Wednesday, October 23, 2013

When You Wake with the Grumpies...

Do you ever wake and feel great, happy, hopeful, ready for the day?  That is always a wonderful thing.  But, have you ever awoken with the 'grumpies'?  I have and...today was one of them.

I slept well and actually felt good when I woke up.  But, then, something that happened to me last evening came to mind and....my day was changed.

Thankfully, prayer is also a changer.   It helps me to remember truth and to heal from situations and circumstances that are hurtful.  It also helps to calm my soul when it's troubled and turn to the Source of the only one who can truly heal me.  So....I'm going to go do that now.  Prayer and scripture study are always the things that bless me when I'm down and help me refocus my attentions and energies on things that I can change in myself and ways that I can forgive others' who have intentionally or unintentionally hurt me.  I recommend this to you all as well.  :)

We're spiritual beings having a mortal experience and...sometimes, maybe even often, that mortal experience has challenges beyond our own abilities to cope or understand.  We NEED the wisdom of One much greater than we - to help us navigate these, sometimes, rough waters.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Being Single in a Married LDS World

Now...I know that's a bit of an exaggeration.  It's not really only a married LDS world - as I've heard that over 40% of the church is 'single' - but...it can feel that way when you're sitting alone or invited to attend 'couples activities' and feel out-of-place when most discussions are directed at family life.

It's taken me quite a few years to heal from many heartaches and griefs, sorrows, longings, sufferings.  But, I think I've arrived at a new plateau.  Hallelujah.  That's a great blessing to be able to move up a step - even if the trials getting there are hard and painful.

Nevertheless, I'm not 'all there' yet.  I still have a hard time as certain activities in a family-oriented church.  But, that's not to say that I'm not all 'for it' (the family church) because I am; wholeheartedly.  It's the Lord's plan and it's meant to be that way.  It's a WONDERFUL arrangement and something I hope for and for which put my trust in God.

Monday, October 7, 2013

When things aren't so simple.....

I've tried to simplify my life.  I even have a little post-it note attached to the bottom of my computer screen which reminds me to focus on what matters most and what is needful.  It says: "Do I need to do this?"  And...it's stopped me a few times and helped me to refocus.

But, sometimes things just don't seem simple.  Life in a family can get complicated.  Each child has things they are learning, needing and working-through.  There are educational and spiritual pursuits, clothing, haircuts, food to prepare and clean-up, household chores, friends, church callings, gifts and talents to explore and develop, hugs and love that is needed, a listening ear and time for counsel, service to others, appointments, dental and medical needs, yard work, scripture study, family prayer, Family Home Evening, scouting, music or sports lessons etc.

Sometimes things seem to be going fairly smoothly.  I'm an organized person, or at least try to be, by nature.  I have lists to do and a big family calendar.  I try to keep up with things but sometimes I get overwhelmed.  Today was one of those days.  Challenges to meet seemed to be bigger than my capability to keep up.  I wanted to cry but...I decided to sit and figure it out and be rational.