Friday, June 26, 2009

Doing Hard Things, Like Seeking Forgiveness


Whew! I feel a lot better. All week I have felt like I should apologize to a close family member about something. I called her Monday and left a message of apology. Mercilessly, my conscience kept needling me, letting me know that I should call back and actually talk to her. I kept having visions of her being surly on the other end and unforgiving.

Well, I finally got her on the phone today after taking a big breath and just going for it before I could talk myself out of it like I did on other days this week. (I called yesterday but she wasn't home again.) She was very merciful and accepted my apology. I should have known. Many times I imagine the worst. It does feel good to do hard things like this! I am so thankful for the example of Jesus Christ in doing hard things. May we all feel his mercy and love and extend this love to others.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sometimes Little Sisters Are Right


Ooooh, I just have to tell you about this set of books I recently finished reading. My younger sisters had both recommended this set to me. This set of books is by the author Thyra Ferre Bjorn, who was born in Sweden but came to the United States with her family as young woman. It took me years to read them. I was somewhat skeptical, thinking, "How could my sisters notice a book that I missed?" After all, I had been the one to introduce Anne of Green Gables to them and some other great books.

Finally I swallowed my pride and looked for this book at the public library. I read the first book last summer and the next two this past spring. I have to agree, these are among my favorite books. It's actually a trilogy. My public library has the books as three in one volume: Papa's Wife, Papa's Daughter, and Mama's Way. Out of the three, Papa's Wife is probably my favorite. Sometimes I read so many "heavy" books that I need something light. Especially if I am pregnant, sick, or postpartum. But I don't want brain candy. I still want something meaningful. I am almost seven months pregnant and was recently very sick with hayfever. This trilogy is what got me through without scratching my eyes out.

So This trilogy fits the bill perfectly of wanting something light but meaningful. The first book is about the author's family when she was growing up. She was the daughter of a Baptist preacher in Sweden. The story of how her parents got married shows how clever and determined her mother was. Her father was stern, but loving, and her mother was a generous, loving, hard-working, God-believing woman who shows how to be a great wife and mother. The stories of the family's adventures are cheery and delightful. The whole book feels like a blythe summer day, light and happy. Her mother's pluck will make you laugh.

The second book is not so light. The author, who is the main character (yet she writes in third person) does experience some tragedy in her adulthood. Her faith in God brings her through. Finally, in the third book, she speaks in first person. We hear her tell of her "Mama's Way," which is to have faith in God and pray, knowing that your prayer will be answered. She tells several stories of how her own prayers and those of her friends were answered. I love hearing these stories of miracles! I also enjoyed hearing her tell he mother's version of the story of the prophet Enoch. Latter-day Saint Christians have an extended story of what happened to Enoch. It is fun to hear other Christians' interpretations of Enoch's story. The author also describes how she became an author and a public speaker and the different people she met as she traveled and spoke.

So if you want a yummy summer read, something that is happy and bolstering of your faith in God, grab these books and dig in!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Visit From an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ


I love this picture of blossoms on my neighbor's tree. It is a visual treat for me. Unfortunately, it fades after a week or so. I enjoy spiritual treats because they last forever. A week ago the members of the Layton Utah Stake got a spiritual treat: a visit from Elder Robert D. Hales, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, to our stake conference. This was the second time I have heard Elder Hales speak in person. The last time was eight years ago when we vacationed at Palm Desert CA and attended stake conference there, where he spoke. I remember being deeply impressed by the things he said then, and I felt the same way this time.

It was so amazing to hear this man speak. He used no notes, from what I could tell, and just went on and on, speaking forth gems of wisdom, for over half an hour in both sessions. He are some snippets of what he said, both from the adult meeting on Saturday night and the general meeting Sunday morning. I also include a few things his lovely wife Mary said below in the Sunday session.

He said that in the last General Conference he spoke on provident living. Impromptu, he decided to speak on "provident living" for relationships. So most of what this is relates to marriage and family.

