Tag Archive | Religion and Spirituality

Miracle Scriptures #2

D&C 35:8 For I am God, and mine arm is not ashortened; and I will show bmiracles, csigns, and wonders, unto all those who dbelieve on my name.

Here is a link to look more up yourself if you feel so inclined.

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/tg/miracle?lang=eng&letter=m

 

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Talents

We have been enjoying a lot of Christmas music around here, and a lot of great music in general.  It is unbelievable how much musical talent there is in the world.  There are people of all races, ethnicity, religions, and backgrounds who have so much talent to offer.  God does not seem to discriminate when it comes to handing out musical gifts, and we all have the opportunity to enjoy it.

(I have been a little disappointed with the exclusively secular “holiday music” played on the radio this year.  Anyone else notice that?)

Endurance

Met someone last week who has finally made the choice to turn her life around after 20 years of poor choices and addictions.  To see her make so much progress after so much heartache and time.  She was an inspiration to me and to anyone who doesn’t think they can do something better with their lives.  You can.  Of course she needed help from the Lord to do so.

I wonder how long I would need to work to find anyone who was able to truly reclaim their life without letting God do it?  I suspect a very long time.  That is kind of his business.

Temples

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We went down to the St. George temple for a Young Womens activity.  During the fireside I kept getting the impression that my son was also at the temple.  I knew that was not the case, and the impression got to be rather distracting since I was there for my daughter, not my son.  I kept having that feeling over and over until finally I realized what it meant.  Earlier in the week I had done a session at the temple and had put his name on the prayer roll.

I think I had previously put names on the prayer roll at the temple thinking that if nothing else a few more people would be praying for them, and that it wouldn’t hurt to try.  I had not realized the amount of protection and power that came with that simple act.  I realized that he was literally being protected because of those prayers, protected from harm as if he were also attending the temple.  No, he was not at the temple, but it was as if a portion of the temple was watching over him.

Gone too Far

I had an eventful Sunday.  The power transformer next our church building blew and caught fire.  The fire department was just down the street and everything was under control quickly.  We did evacuate the building for safety reasons, but no one was hurt.  Really it was no big deal.

It used to be that people would blame God if their houses were struck by lightning or burned down.  As we have come to better understand how the elements work together we understand that there are things that we can do to mitigate some of the effects of the elements.  As we have become more prosperous we have the resources to provide disaster services to our communities.  We understand that there is no need to assume that it is only God is punishing us when things do happen.  However, perhaps we have gone too far.  When we are able to prevent disaster we congratulate ourselves.  Instead I believe we have even more reason to thank God for the understanding and resources we have that allow us to prevent so much damage.  We have the unfortunate tendencies to blame God for the ills of life, but turn around and congratulate ourselves for our understanding of how to mitigate them.  We forget that He has given us the understanding, and we need to thank him constantly for the benefits we receive.

 

Friendship

I am at a rather strange place in my life where I have decided I need all new friends.  Or at least to reconnect with old friends again.  As I look back at my week there were four people who did more to help me this week than any of my “friends” have this entire summer.  Three were old friends who we don’t cross paths as often any more, and one is a person I had only met once before.  I think friendship is something that I have taken for granted too often.  A friend who goes out of their way to see how you are doing is a blessing that can too easily be dismissed.   When we find a good friend who can support and help us, and we can return the favor, I think that qualifies as a miracle.

 

Pulling things together

Today I am grateful for all the Divine help I have had in readjusting my schedule to accommodate a last minute schedule change.  There have been a few struggles, but many things have fallen into place as well.  I can see how much the Lord wants my daughter to succeed, and has been opening things up for her benefit, funding her schooling, helping with her housing, and making her paths straight.  She is one of my examples of how to live a faithful, righteous life, trusting completely in the Lord.  Right now I’ll just have to trust Him to keep things here safe while I go help her.