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BRINGING MIRACLES INTO OUR ORDINARY MOMENTS
Most of you that know me, know that my life has gone through some huge and amazing growing experiences and life changes the past six years. It has been so rewarding, I honestly feel blessed beyond measure.
SEEKING OUT THE SON OF GOD
A year into this experience, at Christmas time, I found myself pondering how accepting or embracing my challenges had given me ‘more’ than I ever thought possible....and, as I thought about it, I realized that my journey was so much like the journey that the Wisemen took to seek out the Son of God. It enlightened me so much that I have put together my thoughts and inspirations into a little ‘Journey To Bethlehem’ adventure to seek the Christ Child so that many others could experience the peace and joy that He brings into our lives.
In this WHISPERINGS BLOG last week, an invitation was extended to anyone, who desires change or healing in their lives, to step out of the ordinary and journey with us, as did the Wisemen of old, to come to a place where the Savior dwells....to worship Him and receive the blessings we desire. (Matt. 2:1,2)
This ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ begins today, as the Saviors birth has been announced and we desire to find the truth of this miraculous event, for ourselves. (Luke 2: 6,7)
It is my hope that you have prepared properly so this journey can be most meaningful....even a season of enlightenment a season of peace and joy. The hope is that we will allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit to our desired destination. Our desire is to know in our own hearts, that there truly is a Son of God.
FIRST STEP - DESIRES; WHAT DOES YOUR HEART NEED FROM THIS JOURNEY?
Everyone’s journey will be different even though our desires might be the same....we will be given the experience we need to strengthen our testimony, overcome our weaknesses, remove ourselves from bondage, or to lighten our burdens....we can overcome anything which may be holding us back from that which we truly desire.
If you have a dream or desire, it is necessary to go on this journey to fulfill that dream. If there is the slightest chance at getting something or having an experience that will make you happy, RISK IT! Life’s too short and happiness is to rare to not take the step to bring it to you.
It is told that when we find the Savior of the World, He will be the one that will bring miracles into our ordinary moments. He can heal our hearts and expand our understanding, and bring the peace and joy we are seeking. Therefore, our first step is to search our hearts and determine our ultimate ‘Desire’.
“....for I know that (a just God) ...granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life” (Alma 29:4)
You need Him. He is silently beckoning for you to come and discover Him. Your soul longs for Him, listen to your discontent, your longing, your emptiness, it is trying to tell you that there is more that God wants to give you, your search for more will lead you to a season of enlightenment, joy and peace.
TRUST THE JOURNEY
We have a destination that we are focusing on, but we do not know what may lie ahead or what will be required of us. I liked Mila Bron’s approach to her journey, she said, “I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.”
As with all journeys, what we learn and discover along the way is of utmost importance and may be the very thing we are seeking.
Whenever Jim and I go on a journey or walk. We take our time, I like to see everything around me and take pictures, I like to touch it, smell it and put it in my pocket to take home and treasure it. Sometimes we never make it to the end because we are loving the experience along the way.
“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about the destination.” ~ Drake
Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.
HE DESIRES TO FULFILL OUR DESIRES
Pray and have faith that the desire you seek is the desire of the Lord for you....for He desires to fulfill our desires. “Wherefore, who so believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world...” (Ether 12:4)
About a year ago I was working in the Temple, and a young woman, who was very distraught came up to me and asked me a question that surprised me because, at that moment, I was seeking the same answers for myself. She was wanting to know what I do when there is something happening in my life that is hard and needs to be changed?
I was sitting in the Celestial Room reading scriptures and praying for answers to my life challenges. The scripture that was giving me the direction I desired was Ether 12. I suggested to this young woman that if she were to read it also, maybe she could find the answers she was seeking.
Sometimes our challenges are so over whelming that we begin to feel a hopelessness about the situation....we can’t see a way out.
But, because life is created to challenge us and give us opportunities to grow...we are sometimes brought down into despair, and in need of light, direction, strength and hope.
When we have no hope, we have no vision. We don’t know where to go, how to solve or endure the problems and challenges we face. Our connection with Heaven could fade away if we allow ourselves to get lost in the hurt, pain, confusion, fear and anxiety.
How can we overcome, heal and become whole?
For some, life might be going pretty good right now....we feel there is no need for a journey such as this....but beware, this is when contentment and pride start to pull us slowly away from the joy and happiness we’ve been given.
Our desires and focus should always be looking for reason or cause to seek out the One who can bless and deliver. Remember, He desires to fulfill our desires. Seek Him!
THE VISION OF HOPE
Like the people in the Book of Ether, we are constantly being given a trial of our faith by being pulled, pushed and driven away from great and marvelous things and the vision of hope, “....because they saw them not.” (Ether 12:5)
It’s so easy to become veiled over because of fear, doubt, concern, contentment, and lack of knowledge.
The young woman, at the Temple, wasn’t able to see beyond her struggle, and I was troubled with discouragement. We were both searching for hope, something to tell us we will be ok....that life can change.
So let’s Journey to Bethlehem, a fruitful place, a place where we will be fed and replenished...and a place where we will receive all that we had hoped for.
Come to Bethlehem, He is beckoning for us to come.
THIS WEEKS EXPERIENCE:
When we experience something it becomes a part of us. I hope you will pray and take the time to decide exactly what you really need from this journey. You have two weeks to come to a final ‘Desire’.
1- Because this is your adventure, you need to know why you are going on this journey. - Ask yourself what does your heart need from this journey...what is your Desire? What miracle are you seeking?
2- I’ve never experienced a better read than the encouraging words in Ether 12, it helped me, that day....and many days since, to see there is hope that there are steps to take and a path to follow. I gained the faith I needed to make the necessary changes. I hope that the brave young woman, that walked over to me and asked for help, was able to see the hope that was waiting there for her also. Please read and ponder the passages there and allow the Lord to touch your heart and give you hope for all that you Desire.
3 - On your journal page, (given in the download) begin to draft out the thing that your soul yearns for, then listen for the whisperings along the way....write them down. You might be surprised at what your heart really wants. Open your heart and mind for this miracle. When we find the Savior, He will be the one to bring the miracle that you are seeking.
Titled: The Son of God
Your journey can be like the journey that the Wisemen took to seek out the Son of God. Your desires and focus should always be looking for reason or cause to seek out the One who can bless and deliver. Remember, He desires to fulfill your desires. Seek to know the Christ Child so that you can experience the peace and joy that He can bring into your life.
