Thursday, June 30, 2011

What is the Power of Prayer?

I have a family that I love very, very much.  They are good people.  Life has been so difficult for them.  But they're still so wonderful and they deserve big BIG blessings.

What can I do besides love and pray for them and hold them tightly to my heart?

What is the power of my prayer?  And can that power be added onto?

I hope to find out.  I thought about it and decided to take further action by having their names put on five prayer rolls - one in Salt Lake City, one in Mt. Timpanogas, one in Snowflake, AZ, one in Logan, UT and one in Lubbock, TX.

Maybe if they close their eyes and stand still from time to time, they will feel strengthened from the many prayers united in their behalf.

In an article from the Ensign last month was the following assurances:

Handling Grief
  • We are not left alone in our grief because Jesus Christ - "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3) - has borne our sorrows as part of the Atonement.
  • We can strive to resist the temptation to ask, "Why?"  Instead, we can ask for the Lord's guidance.
  • We can accept the challenge to surrender our will to our Heavenly Father.
It is difficult at times to accept that bad times are strictly for refinement purposes.  I believe that sometimes bad things happen because of natural consequences to daily choices - and not necessarily OUR choices.  At other times, they happen because it is the natural results of our surroundings.  But the scriptures tell us over and over that we can grow under extraordinary circumstances.

"Behold, he did deliver them because they did humble themselves before him; and because they cried mightily unto him he did deliver them out of bondage; and thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him" (Mosiah 29:20)

Sometimes the scariest thing to do is to just 'try'.  Try to change.  Try to understand.  Try to maintain faith.  Yet it is that act of enduring to the end that the Lord requires from us.  That and the faith of a child in the process.

I have faith.  Sometimes I have to really challenge those faith muscles by lifting something REALLY HEAVY but I know that it is not Heavenly Father who fails us.  He loves us as much whether we're rich or poor, healthy or weak.

Post Script:  Ron and I watched an amazing movie last night called "Joshua."  I highly recommend it.  Ron would too, but he gets emotional talking about it.  Okay, you'll have to endure the first half, which is nothing short of smaltzy.  But after's an emotional and personal journey. It really brings the purpose of the journey back to the basics - that God loves all of us and wants us to find happiness.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Can I have a little WHINE with my breakfast, please?

What is it about summer that brings out the crankiness in people?  I read that the heat can do that to ya, but then again, I've read that about full moons, long winters and Diet Coke.  So there you go.  It's all working against us.

So the conversation with my husband this morning went like this:

Me:  There's this guy at the gym that's really getting on my nerves!  He is always leaving as I'm arriving.  Three years of the same old joke.  "I'm sorry Ma'dam, you're too late.  It's all over."  I'm done politely laughing.  I can't take it anymore!  

Ron:  So have you told him that?  Have you said "Look, you've told me that joke everyday for 3 years?

Me:  No, that seems confrontational.  I don't do confrontational.  I'm really uncomfortable with that.  I'll tell you what I'm doing.  I'm leaving 5 minutes earlier.  That way, I get there before he's going out the door.

Ron:  (Smirk)  GEEESSSSHHHH!   You mean to tell me that you would actually disrupt your schedule before you'd say something to the guy?

Me:  He's old.  I've been told he has dementia.  He's not going to remember, and I'd just feel mean saying it.  I'm not COMFORTABLE with that.

Ron:  So you're telling me that you can't just tell him that you don't want to hear the joke anymore?  You are unwilling to talk to him about it?  DOES THAT REALLY MAKE ANY SENSE TO  YOU?

Me:  I told you, I'm UNCOMFORTABLE doing that.  I can't be confrontational.  I'm not able to do that!

Ron:  So what you saying to me is that you would rather be miserable than just talk to the guy?

Me:  SPLOOOOKKKKKKSSSSSHHHH!  (That's my head blowing up)

So - here you are.  My example of a normal conversation between the man with no fear and the woman who is afraid of everything.  I'm talking about what I'm F-E-E-L-I-N-G ....he's trying to fix me.

Did I say I wanted to be fixed?  Did I say I want to be mean?  Did I SAY I wanted to be judged and laughed at?

Why no.  No, I did not.

Now, in the interest of fair play, I am going to post my husband's view of male/female conversations.

Okay, fine.  He MAY have a point.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Back on the subject of journals

I just finished a one year journal.  I wrote in it almost every Sunday.  What a year to pick!  so much has happened.  It's been a long, lovely, hard, frustrating, emotional, grief stricken and joyous year.

But I suppose every year has its moments!

I had to decide whether I was going to go for Year Two!  I decided that I would spare my lil' family from a mushy mommy overload.

Still, there's some really important things coming up...a wedding, two receptions, a family reunion, a dream vacation and a new beautiful grandbaby.  So...what to do, what to do?

I KNOW!  I'll blog about it.  More fun anyway - because then I can show pictures.

So, here's my first pic

This is my craft room.  I've been trying to get it in order in preparation for the g'babie's visit.  Hoping to be using it to work on crafts and fun stuff while they're here.

I'm having a hard time relaxing lately, because I'm sooooooo excited about having my family together.  I want to hug everyone twenty times over.  I want to make sure that they all get so much love that they can carry it back home with them and that it will lasts for a long, longggggggg time.  I want to bask in the warmth of it all.

Probably there will be a mix of all that with a few lil' quarrels and stuff - because we ARE, after all, family.  But I am looking forward to a most beautious time!

GRAND BABIES ARE THE BEST (2004 edition - lol)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summertime....and the weather is, cold?

More water than we've ever had before.  The ponds look lovely.  The flowers are spectacular.  The vegetable garden?  Eh, not so good.  All in all, looking forward to Summer actually fulfilling the hopes of warmth and sunshine.