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Hidden Blessings From God


I was washing my kitchen floor last night, contemplating a myriad of things.  I thought about the time that I call “the worst 2 years of my life” and inspiration hit me, “and hidden blessings”.

I’d been a homemaker for several years, and then we decided I had to go to work.  It was difficult as that meant every time someone had to go to the doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc. one of us had to take time off work to take care of it – i.e. “the worst time of my life”.   A couple years later beloved hubby became the house-husband.

By looking back and to the present, I realized some of the “hidden blessings” that Heavenly Father sent:

  • Beloved hubby was there for all the appointments, errands, and calls that had to be made during “normal business hours”.
  • Since he couldn’t sleep for the pain he was experiencing, he was up as our teenagers came home late from work, dates, or being out with friends.
  • When his father moved in, he was home to spend time with him and take him to all the appointments, errands, etc. that needed to be done.
  • I learned new things, increased my skills and abilities, and made new friends.
  • And now I am learning things that I should have known before but I wasn’t able to fully experience for a long time.

I’m also getting time for myself again, to start catching up on a little of all that had to be laid aside for a time.  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

In other words, Hidden Blessings.  🙂

Sundays


Today is Sunday.  I like Sundays.

Sunday is special.

All the other days of the week are crowded with work, activity, and worries.  I go to work, run errands, try to keep up the house, meet the demands of daily living and deal with countless things that crop up throughout the week.

Whew!

But Sunday is different.

(Oh wow!  I just popped over to lds.org to copy and paste a scripture to put in here, and they say there’s a special, worldwide devotional for young adults streaming at 6pm MST!  Trust me, you do not HAVE to be a young adult to enjoy this broadcast.  Anyone will find it a perfect way to top off the day.  You’ll find encouragement, inspiration, and love in abundance, and you’ll be glad you went there!  And of course the really great thing is, you can go to the website and watch it anytime thereafter as well.)

Now, here’s the scripture:

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

“But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

God showed us the way.  He did His work 6 days and then blessed and hallowed the seventh and He rested.

So on Sundays I do not do the things I do all the other days of the week.

“But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

“And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.

“Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.” Doctrine and Covenants 59:12-14.

On Sundays I go to church with my family to learn more about the life of Jesus Christ and how I can better follow His example, to feel the Spirit of God, and to partake of the sacrament and renew the covenants I made when I was baptized.  It is a day perfect to add fasting to my prayers when I need a special blessing or help in my life, and to fast once a month and give the money saved to the Church to help the poor.

In return I receive many blessings.  I find that on Monday I am ready for another week of work, activities, errands, keeping up with the house, and worries.  I have more energy and I feel refreshed, like my cup has been filled.  I forgive myself for little errors and feel Heavenly Father with me more.  My heart is softened and I can see the needs of others more readily, and respond more willingly.

In short, my life has been richly blessed by my observance of the Sabbath Day!  🙂

Work


What do you think when you hear the word “Work”?

Do words such as “hard”, “unpleasant”, “don’t want to”, or “no way” come to mind?  Work can have a stigma attached to it.

But I have found that:

Work can be a blessing!

And really, I should say that work is a blessing.  Why?

  • Good things happen when you work at something.
  • Work can be a relief from boredom, stress, or discouragement.
  • Work is a blessing!  Do you know that the Bible mentions the word work 612 times, and in the full body of scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) it is listed 1, 27 times!
  • Work helps lift your spirits, probably because you are accomplishing something!

And what does God (Heavenly Father) say that His work is?  “For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”  Moses 1:39 in the Pearl of Great Price.

Wow.  Of course, what else would His work be but everything He can do to help His children (us) to return to Him?  🙂

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!

Chores Are A Blessing


As I was folding sheets, freshly laundered and clean-smelling, I first reveled in their softness.  What a blessing a dryer is!

Our dryer had been on the blink for a while, and so after washing the clothes I would lay them out on the furniture all over the livingroom to dry.  It worked great, but they were rather stiff and rough, not soft and fragrant.  What a blessing a dryer is!

I continued to fold.

Hmm, the smooth rhythm brings a feeling of comfort:

  • Pick up a sheet
  • Find a corner
  • Get a corner next to that one
  • Put the two together
  • Follow the two edges to arm’s length
  • Grab with the hand that is holding the two corners
  • Follow the edges to another arm’s length or until you get to the end
  • Bring the four corners together in one hand
  • Line up the middle of the edge you just followed
  • Fold in half one way, then the other
  • until it is small enough to put away.
  • Then pick up the next one and begin again.

