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Put Away other gods and Serve the Lord

Put Away Other gods and Serve the Lord

As I have been studying in Joshua this week, I have been pondering on his counsel to the Israelites to serve the Lord and put away other gods.  What are some gods that we have a hard time ‘putting away’ in our lives?  Keeping in mind that anything that takes precedence over the Lord for us is a ‘other god.’

So what are some of the ones that you have a hard time putting away?  I think of of some such as education, prominence, wealth, food, and even more smaller things like exercise, reading, and entertainment.  We have been counseled to live in moderation.  The Lord wants us to be happy and we are able to do this as we follow Him and serve Him.

The Lord helped and blessed the Israelites so many times by helping them to overcome and battle those who were in opposition to them.  He helped them reach the promised land.  He made the ‘sun to stand still’ to lengthen the day so that the Israelites were able to prevail and win out against their enemies.

We are to cleave unto the Lord and serve Him with sincerity and truth.  When we do not do this, we cannot expect good things:  we cannot expect blessings.  I love these verses in Joshua 24: 14-15 that sum out so clearly what we are to do and how we each have a choice in what we end up doing:

 “14 ¶Now therefore afear the Lord, and serve him in bsincerity and in truth: and put away the cgods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, achoose youbthis day whom ye will cserve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and mydhouse, we will eserve the Lord.”

A Clearer View

I love this video by President Uchtdorf. His testimony truly does give us a clearer view:

Why do we have temples?

I have had many people wonder why we have temples here on Earth.  People wonder what goes on inside temples built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

These temples are here to do the work of the Lord and to make sacred covenants with our Father in Heaven.

Great blessings come from being worthy to enter the temple and by regularly attending the temple.

Sometimes in life we don’t get what we want

I’m sure you have heard it said many, many times in your life:  ‘You don’t always get what you want.”  It is true that we do not always get what we want or what we plan. But how we continue forward in life despite what may have or may have not happened can show our strength, determination, and faith to follow the Lord.  The Savior is our ultimate example.  He loves each and every one of us.  He will lead us to where He needs us to be, and ultimately where we need to be.

I love this short video.

The Songs I Cannot Sing

I love the line from the hymn, “There Is Sunshine in my soul today” that says:

“And Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing.”

The Lord knows each of us personally.  He understands our challenges and our heartaches.  He know the songs that we cannot sing and He helps us through.  Quentin L. Cook said in his talk, “The Songs They Could not Sing:”

“While we do not know all the answers, we do know important principles that allow us to face tragedies with faith and confidence that there is a bright future planned for each of us.”

One of those important principles that we know is that Heavenly Father loves each one of us personally and perfectly.  He is there to help.  Cook goes on to explain how many times in our lives we are unaware of the blessings the Lord has given us.  He says:

“We should be grateful for all the tender mercies that come into our lives.  We are unaware of hosts of blessings that we receive from day to day.  It is extremely important that we have a spirit of gratitude in our hearts.”

We are unaware of many, many blessings that the Lord has in store for each of us.  Sometimes in life we are hit with challenges, that may also be blessings to us. I know that my struggle with depression and anxiety was definitely a blessing in my life.  I may not have seen it as one at the time, but now it is obvious.  Cook continues:

“Adverse results in this mortal life are not evidence of lack of faith or of an imperfection in our Father in Heaven’s overall plan.  The refiner’s fire is real, and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God.”

God is there to help us.  He knows the trials and struggles that we need to go through in this life to refine us and prepare us to meet Him.  Let us remember that the Lord does not forget us.  He loves us.  “And Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing.”

Being Blessed with More

What direction are you taking in your life?

When we follow what the Lord or His Spirit prompts us to do, we are blessed by receiving more direction and guidance in our lives.  This same concept applies to following His commandments.  When we do follow His commandments, He blesses us by providing us with more commandments that help us to come closer to Him and become more like Him.

The Lord gives us line upon line, here a little and there a little.  He does not expect us to swallow a whole turkey or meal at once.  He prepares us for the things that we face in life as it says in Ether 2:25:

“And behold, I prepare you against these things.”

I have seen how the Lord has blessed and prompted me in my life through thinking back on how I was able to live while recovering from depression, suicidal actions and ideations, and self-harming behaviors.

One step at a time

At first, I never thought that I would ever wear short sleeves again because I have scars up and down my arms that are not little scars.  These came from cutting myself, a lot.  I also have marks on my arms where my skin is discolored because I would scratch my arms so much, when I didn’t have things to cut with, that now there is discoloration.  Basically, I never thought that it would be possible for me to feel like I could live in society with them knowing about what I have done with myself and my life.  I was not and am not proud of the fact that I desecrated my body in such a way.

But the Lord is kind and good.  He reminded me in various ways how important it is to be honest with yourself and others.  He reminded me through scripture that the Savior did not hide His scars from the people.  He showed the people and allowed the people to feel His scars and come to a knowledge of who He is.  The Lord prompted me to begin wearing short sleeves and to not be ashamed of what I went through or who I am at this point.

I must admit that it was not at all easy, especially at the beginning.  It was hard for me to see my scars every day throughout the day.  But the Lord helped me through.  He helped me to ignore or not be offended by the stares people gave me or the glances at my arms when talking with people.  No matter how we  look on the outside, I was reminded over and over again that we are each a spirit son or daughter of our Heavenly Father, and He loves us.

After wearing short sleeves again for a little while, I was prompted again by the Lord that I could be doing more to help others.  I was prompted to begin this blog.  I had no idea how to blog.  I had never done it before and it was like a foreign language to me.  So, I began researching about blogging, how it is done, etc.  I received strong promptings from the Holy Ghost that I needed to start this blog now.  (This was in June of 2011).  So, I found wordpress to be a great site to blog with and started my blog about my new life of hope.

Not to long ago now, after following these previous promptings, I received another prompting telling me that I could be doing more to help directly with people who may be struggling.  I asked around the community about where I could volunteer in mental health related areas.  I was directed to Madison Cares, which is a system of care for mental health in the Madison County and school district.

While searching for different places to volunteer, I was researching what I could do at the university I am attending.  I learned about the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and started looking into starting a chapter at my school.   Just this past week, we received confirmation that we can start meeting as a group about mental wellness.

The Lord truly does bless us.  He is in the details of our lives and He guides us.  The Lord does not leave us alone.  President Thomas S. Monson once said:

“We are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”

Tender Mercies in my Life

Honestly, I have had a ton of tender mercies of the Lord in my life.  Ones that I have not seen I am sure.  In fact, I am sure there are more tender mercies that I have not seen than those that I have recognized and recorded.

One such tender mercy was yesterday at work.  I work at a sandwich shop in a town about twenty minutes away.  It is kind of like Quiznos and Subway but has a specific atmosphere and also has dinner items and waiters and waitresses.

So, last night I was on the schedule to waitress and I just was not feeling it.  I did not want to go to work and waitress.  I thought to myself as I was driving there that I would be totally fine being on the cash register or putting vegetables on sandwiches for people.

I got to work, clocked in, and put on my apron for serving.  I got a few things ready and then the shift manager said that I was on register for the night because all of the people couldn’t come in who were scheduled.  Such a tender mercy.  I was so relieved.  I know that the Lord is mindful of me, even in the details in my life.

Not only did I not have to waitress, which I usually enjoy doing, the night was also very slow.  This meant that it wasn’t as stressful and it was actually quite enjoyable.  And, because it was really slow the owner said that we could go as soon as we had everything ready to close for the night.  So, we got off right at 9pm rather than at like 9:30 or 10pm.

I know that my Savior loves me and the my Heavenly Father cares very dearly for me.  I know that He loves you too.