-he shared that when he got married (he was coming up on his wedding anniversary, June 10, 1953, that Elder Harold B. Lee was there for the ceremony in the temple. I am assuming that Elder Lee was the sealer perhaps. Elder Lee took him aside after the ceremony and said, "Never raise your voice in anger to your wife or children, because you will be left alone. The Spirit will leave you and you will make wrong choices."

-in your companionships as husbands and wives, ask yourself, "What is it about ourselves we need to do to be stronger?"

-he took out some kind of personal electronic device, like an iPhone, from his pocket, and then declared something like, "it's amazing to have such a device with such capabilities, right here on my hip, but you have everything you need already, you can pray to God, it's better than texting."

-he told the husbands to ask their wives what they can to be better husbands. "Then brace yourself. It's going to be the worst 30 minutes of your life." But then, he said the wives will ask their husbands what they can do to be better wives.

-he asked the wives in the congregation what they want from their husbands and the first person who raised her hand said, "to listen." Elder Hales said that listening means hearkening, and it is a form of revelation. He said that when he was a mission president he felt he really listened to the elders. He told his wife that if he had listened to his sons while they were growing up like he did his elders that he would have served them better.

-he told the husbands that when they come home from work, the first half hour of their time should be spent asking the wife, "How did your day go?" and then really listen.

-he stated that there are three kinds of prayer and three kinds of study 1. individual, 2. companion, and 3. family. They can be overlapped. According to him, most of what he preaches comes from the companionship prayer and study that he has with his wife, Mary. (His wife sounds like quite the woman. He shared "the rest of the story" about his wife and the coat he wanted to buy for her, part of which he shared in the last General Conference. If you want to know the rest of the story you will have to ask me in person and I will tell you. It is hilarious.)

-What is the first thing to put on a blank calendar every month? He said that he asked this question once at a meeting and people said things like FHE, family prayer, temple attendance, church attendance, but no, it is date night with your spouse. He also stated that your children need to know that you value going on a date and that you do it every week. He said it doesn't have to be fancy, like going to the opera or ballet, just a time when you go somewhere alone and can talk. Then he said, as a nod to the men in the room, hey, you can have a ratio of something like, two Jazz games for every ballet, and he laughed.

-He shared that he believed that going to the temple is a great date night. He told the couples to go off in the celestial room together to talk some. He said, "The adversary will never get a temple recommend." I think he was implying that the temple is a superb place to have a talk together because you aren't subject to Satan's temptations there.

-He said that we have the gift of something very precious, that we can tell people what the gate of heaven is, baptism, and how to obtain it. "I want you to know that you are loved," he said. "I was going to talk about the economy, but that would have been very boring, so I changed the topic at the last minute."

From Sister Hales
-we live in a world that has had plain and precious truths taken away from the general knowledge of people. As a result, Satan has great influence.

-the story of Enoch in the Pearl of Great Price, has important information about agency. You can read it in less than an hour.

-a person doesn't mature or grow until he uses his agency.

-this bad economy is not a test or trial of the Lord, it is a result of men choosing to follow Satan, choosing greed and dishonesty.

more from Elder Hales
-Satan's plan involved two things 1. Give all the glory to Satan, and 2. every soul will come back to the Father, no one will fail. This must have been tempting, but the price was too great. The price was that every spirit would come back out of fear and force, instead of obeying out of love. The Savior's plan involved love. The Savior knew what He was getting into. During the worst of it, as He atoned for our sins, an angel was sent to strengthen Him. This shows that God will not tempt us more than we can bear.

-What does it mean to "always remember Him (the Savior)? It means that we get to know Him and remember His role

-the story of the brother of Jared shows that the Lord already knows what we want. The Lord wants to know what we are willing to do about our problems. "Will you go to your Heavenly Father in prayer and ask for what you want? You will be given a feeling."

-he asked us to read John 17 as a family to see that Jesus and God the Father are separate beings, but united in purpose. "I ask the Lord's blessings upon you. May you overcome the fear of man and share the gospel with others."

I feel so blessed to have heard him speak and feel his apostolic blessings. He is truly a special witness of Jesus Christ in these latter-days. i feel that he was inspired by the Holy Ghost to change his message on Saturday night just for me and my husband.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

She Wore a Skirt and Smiled About It!


