Monday, December 19, 2016

Secrets

I am full of secrets right now. It's the season. Christmas is coming and everyone has been busy wrapping up those secrets to give to others. I have other secrets as well-all good. They will come out in their due time. I've been thinking about this a lot. The Lord has a ton of secrets. In Deuteronomy he talks about those secrets and how when they are revealed they aren't secret anymore. 

Moses has some of my favorite verses. In Moses 5:6-7 Adam is sacrificing on an altar to the Lord. An angel comes down and asks why he is doing this. Adam says, "I know not save the Lord commanded me." The angel goes on to explain the significance of this sacrifice. It is a truly marvelous purpose and plan. How wonderful that it is no longer a secret, and now Adam knows why. Sometimes I wonder when I will find out my why. Sometimes I get my why in pieces--line upon line, here a little, there a little. Other times it comes gushing through in talks or scripture. But almost ALL of the time I have to wait for it.

Right now I am waiting. Waiting for a lot of my why to be answered. I have a lot of questions, sometimes the same ones over and over, and I'm sure the Lord is a little bit tired of me asking. But one of my fears is that I missed something and because of that my life is taking a different direction than what it is intended. That is when I'm reminded that the Lord would never let that happen. As soon as we start to veer a little, if we are trying with all our might to do what's right, he will steer us back to where we need to be. How I love that the Lord is in charge, even if I don't always know the why. It does stretch my patience and faith, but as I look back my life has done things I never thought were possible. 

It's an exciting time to have a secret, it's an even more wonderful time when that secret is revealed and everyone can partake of it. I'm so thrilled to have the 'secret' of the gospel. It's now my responsibility to share it, to hand it out, to let people in on my secret. Be aware that you hold an amazing secret and we are here to share it. Share how much the Lord loves each one of us individually, share how families can be together forever, share about the wonderful refuge we have from the storms that are coming and swirling all around us. I love this life and am so glad I am part of the 'secret'!!



Monday, December 12, 2016

Sicky

I have been so sick with a big fat head cold these past few days. I'll tell you what, it is miserable. I do not know how those who are constantly suffering from chronic pain, constant nose running from allergies, or anything that sticks around longer than 2 weeks. One thing I have learned though is sometimes you just have to rely on other people. That is not something I'm very good at and it will continue to be something I will work on for the rest of my life. Which is why Heavenly Father throws these little adventures at me.

I know for most of us there is an area in our life that needs constant work. I also know we are given trials to learn and grow in those areas. We are temporarily here on earth to perfect those attributes to the best of our ability. I know I will continually be put in positions where I will have to ask for help, rely on others, and delegate. I hope I will learn how and quickly, because being sick is yucky!!

One final thought, I am all about mental exercises. I think our brain is an amazing instrument that is underutilized in many ways. So think about what attribute you want to work on this year and picture where you will be with it in a year. If it's love, maybe picture your heart growing and you knowing more people in your area. For me I will be picturing an unstuffed nose and my children doing more of the chores and making dinners every night after I have taught them how.  Doesn't that sound delicious?








Saturday, December 03, 2016

Take the Compliment

Women--listen up!! When someone gives you a compliment take it! Say thank you and acknowledge that you did something grand. Can I tell you how many times people offer a compliment and the receiver says thank you and then points out all the flaws. Ladies--take the compliment. Someone is giving you a gift! When you receive a physical gift do you say thank you and then hand it back because you feel you don't deserve it? Um, no!! (well unless it's one million bucks or something outrageous like that) but in general you keep the gift and show your appreciation by being excited about it.

Well think of those compliments as gifts. Someone is taking time and effort to give you something of value. Don't devalue it by pointing out all the reasons you don't deserve it. You do deserve it and it should be treasured, just like any physical gift that is given you.

This month we are focusing on our Savior. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has put out a #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign. Today the focus is on helping others to see. When you receive a compliment SEE it as it truly is, a gift from a wonderful giver!!