Monday, February 22, 2021

Recede in Priority

In 2019, President Russell M. Nelson gave a talk directed
 to the women of the church titled Spiritual Treasures.
I remember the night so well. I sat in the church on a pew in between
 Claire and Jane.  His words that night were life-changing
and he said something in particular that struck
a deep chord within me.
As soon as I could get my hands on a copy of his talk I read,
prayed, re-read, prayed more, and counseled with Christian about it
and what it meant for me in my life.
I marked it up with my notes, my questions, and other scriptures
and gospel references. 
( And it kind of looked like this:)

"How do I draw the Savior’s power into my life?

You won’t find this process spelled out in any manual. 
The Holy Ghost will be your personal tutor as you seek to understand 
what the Lord would have you know and do. 

Part of this endeavor will require you to put aside many things of this world. 
Sometimes we speak almost casually about walking away from the 
world with its contention, pervasive temptations, and false philosophies.
 But truly doing so requires you to examine your life meticulously and regularly. 
As you do so, the Holy Ghost will prompt you about what 
is no longer needful, what is no longer worthy of your time and energy.

As you shift your focus away from worldly distractions, 
some things that seem important to you now will recede in priority. 
You will need to say no to some things, even though they may seem harmless. 
As you embark upon and continue this lifelong process of consecrating
 your life to the Lord, the changes in your perspective, feelings, 
and spiritual strength will amaze you!"
Publicly blogging has been such a huge part of my life.
It's opened doors for me and my family.
I have met and enjoyed friendships with so many people from 
all over the world!
I have been the recipient of so much love, faith, and support
and feel so overwhelmed at the goodness of so many strangers.

My blog has been a priority in my life for almost 17 years, 
 That's a really, really long time!
As I have prayerfully considered my life and my priorities now,
publicly blogging is "receding in priority".
But I want you to know that I believe in Christ.
I believe that He blesses our lives when we listen,
heed, and obey His words and commandments.
I have confidence that He will bless me and my family
with the things that we need and desire by letting things
recede naturally in our lives.

“It takes both faith and 
courage to let God prevail. It takes persistent,
 rigorous spiritual work to repent and to put off the natural man
 through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It takes consistent, 
daily effort to develop personal habits to study the gospel,
 to learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ,
 and to seek and respond to personal revelation.”

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