"I've come to you today in kind of a motherly way, if you'll indulge me, to speak to those of you who feel a little bit disappointed at this point, and thus, a little bit discouraged. May I just share with you a personal disappointment we've had in our home recently. A few months ago our daughter, Mary, decided to run for president of her seventh-grade class. She was encouraged by a teacher who felt she could win, and so she began to campaign with lots of enthusiasm and a great deal of confidence. Both her parents and her brothers rallied behind and gave her all the support and help we could.
Well, she lost. Now I was told this earlier in the day before Mary got home from school, and you know mothers. I was totally devastated for her, and I just churned with emotions all day and most of the day hoped for something that I could say that might comfort her. When I heard her footsteps at the door, my heart and my feet leaped to the rescue, and all the words of comfort I could think of came tumbling out.
And you know, she just looked at me for a few minutes and then with sad little brown eyes she said, "Mother, will you just pray with me?"
As we knelt in prayer, she said, "Heavenly Father, I promised you I'd do anything if I could win, and now I know I must show how to be a good loser." And then she said, "I don't want you to be my servant anymore. I just want to be yours."
I just love this little story. I have definitely felt a little discouraged lately. I have said many prayers lately just asking Heavenly Father to just give me a little extra strength to just get through the next couple of hours. He has blessed me with way more than that. I know that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and my needs and He knows exactly how to help me, especially when I don't know how to help myself.
I also love this quote from the recent General Conference:
"Surely the thing that God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful. Especially to those who don't expect it. Especially to those who don't feel they deserve it. You have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ's atonement. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. The Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning." -Jeffrey R. Holland
I have seen this concept working in my life this week. God is so good. So good.