I love Monday mornings! I take that time to get my house organized and cleaned up from the weekend where my kids have destroyed it! LOL! I wanted to get my post done super early today so that my friend, Karlee, and I could get some things done. I don't like to post at night when I am tired because I feel like I miss sharing so much of my favorite scriptures. Love it when I am wide awake!
We start off today's reading with the Lamanites coming to destroy some of the Nephite cities but are surprised to find that they are fortified. The Nephites were prepared through the wisdom of their leaders. I think about these stories and wonder how I can liken them to me and my life. I wonder…. am I prepared against the fiery darts of the adversary? Is my family protected? Am I doing all I can do to prepare myself spiritually for all of the obstacles in my path? I have to share a story today about one of my daughter's who I am super impressed with and who I love very much. (Of course I love ALL of my children equally!)
This daughter practiced all Summer for a team that she wanted to be a part of for the 2nd year in a row. She worked super hard and during the Try Outs even won 2 out of 3 of her matches, with the 3rd being super close. She went to see who made the team and saw that her name wasn't on the list. When I went to pick her up from school my heart was broken for her. I knew that this was a HARD thing that she had to go through. (Just so happy it wasn't boy problems yet!) We comforted her the best we could and I half expected her to hole up in her room for the night. About an hour after she got home, she brushed herself off, came down to the kitchen where we were, and had a smile on her face. She said that there must have been some reason why she didn't make the team but she wasn't going to let it get her down. She told us her plan of something else she was going to pursue. WOW! Bryan and I had a really good talk with her when she got home about how Heavenly Father had a plan and maybe he had something else in mind for her. She turned this lemon into lemonade and I am so proud of her. I don't know if I could have done that at her age. What a great example to me she is of how to build your spiritual fortifications so that when the darts of trials come you are protected.
Exercising Determination and Effort
What a story of faith that is to me. I have many weak things that I need to make strong and I can see how I have progressed over the years. I still have a long way to go but as I reflect on my life, I know that the Lord is helping me little by little.
I shared this picture of Jesus teaching because He is the only way we CAN make weak things strong. It is by praying, studying our scriptures, pondering, learning, listening. These are some of the things that we can do. I hear too often people say that they can't overcome a weakness or it is something they have dealt with their entire lives. Let me tell you something I know from experience. You CAN DO IT! I grew up with an alcoholic father who was not the father that he probably ever intended to be. He died from the effects of alcoholism when I was 21 years old. That could have devastated me for life, right? I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ WE can overcome anything! That was a big hurdle that I had to get over but I did and, although I have many more to deal with I know that He gives us strength to overcome ANYTHING!
I also know that one of our main purposes for coming to earth was to learn to be like Him. The only way we can be like Him is by knowing him by reading about his life, ministry, and teachings in the scriptures.
I hope you all have a blessed day!