I am very very grateful today for the things that I have. Life is not perfect, and I am faced with my own personal challenges, but I have a hope that cannot be taken from me. I have nothing to fear because I have a great and good God above that watches over his Saints. I know that if I will come to the Lord with a humble heart and try to do his will I have nothing to fear…not even death. I have read more of the history of Joseph Smith and the early saints. I am convinced of their salvation and the testimony their lives offer against those that tormented them. So many innocent suffered and there was no human to aid them in their terrible plight. I hope that I can be as faithful as the Saints and the leaders of the church that sacrificed so much because they believed Christ’s true church to be on the Earth again, restored by a prophet. I am so impressed with there bravery in standing up for the gospel. Lucy Mack Smith was a bold teacher of the gospel and was never ashamed of her faith. I need to be more like that. I am so blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I just wish that all those that I love and know would also be able to experience the joy of living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Archives for February 2009
Today I took Ollie on a walk again. I love being outside and having Ollie for company. I need to exercise more and it is a lot nicer to go with Ollie dog. I have even considered getting a dog of my own, but it was only a consideration. After thinking about it a little longer the idea was not as appealing. Ollie is a great option for me! I went out to lunch today with some of the ladies from around here in Alamo. Everyone was nice and I had an enjoyable time. It made me want to have children a little bit more, but I realize that timing is really important for Cody and I right now. Our time will come and we are not in any rush. I am so thankful for the substituting jobs I have been able to get. The ranch is looking great and Cody is getting some more fields ready to plant. The changes on the ranch are awesome and have made the property look great! My brother is in the MTC now and his birthday is tomorrow, and I hope that he gets my b-day card in time. There are a lot of birthdays coming up. My Valentines Day was wonderful because Cody put hearts all over the house in places that I always go and wrote wonderful things on the hearts. I love him so much. He is a sweetheart. I am also really grateful that the Lord has helped me to see the wonderful things about Alamo, and He has helped me to feel peaceful and at home here. I am so thankful for family so close. Today, I got to spend time with Derek, Bianca, Cheyenee and Jackson. It is always fun to spend time with them. Today I also got my other book that I have been waiting for…Heggedy Peg. I read it to Cheyenne, Jackson and Cody. I love the illustrations. I am excited for Trina to have her little baby girl. We got her gift already. It is fun how things change. My close friend Lindsay also texted me today. She is getting married in nine days. I am really excited for her. Cody and I are going to her wedding next weekend in San Diego. We watched a great playoff game at the high school on Tuesday as well. Cody got really excited and was yelling and jumping up and down. He is loosing his voice because of it=). Yesterday I met a neighbor. She is wonderful and her little son was so cute. We hope to have them over for dinner. We have been blessed with great neighbors. Lacy and Andrea have been very kind to me. I am grateful for my blessings!!!
I have been reading a wonderful book called, “Extremes.” I have found that striking balance in life is one of our greatest challenges. Each of us have a tendency towards one extreme or another and finding which direction to go to find balance will be a great benefit to us. I have discovered a lot about myself. I have seen how the extremes that I thought I did not have control over were detrimental to me regardless of which side of the extreme I was. I remember in college I was completely overwhelmed with all that I was doing. I never said no and I felt a sense of pride in the amount of work that I could do. Eventually my heart and my body gave out and I ended up quitting the extras and trying to get through the essentials like school and work. I did this in high school as well and it took a toll on my body…I got very sick for months. I can see that the Lord has been trying to help me see that my life lacks balance. I have been most happy when I was busy, but still had time to do the most important things like reading my scriptures and praying. Life can be as simple as we will let it be. I complicate things and sometimes feel like I am a failure unless I have a bunch of important events and obligations on my calendar. There is always something to do. Now I just need to pick the best things to do instead of using my time to do the “ok” things. It is so interesting how easily I forget to put the Lord first when He is the source of all of my happiness and blessings. I hope that I can better show the Lord that I am grateful for him and that I love him through the way that I am trying to dilligently find balance in my life. I am truly grateful for my nice home, food, clothes, husband, family, friends, car, and other temporal and spiritual blessings that I enjoy. Cody and I are both able to work and thus get closer to our goals. I hope that I can be humble enough to listen to the Lord when he prompts me to pick up the pace or slow down.
Today I am especially grateful for my husband. I love Cody so much. He is so thoughtful and good to me. I am a lucky woman!!!
I am also so grateful for the country that I live in. Lately I have been noticing how blessed I am to come and go as I please. Even more than that, Cody and I have an opportunity to be successful in family, business, and worship the way we want. We can further our education and continue learning without any interference.
I have been reading a lot about my ancestors. I am so grateful for their endurance and example. Without their life, I would not be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were hard working, generous people that loved the Lord.
My brother is leaving on his mission next week and I have mixed feelings. I will miss him dearly, but I also know that he is doing what is right. He will have so many great experiences and the Lord will bless him a lot because of his effort to be prepared and his desire to do good. I look forward to hearing about all that he will do.
Talise is coming home today and I hope that she has a smooth transition into normal life. I hope that she will still get in contact with me even though I have been the worst writer ever. She is such a good person and I have so many wonderful memories of her.
I have be substituting a lot and it is a blessing in our lives right now financially. I am grateful for the opportunity even though there have been some frustrating times.
I get to go home this weekend and spend time with my family. I have been missing them and this is good timing. We have a lot to do in St. George and it will just be nice to see family!
I am so thankful for all that I have been blessed with!!!