1- This week I have a ‘Journal Page’ for you to download where you can write out the thoughts and feelings that will bring you to a knowledge of what your desires are for this journey. You can print off as many as you need.
2- I also have a ‘Journey To Bethlehem Map’ that will allow you to see where we are going and what you have to do to get there.
THE SON OF GOD
AUTUMN, THE SEASON THAT TEACHES US, THAT CHANGE, CAN BE BEAUTIFUL!
Like most of you, I love the fall colors....I enjoy watching them change from the lush green foliage on the side of the mountain to the bright, intense colors that bring a different kind of life to the landscape....so beautiful, so invigorating!
I like to refer to this season as Autumn, because......Fall tells me that Winter is around the corner and I struggle with anything connected with the long, cold, icy days and months ahead. Brrrrrr!!
AH, SEPTEMBER! YOU ARE THE SEASON THAT AWAKENS MY SOUL..
September is a favorite Autumn month for me....for several reasons, one being this is the time of year that I begin to design my life for the next year. Something about the crisp morning air that lures me to my comfy chair with a warm mug of ‘Spiced Pumpkin’ steamed milk and a cozy, warm blanket, puts me in Heaven. A quiet, inviting atmosphere that creates the perfect moments for dreaming, evaluating, planning, designing, and creating a plan for my life of purpose and JOY.
The days ahead seem to come and go so quickly, it’s like life is disappearing before your very eyes.....IF we don’t begin early to design them and create a plan to make them ‘more’.
Through the years, I have found that if I will define my coming days, design, plan and create them, then they will lead to a life well lived.
Those cold but, cozy, quiet, autumn mornings are treasured and memorable. They are a good way to embrace ‘what is’ and awaken my soul, my inner longings for a better world.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! YOU DON’T LOOK A DAY OVER FABULOUS!!!
The second thing that makes September special for me is that it is a big birthday month for our family....my birthday being the very last day.... is lovingly shared with a special Grandson. Yea...Happy Birthday to us! :)
Everyone loves Birthdays!! But, several years back, when wrinkles and gray hairs became more noticeable, I wasn’t wanting any more birthdays. I wished I could stay living in my ‘prime’ years...getting older wasn’t looking like ‘Golden Years’ at all! I’ve found it doesn’t help to fight it, or even ignore the birthdays....they still keep coming! And I am grateful for that.
This Birthday year has brought with it new challenges, besides my newly acquired chemo side effects, Jim and I are experiencing old age and ‘mindlessness’ in a whole new way. Either he can’t remember something or I forgot to turn the stove off. We shuffle and weave when we walk and huff and puff as we go up the stairs.
But, even though it’s not what we would have planned, I think old age is a gift. I like the person I have become. By embracing each year.... all the wrinkles and gray hairs, physical and mental changes, we still have each other and lot’s of opportunities to spend time with family, grandchildren, friends and...yes, even challenges...life is BLISS!
(The first photo was takes last year about this time...before cancer and chemo. The next photo is my brave attempt of a ‘selfie’ this morning.)
And.....I don’t look a day over FABULOUS!
Birthday’s come and go. It’s what we do in between each celebration that makes life really worth celebrating. So ‘live with abandon’.... forget your fears, find your faith and live!
Which brings me to another reason September is special for me.
AN INVITATION TO JOURNEY TO THE DESTINATION THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. ❤
Every year at this time, I go on a ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. I start on my birthday and journey until Christmas. It’s so spiritually uplifting and brings me so much JOY! I look forward to it every year.
For my Birthday this year, I thought if would be amazing if you would go with me. So my Birthday Gift.... to you ...is an invitation to journey with me and experience a beautiful change that you will treasure forever.
I created this gift for someone else 5 years ago, but I loved it so much, that I make sure I experience it every year, at this time.
It is a gift that has changed me over and over. I would love it if you would venture with me. Sometimes the smallest step in a right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. I encourage you to do this.... a Christmas gift you can give to yourself.
I know you are probably freaking out at the mention of Christmas and gifts right now, but you might thank me later....I have held it dear and haven’t shared it with a lot of people but, I’m thinking that you would probably enjoy it now.
So here is a brief explanation of what this Gift is...
The Gift I want to share, is for you to join me each week on this Blog, and ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ with me and anyone else who is desiring to find Truth, and in the process, change our lives. It’s for anyone who has a need to feel closer to the Savior and to their Father in Heaven. We all need that close relationship...that spiritual strength so we can navigate through the adversities in this life a little easier....and it can happen on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’... a place where you will come to know Jesus...the Son of God.
“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.” ~ Unknown
If there are some men that are reading this and want to join us, please do, the world needs strong men also. This journey is for everyone. It’s amazing to do as a couple or as a family.
This journey is for those that have been desiring to find enlightenment and direction to really know if there truly is a Son of God.
Like other journeys, this one requires preparation to begin and involves stepping out of the ordinary. The hope is that we will allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit as we journey to Bethlehem, the destination that will change our lives forever.
LIKE THE WISEMEN, OUR JOURNEY WILL BEGIN AFTER THE NEWS OF THE SAVIORS BIRTH.
Interesting side note. I was reading in my scriptures yesterday in 3 Nephi Chapter 1:19-21; “....and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given. And it came to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets. And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.”
I find it amazing that, at this time each year, I’m reading wherever I am presently located in my daily scripture reading, and I always come across a verse or chapter like this one, that mentions that Christ was born. It’s like it’s giving me permission to begin my journey. ❤
I find it humbling and inspiring to experience for myself, a personal announcement that the Christ Child was born, just in time so that I can move forward to seek the truth of this miraculous event.
I have always felt a kinship to the Wisemen that traveled afar when they heard that the Christ Child was born, they set out on a journey to seek and find the Son of God. I like to think that if I would have been there, I would have also gone on that journey.
Have faith in this journey. Everything that needs to happen will happen to get you where you desire to go. Every year I’m excited to see what new things I will learn and discover along the way. It’s usually something that I have been desiring to know or learn or experience. Miracles have happened! My experiences have strengthened my testimony; that there is a Son of God that came to this world with the light and knowledge we all need to be healed from our adversities and lifted out of darkness.
