Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE "R" LIST

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Wise Women by Cody Miller
I read an article where Oprah recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Wow, now that is a paradigm shift isn't it?  It looks good on her and she said that maybe 60 is the new 40. So does that mean that 50 is the new 30? I'll take it. In true Oprah fashion, a "60 of my favorite things" list was compiled. I love that Oprah is a compulsive list maker, so am I. Only my lists usually end up lost in the bottom of my purse before I can find something productive for them to do. So lately I have been collecting things, like quotes, and clip art, good music, and you tube sermons, etc. I wanted to compile my very own "R " list. I love words, specifically words that have power and healing in them. Consequently, my book collection has increased, but my time for reading is scarce. So what I do to enjoy a book or a good blog post is to "clip out" stand alone quotes. Here are a few that will knock your socks off.... 

I have had this quote by Marianne Williamson in my "collection", and for a long time I was afraid to "put it out there". But I saw the "truth" in it and I felt that I could apply it to myself in a healthy way.It's good to be true to who you are being.
2"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Marianne Williamson 

Awesome, those are empowering words. I am always curious to learn of others and their journey to God, and finding their own spirituality. It is this quote that reminded me to let my light shine. 
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If we try to live up to some ridiculous idea of perfection we totally miss grace, we completely miss grace. Grace is something we need to embrace; the Lord knows us, and He doesn’t want us to be like everyone else. He didn’t make us to be like everyone else. We’re all individuals and he needs us to do his work to build up Zion to strengthen and edify each other. We are all part of the same body but if the body is walking around with the knee thinking it’s supposed to be the nose or the head thinking it’s supposed to b e the shoulder… You can’t do your job if you think you are supposed to be something else. Just find out who you are in the Lord and make your space in the Church

Tina Richardson (Who is she?) A very gutsy woman of God.

"Tina knew from a young age that music was her life's calling and she is a professional saxophonist in New York. It took longer for Tina to realize that she is gay, but a period of inactivity from the Church didn't stop her from paying her tithing every month. It was appreciation and practice of Buddhism that led Tina back to the Church in her remarkable journey back into activity"- See more at: http://www.mormonwomen.com/2013/05/09/playing-from-her-heart/#sthash.ZoPWYRO8.dpuf

I love her opening line: "If we try to live up to some ridiculous idea of perfection, we totally miss grace......"  So my mantra is that "I am not perfect, and sometimes I am a mess, but I am who I am  and God loves me this way."
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I have always resonated with this poem by Maya Angelou. I loved her "voice" in her poetry and in her books. One of my favorite books by her is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". But it is this poem that is so in your face confident, that when it came out, I bought a copy of the book for all of my girl friends. I really love the first and last stanza's.
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou      
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.



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Lately this is my favorite song, "HAPPY". 
HAPPY is my new favorite word. 

Happy as in Happy Birthday to Me. Yes, yes, it is again my appointed day. (I can hear you out there; don't cry for me Argentina.) It's all good. It was a good day to be born. So enjoy the posts, enjoy the videos and go get yourself some cake. Ps: if you are celebrating your birthday TOO, link your blog to mine and we will have a "BLOG HOP"


Sunday, April 6, 2014

HE IS RISEN

courtesy Deseret books
So today I am presenting for your listening pleasure a new work  by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: entitled “He Is Risen”. I have been given a complimentary CD by Deseret Books to review. 
The CD has six songs,
  •  Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
  •  In the Garden
  •  When I survey the Wondrous Cross
  •   Jesus Has Risen
  •   He is Risen
  •  Worthy is the Lamb that Was Slain (from Messiah)

I have been listening to this CD all week so I had an opportunity to ponder the true meaning of what “Easter represents” which is that we serve a risen Lord, in Jesus the Christ. I love listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,each song is sung in our church services or as in the case of "Worthy is the Lamb that Was Slain (from Messiah) is sung during special occasions. As I listened to each song, I realized that the phrase "He is Risen" is a proclamation to the world of the truth, that Jesus Christ over came the power of death, He is Risen. I was inspired to go back to my scriptures,

What did Jesus teach us about death?  In three separate occasions in the gospels, Jesus demonstrated to his followers that he had the power to overcome death. I wonder if they understood that conversation? The gospels demonstrate three separate instances where Jesus was able to “raise” a person from the dead. There is a fourth instance where Jesus himself is “raised from the dead”. Have you ever wondered how it was done?  Jesus would refer to this death as sleeping. Who woke up the Savior? Who came into the burial chamber and lightly touched his arm or stroked his head and said “Jesus wake up; come forth”?  Luckily for us, for those with ears to hear and a heart to comprehend.

