Monday, May 1, 2017

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Last weekend was General Conference. Some conferences it it's so hard to even hear the speakers when you are the mother to little kids, that's been my reality in so many times past. By some fluke this time the stars aligned and the kids were relatively quiet, and the beauty of Conference washed over me. Since I've been perpetually holding a baby for the last six years it's not my current habit to take hand written notes, but the Spirit wrote profound notes on my heart instead. I saw with my spiritual eyes divine themes weaving through each talk, and in the days since specific phrases have again been brought to my mind, specific counsel for me from a loving Heavenly Father. It has made me hungry to pour over the talks again and find those packets of light, to write them down in my own handwriting and begin making them a part of who I am. I'm not sharing this to make you feel guilty that you didn't get more out of Conference if that was your reality this time, but to show that God cares about me, and by extension you. He cares about you and has specific guidance for you. Conference.lds.org has all the messages from General Conference, and it's never too late to start. Most of the guidance I received, I didn't even know I needed. Maybe you can uncover some gems too. I pray we can all listen and heed the call of who God wants us to be. #ldsconf #nevertoolate #starttoday #godschildren
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Today I made these beautiful buttermilk rolls that I love (recipe courtesy of @melskitchencafe) for a funeral. I made them for a family I will never meet, because I am part of the Relief Society, a sisterhood of women who unite in doing good around the world. I've forever felt differently about making food for funeral luncheons after my own grandmother passed away a few years ago. My grandma lived in a nursing home, and so her church congregation did not know her well, if at all. Yet at her funeral, several sisters I didn't even know babysat our children during the service, made food for us and then served us that food so we, her grieving family, could eat together in the comfort of the church, surrounded by those we love. We can literally lift up "the hands that hang down" with our service, no matter how small! How grateful I am to be part of an organization that encourages me to look beyond myself and help others. *** "It is by small and simple things that great things are brought to pass, that in many instances confound the wise." Alma 37:6 #sharegoodness #ldschurch #reliefsociety #charityneverfaileth
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Somebody shared in church today that Joseph Smith's First Vision happened in the SPRING of 1820, and today it's spring where we live. To imagine that SPRING and the rebirth of the world, seeing the sun shine for the first time in months and the grass begin to peek through again was just enough motivation for him to finally ask God a question that had been on his mind, and that he was finally willing to act upon it, whatever the answer was-- it really got me thinking about what spring can mean in our lives. I started to understand the transformational nature of spring in so many ways. *** Seems like we usually stick new beginnings and new goals at the first of the year or the start of a new school year and don't consider other parts of the year as a good place to 'start.' But for Joseph Smith, Spring ushered in the beginning of a whole new world for him, and a whole new level of connection with God. He was only 14 years old, and his tender, humble demeanor left him completely open to whatever God had in store for him. *** I'm guilty in the spring of getting caught up in the bad weather days. I'm so sick of the cold by this point, I'm just ready for full on sunshine everyday, and find myself grumbling on the cold days in between the sunshine ones. *** But what if instead of seeing spring as "the last of the cold days" we saw it as the beginning of a transformation-- for ourselves, our spiritual health, and our natural world as it is reborn? Something I'm going to be pondering this week as I see those first shoots of spring popping out-- and wondering if I can cultivate some new shoots in my heart this week as well.  #happysunday #thisisspring #newbeginnings
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Don't you love that feeling of being "done" with something? That feeling that you went through something hard and you grew a lot, but now you are on the other side? I feel that way when I look back on the days when I had three babies (ages 3, 1.5, and 0) and now I feel "done" with how physically demanding that season of my life was, and grateful for the lessons I learned because of it. . But how does it feel when you are in the middle of that hard thing, be it a life lesson, a big project, or a new goal? I think it's hard for us to recognize when we're in the middle of something. But I think, if we can understand what the middle looks like, it can help us put our insecurities in perspective-- and instead find hope. . NEW #onmyblog are my thoughts about finding hope in the "middles" of your life. I talk about what you might feel in the middle, how you might act, what questions might help you see if you are on the right path, and where you can find strength to keep going. . If you have a chance to read it, I'd love to know what your experience with "middles" is. Do you feel the same things I described? Do you act in the same way?
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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on graduating! That is such a huge accomplishment! Did you finish it online I'm assuming?

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