It only takes a few minutes.  The folded pile grows as the pile in the basket shrinks.

This is one of those mindless tasks that you can either fret about having to do, or you can relax and enjoy the distraction from more stressful activities.  I choose to relax.

All the while, I realize, I am in training.

“Training?” you ask.

Training.  Muscles are strengthened, repetition increases ability, thoroughness breeds character, to name only a few.

I’m reminded of a plaque that hung on our kitchen wall when I was growing up:

Thank God for dirty dishes,

They have a tale to tell.

While others may go hungry,

We’re eating very well.

With home, health, and happiness,

I shouldn’t want to fuss,

For by the stack of evidence

God’s been very good to us!

Yes, for many reasons I have found:

Chores are a blessing!  🙂

The Grass is Always Greener


The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

So the saying goes. 

But…

is it true?

Hmmm, as I stand here on my side and look across the fence to the other side, what do I see?

Well, the grass over there sure does look nice.  Maybe not perfect, but definitely nice. 

And compared to what is behind and around me as I stare wistfully over at my neighbor’s side, my side leaves MUCH to be desired! 

  • There are so many dry and bare spots.
  • The grass that is here is so thin, and forlorn-looking.
  • It has such a long way to go be even be presentable!
  • I see weeds.  Here.  There.  Oh my, they’re everywhere.  😦
  • My grass is an embarrassment.
  • I just can’t make it look like my neighbor’s…

So,

it must be true.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. 

Woe is me.  I can never win.

But wait.

Where is the grass always greener?

Quite actually, the answer is completely obvious!

The grass is greenest where it is watered the most.

Now there is food for thought.

What in our lives could use a little more watering?  🙂

Happy New Year


Today on New Year’s Day 2013, I begin a new blog.  🙂

I would like to share more of my day-to-day experiences, the things I’ve learned, the paths I choose, and the whys of my life.

I have a good life.  Often I feel it is a wonderful life.  At times it is not so wonderful.  But it is still life, with all the ups and downs that life brings with it.

It’s been chilly the last couple of days.  Yesterday hubby built a fire in our fireplace to help warm our home.  I love having a fireplace and would never consider buying a home without one.  Course, I do love living where you get all 4 seasons.  So a fireplace has come in handy many times.

As we went out front to look at the car and why it has been whining in the cold the last week or so, hubby looked up at our chimney and said, “Look!  Do you know what the smoke signals are saying?  They’re saying, ‘Come to [this house] for roasted marshmallows in 2 hours!'”  (By then the fire will have died down enough to make excellent coals for roasting marshmallows.)  He does make me laugh!

It’s a lazy day today.  We did stay up last night to see the new year in, then slept in this morning.  And I did get on the Nordic Track for 30 minutes.  Yea!  Around Christmas it inevitably disappears, or rather becomes inaccessible, sometimes for weeks.  So it’s always nice to get it dug out, dust it off, and get back on the thing.  30 minutes isn’t bad for the first time back on it.  What I really need though, is to find a good time to use it on days when I go to work.  Sigh…

I loved it when I was a housewife (then homemaker, then stay-at-home mom, then whatever the term is nowadays)!  I’d give the kids who were home lunch, then put them down for naptime, or quiet time, and I’d change clothes and get on the Nordic Track for an hour.  I had it set up in the livingroom.  I would watch something good that I had recorded on our VCR (the good stuff is always on when you’re not available, isn’t it?)  I could fast forward through the commercials, and be interested enough in the show that I didn’t mind exercising a full hour.  Those were the days.

Anyway, back to today.  We watched part of the Rose parade, which is amazing with all their floats decorated entirely with flowers and other natural materials, and all beautiful.  I put a couple more Christmas things away that needed to find a home.  Dinner is planned, so I don’t need to stress about that.

One gift I receive every year is my new calendar for my day planner.  I chose a vertical weekly style this time.  I hope it will help me plan and accomplish more goals than just having the monthly style I’ve had the last couple of years.  So I need to decide how best to use it.  And I need to decide what my goals for this year will be.  Some of my activities are pre-determined, i.e. my job; my calling in the Church (I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) as pianist in the Primary; my family activities and events, etc.  Well, I’ll give it some thought, definitely some prayer (I’m a big believer in the power of prayer!), and some discussion with my loved ones.  I want to be courageous with my goals this year.  And we’ll see how those blank pages become filled by the end of this year!

What are some of the goals you are setting for this year?