DISCOVER HIS ULTIMATE LOVE FOR YOU
Today I’m giving just a brief introduction so you can prepare your hearts and minds for this journey. I will give you new things to think about and ponder with every Blog so that you will gain understanding and experience the miracles that you need in your life just in time for Christmas. A time when we will receive Him as our Lord and Savior.
It is a gift that has changed me over and over. I would love it if you would accept this gift. Remember sometimes the smallest step in a right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. I encourage you to do this for yourself.... a Christmas gift you can give to yourself and your family.
Does anyone have any thoughts or feelings that you are willing to share that would help us prepare for this journey of discovery?
Think about Autumn and the beautiful changes that the world is experiencing at this time...you too can experience some beautiful changes in your life. Commit to this journey with me.
Love to all, looking forward to next time, where we will take that first step. ❤
LIVE IN THE MOMENT &
MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL!
I read the following quote the other day and it made me wonder what LIFE is.....for you, me and everyone else.....is it this sad?
“I realized today that I have stopped living life. I’m literally just trying to get to the next day just living in the thought of tomorrow. I’m not living, I’m waiting. And the trouble is, I don’t know what I’m exactly waiting for. I’m kind of scared for what it might be.“ - From the Minds Journal
Or...maybe we are so BUSY that we don’t have time to think, to focus, to reach out to others, to live our BLISS.
TIME IS NOT MEASURED BY CLOCKS BUT BY MOMENTS
The clock in my bedroom has a way of loudly proclaiming that each second is ticking away....one second at a time. I sometimes feel the need to stop it until I can catch up with life and the demands that seem so pressing.
Each night as I lay in bed, hoping for sleep to come quickly, I hear the ticking of that clock, so annoying, yet so resolute in giving me a point of focus.....a center to focus my awareness and stop the incessant chaos in my mind.
Our time is so precious, and we allow it to get lost...to get wasted in every tick of the clock.
Jim and I attended a ‘Mindfulness’ retreat a couple weeks ago. This is something new for us. Something we knew of, but knew nothing about.
As you can imagine, it was very enlightening, since I have never been interested in meditation....felt like it was time spent on wasting time. But I am, and have been, interested in calming down the storm of useless thought, and being still enough to allow inspiration and the Whisperings of the Spirit, the space and time necessary to enter into my thoughts, so I was excited about attending the class....my first big step in ‘Living With Abandon!’ :)
Our instructor had my attention from the beginning when she said, “Mindfulness is the ability to be still and to be non-judgmental as we become aware of our physical, mental and emotional state.” I knew that I needed to learn everything she had to share.
3 Days of training in mindfulness was not much, considering all the different areas that it could branch out into. But I appreciate the simple and purposeful approach our instructor took, to give us a basic experience. She gave us a few meditations and some introspection's, that opened up new insights into how my life could elevate to a new level of understanding, myself and the world I live in....and of course my Father in Heaven.
I could see that everyone got out of it something totally different, so when I share my thoughts, know that it is my take of the exercises and what I needed for me....simple, mindful changes that lift and bring joy!
While I’m still learning how to keep my mind from running wild with thoughts about this, that and everything else, the few minutes that I have tried to keep my thoughts on the down low, I have allowed myself to be mindful. It has been very calming helping me see, feel and appreciate ‘what is’ in that moment.
Live For The Now......Because All We Have Is Now...Be Present!
As you know, I am an advocate for ‘Choosing Joy’ so I was very interested to learn that Mindfulness can bring Happiness, and for me that happiness and joy come from being aware of ‘what is’. It’s an integrated kind of mindfulness where you are aware of what is going on in your moment....the things you see, smell, touch, hear and taste.
Turn off the world and focus on what you are touching, what does it feel like, what is the person in front of you really saying, is the food you are eating really the experience you want to have, what feelings does the fragrance in the air remind you of? So many ways to live the moment in a whole new way.
I love that it helps me to embrace the time I have each day...to more fully see, feel and appreciate what is all around me.
When our mind is left on auto pilot, thoughts race around each other and we are so caught up in our crazy thought patterns that we don’t use our precious time in a more fruitful way. I’ve always heard the phrase, ‘Take time to smell the roses’, now it makes so much more sense to me, and something I want to create for my life.
So now as I lay in bed, I listen to my clock ticking away precious seconds, and in those seconds I feel how amazingly soft my pillow is how it holds me and comforts me. I feel the sheets, the coolness of their surface brings solace to my tired, restless legs and calms them. The noises outside my window makes me feel loved and appreciated to be a part of something bigger than life, something that says there is purpose in everything....and then slowly, I’m back to becoming aware of my pillow the smell of linen and softness against my face. Deliberately mindful of each and everything....touch, smell, sounds and a sense of well being, no rush, no hurry, just aware....just....ZZzzz
THIS IS MY BLISS...MY JOY!
I woke up this morning feeling grateful for another beautiful day. As I worked around the house my gratitude grew as I became mindful of each and everything that I came in contact with. My heart is full of Joy as I realized that, through being more aware, I was indeed ‘Choosing Joy’. I loved and appreciated everything and everyone....then the thought came, ‘This is my Bliss!’
We have all heard it said; “It’s not about having time, It’s about making time.” I rather think it’s about using the time you have to the very most....use it to love your life, to be grateful to the One that gave you that life, and be aware of the all things large and small for they are the elements of your life.
When we choose to look for the wonder and awe in all that we are, all that we have, and all that was created for our pleasure and remembrance of Him, it is truly a beautiful moment...and this moment is LIFE.....YOUR LIFE...YOUR BLISS!
Titled - Take Time
Our Father has created everything in this world for our wonder and pleasure. It is our choice to go through each day being aware of all that is given or being caught up in all the chaos, misery and pain.
When we ‘Take Time’ to cultivate awareness in our lives, we will live a fuller, happier life....we are ‘Choosing Joy’. Nothing is lost or wasted on us. It’s when we can fully love and appreciate all the things we have been given, that we will be given more.
This Actual Moment Is Life!
Just when I thought I had gone through all the lessons that could be learned, and shared because of my experiences with cancer and my ‘Journey to Wholeness’....I have, and am experiencing one more learning curve.....there seems to be so many!
Now that I am beginning to feel better, and thinking that I am ready to go on with my life, I am realizing, even more, that the life I had before cancer is not the life I can go back to, I am now searching for my ‘new normal’.
