“For all you …. who say you’ll never be enough? Well, that is true.
But it’s okay.
Because we have the Atonement in our lives. And the Savior makes up the difference for all our inadequacies and imperfections.”
We owe such a great debt to our Savior that we will never be able to repay it. However that doesn’t mean that we can just go through our days blowing off the realization that our lives are not our own and that what we work towards has a purpose. We must come to his feet, kneeling, and BELIEVE him. Not just believe in him, but believe him.
Believe that through the power of the holy priesthood our dear brother, Jesus Christ, will redeem all our wrongs and lift us up to a glory that we cannot comprehend at this moment; only if we turn to him and focus our very souls on worshiping and following him.
Without him we will never be enough, no matter what the adversary tricks you into believing. We must come our Savior. Pass his truth onto those who do not know him and his guidance and spirit will always be with you.
The full circle of life starts with a child being born, a family becoming eternally bonded through offspring. It seems that the first child brings so much change, but also so much joy, that the desire to have more purpose and to grow as a family increasingly continues. Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorom of the Twelve Apostles stated:
“I testify of the great blessing of children and of the happiness they will bring us in this life and in the eternities.”
Blood artist, Trevin Prince, has captured this moment in a joint blood painting with the O+ contribution from all three individuals. It is one distinctly unique way to visually capture this loving relationship. This value of family needs to be shared with more purpose of heart by all in order to help this world better understand and appreciate our eternal nature of family and the blessings it brings. This great artist is doing just that and it inspires the rest of us.
How can you share the value of family through what you do everyday?
Cease to be a; cease to be b; cease to c one with another; cease to d longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be e. –Doctrine & Covenants 124: 88
Getting things done in the morning creates so much more time in your day because things are already done when you or the kids get home from work or school or play. Have you ever risen just before sunrise and gone outside to listen to the world? There’s more of a peaceful silence in the hours just before the world fully awakens. The Lord promises us health and bounty when we awake early to work hard in our day.
Invigorate means ‘to impart vigor, strength, or vitality to.’ Could you use more strength and vitality? Certainly. Here’s a few ways you can do so.
- put your clothes out for the next day before you retire, it saves time that is wasted trying to decide in the morning when your brain is foggy
- if you want to hop out of bed to exercise, sleep in your workout clothes; they’re pretty comfortable anyway
- set your alarm for at least 15 to 30 minutes before your children wakeup, take care of yourself first
- stretching is one of the best things we can do to iron out the kinks from sleeping
- have your lunches and snacks already made the night before so you’re not hurrying through the morning trying to make them
- keep your makeup and/or toiletries at work or in your bag so you can put them on at work during a restroom stop, you’ll do it quicker than at home
- listen to your favorite speaker or book as you drive, it freshens the mind
- ALWAYS eat breakfast at home, it’s healthier, you can visit with the kids before school, or catch up on your scripture study
- tidy up before you leave, then you’re less likely to come home to as big a mess
What helps you in the morning?
“There is only one day that you and I have to live – and that’s today. There is nothing we can do about yesterday except repent, and there may be no tomorrows. The thing for us to do when we arise from our beds as God gives us a new day is to pray that whatever comes to our hands, we will do it to the best of our ability.”
–Harold B. Lee, 11th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
One thing that just irks me is when people dwell on either yesterday or tomorrow, they don’t appreciate today. I love this quote from President Lee because it refocuses our attention on the here and now. Yes, we should definitely learn from what has happened in the past and to certainly prepare for the future, but we can’t successfully live in either. If we cannot accept where we are right now, we will never find happiness.
Scripture reading is so important for us to daily refocus our mindset on the eternal perspective driving our actions. But if you’re like me and you wake up at 5 am in order to hash out a day’s work, it can be difficult to get in that scripture study.
May I recommend a solution? I get daily emails from Latter-Day Light on a daily basis with a short little devotional. They include a scripture and a matching prophetic quote.
Now, I do not suggest this as a complete substitution of your true scripture study or daily reading with family; those are still far more important. However, getting started on a spiritual thought each day helps us to keep that eternal focus throughout the day. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated:
“The discipline of following a scripture-study plan of learning the gospel [is] a wonderful, rewarding experience. The knowledge of the teachings of the scriptures [will] unfold in a glorious way through individual study. . . . Our minds [are] sharpened as we followed the daily practice of individual and companion study. The practice [brings] us closer together as companions and increase[s] our understanding of the doctrines of the kingdom.”
Have you seen that analogy with the mason jar, the apples, and the popcorn? I remember seeing it in Sunday school. The mason jar is the time in your day. The apples are the things we have been admonished to do daily and that are the most important things for ourselves and our families. The popcorn represent all the other little things that we want and like to do, but aren’t necessities. Well, if we fill our mason jar with all the popcorn before the apples, we can’t fit the apples into the jar. But if we put in the apples first, then all the popcorn can fit in around them.
This applies to more than just scripture study, I know. But it’s a good start for someone who’s only “eating” popcorn.
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So while I was looking for a nice image for this post, I came across the most fantastic idea: apple pies in jars! This is the most creative thing! I saw that and thought: I have all these baby food jars at home now, sitting empty, taking up space in my cupboard……and my husband always wants some sorts of sweets available…I’m gonna try this. Then I thought about trying little mini cobblers in there too because they’re much easier to make. So I found these little recipe ideas here.
Try it and have fun.
Listen to President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints share how finding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will help us have the power to overcome challenges in life. Please watch and think about how you can apply the Savior’s teaching to your own daily struggles. I was touched when the mother in the video finds her son praying; I hope to find my own children doing that which will help me remember to look up as I climb my own mountains.
As a new parent I can say I more fully understand the meaning of providing and what it takes to ensure that my son is taken care of, his needs are met, and he is loved. It is the same with all the blessings that our Heavenly Father pours out upon us and we are at time oblivious to all that he does because we can only see it from our point of view. Watch this video and strive to remember what your Lord has done for you as you in turn do all that you can for your family.