Through God’s Eyes

I now realize that in the Church, to effectively serve others we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes. Only then can we begin to comprehend the true worth of a soul. Only then can we sense the love that Heavenly Father has for all of His children. 

~ Dale G. Renlund 

Sometimes we need to remember that even for ourselves.

Sometimes it feels like you  an beat cancer, but not bounce back from it.  Sometimes it feels like you can endure years of hard things, but not live beyond it.  Sometimes it feels like you can push through the catetaking of everyone around you, but not care for yourself.  This is false.

You can, and must, also care for you.

I can, and must.

The whole purpose of enduring through hard things is to reach the other side.

President Hinckley said, “Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

For me, part of that is taking care of my health and becoming strong again, so that I can not only stick around for awhile, but also better enjoy my time with the children.

And so I try.


And I keep trying.

And I keep trying.

And sometimes the compassion I offer is to myself.

And it feels really good.

President Packer said: “The Atonement leaves no tracks, no traces. What it fixes is fixed. … It just heals, and what it heals stays healed.”

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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