Empowered by Faith!!! What does that mean? How do I obtain that? Do I have Faith? Do I need it to get through life?
These questions have great value and answers to them. But, there isn't one answer for those questions. Those Questions have different answers for each person in the world, but I want to share with you what Faith Has done for me through out my life.
I want to share a bit of my back story about myself.
I was born to goodly parents in Mesa Arizona, lived there until I was 12, then moved to IL where I met my husband at age 18.
We were married in the Nauvoo IL Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 17 years ago. We moved to Arizona for Aaron to finish school and then Moved to Wisconsin, and now have 4 beautiful children.
I am a hairdresser, photographer, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, 1st Counselor in The Young Women's in the Elkhorn Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and hope to be a Motivational speaker one day.
Now to some; my list of duties may stress a few people out, but I have a few learning experiences that I would like to share on how I, as an Ordinary Woman, became an Extraordinary Woman.
But First; Everyone take a Deep Breath!! Now let me ask you something.
Do you still feel alive? Yes??
Guess what? The Lord still has great things in store for you!!! EXCITING RIGHT???
Let me tell you something many of you probably don't know about me; I HATE COOKING!!! WITH A PASSION!!!
BUT-- I am constantly communicating with the Lord and asking Him to inspire me to what I should cook for my family. Acting in Prayer everyday; shows I TRUST the Lord and have Faith that He will inspire me to what I need to make for my Family.
And guess what? He always Delivers everyday. BUT; when I don't ask, I have a stupor of thought and I am clueless to what I should cook.
In Alma 32:21 from The Book of Mormon ( another Testament of Jesus Christ) it says;
"And now as I said concerning Faith, Faith is NOT to have a Perfect knowledge of things; therefore If ye have faith ye HOPE for things which are NOT SEEN, which are TRUE. "
Do you know WHY YOU ARE STILL ALIVE? Do you know God's Purpose for you?
Maybe not yet you don't or maybe you have a glimpse and are hopeful and excited to what is yet to come. Or maybe you are doubting everything a bit.
BUT!!! Where is your FAITH?
We struggle everyday to breathe physically and spiritually. We are Ordinary Women becoming Extraordinary Women in doing our best to be Empowered by our Faith so that we can breathe.
Now you may be thinking; "Wait a minute Britney; How do you breathe Spiritually?"
Well, What gets your spirit excited?
When you get excited for something you have the energy and strength to do that task. So what are a few things or even one thing that gets your Spirit excited?
Is it Music? Prayer? Singing? Service? Studying the Scriptures? Listening and Acting on the Spirit? What gets your Spirit Excited?
For me to keep "breathing Spiritually" I need to do these things; 1. Pray 2. Read my Scriptures 3. Listen and Trust the Lord .
I heavily rely on those tasks daily to keep me spiritually breathing. I tell my mind; " Ok, I am going to Read, Pray and Listen today and when I act on those tasks, it gets my Spirit excited. It may be hard to grasp, but until you figure out what gets your spirit excited, THEN will you fully understand that feeling.
The mind is a Powerful Tool. If you think to yourself; " I'm so stupid," then you will believe it and think you are stupid. IF you tell your mind; "I'm going to have a great day and accomplish great things" then you start believing it and look forward to what lays ahead.
Let me share something with you. When I was younger, I was told that I had a "learning disability. I felt stupid. I felt like the schools put a label on me, but deep down inside; I knew they were wrong, even when my grades said differently. I knew who I was. I went to church, I went to Seminary at 6am before School Monday through Friday during my High School years, I was surrounded by good Friends and Family. I kept focusing on who I KNEW I WAS!!!!
SO.... Start thinking, start processing and figure out what gets your Spirit EXCITED! Recognize it, and start acting on those things because by acting on them, you have FAITH to accomplish GREAT THINGS!
Let me share with you a Story about my Journey In Having Faith.
I have been married for 17 years to my best friend and we have 4 Beautiful and incredibly smart children; Kayla 13, Keira 11, Logan 8, and Luke 4.
When I had my girls; I constantly thought; "Wow, being a mom is so easy, this is perfect!!"
