So I wrote to her and explained to her that it's like starting a new exercise routine. It takes time for your body to get used to the new exercise and we always want to give up in the first few minutes of the workout. But then, after our muscles adapt to the strain, they loosen up and it gets easier. We just have to get over that hump and then it's smooth sailing.
I think that's where she is right now - at the hump. I'm expecting it to pass if it hasn't already. She is a positive and happy girl and she doesn't stay down for long. But I'm still her mama and I'm going to worry about her either way. It's probably good that she can't call me. Hearing my voice would make it so much harder on her.
I was reading in Mosiah in the Book of Mormon for my scripture study this morning. And then, not expecting it, I read Mosiah 23: 21-22. I got to the end of verse 22 and "woke up". I love it when this happens. I was reading along, but not really paying attention because my mind was wandering, but then when I get to a part that Heavenly Father wants me to pay attention to I feel this little prick in my mind that says, "Hey! Stop. Read that again." You know? I just love the Holy Ghost! He's awesome. :)
So this is what those verses say:
"21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
22 Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day."
I felt like this was just the advice I needed to send my girl. So I sent her a letter this morning and told her to read that and to remember that doing hard things is good for us and it isn't always meant to be easy. It's for our good to struggle because it causes us to turn to God for help. This increases our faith and helps us to grow stronger. That's why it's so important for us not to give up when the going gets tough. Because it is only after a trial of our faith that we can receive that growth and the blessings that come as a result.
I reminded her that Heavenly Father hears our prayers and he will bless us with the righteous desires of our hearts, but it will always be in HIS time frame, not ours. As long as we are doing our part and live in obedience to His commandments, those righteous desires will be answered in one way or another. It won't always be the answer we expect, but it will be the answer that will be for our most good. I believe our God is a fair God and will give us those things we need when we need them because He knows us and loves us perfectly.
And then I admonished her to be happy and to keep a smile on her face because a smile is the best accessory she can wear. Our family is already feeling the blessings that come with having a missionary. I miss her, but I don't want her to come home until her service is completed. She is where she needs to be and where she wants to be. I love her and I'm proud of her.