I live in the most beautiful Pacific Northwest. Currently - we are experiencing a MAJOR rain situation and everyone's power is supposed to go out and trees are going to fall over and wind is going to blow everything away etc. etc. ("like the storm of '93!!!") But! All of that got my thinking about a talk given by President Uchtdorf and a concept that has been on my mind a lot lately.
He speaks of God being so willing to shower us with blessings, and how often times we are reluctant to receive them.
Part of our challenge is, I think, that we imagine that God has all of His blessings locked in a huge cloud up in heaven, refusing to give them to us unless we comply with some strict, paternalistic requirements He has set up. But the commandments aren’t like that at all. In reality, Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us. It is our fear, doubt, and sin that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us.
I was visiting my family the other weekend and before I left my Papa gave me a Father's blessing. Essentially what this is, is a prayer and blessing that my Dad will give me on behalf of my Father in Heaven. Being as I live far from family at the moment, these blessings tend to sustain me in the time I spend away from home. In the blessing, my Daddy made a specific point that God has tremendous blessings in store for me, but that I have to be willing to ACCEPT them. I have to be willing to take the initial steps, have confidence, push fear from my mind and heart, and ACCEPT blessings from God. I was speaking with a friend the other day, and he pointed out to me that he thought I was afraid of what I wanted most. A pretty profound observation. And why do I do that?!?? How infuriating it must be to God that I am not willing to accept the blessings that I want most! It makes no sense and I look like a loon.
It is easy to understand that we deny ourselves from being blessed when we sin. Many of God's promises to us as His children are contingent on our obeying the commandments. When we don't do that, we are choosing to forgo those blessings. However, how often do we think about denying ourselves blessings because of FEAR or DOUBT??? I never put blessings in that context, but I think it's important. I pray SO fervently for some things to happen in my life, but if I stop to think of them actually happening, I get so anxious I want to throw up. Which is ridiculous.
So! My challenge to all of you is to ALLOW God to bless you. Don't be so discouraged or fearful that you don't allow your life to be as full as it could be. Sometimes I think we will get to look back on our lives and will get glimpses of what could have been if we hadn't been so afraid. And I will want to kick myself over it! And God will say, "Hey - I was trying to help :)" (Ok - maybe He won't say that and I'm sorry if I sometimes seem too casual but I really do think of my relationship with God a lot and this is how it plays out in my head #thoughtsbysara)
I love you and want you to receive everything God has in store for you. And the best part is that He wants it even more :) LOVE YOU TOO MUCH! Thanks for reading :)
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