Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Men of learning, men of experience sought out this humble, unlettered man of God and counted themselves fortunate if they could spend an hour with him. His appearance was ordinary; his English was halting and somewhat difficult to understand; his home was unpretentious. He didn’t own a car or a television. He wrote no books and preached no polished sermons and did none of the things to which the world usually pays attention. Yet the faithful beat a path to his door. Why? Because they wished to drink at his fountain of truth. They appreciated not so much what he said as what he did, not the substance of the sermons he preached but the strength of the life he led.
To know that a poor man consistently and cheerfully gave at least twice a tenth to the Lord gave one a clearer insight into the true meaning of tithing. To see him minister to the hungered and take in the stranger made one know that he did it as he would do to the Master. To pray with him and partake of his confidence of divine intercession was to experience a new medium of communication.
Well could it be said that he kept the first and great commandment and the second which is like unto it,that his bowels were full of charity toward all men, that virtue garnished his thoughts unceasingly and, consequently, his confidence waxed strong in the presence of God.
This man had the glow of goodness and the radiance of righteousness. His strength came from obedience.
The strength which we earnestly seek today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when, with fortitude and resolute courage, we stand and declare with Joshua, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I want the Lord to be able to say the same for me. So...with this being my motivation I started off the day trying to make a difference. Life has been rough for me and must have been rough with others as well. I tried to smile more and talk to people with my whole heart. At times I have failed today...really bombed. But the Lord was aware of my efforts and everything so far has worked out well.
I have heart someone unintentionally - and I feel really bad about it. I isn't as bad as it sounds, but I know that I could have handled it better.
I know my life is not for me - its to bless others. I have felt so many blessings today. I am so grateful! The Lord truly loves me. I hope one day I will be a person that others feel great around. That they will want to be better by knowing me and that in my presence they will feel love. I guess I'm saying "I'm trying to be like Jesus."
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sprinkles on the Floor – August 30, 2010
Today was not a fun day. I woke up and it was Monday – which when working a lot, feels like the weekend never occurred. I dragged my bottom out of bed and then began getting ready for work. I was going to leave on time to work. However, while pulling my awesome raisin bran out of the cupboard, I knocked down a glass jar of pink sprinkles – which happen to be my favorite sprinkles. Every time I put them on cookies - it just made me smile. Pink sprinkles, mixed with glass on the floor. It wasn’t a big deal, just had to clean it up....Right?
So I ran a little late to work. I made it though web site training, random work, meetings and assignments. Then at two o’clock central time – I freaked out! My wonderful Faculty Mentor sent me an email requesting my data and basically all of my research. At this moment, I realized that it was all my fault. I have not worked on this project for several weeks. I have been so busy with mission prep, work, deciding about boys, and life that I did not take enough time to fulfill this obligation. There was time – there is always time, but it was not a priority. So I promptly emailed him back and told him I would get everything done by this Friday morning. From then on I had a horrible feeling in my stomach. I felt so tense. I didn’t know what to do. How was I going to get all of these things done?
I left work and picked up a Sam to take to Wal-Mart. I needed food. Then there was an insane amount of traffic. Really the worst I have ever seen in Lubbock. Then as I get on Marsha Sharp, we got stuck at one light for like 7 cycles. Sam realizes that we are not getting a left arrow (and you can only turn left on those at this intersection). Traffic is backed up. I didn’t want to call 911 for this, so I called 411. I got a hold of the police department and before I knew it – we had a left arrow. During this hour long car ride, people were driving crazy, and being dumb.
While we were waiting in traffic, I felt like a baby. I knew everything would be fine. When have things not turned out fine? Never! Sam, after my complaining, said “its probably Satan.” You know what its Satan. After that realization, things did not get instantly better – my favorite purse broke – random things.
After working a little on my project for work – I am feeling better.
Life is difficult at moments, but we cannot forget what we have been given. We can feel peace at these times. When we are about to do something wonderful, Satan will make it seem like we have no where to turn, that we are “doomed to sudden destruction.” But, we know that this is how our faith is built. The Lord is with us and we just need to know that he is God and that we can do all things with His help.
So at the end of this horrible day – which was not that horrible – I feel like I can get it all done, and that I don’t need to be so melodramatic. After all, what are a couple of sprinkles on the floor worth? Almost nothing.