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The Spirit of Christ

I can so see one of my own boys doing just such a thing…

I am deeply humbled.  My family has been through a lot over the past 18 months, largely due to the recession, and I have so many close friends and even family members who have also gone through…and many of whom are still enduring…some very difficult times.  The effects of this recession have been very widespread, but still I wonder if I don’t know a disproportionate number of people within my circle who have been GREATLY affected by the housing crash and recession.  Humility is a good thing though, and necessary to truly grasp the meaning of Christmas, the Spirit of Christ.

The challenge is to come to humility on our own, rather than waiting for our circumstances to bring us to it.  There are some who are affluent, yet very humble in their affluence…and there are some who are of more humble circumstances, yet very prideful in that state, and vice versa.  And there are some, like me, who have been brought to new depths of humility unwittingly, through our trials and challenges.  It is my hope, going forward, that the lessons I have learned of late will leave an indelible impression upon my soul, so that I may retain my humility even as I overcome my humbling circumstances.

ALMA 32

13 And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance…

14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?

15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed—yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.

16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God…

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25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.

Christmas is truly a time of humility.  Just as the Christ child was born in the most humble of circumstances, we ourselves discover our own state of lowliness as we come to realize that we must rely on Him for redemption, and for PEACE.

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The hardest, and longest, lesson I have learned thus far in my life is that I cannot plan my life to go exactly the way I want it to.  It has been such a long lesson because I seem to keep on having to learn it over and over again…why can’t I just get it already and stop being surprised when the perfectly planned life scenarios I create for myself spin out of my control?   I doubt there is a person alive who has created a vision for his or her life early on and then experienced it play out immaculately through the decades.  Why should I be any different?  And yet, time and again I find myself mourning the lost opportunities of dreams that stubbornly refuse to become realities.  I am not, innately, a real roll with the punches kind of girl, but I have gotten a little better over time at the whole when life gives you lemons, make lemonade thing.  Anyway, Elder Wirthlin’s words here, Come What May and Love It, are the very reminder that I need right now.

I have a lot of friends who are going through, or have recently gone through, some very trying times.  It is sometimes very difficult to see the long view when in the midst of strife, but it is so important that we focus on the knowledge that the Lord’s plans for our lives are always better than the plans we make ourselves.  We must always trust in Him, and love life…whatever it brings…along the way.

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