My youngest child, who I call Glory, age 3, has been so unpredictable. I have learned not to count on her wearing anything that I want her to wear, unless I want to put a battle up for it. I do this every Sunday when I put a dress on her for church. I let her wear boys' clothes the other days (she raids her brother's dresser) but I do put my foot down on Sunday. So many people think I have four little boys when I go places with her three big brothers (the oldest brother, age 15 is usually at home) and her in tow, wearing boy clothes. It doesn't help that my genes produce bald babies that don't get much hair until after age 4. My other daughter (age 13) was never like this and loved to dress in pretty clothes, often changing her clothes six times a day. It's hard not to compare the two.

Somewhat sadly, I took the luscious pink velour jacket and matching skirt set that I had been wishing she would wear for over a year now and put it in the D.I. box. Lo and behold, miracles happen! She came to me a half hour later, having donned the pink jacket and wanted me to zip it up. Then later on she came downstairs while I was reading and announced, "I am wearing a skirt!"

I just had to take a picture while she was so enthusiastic, so here it is. Miracles do happen!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Many Faces of Homeschooling







Last week was the last week of our official school year. We do homeschool, and have from the beginning (none of my six children have attended public school and the oldest is 15) but since my son took seminary at the local jr. high seminary we followed the school year in that way. We got up with him every morning for family prayer and scripture study at 6:30 to send him off at 7 AM for seminary.

I do like to have my children do schoolwork in the summer (in my pre-TJED days my two oldest did math and handwriting every day year-round), but since I changed to TJED I am still figuring out how to inspire my two middle aged kids to do schoolwork in the regular school year, and now summer is here and I am still figuring it out. So I got a book on math for myself to read (you know, "you, not them"). They are both in core phase still (do a search on tjedonline.com to get a definition of that)so they get to do a lot of work with me, dishes and babysitting and weeding and dejunking. I am hoping that one day they will decide they would rather read and study than do house and yard work.

Anyway, I thought I would put some pictures up of different activities we did for homeschooling. Some people who have never homeschooled might think that homeschooling is a very lonely, isolated activity, but that's not true. We have so many outside activities to pick from that I have to limit them or I would go crazy with so much chauffeuring. Here are pictures of my son's debate and speech class that was held at my friend Patty's home, once a week for the whole school year.

Some people think if you homeschool you have to be your child's teacher for every subject. That's not true either. It just means that you have the freedom to pick and choose from what's available at the public school and from any other private teacher or mentor, which can include neighbors. So many fantastic options are available these days, from online distance learning to DVDs on subjects like math and biology to commonwealth schools and momschools.

My son took a class for Thomas Jefferson Youth Certification from this same friend Patty this past year and we asked our neighbor to be his "writing mentor." This meant that he proofread his papers and gave feedback. That took a load off of me, believe me. So if you are deciding on whether or not to homeschool, know that you don't have to be every teacher for every subject for every child in your family. You are the facilitator, the executive producer so to speak, and you can do some delegating. You can also do a lot of inspiring and take trips to the library so that your children learn a lot on their own from great books.

My son took this great speech and debate class from a young man named Sam Martineau. They even had a homeschoolers' speech and debate tournament this spring for all the classes that Sam taught, along the Wasatch Front here in Utah. I enjoyed watching the students show off their skills on the last day of class. Here are some pictures from that. I always knew speech and debate would be good for me to study in high school but I was so shy I never took the class. I am happy with what my son learned. I know I could not have taught him the same content with such ease that Sam did. and my daughter (13 years old and much more bold than I was, no "Ophelia syndrome" for her) wants to take the class next year too.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Power of Fasting

For most Latter-day Saint Christians, today is a day of fasting,prayer, and testimony bearing, known as Fast Sunday. It is not for us because our stake is having stake conference, with Elder Robert D. Hales. My husband and I got to hear him last night at the adult session, and it was such a spiritual treat. (More on that later.) So we had our Fast Sunday last week. We fasted for some much needed blessings.

