Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do not despair

I love this talk by President Benson It has helped me through many a hard times, one part I really love is "Prayer in the hour of need is a great boon. From simple trails to our Gethsemane, prayer - PERSISTENT PRAYER - can put us in touch with God, our greatest source of comfort and counsel." Pray always, that you may come off conqueror." )D&C 10:5) "Exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me" is how the young Joseph Smith describes the method that he used in the Sacred Grove to keep the adversary from destroying him. (JS--H 1:16) This is also a key to use in keeping depression from destroying us."

It is so amazing to me how God can comfort us and give us strength during hard times. I also know how hard the adversary works on you as well, it makes you think that you are justified in treating others badly or justified in not praying or reading your scriptures.  And when you stop doing those things depression is bound to set in, you become even more unhappy.  I know that if we do our best (no one is perfect) to keep the commandments we will be blessed with strength and optimism through rough days

Boyd K. Packer said:
"It was meant that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. Teach our members that if they have a good miserable day once in a while, or even several in a row, to STAND STEADY AND FACE THEM. THINGS WILL STRAIGHTEN OUT. There is great purpose in our struggle in life."

We knew what we were facing when we came to this earth, we accepted the the trails and difficulties that we would go through. I truly believe this, I have felt the power of our God and his angels during my times of need, I know angels surround us they are cheering us on everyday! I can't help but smile when I think of all my dear family and friends on the others side cheering for me, supporting me. I am blessed beyond words, and so are all of you! This life is amazing and wonderful! And I am so happy that I made the choice to come here to this earth during this time!
Have a magnificent day! :)
Love ~ Al

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trails

Well Ty was laid off from his job today. It was hard, but I feel we were prepared for the news. I have found much comfort in the quiet Whisperings of the Holy Ghost today. Almost constant peace and comfort has been spoken to my heart and mind through all my worries and concerns. How will we pay our bills? What about all my medical issues? How will we make it without medical ins for me? What is going to happen to us?


Marvin J. Ashton profoundly said " When sorrow, tragedy, and heartbreak occur in our lives, wouldn't it be comforting if when the whisperings of God say "Do you know why this has happened to you?" we could have the peace of mind to answer "No, but you do". Certainly peace is the opposite of fear. Peace is a blessing that comes to those who trust in God. It is established through indiviadual righteousness."

I trust my Father in Heaven and I am not scared. I know he is very aware of me and my family. He has a plan for us, and this is part of it. Hard times are still ahead, but I will go forward with faith. Because hope is better than fear any day:) And I know it will be ok! We are so very blessed.

This quote is the type of person I am striving to become:
"Be cheerful in all that you do. Live Joyfully. Live Happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that god does not dwell in gloom and melencholy, but in light and love." ~ Ezra Taft Benson

Hope you all are having a great day, and a fun weekend!
Love ~Allison

Thursday, July 22, 2010

teach our children

"We can learn to become like God as we use his ways to teach our children: establishing regular communications with them; listening, guiding, prompting; watching over them always; protecting but not manipulating; allowing them to learn from experience; correcting them in such a way that they learn to obey- not because it is our will, but because they have learned to do what is right in order to grow in wisdom."
~ Barbara B. Smith

Love,
Al

Monday, July 12, 2010

Divinity

"Behold thou has a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above." ~ D&C 6:10

In the hymn "O My Father" pg. 292  One of my favorite verses says "Yet often a secret something Whispered, 'your a stranger here' and I felt I had wandered from a more exalted sphere" 
I truly believe and know with all my heart that we are strangers here. We don't belong on this Earth, we are just  passing through, Showing our Father in Heaven that we can pass this earthly test. Each of us has gifts and talents that are special and unique, it amazes me that there can be so many people yet we are all so different, everyone has something a little different to offer to this world.
Gordon B Hinkley said: " You need never feel INFERIOR. You need never feel that you were born without talents or without opportunities to give you expression. THERE IS SOMETHING OF DIVINITY IN YOU. You have such tremendous potential because of your INHERITED nature. Every one of you was endowed by your Father in Heaven with a tremendous capacity to do good in the world. Cultivate the art if being kind, Of being thoughtful, of being helpful. Refine within you the quality of mercy which comes as part of the divine attributes you have inherited."
The adversary is constantly working on us trying to get us to covet others talents and divinity we get distracted and lose sight of our own inherited divine worth.  We can be so mean to ourselves. We need to recognize when Satan is creeping into our thoughts, we need to stop them, I love how President Hinkley says we need never feel inferior. It is hard when it is part of our worldly culture to be so unkind to ourselves. To compare and covet.  But we can break the vicious cycle, we can stop, we can love our own individual, heavenly inherited divine worth. We have to pray for God's help to do so. We can cultivate our talents and do much good! Satan knows that, he knows if he can get us to degrade ourselves, it will weaken us, and make it so we hold back and don't measure up to true potential.
Let's all make it a goal to be kinder to ourselves this week, to remember we are strangers here, to recognize our divine worth and potential. So that we can do much good! :)

