16 April 2014
14 April 2014
2014 week fifteen
The Cat and Miss Mess.
|This was a part of my garden 3 days ago. It's supposed to FREEZE tonight. I'm trying not to stress about it, but what am I supposed to do about my tomato plants/ Also, for how cold this winter was there are WAY too many bugs already.|
|weaving a rag rug -or pulling out all the strings if you're Miss Mess.|
|The name fits...|
10 April 2014
I think that everyone's testimony or their beliefs suffer from time to time. I think we are counseled to read the scriptures and the words of the prophets so that we know them. Being able to recall a phrase or passage can strengthen us when we need a boost. Having them "written upon your hearts" (Romans 2:15) enables us recall the things we do believe while we work on the rest.
Lately I've had three passages stuck in my head while I've been studying the scriptures, going about my daily business, or thinking about my calling:
Heaven helps those who help themselves (Aesop -admittedly, not a prophet);
My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways (Isaiah 55:8); and
Teach correct principles and let them govern themselves (Joseph Smith -no matter what you think of him, you can't deny that's a good principle).
I believe that Heavenly Father wants us to learn and act for ourselves so that we may become self sufficient. Becoming more self sufficient allows us to help others and to become more like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I believe that in return They help us because They love us and want to reassure us that we're doing the right thing. I think this is similar to how I interact with my baby. I want her to follow my good example but also be able to do things on her own and to not do things without being told not to. In return I give her positive feedback and love and reassure her when she's doing the right thing.
I believe that just as society has progressed throughout time, so even is God more advanced and progressive than we are. I might argue that He is the ultimate of advanced and progressive? So, I believe that He knows better and if I don't understand why we have certain commandments, I just have to believe that we will understand one day. Similarly, most of us grow up and understand better our parents and why they do/did/say/said the things they did.
I also believe that Heavenly Father probably doesn't want to/doesn't control every part of our lives (including blessings and trials -some of that is incidental to mortality). As a teacher, it would have been pointless for me to assess student learning by taking their hand and forcing it to choose the correct answer. Also, a waste of my time, I have people asking for help and this fool should certainly know the right answer if he studied -see what I did there? Heavenly Father wants us to choose Him, but he wants us to choose Him. He has given us correct principles and He wants us to govern ourselves and gain in knowledge and strength.
I was having these thoughts this morning and I didn't want to lose them. Maybe I should frame these three quotes. I think that this is, in essence, how I interpret what the Church and the Gospel teaches and these are things I want my children to understand.
07 April 2014
Snack time and sunshine. Followed by flash floods and prophets.
|I think my patronus is a cup of chamomile tea. Not very threatening, but there you go.|
PS We listened to General Conference all weekend during the lightning and torrential rain. It was so uplifting and encouraging. You can listen to all the talks HERE.
All I could hear of General Conference was: Figure out that you believe; Stand up for your beliefs; Strengthen your family; Do what you can to serve the Lord by serving others. Those are pretty good goals.
31 March 2014
|Busted. I don't know what for, but clearly she was caught.|
2014 week thirteen
The Best of all Hilarys came to visit. We rewarded her with Braums, the best barbecue in Dallas, and a rodeo. We had no fun at all. :)
|notice the frozen yogurt fu-manchu.|
|trekking all over Dallas is hard work.|
|At the rodeo! Matt and I look strange because the man taking our photo had just fallen off a two foot ledge onto concrete. We weren't entirely sure how to react. Obviously, it was no big deal for Hilary.|
|I have lived in Texas for 2 years. I was unaware of the magic of rodeos.|
|Vera didn't mind being left with Grandma for the evening in the ridiculously cute dress that Hilary brought her from Atlanta.|
Come back and visit us again Hilary!