All day yesterday I meant to post on the blog. But the day escaped me. Last night as we were preparing to go to bed, my husband and I were talking about the need to trust in Jesus Christ more and sweat the small stuff less. Christ is there to help us overcome big challenges, and He is there to help us in our small, daily battles. Because of Him, we have much reason to rejoice as we celebrate His birth. The video below depicts one of my most favorite accounts of Christ from the Bible. Merry Christmas Eve to all!
We can choose so many options at this time of the world, so many freedoms to be happy. We make decisions and all of it centers on our hearts.
Outside of survival, what else are we here for? To be an accountant? To be an artist? To be ____________? What is it? Why are you here?
I’ve found this question in my life had to be preempted with “Who am I?”
Have you thought of that?
It’s hard to believe you haven’t.
Woven throughout my life is a confidence and understanding- through just asking this question.
My purpose started before I was born on earth, it extends to after I die- but this life, this span of less than 100 yrs.- I do not want to waste a moment on something that will not leave with me.
This time my friends is a flash, there is nothing so sorrowful to me than a life spent missing the entire picture.
What is the picture? I guess that is the real question. And like all good things, you need to figure it out on your own.
My picture looks like this; God sent His Son Jesus Christ, a separate and Holy Being, on the earth to feel and take on Himself all that would keep the children of God from returning to Him.
It all started with a Father, sacrificing His Son, and a Son sacrificing everything, so that I could be a
To a son
That is my reason.
I have been trying to make sure that during this month I really focus on making my life centered on Christ. One of my favorite scriptures is found in the Book of Mormon:
I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul
As I am sure most of you are aware, it seems that lately there has been so much happening that causes anxiety, fear, sadness, worry etc. While I would never endorse ignorance of world events, I will always recommend looking to Christ for peace. He loves each of us purely and completely and there is a deep sense of peace that can permeate your life the more fully you understand that. Any doubt or discouragement or fear I feel can usually be diminished when I have faith in the Savior. He loves me. He knows me. Through His Atonement, I can be the best version of myself and live a beautiful life.
I have been trying to be better about "ponderizing" scriptures and wanted to make sure my scriptures related to the Savior this month. This week I chose this scripture -
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
I think the reason this scripture in particular resonated with me is because of how heavy it begins. There is nothing remotely happy or upbeat about the first part of these verses. However, for me, the whole tone changes with the last six words, "with his stripes we are healed." There is such hope and promise in those words. It makes the expression of His love for each of us through the Atonement even more beautiful against the backdrop of what He endured.
My wish is that we all find our lives more enriched and blessed through faith in Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and I know that He loves each one of us. I feel so grateful for the relationship I have with Him. I look forward to a lifetime and existence of getting to know Him better and hopefully helping others to do the same.
Love you too much -
PS - Watch this video
Today I participated in a training at work that encouraged our team to focus on our individual strengths and work to develop them. At one point in the training, we were asked to write a phrase with our non-dominant hand three times over. Let me tell you, that was a struggle.
When we finished writing, the facilitator pointed out that if we wanted to become a master calligrapher using our non-dominant hand, it would be a miserable experience. However, if we used our strong, dominant hand, the experience would be much more positive. He used this exercise to illustrate the point that we need to spend more time focusing on our strengths and turning those strengths into talents.
I think sometimes I spend too much time focusing on my weaknesses instead of on my strengths. While acknowledging weaknesses can be good, focusing too much on them can be detrimental.
God gave us each unique strengths to help us become the people He desires us to become. Do we sometimes make our paths harder by focusing on our weaknesses instead of developing our strengths? I know I do.
Christ is there to help us overcome weakness, and we need to turn to Him and let Him do that. But we must also realize He is there to help us use our strengths to fulfill the purposes for why we came to earth.
I never feel guilty for using my dominant hand when I write, so why should I feel guilty for using the strengths that God gave me to perform my mission here on earth?
Do we have weaknesses for a divine reason? Absolutely. We learn about this in the Book of Mormon. See Ether 12:27. But we also have strengths for a divine reason, and sometimes I think we (or at least I) can forget that.
After participating in this training, my goal is to focus on my strengths and seek to become even stronger in those areas that I am naturally good at. We each have been given natural abilities for a reason, so let’s use them!
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