Love ~Al

Friday, July 9, 2010

Priorities and Balance

I know that I am not alone when I talk about the struggle to have Priorities and Balance in our lives.
This is a tricky subject because there is so many things that need to be done in a day:) Sometimes I look at my mom and say how did you do it? What was your secret. She kindly said to me "There is no secret you just do the best you can, you live in a different world than I did, we didn't have CELL PHONES, COMPUTERS, and all new advances in technology, you have jobs, and education, these are all good, But you constantly have things that are distracting and taking your time, You just have to do better at knowing which are most important to spend your time on."
Julie Beck said "There is much distraction and not enough PEACE & JOY. Despite popular media messages to the contrary, no one is rich enough, beautiful enough, or cleaver enough to avoid mortal experience"
She goes on to talk about how a good woman knows that she doesn't have enough time energy, etc to do all the good things her heart yearns to do.  She then states "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL that can be acquired in this life."
What an amazing blessing we all have! We don't have every minute planned out everyday, and if we don't do everything our our checklist we are not failures! The most important thing to do is act on personal revelation. If we feel that instead of going here or there we need to just stay home and read book and snuggle a little one, or instead of doing #102 on our daily checklist we feel inspired go visit someone in need :) Then don't feel guilty about doing that! We have to trust our Heavenly Father and when he speaks to us through the Holy Ghost we have to learn to act on it. No matter how many other good things we have to do or how "behind" it will make is on our checklists. : )

Now don't get me wrong I love Checklists! ha ha  They are a good tool to help us accomplish what we need, reach goals, and many other great things. Elder M. Russell Ballard said, "First, think about your life and set your priorities. Find some quiet time regularly to think deeply about where you are going and what you need to do to get there. Jesus our exemplar, often 'withdrew' himself into the wilderness, and prayed" We need to do the same thing occasionally to rejuvenate ourselves spiritually as the Savior did. Write down the tasks you would like to accomplish each day. Keep foremost in mind the sacred covenants you have made with the Lord as you write down your daily schedules." he also went on to say
"Second, set short-term goals that YOU CAN REACH. Set goals that are well balanced, not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your ATTAINABLE goals and work on them according to there importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting."

This is a wonderful thought, I feel we are always setting goals that are too high or to unattainable, and then we beat ourselves up because we can't do them all. I have done it, I am sure there are many others who have done it too. Also we can pray to our Father in heaven about our goals, he can help up more than anyone.
My hope for myself and all of you this week is to PRAY FOR PEACE, pray to have peace in your life no matter how many things you have to do today, if that means crossing off one or two things on your to-do list then do it! And as you attain more peace and joy in your life I promise you will find your self accomplishing more than you ever thought!
Hope your soul was nourished today! :)
Love~ Al

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Acting instead of Reacting

So I was talking with a good friend of mine about this subject, and she had some very good points. She said "Hard things we go through become harder if we react in a negative way, but if we react positively it just makes things easier.' I believe this with all my heart! I know that hard things come, they do for EVERYONE we can't control that, but we can control our reactions.
D&C 123:17 reads "therefore dearly beloved brethren, let us CHEERFULLY do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."
This is why one of my most favorite quotes is " GREATNESS is best measured by how an individual responds to the happenings of life that are totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved." Marvin J. Ashton
I know with personal experiences in my own life how i react makes all the difference! There have been times that I just wanted to feel sorry for myself and I wanted everyone around me to know too so they could feel sorry for me also.  I always ended up feeling worse and dwelling on the negative aspects of the problem, I was so focused on reacting that I was forgetting how to properly act through the problem, I felt justified and validated at acting like a baby. I am not saying we shouldn't let people know what problems we are facing, or ask for help we may need, it is good to talk about our problems with those who love and care for us. And I am sure I will slip up here and there, it is part of our culture and the natural man to act this way:) I know we are not perfect we can't react perfectly to every situation life throws at us but we can do our best. We can try our best to act in a way that is pleasing to our Father in Heaven . We can show him our greatness, we can show him that we are worthy of living with him again.
We should all pray for the strength to be optimistic and positive. Life is going to keep on coming, time is going to continue to pass, you can choose how you react to the things life throws your way.  D&C 58:28 "for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward."
Hope you have a wonderful day!