Saturday, December 26, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Okay, I have not already started slacking! :) I just haven't had a spare moment since Wednesday to sit at the computer! I have kept up with my reading each day but have not had a chance to record my thoughts so I'm going to do that now for days 4,5 and 6!
On Day 4 I read in Matthew 9:18-26 about Jesus raising Jairus' daughter from the dead. In the book (not the bible) the author talked about the journey to get to Jairus' daughter and how just before they arrived the woman who had been suffering for twelve years and knew that if she only touched Jesus' robe she would be healed. And she was! She talked about how she imagines that Jairus needed to witness that miracle in order to really have the faith he needed to believe Jesus could raise his daughter. Then just as they were heading to his home servants came to tell them that the daughter had passed away. Jesus went anyway and she arose from the dead!
I can't even imagine witnessing the miracles that Jesus provided for so many during his ministry on earth. But I have the faith to know that He did them and that I can see miracles in my own life if I but have faith in Him!
On Day 5 I read in John 4:1-42. This is the story of the Samaritan woman. I love this story. It teaches me that Jesus does know each one of us. The samaritan woman was at the well getting water when Jesus asked her for a drink. In this time Jews did not speak to Samaritans. When she brought that to Jesus' attention he proceeded to tell her about her life. He knew her better than she knew herself. I try to remember that in my daily life. I try to remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know my needs, they know my thoughts, they know my strengths and my weeknesses. I also try to remember that they are mindful of me. When I am struggling and feeling like my prayers aren't being heard they are. They know Me. This is something that is difficult for me at times when I feel like I'm not seeing the answers to my prayers but I do know that God has a plan and that all things are possible through him!
Today she talked about how during times of trial it is hard to see the hand of the Lord in our lives. This really hit home for me. The reading was in John 9:1-38 where Jesus healed the man that was blind from birth. I have felt like Berto and I have moved from one trial to the next since we got married. Most of them have had to do with circumstances regarding family members but it affected us greatly. We've been married for 3 years now and I feel like we have not seen a break from the trials and frustrations. I have a hard time some days not asking the Lord why me? Some days I want to give up on prayer all together because I don't feel like my prayers are being answered. Something that I read today really jumped out at me today. The author suggested that you analyze through "different" eyes a trial that has been troubling you and "pray that the Savior will touch your eyes so that you can see what you need to do differently." That really hit home for me today. In fact I am going to kneel down as soon as I'm finished typing and pray for just that. She talked about hope and how when you are feeling your lowest it is hard to have faith and then when you do there is a glimmer of hope. Today's reading gave me the hope I need to make it through another day!
I'm really feeling uplifted by the readings. It's only been six days but I feel like I'm gaining a new testimony of the Savior. I highly recommend this book!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Today's reading was talking about keeping journals as a way to record your life experiences as well as how your faith has helped you. This is not the first time (especially lately) that I've had counsel to write in a journal. I am not a good journal keeper but am going to make an effort for my children and grandchildren.
The "assignment" is to write down your testimony of Christ. I think this is as good a place as any. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that he sacrificed his life for me as much as anyone else so that we could one day return to our Father in Heaven again. I have seen many miracles in my life (especially recently) and I know it is because of my Faith in Christ that my little family was blessed with these miracles. I am so grateful to have a loving Savior who made up for my short comings. What an amazing thing it is to have Faith.
Today's scripture reading was in the Book of Mormon. It is actually one of my favorite passages in the Book of Mormon so I thought I would share it here. It is 2 Nephi 25: 21-26
21. Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never perish as long as the earth should stand.
22. Wherefore, these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand: and they shall go according to the will and pleasure of God: and the nations who shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which are written.
23. For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children and also our brethren to believe in Christ and to be reconciled to God: for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do.
24. And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ we keep the law of Moses and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.
25. For, for this end was the law given: wherefore the law hath become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith yet we keep the law because of the commandments.
26. And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ we prophesy of Christ and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
For those of my friends and loved ones that may not appreciate my beliefs or understand them. My intent is not to offend you. I hope you will continue to check back from time to time as I am still going to be posting the goings on of our family. But throughout the next couple of weeks I will also be posting these little "journal" entries for my own spiritual uplift. I
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Today I read about The Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of the deciples. He shows us such an example of love and service in this story. To wash the filthy (I would assume) feet of these men knowing that one would betray him and that he was going to be sacrificing so much more for them and people for generations to come. The magnitude of Jesus Christs actions never cease to touch my heart.
The assignment is to go through today and find ways to have Christ with you always. I have been for a long time now trying to make sure I pray during quiet moments. Driving in the car (something I do often especially living out in the sticks) I always try to say a little prayer for our safety and just to feel a little closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I also have been trying to be an example of kindness. I think those things can invite the spirit into my life and my home daily. I know it's only day two but I'm feeling like I'm getting into the swing of this and am really going to enjoy the next 19 days!
Monday, December 14, 2009
I have had this book 21 Days Closer To Christ by Emily Freeman for probably about a year and keep meaning to get into it. I decided today was going to be my day one! She recommends keeping a little journal throughout your 21 days and since my blog is kind of my journal I've decided to go ahead and use this as my journal for my experience with this book! I'm looking forward to it. I've needed a little kick in the pants for a while to step up my spirituality and I think this is just the thing that is going to do it!
Today the reading was about casting aside your "nets" and following Jesus! I read in Mark 1:16-18 about the fishermen who cast aside their nets to follow Jesus. The "assignment" is now to figure out what "nets" are keeping me from developing a personal relationship with my Savior. I would have to say that I let myself get easily distracted with other things. Keeping up with Oliver, housework, laundry and errands can be overwhelming for me. I let myself be consumed with those things and easily distract myself and make it hard to find time to study my scriptures and pray as I should so that I can continue to be close to my Savior. It's hard for me to find that balance in my everyday life so that I am fulfilled spiritually and feel like I'm giving enough time to Oliver and my chores as well. I am going to try and make it a point to make the first hour of Oliver's nap everyday my time to study and pray so that my family is blessed with the Spirit in our home.
Friday, December 11, 2009
So my little sister Lianna decided a few months ago she wanted to serve a mission for our church! She got all of her paperwork in order as is custom and sent it in! Yesterday she received what we call her "mission call" in the mail. Last night she had a bunch of friends and loved ones over (and my mom and I via Skype) so she could read her call. (that is another tradition). She is going to be serving in the Nebraska, Omaha mission at Historic Winter Quarters! We are so excited for her! I bet that is going to be such a great mission! She is going to be a great missionary and will touch the hearts of the people she serves! We are so proud of Lianna!
Love You Lianna!!
Monday, December 07, 2009
I guess there are many hazards of being the mother of a BUSY two year old BOY! Yesterday Oliver threw a very hard plastic elephant in my direction and it hit me in the face. I was wearing my glasses and it hit my glasses and the part of the frame that sits on your nose sliced a nice little gash into the bridge of my nose. OUCH! It hurt SO BAD!! Here's a lovely picture of my worse feature (my nose) for you all to enjoy! :)