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Prayer Made My Day A Success!


This morning I set the alarm early because I knew what was ahead.

And I didn’t know how I would handle it.

A 2-day retreat at work, Beloved Hubby coming home Wednesday, and several people I had to get processed, with more adding on every day.  I was so worried my insides were all knotted up and I was almost shaking.

What to do?  What do I do first?

You got it (you’re getting to know me pretty well, huh?)

That’s right.  Prayer.

So, I knelt beside my bed and poured out my thoughts, feelings, worries, and to-do list to Father in Heaven.  I didn’t know how I was going to get through these next few days.  I haven’t worried this much in a long time.

As I was getting ready for the day, a call came.  I had to run an errand before going to work.  I looked at my watch.  Well, there was time, sort of.  Good thing I got up early.

So I quickly finished getting ready and left to take care of the errand.  Once I completed it I suddenly realized I’d forgotten something very important at home.

You guessed it, a quick stop at home on the way to work.  I’m trying no to think about the additional time all this is taking.  I focus on my driving.

Finally I arrive.  I stop briefly to share with a co-worker how concerned I am.  Then it’s off to my desk to round up my materials, check the schedule, and see about getting something done.

Nothing major in my emails or voice messages that has to be done right away.  Good.  I turn to processing my folks.  There are about a dozen of them!  I don’t know how many I’ll be able to squeeze in today, the rest will have to wait until tomorrow.

Well, I’ll do what I can.  Better start calling them.

I do a little of the preliminary work, then dial the first number.  He answers!  Good.  Hurray and get him scheduled and try to not take too much of his time.  He’s very understanding and it works out well.

But, there’s a glitch with the computer and I can’t finish the process right this moment.  OK, make a note and set him aside to finish after the next one.  The next one also answers right away!  Same process, same glitch, set her aside.

I take time to visit the retreat for an important topic that should help me with my work.  Thus goes my day, calling people between sections of the retreat.  Wait!

I just reached the last one who has to be done today!  How did that happen?  And there is time left to finish most of the preliminary work!  And to get past the glitch in the computer (operator error, of course!).

Now we are going to dinner together and I have completed all of the 8 or 9 who had to be handled today!  And I feel great!

Dinner is good, I’m meeting new people, we have a great team.  And Beloved Hubby is doing well.

This day sure turned out differently than I thought it would.  I expected, though I hoped it wouldn’t, my stomach to be tied in knots this whole week!

But by taking a few moments to talk with God, He helped me through this day in unexpected ways and with marvelous results!  He truly guided my path and showed His great love for me.

All because I asked.

Prayer Made My Day A Success!  🙂

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.  🙂