(( Let me stop there for a moment and tell you to NEVER say that out loud BECAUSE the Lord always has something in store for you around every corner. ))
Well, that corner came and the Lord not only wanted Aaron and I to grow, but our girls as well.
On October 13, 2010 I had my son Jack Logan Johnson. Logan has a Rare Genetic Disorder called Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation, in short CDG 1a.
Logans sugars and proteins don't connect which leads to developmental delays, partially deaf, under developed cerebellum ( controls balance ), he is in a wheel chair, has a feeding tube, can have seizures and strokes, has scolliosis, and many other challenges which leads us to many specialists at Childrens Hospital in Milwaukee WI.
I'm a Carrier and my husband is a carrier, but we didn't know it until we had Logan.
When he was born we were told he was partially deaf. I went home, held him on the couch and cried. As I was crying the Spirit spoke to me through my son; "Mom, I came here so my brother wouldn't have to go through all that I have to go through."
Little did we know that at 6 months old when he was close to death did we find out about his Genetic Disorder.
I went through many experiences that built my faith that gave me strength to breathe Spiritually. I was unexplainably calm and Trusted the Lord for many years.
My faith grew because if you didn't hear/read clearly; the Spirit just told me through my son of a few days old, that Logan came here so his brother wouldn't have to go through all that he had to go through. Of course I took some precautions because I wasn't mentally ready to have another baby.
Time went on and I could feel my unborn son in my home. Many times I saw a silhouette of a boy in my peripheral vision and when I turned my head, He was gone. It was as if the Lord was constantly sending my unborn son, to REMIND me to have FAITH to what was yet to come.
As Logan was laying on the floor, he started laughing. The thought came to my mind, "Your Son is entertaining Logan." I whispered; "I know you're here!" Again, I received more spiritual breath that gave me; an ordinary woman to become an extraordinary woman, strength to build my faith. My Faith was undoubtedly growing and I fully believed that I was to have another son.
I went to the Temple one day, and as I was waiting, I opened the scriptures that they had provided and there was a verse that caught my eye and it read; " You shall have a son and his name shall be Luke." To this day I cannot find the scripture verse, but I honestly thought; "Oh my goodness, you've got to be kidding me!
Now keep in mind; my husband struggled to believe that we were to have another son, because we had a good percentage of having another child like Logan.
One Day I woke up in the middle of the night with a Painful headache. After asking out loud; "Why in the world do I have such a headache?" The spirit spoke to me as clear as day; "Your son will come close to Logan's birthday to help him through out his life." There was no room for me to doubt. I could only make three choices for myself;
1. To listen and have Faith
2. Ignore all that I heard,felt and seen and fear about what life would be like raising another child with my Special Needs Son and still making time for my girls.
3. Doubt all that was promised to me
I wanted to choose the first choice.
On August 18, 2015 2 months before Logan's Birthday Luke Aaron Johnson was born. Our Family was complete!!!
These experiences that I had; doesn't mean I don't struggle to breathe physically and spiritually; because I do. Sometimes even daily. But, you need to understand that Satan knows the great things that the Lord has in store for you and all that you will accomplish. Satan wants to do everything in his power to make sure that you Doubt your worth, that you suffocate your spirit and lose spiritual and physical strength to keep moving forward in life.
LIFE HAS TO BE HARD TO LEARN AND GROW spiritually and physically. That's how we keep our Faith growing.
Remember Prayer changes things.
Doctrine and Covenants 10:5 " Pray always that you may conquer Satan.."
BE POWERFUL. BE STRONG. BE YOU.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said; " The Purpose of Faith is NOT to CHANGE God's will, but to EMPOWER us to ACT on God's will."
So; "What is Faith?"
Dieter F. Uchtdorf goes on to say; "Faith is TRUST- TRUST that God see's what WE CANNOT and that He knows what WE DO NOT. Sometimes; trusting our own vision and judgment is not enough."
If we go back to Alma 32:21 "And Now as I said concerning Faith, Faith is NOT to have a PERFECT KNOWLEDGE of things; therefore if ye have FAITH ye HOPE for things which are NOT SEEN, which are TRUE!"
BE STRONG. BE POWERFUL. BE YOU.
You are all Ordinary Women who are Extraordinary women Empowered by Faith. Hold on to that and DON'T LET THAT GO!!