Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Joy In Life



From a talk given by Richard G. Scott. Great reminder.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

He Will Multiply It

I was reading in Mark chapter 8 tonight (verses 1-8) about Jesus feeding 4,000 from a few loaves of bread and a few fishes. The passage says,

5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.

8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

So, these people gave Jesus all that they had-which was small- and he multiplied it. I've always seen this story as a great miracle and evidence of Christ's power (and it is). But, this time, while reading those verses, it hit me- Jesus just asks me to bring all that I have- even if it is small, (which it always is) and He will multiply it. He will make it even something greater.

If I bring my Faith to Him, He'll grow it. If I give him my small amount of tithing, he's going to give me blessings. If I come to him with my problems having done all that I can do, He will turn my problems into blessings. If I give Him a little bit of time (going to church, serving, etc.), He'll give me great blessings.

I had never looked at those verses that way before. Pretty awesome to think about! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blessed, Honored Pioneer!

Today is Pioneer Day (observed in Utah) - an important day in the history of the LDS church. On this day in 1847 the first group of pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. This day is especially near and dear to my heart, as I have pioneer ancestors.

I have so much respect and admiration for these pioneers. They pulled handcarts and pushed wagons. They suffered through brutal winters without food. I don't know if I could have done what they did. They suffered so much. But, they remained faithful and steadfast. They deserve a day to be remembered. They deserve to be remembered many days.

I am proud of my heritage and so grateful for these wonderful people!

Monday, July 15, 2013

God Will Remember You



I came across this talk recently (given by Spencer J. Condie in the October 2007 General Conference). I really liked it (basically, if I post something about a talk on here, that means I like it. :) )

My favorite part of the talk was this: "In this age of one-hour dry cleaning and one-minute fast-food franchises, it may at times seem to us as though a loving Heavenly Father has misplaced our precious promises or He has put them on hold or filed them under the wrong name." Love it. I can SO relate to that. I've definitely felt that way.

Elder Condie goes on to mention that that's how Rachel of old felt. Rachel was barren for many years. Elder Condie says, "But with the passage of time, we encounter four of the most beautiful words in holy writ: “And God remembered Rachel” (Genesis 30:22)." "When heaven’s promises sometimes seem afar off, I pray that each of us will embrace these exceeding great and precious promises and never let go. And just as God remembered Rachel, God will remember you."

I love that! We are children of God. He will not and has not forgotten us. I've been on a quest lately to come to a better understanding of who I am, my relationship with my Father and most importantly right now in my life - how my Father sees me and feels about me. It's a process. As I've written before, I don't know if anyone reads this blog, but if you're reading this I want you to know that God does love you and has not forgotten you.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Lord's Hand in Our Lives

While I was working today I listened to a recent BYU devotional address given by Cecil Samuelson and his wife, Sharon. The address is entitled, "The Lord's Hand in Our Lives." (It can be found here)

President and Sister Samuelson recounted several experiences from their lives that demonstrated to them the Lord's hand in their lives. I enjoyed the entire talk, but one quote in particular really stood out to me. Sister Samuelson said, 

"seeming disappointments and disasters are often the keys that open the doors to greater blessings and opportunities than might have ever been hoped for or even conceived.

For those of you wondering why similar blessings are not now yours, we can only remind you of Jesus’ promises and blessings that will yet be yours but that are not possible without significant trials and disappointments beforehand."

Wow. I just really liked that. It reminded me that I don't see the whole picture. I don't know everything. But, the Lord does. The Lord sees the end from the beginning and I've got to trust Him. 

I must say, I feel I have been blessed to see the Lord's hand in my life several times. I have been blessed to have a testimony that the Lord places me where I need to be when I need to be there. But, there are definitely times when I still doubt and need to be reminded that the Lord is in control. 

This all reminds me of my absolute favorite poem. I first came across it when I was 15 years old. At the time, my family was in the process of moving from California to Utah. I was devastated and didn't understand why we had to move. My Mom gave me a little card with the poem on it. I've loved it ever since. 

My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors,
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow,
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not ’til the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
and explain the reason why.

I know this is true. Heavenly Father sees the whole canvas. Hopefully one day we'll be able too too. Until then, we've got to trust Him and appreciate the times when we can see His hand in our lives. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Remind Me Who I Am

I recently discovered this great song by a Christian artist named Jason Gray. I love it. I don't know about you, but I need to be reminded every day that I am a child of God. This is a rough world we live in. We get messages from everywhere telling us who we should be. I know I can certainly relate to feelings of inadequacy. But we are all beautiful, loved and precious in our Father's sight! 

"Remind Me Who I Am"

When I lose my way,
And I forget my name,
Remind me who I am.
In the mirror all I see,
Is who I don't wanna be,
Remind me who I am.
In the loneliest places,
When I can't remember what grace is.

Tell me once again who I am to You,
Who I am to You.
Tell me lest I forget who I am to You,
That I belong to You.
To You.

When my heart is like a stone,
And I'm running far from home,
Remind me who I am.
When I can't receive Your love,
Afraid I'll never be enough,
Remind me who I am.
If I'm Your beloved,
Can You help me believe it.

Tell me once again who I am to You,
Who I am to You, whoa.
Tell me lest I forget who I am to You.
That I belong to You.
To You.

I'm the one you love,
I'm the one you love,
That will be enough,
I'm the one you love.

Tell me once again who I am to You.
Who I am to You.
Tell me lest I forget who I am to You...

Monday, July 1, 2013

FAITH


Love it.