While going through the unknown of cancer, the pain and fatigue, I chose to use the opportunity to expand myself spiritually. My desire being that I wanted my experience to become more than concern for my life, the pain, and the fatigue. I wanted to remember my experience with no regrets, no burdens of being a victim, and no ongoing feelings of ‘why me’. I wanted to know in my heart that I had learned and had become someone new....someone stronger....someone who knew the Lord on a more personal level.
Today, as I sat thinking, I remembered a simple analogy about a rubber band that my husband shared with me a while ago.
As you know, rubber bands are a common office object or tool that takes up space in your desk drawer. They are basically useless, unless they are needed to be stretched or extended beyond their normal size or state to hold something together. Whether large or small, a rubber band can only be stretched for so long.....then it needs to go back to it’s original position. We’ve all noticed that when it if freed to go back to it’s original state, it is not the same as it was before it became extended....because, once stretched, it can never go back to what it was before.
I feel I have been stretched.
We may not be aware of it, but at some point in our lives, we all experience a Hero’s Journey. A journey where we are required to stretch, grow, and experience new things...even very hard things.
THE WARRIOR WITHIN
When the time is right, we are called upon to go on an adventure or challenge where we become a warrior; someone that is required to defend or fight for that which is desired or prized. It could start out as a physical battle but it quickly becomes an inner battle with our self. The battle teases back and forth for a while then becomes more intense as we put all our efforts into the fight, even to death if necessary, for we are fighting for a life we are choosing or the prize we most desire in the end. Finally, after many intimidating experiences and a schooling in more effective ways to defeat the threat, we become the Victor and the Villain goes off into the night until the next opportunity to confront your desires anew.
Because of the arduous battle and the difficult things learned and experienced, the warrior returns home... CHANGED! Bringing home the prize that was fought so valiantly for....inner-peace, happiness, and fulfillment.
Upon returning home, the now Victor, finds that everything is different, it seems that he is coming home to a different world. We set out seeking something desirable, something we have wanted for a long time, but the funny thing is.....is that we aren’t ready for what comes next.
A DIFFERENT YOU
In this life, every ‘next level’ of your life will demand a different you. Adjustments need to be made to fit this new way of life, a new purpose and mission will need to be embraced.
I hadn’t realized that I was choosing a ‘next level’ when I chose to handle my Cancer challenges with a more spiritual, positive outlook. Unknowingly, we are always one decision from a totally different life. With one decision, I moved away from my regular duties in real life, to go on a Hero’s Journey. I knew the process of the journey, but didn’t actually realize what was happening until I tried to come back to the life I knew before.
Every time something changes in life, we panic. We feel like we are loosing grasp on everything we have worked so hard for. Fear and concern make it hard to feel the Spirit guiding our steps and we begin to doubt our faith.
DON’T PANIC, THERE’S NO NEED TO FEAR
The day after I was told that I had cancer I was feeling overwhelmed and scared. I opened my phone and this message was on the screen. “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I am not letting go.” (Isaiah 41:10,13)
Imagine the overwhelming comfort that this message brought me at the precise moment I needed to hear God’s loving and caring words as well as feel His comforting strength. I appreciate that He is still here guiding me and helping me to find my way as I embrace life.....my new life!
Just know that God is calling you, equipping you and preparing you, according to his purpose. We all know that all things work together for good to them that love God and are open to all that He has in store for them.
Now, CHANGED and a little apprehensive but excited about what my new life might require of me, I take a deep breath and look out into the unknown, the wilderness of life, and seek to embrace my new path.
And suddenly you just know...It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. ~ Mester Eckhart
Life is always difficult, but decisions and change need to happen for us to move forward and to become what we have been sent here to become.
We are always one decision away from a totally different life....embrace it and know that God is in charge. He has a plan and He will direct us all along the way.
IT’S JUST A PIECE OF PAPER
This last week I spent an inspiring afternoon with my sister Anita. She shares a love for painting and has the ability to create on canvas/paper as I do. While together, we went through her portfolio of bright and cheerful art renderings. I found myself getting jealous, because she has a way of creating art that makes it an enjoyable experience for her and her audience.
We talked about the bi-weekly classes that she teaches. She told me that it’s important for her to try to relieve her students stress about messing up, by letting them know that, “...it’s just a piece of paper, if you make a mistake you can throw it away or turn it over and start all over again.”
I realized that I have never been that carefree and easy about any piece of art work that I’ve ever produced. The importance on “perfection” in my mind, has made my efforts to create, hard and even daunting at times. It’s always seemed like an ominous task for me to take on.
Where I feel I have the Lord’s hand guiding mine, and joy does come in the end, I feel pressure and anxiety in the process, and that there is no room for making mistakes.
I have been inspired by my sister’s work and feel there is a lesson here for me, and maybe some of you, to grab on to.
PERFECTION VS. GRACE
I feel that we are all holding ourselves to a standard of perfection that is not necessary to feel fulfillment, or to feel joy and happiness. A standard that we have set for ourselves....for, it was not set in Heaven or anywhere else.
Perfection - Perfection is a state, variously, of completeness, flawlessness, or supreme excellence. (Wikipedia)
Grace - The enabling power or divine help from God that allows us to obtain blessings in this life. (See Guide to the Scriptures)
When we simplify the demands we place on ourselves and allow God to be more fully integrated into our efforts, what we do will become easier, less stressful, more enjoyable, and a perfect work of art in the end.
This message now is inscribed on my mirror, “May Grace, the enabling power of God, abide in me forever.”
IT IS OK TO GO OUT OF THE LINES
In my most recent Blogs, I have been talking about LIFE.....that we were sent here to this earth to learn, grow and experience joy.....but, somewhere along the way some of us have acquired the idea that while we are learning and growing, we can’t make mistakes! We don’t appreciate that a big part of Gods’ Plan of Salvation, or Happiness, is that mistakes and opposition are necessary for our learning and growth. We don’t realize that it is OK to go out of the lines, to dribble paint or lay down an ugly color, even drop the brush so that paint splashes everywhere! It’s all OK and is necessary for our earthly experience.
We are to become ‘perfect’ but not through ‘perfectionism’!
My need for perfectionism in my paintings takes the joy out of painting. Just as we think we can’t make mistakes or go out of the lines, takes the joy out of life by creating anxiety, stress and many other complications.
Seems like we ask the Lord to help us, to be with us, to guide or inspire us, but then we don’t allow that to happen because we don’t give Him time or space to do what He needs to do.
“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.”
