a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Help for the Loved Ones of Addicts and Alcoholics - 11

Onward. . .

Heavenly Father is in charge! 

He loves us! 

His plan is one of perfection. 

His perfect Son gave His life that we might live. He paid a tremendous price to allow us to have our agency.

The Gospel is true.

There is a perfectly laid out Plan of Salvation. And a road map to lead us successfully back to their presence when our earthly probation is through.

    Just as we have our agency to choose our path we must allow      our loved ones their agency to choose their path.

We know from the Lord's relationship with His chosen people that eventually, when they have repented and paid the price for their disobedience the Lord will then open his arms and receive them back. 

It is my hope that you will carefully consider the messages that are here---that for those with addictions the seemingly contradictory best help is no help. 

And, I hope that I have helped you understand and cherish the gift of agency. 

It is my prayer that you allow our Savior to help lighten your heavy heart as He has promised in the following Scriptures.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

"The eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth will save not
only themselves, but likewise their posterity. 

Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them. . . reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return.

They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father's heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain.

Pray for your careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. 

Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God."
               Joseph Smith
                       First latter-day Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This is the end of the book ---- but not the end of the story.

Stay "tuned" for the wrap-up, follow-up, and up-date that will be coming next week.

I sincerely hope that what I have offered is what you have needed. 

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If you have questions, or would like to know more about the LDS church please go to Mormon.org. 

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