby, I was 30 weeks. On this very day I was put on strict bedrest due to preeclampsia...and no it wasn't an April Fool's joke. I am having many emotions as I think back to that very difficult time. I will probably be doing many posts about this time in our lives. It was perhaps the biggest trial I have gone through, yet the growth I experienced because of it was priceless. My relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior grew immensely and I honestly wouldn't trade it for anything...seriously look at that face...worth every painful, scary moment!

Here is a quote I just found and resonated with me the second I read it.... "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant." -Horace-

I agree completely with the quote, but you have to have an open heart and allow yourself to glean those talents and not harden your heart and be bitter in adversity in order to change and grow.

More to come throughout the month...what talents/abilities have you found in adversity?

4 comments:

Venessa said...

Honestly....I've discovered I'm stronger than I thought and when I combine that with my faith in the Lord and that He knows where my breaking point is, I CAN do hard things!

Wendi said...

I've spent quite a bit of my life falling down over and over and over again. But, what amazes me, is that through the power of the Atonement, I've been able to pick myself up as many times as I've fallen. I'm grateful for that.

Laura@livingabigstory said...

"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents..."

Wow! What a great quote -- the self-reflection I did after my mom's death was one reason I finally summoned the courage to started writing again. And it's given me the courage to approach it as something I want to learn to do (which means I have to be open to criticism).

Kerri said...

Cheryl,

Thank you again for a thought-provoking post. Every worthwhile feeling and perspective I have has been a blessing given through what I would have called trials at the time. I always wanted to be good, but lack of experience allowed me to be proud and judgmental. Charity, the most worthwhile of all has been my biggest blessing through difficulties. I'm not perfect at it, but life is so much more worth living when you see the people around you and find that you love them. It brings one personal peace. Yeah, the ability to love has been growing and only increases through every trial I have.

Thank you lovely lady!! :)