Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Line Upon Line

When I was a kid I was totally addicted to the Saturday’s Warrior music, I would listen to my cassette tape (yes, I’m dating myself lol) over and over again.  One of my girls gave me the new Saturday’s Warrior movie for Christmas, at first I was thrown off by the new songs and missing some of the other songs, but I now appreciate them all.  Anyway, I was listening to the Saturday’s Warrior CD (yes, I’ve upgraded) on the way to church and belting out “Line Upon Line” with the singers and just feeling good.  Then in Sunday School we were divided into groups for discussions and my group was given the scripture:  Doctrine and Covenants 98:12 - “For he will ​​​give​ unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will ​​​try​ you and prove you herewith.”  Of course, I had to start singing and a friend joined in with me.  Our group leader even tried to get us to sing it when it came our turn to present our discussion, yeah, that didn’t happen (even my friend who sings on stage wasn’t about to do it haha).  

In the lesson manual they had this great quote from Elder Boyd K. Packer:

“Sometimes you may struggle with a problem and not get an answer. What could be wrong? It may be that you are not doing anything wrong. It may be that you have not done the right things long enough. Remember, you cannot force spiritual things. Sometimes we are confused simply because we won’t take no for an answer. …  Put difficult questions in the back of your minds and go about your lives. Ponder and pray quietly and persistently about them.  The answer may not come as a lightning bolt. It may come as a little inspiration here and a little there, ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’ (D&C 98:12).  Some answers will come from reading the scriptures, some from hearing speakers. And, occasionally, when it is important, some will come by very direct and powerful inspiration. The promptings will be clear and unmistakable” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1979, 29–30; or Ensign, Nov. 1979, 21).
My favorite part was to put the question in the back of your mind and go about your life, but consistently ponder and pray about them.  I have had something on my mind for awhile now and a little thought popped into my head Sunday morning and then this lesson about line upon line made me realize that I needed to make this question a little more a part of my thoughts and daily prayer.  I have also started taking just 10 minutes in the morning to do a little studying on this thought and I’m learning so much, line upon line!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Don't Give Up, Change It Up

Ok, so my be fit goal isn’t going as well as planned, admit it, you aren’t surprised lol!  So I decided to change things up a bit, I bought a calendar and I have it hanging on the back of my bathroom door so I can write down all my stats like weight, calories for the day, calories remaining and, for my husband, my sleep (he just worries about it with my depression).  I also put an alarm on my phone at the end of my work day to remind me to go for a walk on my treadmill.  So, we will see how it goes.  I guess the moral of the story is, don’t just give up, change it up, if things aren’t working the way they are, try something different, just keep trying!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Your Mind Has Been On The Things Of The Earth

I went to church last Sunday with a prayer in my heart asking my Heavenly Father for answers.  I was feeling very much like I was not in control of my life.  When I got to church I was being reminded of how much time and effort I have been putting into my work life getting it organized and working it, but I wasn’t putting any effort into organizing and doing my my spiritual life.  I said another prayer, asking Heavenly Father that if this really was the answer that I would hear it again during the day’s talks or lessons.

The confirmation came in the first talk, and every talk and lesson throughout the day.  I came home very sure of the message my Heavenly Father wanted me to have!

Our youth speaker gave a wonderful testimony of how if you ask, you will receive answers and why not ask all the time, after every sunday school lesson and so on.  Our next speaker talked about bringing the light of Christ into your home and also asking “what lack I yet” or in other words, what is keeping me from progressing.  Our final speaker reminded us of how important it is to do those daily spiritual activities to stay strong and keep the Spirit with you.

In Sunday School, when the scripture Doctrine & Covenants 30:2 was read:  “But your mind has been on the things of the earth more than on the things of me, your Maker, . . .” I knew He was talking to me, that is exactly how I have been lately.  The lesson manual quoted Elder Neal A. Maxell saying, “ Divine guidance is so crucial . . . that we need to go out of our way to put ourselves in a situation in which such special help can be given.  President David O. McKay spoke of how the morning hours, before we are cluttered with the cares of day, are especially conducive to inspiration.  Others have felt that solitude and reading the scriptures can create an atmosphere conducive to the Spirit and can be developed.  After all, to read the words of Christ already before us is a good thing to do before asking for more.”

Then in our last meeting of the day, Relief Society, I was reminded about how the Lord wants us to feel joy in the every day.

When I got home from church, I couldn’t stop, I felt how powerful all of these messages were to me in that moment so I continued my research.  I found an article entitled “Make the Exercise of Your Faith Your First Priority” by Elder Richard G. Scott.  His suggestions were: 1) prayer (make your morning prayer a preview of your day and your nightly prayer a review of your day with your Heavenly Father); 2) scripture study (he said it is more important than sleep, school, work, etc.); 3) Family Home Evening; and 4) Temple Attendance.

I also came across the idea of doing Daily Devotionals where you gather together to share uplifting messages, read scriptures, listen to music and participate in discussions.  I love this idea so much I want to implement it with my family in our family Facebook group since my kids are grown and living their own lives, but I would still like us to connect spiritually.

Wow, what a great day of talks, lessons, study and messages, I was truly spiritually fed!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Purposeful Challenges

Don't you just love that title?!  I love to go to church really early and sit and read from my church magazine and enjoy the spirit that is in the chapel until the meeting starts.  This past Sunday, I came across this quote and Purposeful Challenges was the title of the quote:

"I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, 'Was that all
that was required?' . . .  What will it matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life?"  Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, "Worth of Our Promised Blessings," Ensign, Nov. 215, 11.

Doesn't it just give you chills?!  My favorite part is that  pains in this life we just barely a drop in the bucket compared to the reward, so wonderful!