Saturday, February 22, 2014

Faith Like Enos

When the Lord speaks, do we have faith in His words?

When the Lord forgave Enos, his guilt was washed away because he knew the Lord could not lie.
       "And there came a voice unto me saying, 'Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.  And I Enos, knew that God could not lie, wherefore, my guilt was swept away."                                                           -Enos 1:5-6

When the spirit speaks to us, when we receive a priesthood blessing (etc), when a voice comes unto US, do we place full faith in that?  Do we let those words turn into knowledge and faith that sweep away our worry, or guilt?

When you practice hearing and acting on the promptings you receive, you start to have more confidence in your own ability to discern and hear his voice.  Much of our doubt or disbelief is based on doubt in our OWN ability to discern rather than doubt of the Lord's words, love, or power.  Nevertheless, that doubt chases away faith and places a stumbling block for miracles, as the Lord cannot bless us with more than we are willing to receive.
 "....they shall return again to their place, TO ENJOY THAT WHICH THEY ARE WILLING TO RECEIVE, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received."                                                                                                                     -D&C 88:32

The more you act on these whisperings from the spirit, the more promptings you will receive. Your love and gratitude for him will grow as you receive additional spirit, and precious experiences through following those promptings.  Placing your faith in the words the Lord speaks to you, as well as the word of the Lord through prophets and scriptures, will allow you to experience more of the Lord's peace, power, and blessings in your life.

TAKE ACTION: One of the best ways to learn and develop faith in the way the Lord speaks to you, is to jot down notes of the promptings you receive.  Write down (or take note on a notepad on your phone) every prompting, however small, whether you acted on it and what the outcome was.  Pray and let the Lord know you want his help in recognizing his voice more clearly in your day to day life.  

May the Lord bless you and keep you and may you draw near unto Him so that he can draw near unto you.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Wall Broken

I am so happy to share that I was able to perform my songs with my sweet family at my Grandma's care facility in St George a few days ago.  Now, I know there are some people who do this sort of thing all the time, and those who have grown up performing regularly.  I am not one of those people.  I did not grow up performing all the time, and sharing MY music is an even MORE vulnerable thing than just singing some other music.

Well, I'm very thankful to my family for all of the support they gave and especially to Justin for singing with me, since more than half of the songs I've written are meant for BOTH of our voices and it just brought such beautiful light and variety to the music to have him there.  I also am SO SO happy my little Joshua (7) and my Dad were willing to sing on "Dear Dad."  So precious.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that I'm so happily encouraged by this experience and I have entered into this new chapter of being a "sing-songwriter" called "performing." :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Savior, My Brother

I had a special feeling in the temple last week.  It was my first time to go to a session in 6 months, as my baby is 5 months old.  The new movie had my brain functioning in a different way, learning and pondering new things.  I imagined the grand council in heaven, all of us sitting around with the father discussing the plan and who was to be the Savior.  (It may have been way more formal than this, this is just the way I pictured it.)  It felt almost like a family sitting around in a family home evening, or a ward sacrament meeting with our father in heaven at the pulpit, and feelings of love, connection and familiarity with all of the people in the congregation.  In this meeting, Jesus Christ stood up and said, "Here am I, send me."  I imagine I felt so much love and admiration for him, and I also feel that I felt proud of him, as my sweet brother whom I knew and had seen progress.  I was proud and also happy for him that he would get to have this experience that would help him grow even more.

How must we have all felt in these moments about the missions WE were to fulfill on the earth?  How do we feel about our missions now?  Are we searching the spirit and our hearts to know what the Lord would have us do for the people around us?  Are we opening our mouths to all in our spheres so that we can be cleansed from "the blood and sins of this generation"?  (Or in other words so that the choices of those to whom we did not open our mouths, will not be upon our heads.)

  Could we extend the feelings of love and family that we must have felt in that counsel to the guy that cuts you off in the car, to the woman that yells at her kid in the store for doing almost nothing, and to the neighbor across the street who seems to want nothing to do with you?  Are we seeking the Lords will as to what he would have us do for these people?

"have ye aspiritually been bborn of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty cchange in your hearts?

And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a achange of heart, and if ye have felt to sing thebsong of redeeming love, I would ask, ccan ye feel so now?"

Alma 5:14,26

 I would ask, ccan ye feel so now?