Thursday, December 28, 2017

Consider the Lilies

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As I've mentioned recently, I was in a car accident that totaled my Rav4. Because it was a 2002, the cash value wasn't as high as it could have been, but we put it on a down payment for a newer model. I love the new car, but the new car payment had me a bit tense. Even after many tithing miracles in my life, I still worried a bit about the mounting bills this time of year, and spent some time talking to the Lord about it in prayer. I assured him that I wasn't seeking luxury and opulence, but simply security to pay our new debts and the education and missions of my children. Beyond that, my husband and I have always only sought sufficient for our needs and enough to allow us to serve others in need.

I was probably a little more urgent than usual. When I finished, I opened my scriptures, and the Lord talked to me. No lie, these were the first words I read:

"Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them ... Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these ... Therefore take no thought saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'Wherewithal shall we be clothed?' For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (from the Sermon on the Mount)
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It was as if the Lord had take me, His child, onto His knee and said, "There, there. You're worrying too much about this. I'll take care of you. Haven't I always? You just keep doing what I ask you to do, and it'll all work out." I could practically feel His comforting, reassuring embrace, and I know He's got me covered.

God is so awesome!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Waiting for the Cosmos to Align

photo credit: Know Thyself
I've noticed that I sometimes hold back on making needed changes because I'm waiting for the metaphorical stars to align. Surely, I shouldn't proceed until the conditions are ideal, right? But in my almost five decades of life, I've noticed that if I wait for W, X, Y, and Z to happen first, I never get started. Mostly because I can only find W and half of Y.

Maybe it's an "I'll change my eating habits when ..." or "I'll resolve that conflict with a family member when ..." But that's not how I'll ever make progress.

Let me use a golfing analogy (despite the fact that I've only ever played on the Wii U if you don't count miniature golf). Sometimes there are unfavorable winds, distracting noises, or animals meandering across the green. You can wait for a little while, hoping these things will pass, but eventually the next party will be coming up behind you, and you'll need to move on or let them play through, thus falling even further behind. Ultimately, unless the animal is an alligator larger than your leg, you just need to make do and try your best. Maybe you won't get par or a birdie, but if you keep whacking and chipping and putting long enough, eventually the ball will land in the cup and you'll keep moving forward. 
photo credit: Pismo Beach Golfing

This analogy only works if we remember that progress is like golf only in that we need to play all the way to the last cup. It's about enduring to the end. There isn't a score we have to beat to accomplish a meaningful change. We aren't in competition with each other. We're just trying to finish the goal by making steady forward progress. Sometimes it'll be easy-breezy, and sometimes the gales will knock our golf cart over, so we'll have to get out and walk.

Back to the cosmos ... Life isn't actually designed to make reaching goals easy. If it were, we wouldn't even think of them as goals because everything would just be humming along as planned without interruption. The whole point of desiring to make a change implies that something wasn't right in the first place. Thus, we can't wait for everything else around us to be right before we get moving, or we'll all be gaping at each other like a bunch of sleepy, confused drivers at a four-way stop, unsure of whose turn is next.

See a need. Make a plan. Be flexible. Keep going!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hope Quote from Jeffrey R. Holland

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"There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the 'light that is endless, that can  never be darkened'. It is the very Son of God Himself."

Consider the Lilies