I love Primary.
As I was sitting in Primary today, I was struck with just how Christ-like kids are. There is a reason why Christ encouraged us to be like a little child.
“Except ye be converted, and become as little children,
They are completely trusting, naturally kind, and incredibly humble. We should definitely all be more child-like.
Lessons I have learned in Primary:
While I was pondering on just how Christ-like children are, I thought back to all of the lessons that I have learned while "teaching" children. I use the term "teaching" lightly because in all reality, they are the ones who are teaching me.
1. Faith is a choice, and is an easy choice to make.
It has been an interesting week.
I have had the opportunity to study the Atonement and the Savior's last days this week. I had a ton of reading assignments for my religion class and I wondered how I would be able to get it all done with all of the other things that go on in my normal mom life schedule.
But I was determined to read all the material and spend some time pondering the things that I read.
Studying these events in depth was a great blessing in my life this week.
I should study the Atonement every week.
What was the difference?
But this week...this week was different. Because I was reading and pondering about the Savior nearly every moment that I wasn't fulfilling mom/teacher/wife/writer responsibilities, I wasn't even tempted to give in to those distractions. That's not to say that I didn't watch TV at all or look on Facebook/Instagram, but they weren't my "time fillers" this week. They were my "winding down before bed for a few minutes" activities.
Yes, I should really study the Atonement every week.
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee- Kenneth Cope
- 1. Jesus, the very thought of thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far thy face to see
And in thy presence rest.
- 2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the mem'ry find
A sweeter sound than thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!
- 3. O hope of ev'ry contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind thou art!
How good to those who seek!
- 4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,
As thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
And thru eternity.
Do you know the saying, "banging your head against a brick wall?"
When I started writing my book several years ago, this brick wall appeared. At first, I just sort of stared at it, wondering where on earth it came from and why it was there. As I became more engrossed in the writing process, I began tapping on the wall with my fingertips; ever so gently, but firmly. Then all of the sudden, WHAM! I made the first contact with my head, and it hurt. It hurt a lot.
Eventually the pain faded and so did the bruise, but the wall stayed intact and I kept working. Writing, and rewriting. With nothing more than a faded memory of high school English, faith, and a desire to help others, I kept writing.
WHAM! Another hit. Another bump. Another faded bruise.
Tears. Frustration. Hopelessness. "I don't know what I'm doing!!"
Why do I keep doing this?
Wait, this time it didn't hurt as much. Interesting. Either the wall is getting softer or my head is getting tougher. Probably the latter.
Fast forward a few years...
I heard back from another publishing company today. Same story. Different company.
"We love what you have written. We think that it can be an inspiration for a lot of people. We can't publish it because memoir sales are in the toilet." (Okay, those aren't the actual words, but you get the picture.)
Yes. I know very well that selling a memoir is tough. (There are at least 467 hits on my brick wall because of that.)
Yes. I know that what I have written can be inspirational for people. I am grateful for that. So very grateful for that.
Yes. I know that my social media following is minimal and that these days, you cannot sell books if you don't have a following on social media. I have heard it a bazillion different times. (There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1254 + hits on my brick wall because of social media.)
Now, I keep sharing positivity and encouragement to the few social media followers I do have who care to read what I have to say.
Now, I grab my trusty pillow, strap it to the old noggin and keep hitting against the brick wall. For the rest of my life if I have to because I was supposed to write this book. If not for anyone else but myself.
But most of all, I just need to keep hitting the brick wall. Eventually, it will crack. Maybe it already has. Who knows what will be on the other side? Knowing me, it will probably just be another brick wall, but that's okay. If all else fails and I decide that I don't want to hit my head on a brick wall anymore, then I can always take a selfie in front of it, right?
On second though, probably not. I'm not very good at selfies. #selfiechallenged.
Strapping on the Pillow
I am grateful that I have a pillow to soften the blow. If I didn't have that, then my face would be pretty messed up right now. Where did I find this pillow? I'm glad you asked. I found it in a little thing called,
The Atonement of Jesus Christ.
You see, the Atonement encompasses everything; my sins, my pains, my sicknesses, my sorrows. The Atonement enables me to do things that are hard, like
*writing a memoir,
*editing that memoir mostly on your own (with the help of some pretty great friends),
*publishing that memoir on your own,
*trying to stay sane while doing all of the above things,
*oh, and trying not to neglect my family in the process.
I love my brick wall.
Everyone has a brick wall or two or three. What is (are) the brick wall (or walls) in your life?
It's time to strap on your pillow, and get to work, don't you think?
Over the past week I have had the opportunity to study Christ's ministry and miracles. What a huge blessing this has been for my spirit. I have been gently tutored by the Holy Ghost as he has helped me learn new things and understand more clearly some of the lessons that Christ was teaching through the miracles He performed.
An important element in the work of Jesus Christ, being not only divine acts, but forming also a part of the divine teaching. Christianity is founded on the greatest of all miracles, the Resurrection of our Lord. If that be admitted, other miracles cease to be improbable.
Miracles should not be regarded as deviations from the ordinary course of nature so much as manifestations of divine or spiritual power. Some lower law was in each case superseded by the action of a higher.
They were intended to be a proof to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ (Matt. 11:4–5; John 2:11; 10:25; 20:30–31).
Many of them were also symbolic, teaching such divine truths as the result of sin and the cure of sin; the value of faith; the curse of impurity; and the law of love. The miracles of healing also show how the law of love is to deal with the actual facts of life.
Miracles were and are a response to faith and its best encouragement. They were never wrought without prayer, felt need, and faith.
It is important to notice the different names by which miracles are described. They are called signs, as being visible tokens of an invisible power; they are powers or mighty works, because they are the acts of One who is almighty; they are simply works, or the natural results of the Messiah’s presence among men; they are wonders, marvels, because of the effect produced on those who saw them.
He invites us to come unto Him; always to come unto Him.
"Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth...Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance."
2 Nephi 26:25, 27
Greater Miracles- Hilary Weeks
I am loving my second chance at life.
Every day is an opportunity to do good and to be a little better than the day before.
I love being a mommy.
It's my favorite thing in this world and my most important job.
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