Sunday, April 29, 2012

This applies to me so much right now!

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT
"Learning to fully understand the doctrines of the gospel is a process of a lifetime and comes ‘line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little’ (2 Nephi 28:30). As children learn and act upon what they learn, their understanding is expanded, which leads to more learning, more action, and even greater and more enduring understanding."

I got this from the Daily Gems offered on the website.  I love those.  They send you a spiritually oriented message on a daily (or whatever set up you chose).  
I recently started studying an institute manual that my friend loaned me.  It discusses the history behind the scriptures.  I love it.  It is so interesting to learn about the politics, social and cultural issues, as well as the physical struggles that people went through in the B.C., and A.D. time of our history.  I find that learning about the "peoples" history helps me to understand the way that people think, and the way that they were treated, and what they had to endure and survive.  Some of the information is very difficult to stomach.  The atrocities that people endured were often horrifying.  I have a new respect for people who had to survive to bring us the messages and lessons that we can apply to ourselves today.  We can learn so much from our histories and the history of others.   Too much in life is taboo.  We need to share our stories, even the difficult ones.  We need to share, because through sharing we teach.  When we teach we ourselves learn and grow.  The teacher always learns more than the students.   
I was never very studious.  I always struggled in school and with reading.  I found it difficult to read and understand what I was reading.  It wasn't until I was a mother, reading every night to my own children, bed time stories, etc... that I was able to discover the joy of reading. Now I devour books.  I love reading and I find that I love learning.  
I heard someone say that a person who does not read is no better off than someone who cannot read. 
That is so true.  Learning is how we improve ourselves, our understanding of others.  We learn compassion, empathy and sympathy.  We learn how to help ourselves and others.  We learn how not to repeat the mistakes of those who came before us.  We can find strength and inspiration from the stories of survival of others.  
Has anyone you loved, met, or known been through something that you later heard about or witnessed that inspired you or made you grateful that you did not have to face the trial that they are facing?  And did they struggle and fail, or struggle and conquer?  We did you learn?  
Studying does not have to be a terrifying, anxiety provoking word.  It can, when paced properly can be grow as individuals and as friends, mother's, fathers, friends, and members of society.  Besides, when we learn we can avoid those issues that face someone who does not have an understanding of the world and the way that people treat each other.  
An education is free and priceless.  It is the doorway to a life that can bloom in so many unforeseeable ways.  Education, experience, faith, strength, personal character, ect... is the only thing that can change our lives.  
We have to grow otherwise we just exist.  No one wants to just exist.  There is so much knowledge to be had and shared.  Rich or poor anyone can have it and everyone can benefit for it.  It can be ours, our own.  No one has the right to decide for you what should be important for your life.  Learning is a private journey, a private decision, a private goal, and a private joy.  But the strength that we gain from it can change the world.
One page at a time, one word at a time, and one day at a time.  It is ours, our own.  It is powerful and can bring about wonderful changes in our lives.  Don't let yourself believe that you are not worth it, because you, most definitely, are.  
Life does not have to be all about surviving and existing.  I am still trying to learn that myself, but I am beginning the journey and I hope that you will take the journey with me.
Imagine what it would mean to our children if we took learning seriously.  What an example it is to those around us.  What a triumph it is to us.  What a victory for ourselves.  What better way to honor ourselves.  
Honestly, it is one paragraph, one page, one chapter, one book, one moment.  Start where you can.  Start when you can.  Start by searching out those things you love, those things that interest you, those things that make you happy.  Search out every good thing.  Your life, your mind, and your happiness can begin with the simplest effort.  You just have to make the decision that you are worth the effort.
So here we are... and I challenge you to begin today.  I promise that it will be worth it.
Good luck my fellow traveler.

*remember that if there is anything you want to share with me, you can email me, or leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We are important...

You are special.
     "You are very precious, each of you, regardless of your circumstances.  You occupy a high and sacred place in the eternal plan of God, our Father in Heaven.  You are His daughters, precious to Him, loved by Him, and very important to Him.  His grand design cannot succeed without you."  Gordon B. Hinckley   One bright and shining Hope

     When you feel like you are failing, or that no one knows that you exist, try to remember that there is one who never fails us.  He sees the potential in us... always.  He loves us and knows what we are able to accomplish in this life.  He knows to what heights our talents can take us.  He knows where our lives can go.  He knows that we are special.  He wants to hear about our day.  He wants to know that we are grateful.  He wants to know that we need Him.  He wants us to know that we are loved.  He knows that we are a gift and he wants us to return to Him one day.
    Every day we have potential to be a little better than the day before.  One baby step at a time.  One moment at a time.  One experience at a time.  I need to know every day that I matter.  I need to remind myself every day that I am important, if not to the people around you, to one special person who will never stop rooting for us.  He will never give up on us.  He will give us every opportunity to succeed and be the best that we can be.  
    It was not promised to us that life would be easy.  It was only promised that it would be worth it.  Our journey will be difficult, and there will be trying experiences that will test us to our limits at times, but what I have learned, is what you survive, and what you go through will cause you to grow.  There are a hundred reason to give up, there are a hundred reasons to say that I cannot go on.  But I want to learn to say that, "this might be hard, but I cannot quit.  I cannot give up.  I cannot allow myself to say that I am not worth the effort.

    "We are ALL worth the effort.  We just have to allow ourselves to believe that."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!  I hope that like spring you will find a new beginning with the reminder of why we celebrate this day.  He is risen, and offers hope to us all.  Our greatest struggle in life is being true to ourselves and true to the goodness that is instilled in us.  
We are children of a father who loves us, no matter what.  He never gives up on us.  Even when everyone in the world seems to have failed us, He never will.  I struggle to remember that myself, but I know in my heart that it is true.  I am a daughter of God, and I have a Savior who loves me and sacrificed everything for me, and you.  I do not know what the plan is for my life, but I know that I am being watched over, guided, and my path is being prepared, if I only look for the signs.  If I pray fervently, study the scriptures, attend church, and do my best to be the best, fairest, most compassionate, friendly, person who endures this life the best way that I can, then I can have nothing but hope.  If I do everything right, does that mean that my struggles will stop? No!  Not at all.  This life is a test, a test that asks, "Will you trust me?"  I struggle every day with chronic pain, and depression, not to mention all of my insecurities, but does that mean I will give up?  No, I will try not to at least.  It is not easy to be strong all the time.  I can't be.  I have bad days.  I have days when I do not want to get out of bed.  I have days when I am so cranky that I do not want to be around myself.  I have days when I want to cry all day and I am not sure why.  I have days when it is hard to believe in myself, but I promised myself that I would not give up.
I bear my testimony that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and watches over me.  I know and believe that I have a Savior who is Jesus Christ.  I know and I believe that I am a daughter of the divine, and he knows my potential, even if I struggle to know it myself.  I know that this life is a test, and this life is just a grain of sand in the eternity that I can have with my family and savior in the afterlife, if I do my best.  I am grateful to know that Jesus Christ was born, lived and died to be an example to me, and he did it for me.  We can never fully understand His sacrifice, but I do understand that he did all of it because he loves us, all of us.
Happy Easter everyone!  I hope that you can find hope in this day!  I do.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted: 07 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT
"My beloved brothers and sisters, in our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace fro the words of the angel that first Easter morning: 'He is not here: for he is risen.'"
—President Thomas S. Monson, "He Is Risen: A Prophet’s Testimony", Liahona, Apr. 2012
Topics: Jesus ChristResurrection