Jesus told us how in these 3 separate events; one is about a young man, a son of a widow, another is a young daughter and another is concerning a very close friend, even a brother named Lazarus.  
In Luke 7; Jesus and his disciples and a large group of followers had come from Capernaum to a city called Nain. He and his group encountered another large group of people who were in mourning.
Luke 7:12-15
 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion and said unto her, Weep not
 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
A second instance of Jesus raising a person from the dead was the daughter of Jarius.
Mark 5:22-23; 38-42
22 And, behold, there came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
 23 And besought him greatly, saying, my little daughter lies at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
39 And when he was come in, he said unto them, why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleeps.
  41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
 42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
And a third instance that was close to his heart, a very good friend named Lazarus, had died.
John 11
11 These things said he: and after that he said unto them, our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still  in the house.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believe in me, though he was dead, yet shall he live:
 26 And whosoever lives and believe in me shall never die. Believe thou this?
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
How awesome in that simple command of calling out his friends name," Lazarus" Jesus claimed ownership of this circumstance of death,  And when he  bid him to “Come forth" the symbolism of the man coming out of the tomb, probably struggling to unwrap himself of his grave clothes, Jesus rebuked death, and even Satan by saying “Loose him and let him go”.
Ps. 102:20
20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death.

I have really enjoyed listening to " He is Risen". It will make a great addition to your Easter baskets. You will probably be inspired to study the record of this wonderful truth. I would say that this is an interactive CD.

Courtesy of Mormon.org

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TARRY YE HERE.....

So my husband and I have resumed regular Family Home Evening’s, we got off track for a while, but we are back. We have been inviting our neighbor Kevin (who was recently baptized) to join us. We are also acting as interim Home teachers, since he hasn’t as yet been officially assigned one. But none the less, Kevin is typical of most new converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is an older adult with a disability. He has some family members who are members of the Church, but they are not in close contact to encourage him. He has a roommate who is not a member and has no desire to join, and he has not as yet developed a firm testimony of the Book of Mormon.

 That’s not a bad thing, because when I was investigating, I struggled with the reading the Book of Mormon. I did not have a problem with the truth of it, but I really needed my missionary’s to explain a lot to me. A wise Sunday school teacher told me that for every question I had concerning the why’s and what’s and if’s of the scriptures, there was an answer. D&C 46 gives a beautiful analogy of the gifts we receive at our baptism. D&C 46:11 For not every gift is given unto them; for there are many gifts and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.  It had not occurred to me that a gift of the Holy Spirit was to “know” the truth, and another was to “believe” the truth; with each of these gifts are manifested by faith, which is also a gift. So I guess you could say that by us alone, it is logical that many will struggle with comprehension of the scriptures as well as finding them believable. D&C 46:13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world. 14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful.  I think most of us fall into both categories.  I digress.

So in our FHE discussion, the subject of the 3 Nephites came up. I don’t know much about those three brothers except for a cursory reading in a Book of Mormon class I attended. For some reason there was a lot of conversation about “3 Nephite Lore”; so we struggled at the doctrine of the 3 Nephites, and I was left slightly confused. So naturally, when we asked Kevin if he knew about them, he didn’t. He hadn’t read 3rd Nephi yet, and wasn’t taught it. When my husband told him about some of the “Nephite Lore” we had been told, naturally he gave us the “hairy eyeball.” He didn’t believe us for one second and demanded proof their existence. Wow that wasn’t the reaction I was expecting, it caught me off guard. So we broke out our trusty Book of Mormon and located the record in 3 Nephi 28 and read it. In this record, a resurrected Jesus is somewhere in the “new world” with the remnant of the Nephites. He has organized the faithful, and taught them the same lessons given to those believers in Jerusalem, even to the organizing and appointing of 12 Nephite Apostles. I don’t know how long Jesus “tarried” in Bountiful, but in this record he is preparing to ascend to the Father. It had to be long enough that the men he had appointed as leaders have proven themselves enough to warrant a reward. He seems to be asking each man to verbalize their heart’s’ desire concerning Him. He wants to reward them for their faithfulness in serving.  

