Monthly Archives: September 2015

Your Self-Worth


Your self-worth can be an elusive thing.  It can increase and decrease almost as the waves upon the sand.  Do you have any control over it?  Does it seem that many times it is simply not even there?

What affects your self-worth?  Often small things can have such a big impact on it:

  • You didn’t get through your to-do list (OK, not all things that affect you are small)
  • Bad hair day (maybe it rarely does turn out well…)
  • Someone got upset with you.
  • No one understands you.
  • You don’t understand you.
  • The person who passed you in the hall ignored you, didn’t even smile.
  • No one is liking you on social media.
  • You are only getting likes but no comments on social media.
  • No one is reaching out to you, so obviously, no one likes you.

Is that really where your self-worth should be coming from?

Is there some rule you don’t know about that would help?  Some secret to happiness?  Some way to feel self-worth despite everything listed above?  And everything else that’s happening, or not happening, in your life?  Is there an answer?

Yes, there is an answer.  And it is not complicated.

You are the offspring of Deity.  God is your Father.  And Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father’s only Begotten in the flesh and your Brother, showed the way to self-worth.

It is this simple:

Reach out to someone in need.

Go ahead and test me on this.  Test God on this.  Jesus showed by example that when you reach out to someone else, not only do you make a difference to that person, but God, your Heavenly Father, then makes a difference to you!  You will have feelings of self-worth.  It is one of those natural laws that always has and always will exist.

And there are people all around you who are in need of even your smallest act of kindness:

  • Send an encouraging note to someone who is struggling with something.
  • Smile to someone you pass on the street.
  • Call someone who has been on your mind lately.
  • Go and visit someone who is all alone.
  • Offer to watch the kids for a couple of hours.
  • Help someone with a problem that you have successfully dealt with.
  • Comfort someone who is sad.
  • Forgive the person who just cut you off while you were driving.
  • Do something nice for someone in secret (you get extra points for this one!)

Self-worth is not so elusive as it might first appear.  It is the natural and God-given result of realizing who you are and reaching out to bless and lift others.

Try it and see.  🙂

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Rain!


I love rain!

I remember when I was about 5, riding my tricycle outside and having great fun with my siblings.  It started to rain, just a bit, a sprinkle really.  I was so excited!

It felt great.  A bit cooler, getting a little wet, enjoying the experience.

Then my mother made us go inside to get out of the rain.  😦  I wanted to stay outside and enjoy it a little longer.  I still remember that.  🙂

And when I was a teenager we learned to coolest song about rain!  I still remember it now.  It describes rain perfectly.  It is called Soft Rain (and I found it on the internet at http://annieofbluegables.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html:

Rain falls
soft rain at my window
Every butterfly has hurried away
All the honeybees have called it a day
And the columbine are bending their heads
in the rain

Rain falls
soft rain making puddles
for the children’s feet
the puddles are sweet
And the skater-bug fleet finds the small pools a treat
And the columbine are bending their heads
in the rain.

While the rain is falling there’s a quietness about the world;
While the thunder is calling there’s a quiet hush about the world
A time to remember the beautiful things,
To look for tomorrow and your fondest dreams

Rain falls
soft rain through the tree boughs
Bringing ev’ning birds a quick friendly bath
washing afternoon dust from my wide garden path
And the columbine are bending their heads
in the rain.

Rain. . . falls. . .
soft rain at my window. . .
I will go outside where sleepy rain blows. . .
Feel the wet on my face. . .feel the wet on my clothes. . .
And like the columbine. . .
I want to bow my head
in the rain. . . . . .

It’s a beautiful song.  And rain is beautiful too.  It is calming, peaceful, interesting, cleansing, and cooling (especially on a hot summer day).  So the next time you see the rain begin, instead of thinking, “What a bother” remember who sent the rain, appreciate the Lord’s bounty, and give a prayer of thanks.  🙂

What’s your favorite story about rain?

And You Wonder Why Mormons….!


You wonder why Mormons…..

I met 2 young women who have been beat up by their drunken husbands!

….And you wonder why Mormons don’t drink.