03/ 19/ 2017

“Prayer unlocks the powers of heaven on our behalf.”

After a particularly rough night, church was exactly what I needed today. In Relief Society we talked about prayer and it served as such a beautiful and needed reminder that our prayers are heard. Heavenly Father knows our hearts. He hears our cries and our desperate pleas for help. We are not alone. Not ever.

These were two of my favorite quotes that stood out to me. But the whole lesson is beautiful and testimony building. Prayer is such a personal thing. It’s such a blessing. When you realize that no one else knows your heart as well as Heavenly Father, it becomes even more special. To be able to speak to a loving Father in Heaven who knows every desire and worry and hope of your heart, is such a beautiful gift. If you have a few minutes, please take the time to read it HERE.

“Never forget who you are. … You are in very deed a child of God. … He is your Eternal Father. He loves you. You can go to Him in prayer. He has invited you to do so. … What a wonderful thing this is. He is the Greatest of All. He is the Creator and Governor of the universe. And yet He will listen to your prayer!”

“The marvelous thing about prayer is that it is personal, it’s individual, it’s something that no one else gets into, in terms of your speaking with your Father in Heaven in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be prayerful. Ask the Lord to forgive your sins. Ask the Lord for help. Ask the Lord to bless you. Ask the Lord to help you realize your righteous ambitions. … Ask the Lord for all of the important things that mean so much to you in your lives. He stands ready to help. Don’t ever forget it.”

Last night, Cory held me together as I fell apart. That sounds like such a cliche thing to say, but I don’t know how else to describe it. I cried so hard and so long it drained me completely. When I started hyperventilating, he coached me through deep breaths until I was steady again. He always helps me get steady again.

I keep meaning to talk about my experience with depression, but as soon as I think I have it “figured out” (lol. does that even exist?) life throws me another curve ball and it’s like I’m back at square one. So maybe when I get a handle on this (again) I’ll talk, but right now I’m too tired to get into it. My heart is just. so. tired.

I just felt like I needed to bear my testimony that the Lord knows each of us individually. That He blesses us with tender mercies throughout our day. I had no idea what we were going to be discussing in Relief Society. I almost didn’t go, but I’m so glad I did. I’m so glad I was able to be reminded that I am heard. I’m so grateful for a husband who prays for me and loves me unconditionally and who brings so much light and calm to my life. I’m grateful for a Father in Heaven who hears us. Who knows us and who is always there, waiting for us to turn to Him. All we have to do is ask.

God is good.
Life is beautiful.
Even when it feels heavy and dark and lonely, there is always light.
Even if it’s just a glimmer.
It’s always there.
He is always there.

6 responses to ““Prayer unlocks the powers of heaven on our behalf.””

  1. Whitney Rosenberg says:

    Thank you Brissa! I love you and your wonderful family.

  2. Megan says:

    ❤❤❤ I love you a lot, Brissa!!

  3. Ashley says:

    the loneliest, hardest fight! you are so strong and brave! thanks for sharing your light despite the challenges you face. you bring so much hope and happiness to others just by being real and who you are. thank you! 😘

  4. Danica says:

    This was so beautiful and so needed. This battle is heavy and so overwhelming, but it seems like the most beautiful and light-filled truths and answers come when everything hits the hardest. I wish I knew how to make it all better, but I’m grateful at least I have people like you in my corner who get it. Thank you for writing – don’t ever stop. Love you!

  5. Hannah Koller says:

    Sweet Brissa, thank you for always sharing who you are with others. You are such a light in this world. Depression is such a hard thing, something that I’ve baddled my entire life so I know exactly how you feel. Thank goodness for a Father in Heaven who also knows exactly how we feel and knows how to remind us that he knows us and for his comfort in our darkest times. I love you, like SO MUCH. You’ve got this. <3

  6. Jess says:

    I love you, and this is beautiful. You bring so much joy and truth to so many people. Depression is so hard, I’m so glad you have the gospel and a good man to steady you when it’s dark. Praying for you sweet girl.

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