I had an experience, a couple weeks ago that opened my eyes to perfection and how we don’t allow Heavenly Father to help us the way He knows to help us best. I was asked by a neighbor to help her with a situation that was creating a lot of stress and anxiety for her. I was happy to help and went over to her home to see what I could do.
She explained the situation and told me what she needed. Feeling confident in what I was asked to do, I stepped forward with tool in hand to help her. She straightaway took the tool out of my hand, saying it needed to be done a certain way. I proceeded to do it that way when she again, took the tool and tried to do it herself but couldn’t get the right angle. Frustrated, I tried again when she promptly took over and left me standing there wondering why she had called me in the first place if she was just going to do it herself.
It was a couple days later when I was thinking back on the situation, wondering how I could have been more helpful, when I realized the irony of the circumstance. When I paint or I’m trying to do something I feel is important, I ask my Father in Heaven to help me, then immediately I take control.....exerting my own effort, to make it perfect. Fears and doubts then take over and leave me feeling very stressed and anxious.
Like my neighbor, I cause more stress and anxiety, because I’m not allowing the One that can help to even come close to give the help or the blessings that I was seeking in the first place!
If we believe that our Heavenly Father is truly there to bless our lives, then we need to stand back and.... “Be still and know that I am God....”. Psalms 46:10
It’s sad but we make life much harder than it needs to be! We create fear and anxieties when we don’t allow Him in our lives to help us....with everything!
“Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” D&C 6:36
Faith is when we love the Lord with all our hearts and trust in Him to help us all along the way...even if the path is different than we thought it would be or should be. Faith in the Lord brings the miracles we desire in our lives. Believe that He can give us an enabling power or divine help so we can obtain the blessings we need.
I have been taught a very important concept that can bless me in how I can live my life so it can be stress free...I can go out of the lines, be more open and carefree in my efforts and then painting can be a more enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
Praying that all of us can simplify the demands we place on ourselves and allow God to be more fully integrated into our efforts. Have faith, in our Father who loves us, that what we do through Him, will become a perfect work of art in the end.
Hoping we will hold this message in our hearts so we can be comforted, blessed and perfected through Him......“May Grace, the enabling power of God, abide in me forever.”
Is there anyone out there that can relate to being a perfectionist vs. using the Grace that we are given to bless our lives?
Any thoughts or encouragements as to how one gives up their control of the universe?
Titled - Just BE U TIFUL
This piece of artwork was painted after we made a trip to the canyon after a good rainstorm. Water was running across the road and hundreds of butterflies were hanging out as if on the beach enjoying the waterfront. It was beautiful! I hadn’t seen so many butterflies in one spot before.....I thought it looked like a ‘perfect’ painting.
Notice the small butterfly that is different or seems out of place. He may seem small and not as vibrant as those around him but that small and simple butterfly holds it’s own beauty......he is beautiful and magnificent just being who he is!
By Divine Design, we have been given a higher purpose, to live a life with purpose and destiny! This moment and each moment after that is given for us to experience the life we planned in the Heavens as we counseled with our Heavenly Father.
Enjoy This Moment...This Moment Is Your Life!!!
As you may know, I am on a new adventure and it is bringing up new thoughts and concepts. It is taking me places that I haven’t allowed myself to venture before....it is a whole new journey and a more engaging way to see this life. I have found a higher purpose, for my life, that opens a way to a more meaningful relationship with my Creator.....my Father in Heaven.
From the first time I heard the concept that I was a Child of my Father and Mother in Heaven, and that with that lineage came a promise of an inheritance of Eternal Life, I have felt loved and wanted to do all they wanted me to do to be worthy of that inheritance.
I also held on to the idea that He has prepared ‘many mansions’ for us.....I took it literally.
D&C 98:18, “Let not your hearts be troubled; for in my Father’s house are many mansions, and I have prepared a place for you; and where my Father and I am, there ye shall be also.”
I have looked forward to that day and have tried to live worthy of it. I know in my heart, that because of their love for us, their desires are for us to come and live with them....to be with them again after we have proven ourselves in this life.
Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
This command to be ‘perfect’ even as He is, has never been a burden or seemed like it was too much to do or expect of me. I either have an unyielding faith in my Father, or I really do live in a fantasy world....as I have been accused of several times. :)
I know that this seems like a hard or an insurmountable task for many and I do not want to minimize how overwhelming it can seem. But, I also know that we tend to make life harder than we need to because of our tendency to magnify things in our minds.
But, really........wouldn’t you like give up your fears and over commitments to find and follow a more meaningful, higher purpose for your life? Don’t you want to be someone who has been given.... a reason to live, to learn, to discover and to be free.....and yes, to find the peace and joy we are seeking?
We can live the life we were intended to have from the very beginning, by living each moment with intention. You do not just find a happy life....you create it by embracing each moment and making it a moment worthy of your higher purpose, your divine design!
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I heard a Christian song a couple weeks ago, titled “Live With Abandon” by the Newsboys.
The words “I wanna live with abandon...” have continued to stay with me. I knew in my heart that, that is what I wanted for my life from this point forward because it’s a life with a higher calling, a life that really counts, because we are turning our fears and desires over to Christ....we are giving Him our hearts.
The song helped me understand that there is so much more to life than what I have lived in the past.
A Higher Purpose
As a Child of God, we have been given a life with a divine design.....a divine purpose.....to become as He is.
Psalm 82:6 “Ye are God’s and all of you are children of the most High.” All men are children of God and thus all can become like Him....as He is.
There is a parable that Elder Dallin H. Oaks shared with us in the October 2000 General Conference. I think it helps us to better see the desires our Father has for us.
It goes like this: “A wealthy father knew that if he were to bestow his wealth upon a child who had not yet developed the needed wisdom and stature, the inheritance would probably be wasted. The father said to his child: “All that I have I desire to give you - not only my wealth, but also my position and standing among men. That which I have I can easily give you, but that which I am you must obtain for yourself. You will qualify for your inheritance by learning what I have learned and by living as I have lived. I will give you the laws and principles by which I have acquired my wisdom and stature. Follow my example mastering as I have mastered, and you will become as I am, and all that I have will be yours.”
Like this parable, we have been promised ALL that our Heavenly Father....God has. “All that I have I desire to give you.” When I think about these words, I am truly humbled, and reminded again, of the love that He has for me and of His desire for me to become like Him so I can inherit, or have, all that He has. I love that I am His child and that He has given me everything I need so I can do what is required so that I can have and become ALL that He has and is.
