Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Leaving Life to Happenstance

I love this picture, and as you can see, I love ladybugs. This love is newfound thanks to my two year olds fascination with them. The pictures on my last post was from our yard and I took them. This one is swiped from the web. I thought it was fitting for where my thoughts have taken me and the title of todays post. Poor ladybug, now he has to turn around and find a new path.
I'm reading on the Book of Mormon about the prophet Lehi and his family. Living in Jerusalem, Lehi preaches repentance to the people. The people are angry with Lehi. The Lord instructs Lehi to gather provisions and depart with his family. Lehi obeys, escaping any harm that may have come. The lesson-protection comes through obedience.
A journey begins for Lehi and his family. How did they know where to go? Like the ladybug in the picture, if they left life and their journey up to happenstance, where would they end up? Lehi sought in prayer the way for them to go. There are lessons all through out the scriptures if I look for them and how they can apply to me individually.
Lehi had sons, one of which was named Nephi. Having been uprooted from their home, some of Lehi's sons were not too happy about this new journey. Nephi decided to find out for himself if the things his father learned from the Lord are true. He prayed in faith and the the good Lord listened and answered his prayer. Nephi could continue the journey with faith, knowing it was the right path and that he would arrive at the correct destination.
How often do I leave my life to happenstance? Do I wake and take responsibility for the day? Do I really seek to follow what the Lord would have me do that day?
Children are gathering on my bed so I guess this is the end of my post for today.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Have some of life's experiences taken from you a believing heart?

The definition of the word believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.
It is my belief that we come to this earth with a believing heart. Then through life's experiences a hardening takes place. For some this happens early in life. For others, including myself, it happens a little at a time as life fills up with stuff. Stuff that may include unnecessary things as well as good and right things such as children.
Since this is my journey, I'll tell of that which applies to me in hopes it applies to others as well.
As a young mother my heart was very believing. It was at this time that my testimony of the gospel was solidified. I chose to stay home when my first was born. She was such a great baby. She followed a sleeping and eating schedule to a "t". This left me free time which I could spend studying the scriptures and reading words from the leaders of my church. What a reservoir of faith and knowledge I filled up! Looking back, this devotion to study is what kept my heart open, soft, and receptive to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Time passed and 3 more children joined our family. Free time diminished and energy depleted. I tapped into that spiritual reservoir time and time again. How it saved me!
Then, I think it ran out. It seems that I feel the need to brace my heart more often so it can withstand any blows that come my way. Especially with children growing and gaining their own opinions and desires of what they should do. I say to my husband often, "it used to be easier when they were tiny". Yes it was a lot of physical work to care for them, but it seemed less emotionally and mentally taxing. He does not share my opinion. His confidence in parenting older children is much higher than mine. But then again, perhaps he has a better reserve of faith to tap into right now. He is always constant in his prayer and scripture study. Well, it seems I needed to tap once again into my faith reservoir but it was depleted. So, here I am. Filling it back up and trying to understand with my heart and mind as I do so.
Today's scripture that touched my heart is found in Romans chapter 5 verse 1: "...being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Getting to the point, because the kids are calling me, who in this world does not seek peace? Especially peace with God, the father of our spirits. It seems to me that this scripture teaches that my part is faith. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and faith in all that he has done for me. Through Jesus, having such faith will enrich my relationship with God. When we are at peace with God then I believe we are at peace with ourselves and those around us.

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