Jumping in

Sometimes, even when you know something is the right thing to do, it’s hard to step forward.  Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in anxieties and the possibility of worst-case scenarios.  Sometimes you can start a journey with confidence, but a few steps in, you find yourself dragging your feet and looking back over your shoulder.  Sometimes faith and courage don’t come as easy as you thought they would.

Sometimes you’ve got to close your eyes, feel it deep, and just jump in.

“Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that ‘leap of faith,’ as the philosophers call it. It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and stepped into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two.”  ~ Elder Boyd K. Packer

“Beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now…  Face your doubts. Master your fears. ‘Cast not away therefore your confidence.’ Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.” ~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

I can do this.

Right?

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16 thoughts on “Jumping in

  1. I love your quotes and the emphasis on faith. This is one of my favorite quotes. On the surface, it might seem to be saying the opposite of your quotes, but to me it’s about having faith in those times when you are not so sure that you are on the right course.
    “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”. Agnes de Mille

  2. You can absolutely do this! And you will probably emerge from the experience with all sort of new insights and wisdom. That’s just who you are.

  3. You can, you can, of course you can! That’s my personal mantra: “I can do hard things.”

    Sometimes I have to say it over and over and over. Sometimes the hard thing is not yelling over something absolutely yell-worthy. Sometimes it’s running in a 5 mile race. And sometimes it’s something way bigger — like what you’re doing.

    Trust! Have faith! You can do it!

    (Side note: there aren’t that many bloggers that I (think) I relate to well enough for a relationship to translate into real life. But I think you and I would be friends if we were neighbors . . . or even just across town, going to the same ward type neighbors. I don’t comment often, but I always read. And I’m always uplifted. So thanks.)

  4. I used that quote from Elder Holland just last week in Gospel Doctrine. It’s a great one, and a truth that we’ve been working hard to instill in our older kids. Remember those early life decisions – school, major, marriage? It’s hard enough to go through it yourself, but helping your kids navigate those waters is exhausting! Having quotes like that, along with the Lord’s reminder to Oliver Cowdery that there is no better answer than one from God, really helps.

  5. You got it, girl.

    Also, I have a bad habit of thinking that things are truer when Elder Holland says them than when anyone else says them.

  6. i haven’t had time to catch up on your blog for a while. i grew up there! but back then it was just houses. they built a church and an elementary school while we lived there.

  7. Okay, I REALLY needed to hear this today. I’m pretty much at the beginning of the journey you’re close to ending soon (moving somewhere – don’t know where – for the sake of having a job)… Yeah… REALLY needed this. Thanks!

  8. You can do it … we are here cheering for you!

    “Beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing.” It is so easy to slink away from hard things, but I know you will follow through 🙂 !!

    P.S. Where are you moving from? (I must have missed that post before it self destructed!)

  9. taking the first step is always the hardest part for me…. jump in!

    I love the lyrics from the song “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield… they always help me feel brave 🙂

    Staring at the blank page before you
    Open up the dirty window
    Let the sun illuminate the words
    That you could not find

    Reaching for something in the distance
    So close you can almost taste it
    Release your inhibitions
    Feel the rain on your skin

    No one else can feel it for you
    Only you can let it in
    No one else, no one else
    Can speak the words on your lips

    Drench yourself in words unspoken
    Live your life with arms wide open
    To the years where your book begins
    Feel the rain on your skin

    No one else can feel it for you
    Only you can let it in
    No one else, no one else
    Can speak the words on your lips

    Drench yourself in words unspoken
    Live your life with arms wide open
    To the years where your book begins
    The rest is still unwritten

    Here’s to a new chapter (or book!) in your life… I hope it’s a wonderful ride 🙂
    (and I hope we can get together somewhere in the middle)

  10. Thanks for the quotes!! I really needed them today, they were answers much sought for! Taking that leap of faith in our family over the next three weeks. I wish at was at the backside instead of the frontside!! 🙂

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