His Plan Of Happiness For Us
Can you imagine coming to this life without a plan? It sounds like chaos and living lives without the blessings we need and desire. Lives lived without purpose or direction. Nothing to live for or strive for. No peace nor joy....just chaos and frustration!
In 2 Nephi 2:25 we read, “...and men are, that they might have joy.”
His design is for us is to experience His quality of joy and thus fulfill the measure of our existence. Fathers’ plan....the Plan of Salvation is truly a plan of joy and happiness. His plan for us to become as He is, gives us purpose and direction so that through our experiences we will qualify for our inheritance because we will learn what He has learned and we will live as He lived! I find that exciting!!
The Plan of Salvation or God’s Plan of Happiness makes it possible for ALL people to be exalted and live forever with our Heavenly Parents. God knew we would struggle to stay on course and make good choices all the time....that too is part of the plan!
Because He wants us to experience joy and inherit all that He has, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this earth to show us how to live to receive all those blessings. And....He gave us the most precious gift of all, the Atonement....the only way for us to be redeemed from the effects of our sins and become reconciled to God.
C.S. Lewis made this remark, “For God is not merely mending, not simply restoring a status quo. Redeemed humanity is to be something more glorious than unfallen humanity would have been, more glorious than any unfallen race now is....and this super-added glory will, with true vicariousness, exalt all creatures.”
Blessed with the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can gain access to unlimited possibilities and powers and potential. It makes it possible for us to follow His example and master as He has mastered... and we will become as He is, and have all that He has.
Carefree In The Care Of God
There is another Christian song by Jason Gray titled ‘Sparrows’. I heard it several years ago and was touched by the message. It’s message tells us that life is difficult and we spend a lot of wasted time worrying about life and what is going to happen to us. We can’t change a thing! We just need to know that when we feel alone....we are not on our own, God is taking care of us.
It’s a beautiful song with a beautiful message that God loves us and wants us to live fully and find happiness in the choices we make and the mistakes we overcome. His intent is to always take care of us, just as the flowers and birds are carefree in the care of God, we too can trust Him for our care.
“Look at the sparrow....for even the sparrow knows that God holds tomorrow.” Jason Gray
The purpose of this glorious life is not simply to endure it, but to soar, stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love with existence....knowing we are always in His care. We were born to live not to merely exist.
Because our Heavenly Father....our Creator loved us without exception, He created a way for us to gain our inheritance by giving us everything we need.
Your Divine Destiny
Although we don’t know all that was decided in the Heavens, we do know that we are here to chose righteously and to stand strong each moment for the things that we know in our hearts to be true. Because of His love for us, He not only provided the perfect plan, but He is watching over us and caring for us so we can fulfilled our higher purpose and return to be with Him and claim our mansions and enjoy Eternal Life.
Title: Look At The Sparrow
The purpose of this glorious life is to become free of all that keeps us tethered. We need to “Look At The Sparrow” and live as he does, free from care and concern. We are always in His care...we were born to live a higher purpose...to fly, not to merely exist.
We can live the life we were intended to have from the very beginning, by living each moment with intention. Embrace each moment and make it a moment worthy of your higher purpose, your divine design!
I feel that we all learn and grow from hearing and sharing thoughts and feelings from one another. I am not the specialist on this topic or any other topic I have shared, but I hope that I have given you something to think about. You too, can help us all gain better insights and move closer to our higher purpose by adding your inspirations or experience that you have gone through.
Maybe these questions will help with getting several comments or even a discussion going.
Wouldn’t you like to find and follow a more meaningful, higher purpose for your life? Why?
What have you experienced that has allowed you to ‘live with abandon’ and give up fears and desires for a more meaningful way of life?
Lots of Love and Gratitude,
This Life Is A Difficult Journey
We have all experienced life enough to know that it’s hard! And has been a difficult journey since birth. There is a plethora of experiences that build us up and some that tell us, “You have been weighed. You have been measured. And you absolutely have been found wanting.” (A Knights Tale)
Many of us will build walls and put up doors to try to protect ourselves from such experiences.
Anyone that has known me through the years, know that, because of my insecurities, I do not like to be in the spotlight for any reason. So......because I have allowed myself to be found ‘wanting’ in so many areas, walls have been built to protect me.
I think for all of us, the hope is that through the years, we can grow out of our ‘brokenness’ and leave that world behind. But, out of no where, reminders come and we realize we are still vulnerable and unprotected from life’s experiences.
I feel I have grown in so many ways through my cancer challenge. Gratitude to be on the healing side has been huge. Blessings have come and I have gained strength in overcoming.
Having my hair begin it’s return has been such a blessing!!
Being without has been an interesting journey in itself. The challenge to feel confident in going amongst the masses sporting a ‘new look’ can be quite daunting. Months ago, this challenge would have brought self judgment and tears only because, ‘how I looked’ mattered to me. It’s where I thought my value lie.
A Better Way
Needless to say, I have been through an in-depth training in ‘pride’ the last 8 months. I am opening myself to a better way and have allowed myself to surrender the natural tendency to feel ‘naked’ and ‘ugly’ in front of others and live without my normal fears and inhibitions.
This change in my attitude has come because of a very special blessing that is available to all of us.....in fact we were born with it. We just don’t understand or remember that it was given to us before we came here to this earth.
You will remember in my last blog ‘Get A Life’, I talked about the importance of knowing our true identity....our divine inheritance. Knowing we are a Child of God can change us in ways we never understood before. It can empower us with hope, direction and courage to do things we never would have done prior to that knowledge.
We can enjoy a better way and become magnified in our journey......as a Child of God.....with no limitations!
This knowledge is priceless!!!
Divine Love.....My Super Power
With the knowledge of being a Child of God comes another special gift....the love of Heavenly Parents.
If I were to have a superpower, I would say that it was Divine Love.
This is how an Apostle of God explains this love, “Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount--that is the measure of God’s love for you.
He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.” ~ Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Knowing I am loved by my Heavenly Parents is so powerful and so enduring. It has strengthened me through some events that have had the potential to destroy me..... IF I didn’t open up to that pure and infinite love.
This last week I went out with my ‘new look’, with the purpose of serving the Lord. I knew in my heart that it wasn’t about me and tried to focus on my purpose. All went well and I wasn’t concerned until at one point something happened and I became the focus of everyone around. A spotlight that lasted forever! I began to do my normal retreat behind my self fabricated walls, when I remembered.
