Monthly Archives: July 2013

Afterthought


English: Painting by an unknown painter, circa...

English: Painting by an unknown painter, circa 1842. The original is owned by the Community of Christ archives. It is on display at the Community of Christ headquarters in Independence Missouri, where its provenance is explained. The painting was originally in the possession of Joseph Smith III (died 1914), who is recorded as commenting on the painting. The c. 1842 date is given by the Community of Christ, the painting’s owner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

All day I was thinking that I let off too much steam in my post yesterday.  I thought I’d better hurry and explain further tonight.  But I just re-read my post, and other than a sentence about hubby saying what a great commercial the Ford F150 that tows an alien vessel is that is showing on HULU lately, I think I handled myself pretty well.

 

Coincidentally (course, I do not believe in coincidence!) as I was reading in the scriptures this morning, I ran across one that helped put things in perspective:

 

Doctrine & Covenants 122:7, “And if thou shouldst be cast into the apit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the bdeep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to chedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of dhell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give theeeexperience, and shall be for thy good.”

 

This puts my puny troubles into their proper light.  This scripture was the Lord’s answer to Joseph Smith when he’d been wrongfully jailed for many months, the members of the church were being persecuted and suffered terribly, and Joseph had prayed for relief.  But it applies to us all.  No matter what we are going through, God will help us and will make those things work for our good.  Plus, as we see the trials others are experiencing, ours usually don’t seem as bad.

 

Another scripture: “Let thy abowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let bvirtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy cconfidence wax strong in the dpresenceof God”.  D&C 121:45.  Makes me want to try harder to push those negative thoughts out of my mind, and to move on.

 

By turning to our Father in Heaven, we are comforted and will be guided through the trial, and become more like Him.

 

And, as life continues and other things take my time and attention, the thoughts and experiences that bothered me over the weekend have less and less impact on me.  It is time to look forward and leave the past behind.

 

 

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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things


It’s been a while since I wrote.  I see WordPress has made some changes.  I’ll have to explore them sometime.

But right now I don’t have much time and I want to catch up a little.

Hubby was feeling better than the last couple years, and we ended up going on vacation to see family.  He made the car trip pretty well, and we had a pretty good time there.  I got to see most of my family, which was very nice.  We made it back OK, but since then he hasn’t been feeling as well, tiring more easily, and so forth.  It’s difficult to watch his ups and downs.  I keep hoping if he gets enough rest he will start bouncing back….

We’re watching some shows on HULU l.  It is a good one.

We’ve been scrambling to get ready for our son to return from his mission.  He’ll be home a full 3 days before he’s off to college at Brigham Young University in Utah.  There’s so much to do, and to worry about.

We helped our kids move over the weekend.  It was great to see them pull together and help each other.  But it was a long day, there were some issues (what move doesn’t have some problems?), and I plan NEVER to move out of my house!  I was tired, sore, and rather emotional by the end of the day.

But even as I waffled between irritation and tears, Heavenly Father was reminding me that I didn’t have to feel either way.  He kept (and I say kept because I was having a difficult time determining which way I was going to feel and what, if anything, I was going to do about it) telling me this was an opportunity to overcome a difficult circumstance and that I could do it.  It’s not easy.  And the natural reaction certainly isn’t to let it go, to calm down, or to move on.  So I tried to set my feelings aside to be mulled over at a later time when I could fully give them room without being so vulnerable in front of everyone.

We got through it, and I’ve calmed down considerably.  Everything is not resolved in my own mind yet.  And I mull over possible options and whether I really should pursue any of them.  Perhaps the best thing is to simply convey my discontent here, and the process I’m using to come to terms with the situation.  Time heals all wounds, so perhaps that is the best course of action, or non-action in this case.

Just as a toddler who keeps falling as he is learning to walk, but ALWAYS gets back up to try again, I too will continue to get up and try again until I finally succeed!