Monday, January 25, 2021

Home Church # 41/ Then we listen.

Last week was hard.
I felt like I was walking in the dark, and I even
let my guard down a little from my vigilant efforts in personal prayers.
It seemed to me that my prayers were not being heard.  
At Home Church, I shared with the Nies an experience I had 
a few days ago when I went to the hospital to visit a sister in our congregation
who had suffered a series of strokes.
At the end of the visit and before I left I asked her if I could read to her 
I was hesitant to even ask since I was not in a very great place.
But I did it anyway.
As I read I had to choke back my tears because it hit me,  
 the message was actually for me,  Answers in that very moment
came clearly and softly.
"Drawing near to the Lord brings comfort and encouragement, hope, and healing. 
So, we pray in His name about our worries and our weaknesses, 
our longings and our loved ones, our callings and our questions."

Then we listen.

If we will stay on our knees for a while after we finish our prayer, 
thoughts, feelings, and direction will come into our mind. 
Recording those impressions will help us remember what
 actions the Lord would have us take."

I testified to the children and echoed President Nelson's words:
 "We may need to be patient, 
but God will speak to us in His own way and in His own time.
I encourage you to take the necessary steps to hear the 
Lord better and more often so that you can receive
 the enlightenment He wants to give you."
This is a very special week as Claire gets set apart
 as a full-time missionary tomorrow evening.
And I think Satan knows this and has doubled his efforts in 
disrupting the peace in our home.  (Well, not today, you idiot!
You had a good run last week, but never again!!).
After Home Church, Christian and I had a little interview
with each of our children separately and recorded their answers.
We asked them what music they were listening to,
what they do in their spare time, what's been the hardest parts of the pandemic,
and if they could tell their posterity one thing what would it be.
It was so much fun!
We'll interview them again in July.
Then we took a nap.

I'm looking forward to a new fresh week!