I remembered I was loved by my Heavenly Father and my Heavenly Mother. They knew my heart and they knew my desires. With that love I was able to remember my purpose and immediately began to refocus on my service....I was there to bless the life of another. I was able to stand strong and to wait confidently until things could move forward into their normal routine.
Magic happens when we can be filled with a love far greater than we know. Our Heavenly Father and Mother never lose sight of our eternal potential even when we waiver. Their presence in our lives remind us that we are divine, that we are beautiful and more glorious than we can possibly imagine.
“The Lord is in the details of our lives, He knows us , He is mindful of us, He hears and answers our prayers. He wants to bless us. He Loves us, He truly loves us!” ~ Pres. Thomas S. Monson
Divine Love Is The Source Of Our Highest Bliss.
Love is the power needed to create our joy and become what we seek.
Only when I opened my heart to God’s love was I able to put aside my worldly inhibitions and feelings of inferiority. With a larger purpose in mind I could feel God’s love for me....His Child. This love became the source of my highest bliss and empowered me to love another and to desire to put them first and serve them with all my heart.
My concerns for myself forgotten. I was lifted.
“Yea it is the love of God....[that]...is the most desirable above all things...yea, and the most joyous to the soul.” (1 Nephi 11:22-23)
When we are filled with God’s love, it changes everything: we can endure pain of any kind, it will quell our fears, anxieties, panic and distress. We can forgive more freely and avoid contention. God’s love renews our strength and distills upon our minds precious truths and answers our righteous petitions.
Our joy...our bliss, now and forever, is completely tied to our capacity to love. Our lives as children of a loving God, will become filled through His love and our own loving hearts.
Love will warm our hearts and our journey through this life will be joyful.
Titled: Running Away
We have all experienced life enough to know that it’s hard and we sometimes wish we could just run away from it all.
When we are filled with God’s love, it changes everything: we can endure pain of any kind, it will quell our fears, anxieties, panic and distress. We can forgive more freely and avoid contention. God’s love renews our strength and distills upon our minds precious truths and answers our righteous petitions.
“Yea it is the love of God....[that]...is the most desirable above all things...yea, and the most joyous to the soul.” (1 Nephi 11:22-23)
Have you ever thought “I really have to get a life!” or have you ever wanted to tell someone, who has been annoying you, to “Get a life!”. Thoughts like these come when we are frustrated with a present situation. But have you ever thought to actually pursue a new life or think of it as a real possibility?
We were all given the ‘gift of life’ when we came into this world. But, do we really understand this LIFE? What is life?....What is the meaning of this life? Why is it important?.
How did you get the life you have?....What have you done with it?
Sometimes it takes a life threatening circumstance for us to wake up to the life we have.....the one we have created. What choices have we made that has got us to this point? Have we created the life we want?
During my fight to overcome cancer and the effects of the chemo treatments, I felt like life was being sucked out of me, I wasn’t able to do the things I had done before....things that I thought were important....things that brought me joy! It was hard and vexing to say the least.
I contemplated what I thought my life was before and if it was the life I wanted to continue living. Being without it for a time, changed me and what I wanted...what I felt was of more value. I concluded that I did need to change up a few things.
It was hard letting go of the life I had created...It was mine and I was comfortable! But now I see that it was missing some key elements and the only way I was to actually “get a life” was to take a big detour.
My desires were to ‘get a life’! A life that had a more engaged and diligent me at the helm.
The change I was seeking required me to review, more intently, the big picture.
The first thing to contemplate: What is LIFE? The world’s greatest thinkers, including the Greek philosophers Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, have struggled with this question. Scientists and theologians have dedicated lifetimes trying to find the keys that unlock the mystery of human existence.
I find it interesting that the One who created life in the first place is the only one that can supply the answers.
From the scriptures and living prophets we have been blessed with a clear vision and understanding of our true identity. They have taught us that we are beloved spirit sons or daughters of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. (“The Family: A Proclamation to the world,”)
Spiritually we are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven.
Simply put, we are a Child of God......giving each of us a divine identity!
We all know that.... In the beginning, God created us and all things for our benefit. This gives us a spirit lineage to Heavenly Parents. That parentage defines our eternal potential to seek the best that is within us. That knowledge can give us strength to embrace more fully, the challenges that come up in our lives.
As a Child of God, we were created in love and given a very special purpose....to come to this earth and obtain a physical body and be tested or proven to see if we would obey Him even when we were away from His presence.....because, that’s how we can return to live with Him and how we can become as He is!
One of the great truths that we learn from the account of the Brother of Jared, in the Book of Ether (Book of Mormon), is the clear understanding about who we were as pre-mortal spirit children of God. We were individual, separate persons, with agency, a being with a name prior to our entry to earth. We existed in heaven with the Father of our Spirits. We grew in knowledge and wisdom until our designated time to come to earth.
When we come to know God, our Father, on a higher level of appreciation, we can each experience the power of understanding our divine identity.
Applying principles and concepts that are learned from studying the Saviors life helps us come to know the Father. Christ’s every word and deed reveals the true nature of God and our relationship to Him.
Brigham Young taught us that God, the Creator of our spirits is our Father....our Heavenly Father. He said that If you were to see him you would see a being with who you have long been acquainted. You would fall into his embrace and He would receive you into his arms.
As we come to know the Father that relationship changes everything, especially our hearts. His loving and gentle ways confirm our true identity and great worth in His sight.
One thing that I learned as I struggled through each chemo treatment was that my Heavenly Father would never desert me. He is always there, loving, encouraging and giving me the strength to go on.
I also cherish the times that I knew that He knew me....as a parent knows their child. He has comforted me and has sent the answers that I was so desperately needing at my time of want.
We cannot do it on our own, we need Him! He walks with us when we seek Him through prayerful pleadings, scriptural searchings, and obedient strivings.
I love this scripture in Acts 17 where Paul teaches us, in verse 28, “For in him we live and move, and have our being; .....For we are also his offspring.”
Created in the image of God, we can have a life, a more exalted life, with no limitations, for we are his child!
What kind of LIFE can you create with that knowledge? What challenges and struggles can you overcome knowing and understanding your divine identity?
Can you.....experience the power that comes with understanding your divine identity?
Doesn’t that make you want to be better and do better? To become more elevated in your thoughts and actions? To become just like Him?
