Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Potential and Hope.

It's so wonderful to have good people in our lives.
We feel this way, particularly about our friends who generously 
let us live in their beautiful basement apartment 
while we search and seek a place to call our own.
It's been MUCH longer than we anticipated and certainly
 MUCH longer than we all would have liked!
But at the end of the day, we have a warm place to come home to,
a kitchen to make modest meals in,
a fridge to keep a few cold Dr. Peppers in,
couches to sleep on with comfortable blankets,
and a TV to watch family movies together (or the BYU football games).
It could be better, but it's a blessing!

Yes, I am suuuuper uncomfortable being homeless; 
this threatens my homemaking roles and responsibilities as the mom.
I'm not as creative as I used to be.
I don't take many photos as I used to, and I've, for the most
part stayed away from social media.
But I am also learning many things- or at least I am.
I hope to catch the Lord's messages 
through this transitory period of my life so I can 
 change, grow, and stretch some more.
He's molding me and our family- and most days, I feel
so very overwhelmed, but on the clear days, I see potential
and hope as I try to hear Him guide my life.
I love this counsel from Elder Neil L. Andersen:

"Honesty in assessing ourselves allows us to more clearly hear his voice. 
But it is so easy, in those times when we feel the changes 
the Lord wants us to make, to close the heavenly curtain, to say,
 "I don't want to do that!" or to hide and discontinue our honest communication. 
Sometimes we rationalize that the feelings we felt were not from the Lord.
Where do we begin, then, to assess ourselves truthfully?
As we honestly listen during our prayers, 
we will each know what it is we need to do.
 Maybe it's beginning to pray earnestly again. Maybe it's loving a spouse. 
Maybe it's turning off the soap operas or controlling our tempers.
 Maybe it's being honest at school or always telling the truth. 
Maybe it's paying our tithing or sharing more of what we have with others. 
Maybe it's being more careful about wearing the temple garment. 
Maybe it's casting out our unbelief or finding more time to attend the temple.

As a prophet of God, President Harold B. Lee explained:
"The most important of all the commandments of 
God is that one that you're having the most difficulty keeping. … 
Today is the day for you to work … 
until you've been able to conquer that weakness. 
Then you start on the next one that's most difficult for you to keep.

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