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i wanted to start praying

first of all. i didn't ever make a fathers day post. my dad doesn't really read my blog. so i didn't see the point. however, since he played a major part in me starting to pray, i want to say how much i love my dad. i'm super grateful he gave me his sense of humor. he is so weird. and so am i. and i love it. so much.


when i was six years old, i heard my mom on the phone. she was a bit frantic. i remember her saying, "i'm so sorry. please let her know we are thinking of her & i will put her name in the temple." 

i remember asking my parents, "what does that mean? what does it mean to put someones name in the temple? "

they replied with something to the extent of, "when you put someone's name in the temple, it means everybody going through the temple for the next 2-4 weeks (depending on the temple) will say a prayer for them." 

then, my dad told me a story. when he was younger, he got kneed really hard during a baseball game. his leg began to bleed internally and it turned into a plate of bone. my dad couldn't even bend his leg. after going to the hospital, the doctors told him he may never walk again. it was really scary for my dad because he was a young kid! he hadn't even fully began his life yet & he might never walk again? i think it was like a few weeks later, he tried to get up and walk. & he did it! he walked. and he proved those doctors wrong. later that evening, his parents got a call. come to find out, someone in his ward had put his name in the temple. and later that afternoon, he was walking.

is that a miracle, or what? one more story, just one more. 

most people know that i dated a boy for quite some time before i met mr. schroeder. i was praying and praying to find out if he was 'the one.' we began fighting like crazy over nothing & little things would start to bother me about him. it was weird, because for the past two and a half years, i had planned on marrying this guy! we decided to take a little break & see how things go. it was one of the hardest times of my life. i loved him & i didn't understand why he may have not been the one for me. one morning, i woke up, felt my savior's love, and felt extremely comforted at the fact that we were through. we were done. shortly after that, i got an email from his mother telling me that she put my name in the temple -- that i may decide & be happy with my answer. 

these aren't just coincidences, people!! after my dad told me that story, i wanted to start praying. i wanted so badly to get on my knees & find out for myself if prayer was real and if someone was really listening. well, someone was listening. and i have had so many miracles happen through prayer.

 i know that sometimes, prayer isn't answered the way i would like it to. but later down the road, i know exactly that Heavenly Father knew all along what i needed, he gave it to me, and it took me a second to finally realize the good in it. if everyone's prayers were to get answered the exact way they wanted them too, god wouldn't play a very big role in people's lives. not only that, our faith wouldn't be strengthened in many situations. i don't know if i made this quote up, but i think i did. because i can't find a source & it's always sort of been stuck in my mind. 


pray, people. you will see miracles. you will feel different. and your faith will be strengthened. 

11 comments

  1. I came across your blog via Pinterest a month or so ago and just wanted to comment and tell you I love reading it. Keep doing what you do!
    -Jessalyn

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. It is exactly what I needed to read this morning. My husband is possibly getting promoted to a different shift at work-night shift. It has its pros and cons, and I have been feeling confused on if he should take it or not. Praying about it has given me some comfort, and I hope The Lord with guide our family.

    Thanks again for being so open here on your blog. I look forward to reading it everyday!

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  3. The Lord blessed me with an amazing dad too. I got his sense of humor and his weirdness too. :D I'm a clown as I say to folks. although I hate clowns in real life LOL

    I firmly believe in prayer and faith and the Lord. and that's the reason that keeps me going at all times.

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  4. So very true. We've been praying about a certain situation for close to 5 years now & just now ( today, actually! ) we are beginning to see things come to pass & our prayers are being answered. It may not always come when you want it to, but the answers definitely come when you NEED them to! Praise God. Prayer is powerful!

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  5. Such a sweet post Amanda!!

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  6. This is perfect Amanda! I also love how the Bible Dictionary describes prayer, "As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part."

    Sometimes I get out of the habit of praying often, and all it comes down to is that I forget that He is my Heavenly Father. Just like I wouldn't ignore my earthy father, I need to maintain and strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

    Thanks for reminding me how important prayer is! :)

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  7. i love this! prayer really works. i wish i was better at remembering every single night. but i'm working on it. thanks for always having such good blog posts :)

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  8. What a beautiful quote! I love it!

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  9. I know prayer works. I love that story of your dad. I really needed to read this post right now. I struggle with prayer and I've been trying sooo hard to get back on track with it. I have also been trying to make my prayers more personal and telling Heavenly Father all about my day. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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  10. I remember when I first starting seeing prayers answered. Not always right when I wanted them to be or exactly how I wanted them to be. But it feels like peace filling your soul even when things are not how you orignally visioned them. It is so cool. Prayer = awesome. I wish everyone knew how much peace and happiness it could bring. Thanks for posting about something so sacred, I don't know if it's like this for you, but it's hard for me to open up about things so personal.

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  11. Seeing prayers answered is probably one of my top ten favorite things ever! & I love that quote!

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