3 Nephi 28:1 And it came to pass when Jesus had said these words (that) he spoke unto his disciples, one by one, saying unto them: “What is it that ye desire of me, after I am gone to the Father?
2 And they all spoke, save it were three, saying: We desire that after we have lived unto the age of man, that our ministry, wherein thou hast called us, may have an end, that we may speedily come into thy kingdom.
3 Blessed are ye because ye desired this thing of me; therefore, after that ye are seventy and two years old ye shall come unto me in my kingdom; and with ye shall find rest.
4 And when he had spoken unto them, he turned himself unto the three, and said unto them; “What shall ye that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the Father?
5 And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they dare not speak unto him the thing which they desired.
6 And He said unto them: Behold I know your thoughts and ye have desired the thing which John my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me.         
           John .21:21 Peter seeing said to Jesus, “Lord, and what shall this man do?”
           22: Jesus said unto him, “If I will he tarries till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.  
7Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall never taste of death; but ye shall live to behold all the doings of the Father unto the children of men, even until all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of the Father, when I shall come in my glory with the powers of heaven.

I have always been shocked that those 3 men would ask to "stay or live forever or as long as forever is" doing the work that they were appointed to do until the Savior comes back.  Look at what happened to John the Beloved, he was exiled on the island of Patmos, by himself!! These men had to be totally unselfish and transparent in their desires. Wow. My first reaction was that "I couldn't do it", but I started to ask myself, what is it that "I couldn't do?". Could I live up to a covenant  I made to stand for the Savior in all times and in all places, even unto death? I said yes so It must be so. How hard would it be to live a life of service? How hard is the work? What does it really mean to tarry, especially when it comes to serving God?  It means to stay in expectation; to wait or as in Exodus 24: Tarry ye here for us, till we come again for you

I had an impression once that it would not be a hard decision to ask the Savior if one could “tarry” until He comes and be a part of this great work of the gathering of souls unto Christ. I felt this way after Kevin was baptized.  I wanted to see the results of this great work and I can believe enough to do it. I have felt this way since being called to teach Gospel Doctrine. I believe that we all need a refresher course in the scriptures because knowing them is a pivotal piece of the “armor of God” that he has put upon us. But the surprising thing is that as I made the decision to “tarry”, I knew I wouldn't be “translated” or even taken up to heaven for further instruction. But what I have been taught, and continue to be taught is right here, and I can ask to know who it is that the Lord wants me to help, to gather, to teach, to love, to tarry. See that’s not so hard or so difficult. I believe that there are 3 Nephites, and also John the Beloved, even Enoch and Moses, all these men and I am sure a fair amount of women unnamed, chose to “stay behind” and help the others make it through. 
God is a Marine, in that no one is left behind.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

OPEN MIKE: WAKE UP, WAKE UP!!!!




So today is open mike on a Saturday and we got John Legend and the Roots in the house!!!! The word of the day is the song of the day: Wake up Wake up and no, it’s not your alarm clock or phone app thingy.
So today is "Women's Conference" and it is historical because now all women from the age of 8 and up can come together and receive some good word together.. Looking forward to General Conference in 2 weeks.
Wake up everybody, no more sleeping in bed
No more backward thinking
Time for thinking ahead
The world has changed so very much, from what it used to b
There is so much hatred, war and poverty

Joel 3:9-10
Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”


Wake up, all the teachers time to teach a new way

Maybe then they’ll listen to what you have to say

Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands

Teach them the very best you can

 

Isaiah 50:4

“The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.

The world won’t get no better if we just let it be, the world won’t get no better, we gotta change the world just you and me
Wake up all the doctors make the old people well, they’re the ones who suffer and who catch all the hell

 

Joel 3:12

New King James Version (NKJV)
12 “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.

But they don’t have so very long before the judgment day, so won’t you make them happy before they pass away.

Romans 13:11

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

2 Nephi 1: 23 Awake my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which you are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THE WORKING MAN'S MIRACLE

Cody Williams

A miracle is a shift in thinking, a shift from fear to love.
At first glance, that sounds a bit ridiculous. How does shifting a thought cause a miraculous change?
And yet it does exactly that. For every thought we think creates form on some level. A simple thought seemingly trivial or even unimportant carries within it the power to move mountains. And that is the least it can do. There is no worldly power--no money, no technology, no business or government-- that can match in power the power we wield by simply using our minds for the purposes of love. Marianne Williamson
I have been looking for miracles lately. I imagine those "biblical" ones, where something "wonderful" happens to make everything right.
I told this to my husband the other day, and he said something profound. What about those small blessings, the every day, run of the mill blessings? Inviting our friend Kevin over for Family Home Evening. Or when your Visiting Teacher came to visit, and listened to you ramble for an hour and a half. I thought about that and I realized that miracles and blessings are progressive. They are steady, and if we can put away the "stuff" that precludes us from watchful observation, we will be blessed.