Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Learn Wisdom

"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: 
I will give unto the children of men line upon line, 
precept upon precept, here a little and there a little...."
After dinner, our family gathered in the living room for
 our scripture study and discussion.
We talked about how God sometimes answers our prayers
 one truth at a time, and it takes patience as we study and
 find answers to our heartfelt questions-- and even our worries.
I asked Lottie to put together a simple puzzle 
and only gave her four pieces to start.  
She put together a few pieces but 
needed help so I gave her another few pieces and
this went several more times until she had all the pieces to the puzzle.
Then we discussed what "line upon line" meant 
and I promised the Nies that even if we don't see the whole picture,
God does, and when we trust Him, pray to Him, and obey Him
 we will eventually see the whole picture.

Then with tears in my eyes I confessed to the Nies 
that I was struggling with this very
topic and have some heavy worries on my mind.
And I don't see the whole picture, in fact, I barely feel like
I have one piece to my puzzle.
I told them that this lesson was just as much for me as
it was for them, but oh how much I love and trust God's promise:
"....blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, 
and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom;
 for unto him that receiveth I will give more."
I will eagerly and patiently wait for more, 
it's hard, but I can do it, and so can my Nies.
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For dinner, I made a family favorite black bean & quinoa burgers.
Here's the recipe because it's delicious:

Monday, February 24, 2020

Made Strong

The best part of my weekend was yesterday on the Sabbath.
Spending time with my family, worshipping God, ministering
 and being with wonderful friends made the day truly a delight.
Elder Holland was in town visiting 
 a granddaughter who had just returned from her mission.
 My family and I were able to spend some time with him.
He is truly a special witness of Jesus Christ,
and I love him so much.

As I push through another week, I'm going to be spending
time studying and understanding these inspired words:
"When it seems all hope is lost, faith in the Lord can save us.
He can turn weakness to strength."
I have been pondering a lot about my limitations,
my shortcomings, and my insecurities, and
it starts to feel overwhelming when I really think about it.

But God promises us "Because thou hast seen thy weakness
 thou shalt be made strong” (Ether 12:37).

Friday, February 21, 2020


All you need to know is that IT SNOWED.
But if you want to know how I feel about it, read on.
On Wednesday night before The White House went to sleep, 
I got a phone call from the school district informing us that 
 a storm was coming, and school would be canceled on Thursday.
You'd have thought the Nielson family won the lottery.
We were thrilled!
After that news, we Hygge-ed it up; lit candles, 
turned on the fireplace, pulled out the blankets
and watched a movie in the living room excited
to be able to sleep-in.
When we woke up it was a little cloudy, but nothing threatening.  
Around lunchtime, we noticed light flurries, 
then gradually it started snowing and it didn't stop.
I just received another phone call from the school district letting
us know that school is canceled AGAIN for Friday!  
I made a batch of liquid gold (hot chocolate), lit more candles around the 
living room, and as I type this we are on our second movie
(Return to Me & The Count of Monte Cristo),
and the snow is still coming down!
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Spiritual Enlightenment: Nurturing Marriage
"Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does 
any other human relationship. Yet some married couples fall 
short of their full potential. They let their romance become rusty,
 take each other for granted, allow other interests or clouds of
 neglect to obscure the vision of what their marriage really could be.
Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully."