Monthly Archives: February 2015

Thank You, God, For Mothers!


I talked with my mother on the phone this morning.  We had a good visit.  I love talking to her.

I try to stay in touch fairly regularly.  We catch up with what is going on in each other’s lives, sharing the good as well as the bad that is happening to us.

You know, our mothers help keep us in line all our lives.  They were the first ones to love and teach and guide us when we were young.  They sacrificed so much for us so we could have it better than they did.  Usually that meant giving up what they wanted, or even needed, so we could have the things that we need.

Mothers are warm and tender and caring…and hard!

They actually make you

  • do your homework,
  • clean your room,
  • finish your chores,
  • eat your vegetables,
  • practice your instrument,
  • and/or your athletics,
  • apologize to people you hurt (even when they don’t know about it),
  • be nice to your family,
  • and go to church! 

I am eternally grateful for that one!  Well, really for all of them.  🙂

Yes, thank you, Father in Heaven, for mothers. 

Just think what we would be without them!

Dealing With Stress In Whatever Form


Yesterday I mentioned being reminded that fasting and prayer are excellent sources of strength when you are feeling stressed out.  This brings additional help and guidance from Heavenly Father, additional spiritual power and blessings!

There was also a powerful scripture that was used in Primary on Sunday.

Alma 7:11-12, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
 
When you think about it, this covers a lot of areas!  Jesus suffered all things, so He knows what we are going through.  He suffered not only for the sins of all mankind (and womankind 🙂 ) but also for all our pain and sorrows.  He does know how we feel.  And He knows how to comfort and help us.
 
For Him to do that all we have to do is turn to Him.  Ask Heavenly Father for help.  Explain what is going on, how we feel, and ask for His help.  He will send His Spirit to comfort us and to enlighten us to see the path we should follow.  He sorrows when we are sorrowful.  He longs to bless and lift us.  He has given us so many blessings.  Thinking of them, counting our blessings, will also ease our burden and help us through life.
 
If we have done something wrong (sinned) we repent.  Confess them and forsake them.  Try to do better.  Treat others as we should.  Believe in God and Jesus Christ.  Do what is right.
 
Pray for guidance to handle whatever is stressing us at the moment.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
And, as the scriptures say, “It came to pass”, not “it came to stay”.  This too shall pass.  We can be happy again!  🙂

Stress Makes You Forget Things


I had quite the stressful week last week.  I got caught up in world events, and had an incredibly difficult family emergency come up.

As I was dealing with the thoughts and feelings that these things brought on, the world started to look darker and darker.  I had difficulty sleeping.  My days were filled with worries and prayer.

Little bits of help came through here and there.  Reaching out to the family in need, talking things over with Beloved hubby, running across a couple good quotes or messages, such as: “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying.  It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie (from the daily Franklin Planner).

But I continued to feel worried and stressed.  I tried contacting people I thought could help, but the miracle answer wasn’t forthcoming.

Finally, yesterday morning, the thing I had forgotten was sent to me as a text: fast and pray.

I was dumbfounded.

Usually I am the first to think of fasting when great problems arise.  But this particular week it had not even crossed my mind. 

I started to relax a little already.

Fasting has helped me through some tough problems in my life.  And it is helping me now.

Additionally, when I went to church yesterday, almost everything seemed specially ordered to help me:

  • Another friend to share my concerns with was there.
  • A missionary who is leaving our area today spoke about how he has learned that the Atonement of Jesus Christ will help us through our sorrows and difficulties in life.
  • One speaker talked about having a sure foundation in our lives, that we need to check our foundations and make sure they aren’t cracked or crumbling, and if they are, we should quickly repair or replace it correctly through repentance or whatever is needed rather than trying to ignore or cover up the problem, and to accept and build our lives around the foundation that is always there for us – faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.  It was very inspirational!
  • In Primary the lesson was about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ has helped several different people, including Saul in the New Testament and Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon who both had fought against the church of Christ but then repented and became great missionaries, and even Enos in the Book of Mormon who was a good man and remembered the teachings of his father so asked God for forgiveness and received forgiveness for his sins because of the Atonement of Christ.

All these things have helped bouy me up, and though the concerns of last week are not resolved, I am happier and have a greater hope in Christ and the difference His Atonement makes in our lives.  🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day


Today is Valentine’s Day, a day to show others that you appreciate having them in your life.

How wonderful it is that we have friends in this life.  Friends are there for you when you are sad or going through something difficult, they enjoy being around you just because of who you are, they love and support you through both your ups and your downs.

The world would be a sad place without friends.  It is so nice to share things with others.  You enjoy them more that way!  A friend can help you see something from a different perspective, put new light on something, open new worlds to explore or create.

And how wonderful it is when you find that special friend, someone who will love you forever, go through thick and thin with you, cheer you on when you have something hard to do, comfort you when you go through trials, stick with you even when you have a bad day, be understanding of you so your bad day doesn’t have to stay bad, appreciate your little idiosyncrasies, tell you (kindly) when you have done something you shouldn’t have, and forgive you readily.

Of course, you do the same for them.  That makes for a wonderful relationship.

And you keep that person foremost in your life.  You don’t let anything or anyone else become more important to you than they are.  You are the first to say you are sorry, the first to forgive them, the first to overlook their ingratitude or thoughtlessness because you realize that you have also been guilty of those things.  Mostly you look for the good and positive in that person and in your relationship with them.  There is enough sorrow in the world without always dwelling on past hurts or mistakes.  Besides, you hate to be reminded of your past shortcomings so why do that to someone else?

I am so very blessed to have a very special man in my life.  Beloved hubby and I have had many adventures, many ups and downs.  But we have tried to be there for each other, especially during the rough spots.  We have grown in love over the years and feel closer than we ever dreamed we could.  We have laughed together, cried together, prayed together.  Our love of God has helped us see life from a higher plane and not get endlessly stuck in the mire of a single problem.

Our faith in God has brought us to heights otherwise unattainable, for Father in Heaven blesses those who love and honor Him.  We are better people for following His commandments and striving to follow Christ.

I wish you as much success and happiness.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  🙂

The Church in Nigeria


Tonight I was looking for some more information about Nigeria.  I decided to see what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has about it.  The Church does an incredible amount of humanitarian aide around the world, so I figured if nothing else I would see information about that.

One of the things we found was a wonderful performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of a Nigerian song, Betelehemu.  “Watch the Choir Perform ‘Betelehemu’ — A Nigerian Carol Complete with Drums, Choreography, and Surprises” the website says.  It is an impressive number.  Watch it at http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/articles/betelehemu-the-history-lyrics-and-translation?lang=eng.  You will be glad you did!  🙂