“When we turn our lives over to the Lord, the power behind us is always greater than the obstacles before us.”

art by Paige Payne

My sister and I were learning how to do a backflip on the trampoline when I was about seven years old. My dad was spotting us.

Every time my sister did a backflip with my dad, she would yell “keeeeyaaaa!” (Yes, this is the same one who hook-kicked a kid at the ward party).

She was doing better than me, and I was pretty furious about it and rage quit.

My dad came over to give me a pep-talk. He told me about how I shouldn’t let other’s success stop me from my own. How I was strong and capable and—

And then we heard a “keeeyaaaaaa!!!”

We turn just in time to see Sarah attempt a backflip on her own and land on her face.

My dad helped her up and they tried again—this time with his help.

I feel like I relate to Sarah in that moment a little too often—thinking I can do things on my own without God’s help and landing on my face.

Example A: I left a store one day with one kid under one arm crying and another kid in my other arm crying while peeing his pants. 

I wasn’t the mom I had wanted to be in that moment, and I was just so tired and angry and embarrassed and discouraged. 

We got into the car, and sat there…all of us crying. I remember saying to God:

“I am trying my best and still failing!”

And I felt strongly this answer back: “You are doing everything in your power, and it isn’t enough. Why not try using some of MY power?”

I realized I was trying to do it all on my own and doing a face plant.

The Lord tells us in D&C 84:20 that “in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.”

We don’t need to go through the hard things of life alone. As we make and keep our covenants, we bind ourselves to the Lord and His power.

“When we turn our lives over to the Lord, the power behind us is always greater than the obstacles before us.” (Sheri Dew)

The Lord has stated, “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” (v. 88)

We have an all powerful, all knowing spotter.

He will bear us up.

And gently pick us up when we inevitably fail on our own.

We just need to rely on Him.

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