LILY Letter 32: Personal Restoration

November 16, 2021
In October 2021 General Conference, Elder Uchtdorf said: "We need an ongoing, daily infusion of heavenly light. We need 'times of refreshing.' Times of personal restoration." Speaking of the restoration of the gospel, President Nelson said in that same Conference, "Restoration is a process, not an event[.]"

Mid-singles who have experienced painful losses often feel a sense of shattered identity, happiness, and wholeness. We suggest that personal restoration after profound loss is also a process. It is like a garden that grows from good seeds. Your restoration involves sowing the seeds of faith and of new relationships, watering those seeds with hope, and fertilizing them with spiritual nourishment and personal development efforts. It involves putting your finances and personal habits in order, and patiently waiting for your seeds to grow into plants that bear fruit. It is unavailing to stand over your plants shaking your fist and shouting at them to grow faster--though many of us are tempted to do just that in our various pursuits.

If you are weary and overwhelmed by all of the things coming "at" you, remember to believe in a bigger God--a God that is more powerful than all of your problems. He may not take them from you immediately--usually he doesn't. But as your heart heals and changes, so will your circumstances.

As Elder Uchtdorf said, "We need an ongoing, daily infusion of heavenly light," which will begin to heal and repair your heart and renew your strength. Trust the process and be patient and calm. You "that wait upon the LORD shall renew [your] strength [you] shall mount up with wings as eagles" (Isaiah 40:31).

LILY Pod 42: Personal Restoration is a Process

Jeff & Cathy discuss the process of personal restoration when we feel shattered by grief and loss, as well as our need for daily rejuvenation.

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