My diagnosis of cancer was a gift.....it’s given me an opportunity to review a deeper meaning and define who I really am. I’m finding that I am more inclined to focus on more important things. I’m wanting to have a better relationship with my Creator, my Heavenly Father....to know Him better. I have desires to follow in His footsteps and spend time on things that will make a difference in the lives of those who matter to me. I want to be a better steward and take better care of my health and my body. I want to make fearless choices and stand up for what I know is good. I want to love and lift and encourage anyone that is facing challenges and trials.....and I can, because I know I am a Child of God!
LIFE, is knowing you are a Child of God, and can live a life without limitations.
LIFE is about knowing who you are and that you can obey Him even when you are away from His presence.
LIFE is creating the lifestyle that reflects your potential and choice to become as your Father is.
LIFE is love, love from our Heavenly Parents, love we then give to another.
I’m grateful that I can now have a better LIFE.
Live a LIFE that matters....the LIFE you were created to live!
“At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character, and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.”
Wishing you a LIFE with no limitations.
Titled - I AM A CHILD OF GOD, and he has sent me here.
We are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven.
Simply put, we are a Child of God......giving each of us a divine identity!
We were created in love and given a very special purpose....to come to this earth and obtain a physical body and be tested or proven to see if we will obey Him even when we are away from His presence.....thats how we can return to live with Him and how we can become as He is!
Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.
As this journey progressed, there were many thought provoking things that came up for me to learn and experience. My spiritual growth to ‘wholeness’ was a big part of this journey, as well as ‘healing’ was for my physical relief.
Just when I thought the cancer experience was over, God had another plan in the works for me.....you have probably noticed that that is how life works....there is always more to learn and experience.
In my last blog, ‘Opposition, A Blessing In Disguise’, my first comments were excitement for good news....my ‘miracle’ had happened and everyone’s prayers in my behalf were answered!! But, I learned that many of you missed or were confused with the little insert further down in the blog, that expressed how my joy got totally lost in my Dr’s next declaration, and obvious concern, that he feared there was more cancer.
I’m sure many of you have been wondering what has happened since then.
As you can imagine....after looking at cancer in the face for a second go around, I needed answers. Could this really be happening? Could my faith, that I worked so hard to build, be wanting? Why was this happening? Was there more that my Heavenly Father needed me to learn and experience? Was it part of my Heavenly Father’s plan for me to go through another season of pain and weakness?
I don’t have the answers to my questions, but I decided to focus on developing a more powerful faith. I knew that the age of miracles was not in the past so I was willing to do what was required, to be declared ‘cancer free’ when the biopsy results returned. I wasn’t going to give up on receiving my ‘miracle’.
I’ve always felt like I had a strong faith in the past. I have received the blessings that I desired, but I knew this new direction required more faith than I had ever exercised.
As I thought about it, I realized that my first effort, beginning in January 2018, was to have strength to endure and overcome the effects of the chemo treatments. Now I felt the Lord wanted me to magnify my efforts, to rise up to a new level and put my faith into moving mountains, into changing what was, to what I needed in my life.
I took on the challenge.
I was determined to search out faith and what was required to have the powerful faith needed to assure my miracle. I began reading some powerful stories of other people that changed their reality by creating a new outcome with their faith....even the faith of a mustard seed!
I love the concept of a ‘living faith’, to me it suggests that I can use it and apply it daily to see change and life enter into my world. I can see where my faith is, how strong it is, by how I live my life and what fruits I can bring forth. Each day I can refuel it by turning to the Lord to strengthen it and make it more.
“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24
I learned to begin thinking of faith in terms of ‘something to do’ rather than something to ‘have’. It is impossible to have faith without the work or action. We are to work for that which we desire and act as if we knew our desires were already ours.
The work or action might consist of prayer or expressing gratitude, being sufficiently in tune to learn God’s will and follow his direction.
We can also invite others to join their faith with ours. The Savior wrought mighty miracles by his own faith but most of them were because faith abounded in the hearts of the people he was blessing.
It was a confirming factor for me to ask for a blessing of ‘healing’, when I was reminded that God ministers on earth to bless, not to curse or afflict us. He wants us to have life! When we manifest sufficient faith in the Lord, we put the powers of Heaven into motion and can open the doors to the blessings we desire.
Jim and I needed to be bolder and stronger in our desires for my healing, which required us to stop justifying the doubts, fears, weaknesses, and anxieties we were holding on to....that we might ask for something that was inappropriate or not pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
This is not who God is. He has bigger plans for us than we are able to think of for ourselves. Remember He is wanting to...and has the power to.....give us all the blessings and capabilities that will help us magnify ourselves and become as He is.
I loved an article I came across from Elder James E. Talmage. Titled “O Ye of Little Faith”. He said; “Faith includes a moving vital, inspiring confidence in God, and the acceptance of His will as our law and of His words as our guide in life. Faith in God is a principle of power, for by its exercise spiritual forces are made operative; and by this power phenomena that appear to be super-natural, such as we call miracles, are wrought.....faith is a gift from God. The gift is free to all who desire it. Ask for it, strive for it, and it shall be given you! Seek it and you shall not fail to find! Proof that you have received will be manifest in what you do with it.”
When we manifest sufficient faith in the Lord, we put the powers of Heaven into motion to open the doors to the blessings we desire. Remember, with faith all things are possible!!
Today I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to learn and apply the concepts that helped me exercise faith beyond measure to draw upon the powers of Heaven and receive the blessing of being ‘Cancer Free’.
Know that God loves you and wants you to have the miracles you seek.
Know that I love you and want you to seek for a more powerful faith.
Magnify your efforts to rise up to a new level and put extraordinary faith into moving mountains. You can change what is into what you really desire your life to be.
The password to unlock your miracle...... POWERFUL FAITH!
My prayers and faith are with you! Love, Jeannie
Titled: Refueling With Faith
I painted this Watercolor for a different purpose and title, but, I felt if was a good illustration for something that has limitless amounts of power.
Sometimes we feel we have a limited amount of faith, not realizing a limitless amount is available to us if we choose to tap into the source. When we manifest sufficient faith in the Lord, we put the ‘Powers of Heaven’ into motion to open the doors to the blessings we desire. In refueling our faith we manifest powerful faith in the Lord and put the Powers of Heaven into motion, opening the doors for the blessings we desire.
Hi I'm Jeannie Puzey,