Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Instagram Update 12/27/16

Here's a little taste of what's been up on Instagram lately. Also, here's our family Christmas picture!



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When I had three tiny children, oftentimes situations would arise which felt completely beyond my capacity to handle. I would often pray for a change in my situation--- for a child's behavior to stop (or at least the noise level!) or for peace to enter my heart. My "wishes" never seemed to "come true," but I still believed, hoping for something better. Yesterday I was in a similar parenting situation where I felt beyond my own strength and capacity. I again prayed for help and peace. An immediate peace entered my heart, and with it this scripture. I can recognize now as the years have passed  since those early days that it's not God who has changed, but ME. I have more faith in his promises. I have more hope in what He can provide me. If you feel like God doesn't answer your prayers, the answer is not LESS faith, it's MORE. Step into the darkness. Believe. God doesn't work in INSTANTS like we are so used to in this world, but He DOES work! #believe #hope #peace #faith #prayerworks
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📷: Mormon.org Today's #lighttheworld challenge "The Savior showed humility and so can you" is something close to my heart that I've been given a lot of lessons in the past year (I seem to be getting lessons in it every year, which I am so grateful for). I've come to realize that humility is so much more than I had ever imagined. It means believing you're not entitled to everything. It means being honest with yourself about things you need to improve. It means recognizing that your own wisdom is limited, and that His is all-knowing. The scripture for today is Luke 22:41–42 (which is a beautiful scripture, please look it up!) but the one that's been on my mind the last several months regarding humility is 2 Timothy 3:2: "Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, unthankful." Often, on social media I find myself in such an attitude. I'm either comparing and thinking how great I am, or comparing and deciding I don't have enough. Either way, it puts MYSELF above anyone else I could or should be thinking about. I don't think social media in itself is evil, but I do think I give Satan a little too much power over me sometimes when I don't put it in it's proper place. This is the gift I want to give to my Savior today, to choose to be humble. I don't normally do such things, but I had an idea come to my head and I wanted to share it with you guys. Some of you are probably pretty good about taking "social media fasts." I always mean to, but I don't think I have for awhile. Do you want to do it with me? I am going to try and not check social media until after lunch tomorrow. If you want to participate, would you mind clicking the heart button?
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I was a mean mom tonight. I've been flying solo the last few days because Ben's had a lot going lately, and tonight, after a long hard day with a cranky baby and naughty children, I let it show. I flew off the handle, and I was embarrassed that me, a grown woman, had made little children cry because my meanness. Through my own tears, I asked for their forgiveness. I was amazed at Delaney's complete 180 after my request, and she lovingly hugged me, "I forgive you momma." I was overcome with gratitude. It gave me a lot to contemplate as I read this talk by Elder Duncan tonight, and I pondered on people I could forgive in my own life through the help of my Savior. With his help we can learn to love as little children love, and forgive as little children forgive.  For more from this inspiring talk, search "forgiveness" on conference.lds.org #forgiveness #ldsconf #ldschurch #lds
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