Archives for June 2017

06.21.17

LOVING OTHERS

THROUGH GOD’S EYES

It’s an interesting thought; what do I look like through God’s eyes? How about my children, neighbor, parents, friends, what about my enemy or the strangers I pass without even a glance? How do we love others as God does?

Perspective

I love the artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s perspective in her paintings- she gets real up close and personal with a flower. Making the viewer stop to really see the details not usually noticed in the hustle and bustle of life. It makes me wonder about the beauty in the small details of each one of us that isn’t seen unless someone takes the time.

This is a peony from my yard- I brought in a huge bouquet to enjoy and hopefully do a painting that resembles Georgia O’Keeffe’s style. Notice the little ant, the deep pink stripes, water droplets and hidden yellows. If The Lord in creating this earth put so much small details in just a flower- imagine the thought and love that is in the creation of us His children! Each one of us is of great worth in God’s eyes. We just have to see each other from His perspective.

THE NATURAL MAN

Sometimes I worry that my natural tendency is to be judgmental and critical of others. Letting my ego get in the way of really seeing and loving others. The scriptures say that the natural man is an enemy to God. And if I am religious, study the scriptures, pray mightily, fast and pay tithes- yet if I don’t have charity and love for others- I am nothing. How do I become more accepting, forgiving and loving of others? How does one overcome the ego and the natural man? Here’s what I understand- we become a “saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord and become as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord sees fit to inflict upon me, even as a child doth submit to his father.” This has become my renewed commitment. I pray for charity and to behold others through God’s eyes and heart. How about we do this together! We are all brothers and sisiters- and kindness is powerful especially in families.

“Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people.

A heart that forgives the worst,

A mind that forgets the bad.

And a soul that never loses faith in God.”

 

BEAUTY IN THE WEEDS

We spend big bucks on weed killer for our lawns every year. I admit a dandelion free lawn is beautiful! Have you ever stopped to notice the value of a dandelion? Did you know it’s eatable? I love a good dandelion greens salad. Did you know it helped sustain life for many starving people in Europe in WW2? Did you know there’s dandelion tea that has medicinal properties for upset stomachs? My favorite use though is picking and blowing the seeds for making wishes with my grandchildren. We’ve all meet people who we could classify as obnoxious weeds and it’s hard to see their beauty. I just recently had the experience of befriending such a person, a weed and to my surprise I’ve come to love this person. I had to set aside my ego and self-righteousness to see the beauty. Remember everyone of us needs to be loved and accepted. In that love and acceptance a transformation takes place and the weed becomes a plant of great worth.

My prayer is that we behold each other through God’s eyes and slow down to see the beauty in one another.

XOXO

Mom

06.05.17

CONQUERING YOUR MOUNTAINS

ONE STEP AT A TIME

This past weekend was our family annual Middle Teton hike. The mountain was conquered one step at a time. For me it’s like child birth in that the thrill of the retelling the story and showing off the pictures I somehow forget the hard labor and pain it took to get to the top from one year to the next. On the hike about one plus miles into the steep incline that my legs and gluts begin reminding me. And then after 6 hours and kicking into the snow on the really steep incline I just have to take it one step at a time. I begin wondering why am I doing this? There’s the glorious reward at the summit and a trill to slide down on the snow, and the long hike out which once again I have to take one step at a time. That is how to conquer a mountain. In overcoming our ‘Metal Mountains’ it is also done one step at a time; addictions, depression, eating disorders, anxieties, forgiveness, repentance, ect… anything worth the climb takes hard labor and pain.

But even if … IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.

The song by Mercy Me- “Even If” is the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the book of Daniel. The three are thrown into a fiery furnace when they refused to bow down to the king’s image. They are preserved from the fire by the Lord. The impressive Faith they displayed was that before even knowing that they would be saved they proclaim to the King, “We believe that our God will deliver us. But if not, be it known … that we will not serve thy gods.” They were taking it one step of faith at a time- come what may. Sometimes mountains aren’t suppose to be moved because there’s an experience and lesson to be learned by continually stepping in faith knowing that some day you will come off conqueror.

They say it only takes a little faith

To move a mountain

Well good thing

A little faith is all I have, right now

But God, when You choose

To leave mountains unmovable

Oh give me the strength to be able to sing

It is well with my soul.

I know You’re able and I know You can

Save through the fire with Your mighty hand

But even if You don’t

My hope is You alone

I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt

Would all go away if You’d just say the word

But even if You don’t

My hope is You alone

It is well with my soul.

Be of Good Cheer… I will lead you along

My son once told me that when your body feels spent that is when you’ve only hit 40% of your physical capacity and then it becomes mental. How do we find the strength to carry on? You personally need to figure this out, for me on the hike when I hit that wall I know I need to refresh myself with water and fuel, but not stop for very long because it’s hard to get a moving again.

This is the same for conquering ‘mental mountains’. I refresh my soul with taking in “Me time- God time & family time” The “Me Time” consists of exercise, writing, plunking away on the ukulele and sometimes a pedicure. My “God Time” is my quite morning study, prayer in sacred places, and reaching out in random acts of kindness. My “Family Time” is the first Sunday of each month, meaningful time with my husband, and calling and checking in on a loved one on the phone.  Find what fuels your soul.

I find sitting on a rock and resting for a moment is needed! Just never give up! Hikes and Life are hard but meant to be joyful! It’s an incline mixed with the exhilarating views from the top and the thrilling slide down the snow but then also the long arduous hike out.  Also, it’s good to keep the mountain in perspective that is done by taking it day at a time and step-by-step.

Remember Christ promised. ” These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He has already conquered the mountain and He wants to be our guide.

Enjoy the journey today,

Mom

XOXO