I know that fasting works. I have several stories of the power of fasting, and I thought I would share one with you every Fast Sunday. Last New Year's Eve, our dog, Roxy, ran away. We had left to spend the night at my mom's to celebrate with my children's cousins. We asked the neighbor girl to come feed Roxy that night and the next morning. Roxy got scared with all of the firecrackers going off for New Year's Eve and ran away. Our neighbors saw her tear down the street, the fastest they had ever seen a dog run.

So when we got home on New Year's Day, she was gone. That was Thursday. On the following Sunday, Fast Sunday, we fasted and prayed that she would come back to us. Well, after church, my son, who is 15, was coming home from collecting the fast offerings and he found her walking up the street back to our home! She had been gone for three days and four nights, who knows where, out in the freezing cold winter, without the protection of her heated dog house. She was limping and her paws were bloody, but she had come home. Our fasting and prayers were answered.

My husband and son took her to the vet and we found out she had broken a leg and needed an operation. The vet estimated from her bloody paws that she must have run for miles away from our home. The operation was successful and she has healed. We are grateful for this miracle. But if there is a next time, we will fast that she comes home healthy!

I think fasting works because it draws upon the power of our thoughts to put laser mind energy on what we want. My friend and best-selling author, Leslie Householder teaches about the power of thoughts in her books, The Jackrabbit Factor, (get a free PDF copy at jackrabbitfactor.com) and in Hidden Treasures (order at thoughtsalive.com). You can watch her present "The Stickman concept" on youtube.com (just type in her name in the search box) for more about the power of thoughts. When we fast every time we feel hunger pangs we can repeat in our mind the prayer or request to God of what we are fasting for. Fasting helps us direct our thoughts towards what we want. God has told us that whatsoever we ask in the name of Christ, believing that we shall receive, we shall receive.

The power of thoughts is real. You can learn more about the power of thoughts by studying the work of a Japanese scientist at hado.net. and his book, The Message of Water. Water that had positive energy sent to it by people's thoughts or just by the label of a beautiful word shows beautiful crystal formations. And what is prayer and fasting but positive mental energy? If you have any stories about the power of fasting, I would love for you to share in the "comments" section.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Grand Tradition in the Making









The picture of a bunch of kids in costume is from the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer's Night Dream, that my two oldest children helped perform recently. I was really impressed with the quality of the performance this year. The costumes were so grand and the acting very good for youth ages 12 to 16. It helped to have a synopsis of each scene printed in the program. I wouldn't have understood it otherwise, because my Shakespearese is not good. This play performance was sponsored by the Commonwealth School, organized by homeschooling parents, that my two oldest attend, here in north Davis County, Utah.

The other pictures are from my daughter's "Key of Liberty" class while they had their Constitution Bowl, answering questions about the Constitution, and then from their Awards Night.

This is a school based on principles of the Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy for youth who are in scholar phase. It's kind of like a co-op but better. I've done a few co-ops in my homeschooling days. The commonwealth school is set up to keep running even after the families who start it leave because their kids get too old. It is meant to be governed at the local, small community level, just like the old-fashioned one-room schoolhouses were. It has a board of parents who run it, and then a slate of teachers/mentors who are also parents with children in the school. A constitution outlines the rules for it. The concept was developed by Tiffany Earl, under guidance from Oliver DeMille, author of A Thomas Jefferson Education book. Tiffany asked Aneladee Milne to be her partner and they are constantly refining the idea. They do weekly conference call training to the teachers/mentors, so there's a lot of support. I love the name for it "commonwealth," for that implies that it is for the common good of all involved.

Most Commonwealth schools I know of meet at Baptist or other non-LDS church buildings. They use curriculum prepared by LEMI (see lemiinstitute.com). LEMI was started by Aneladee and Tiffany, two moms who love the TJED philosophy and have created projects for scholar phasers. These are projects to help youth learn about the Constitution, Shakespeare, the War between the States (aka the Civil War) principles of math and science, and
great statesmen in world history.

The youth meet once a week to work on these scholar projects in classes and then do the rest of the work at home. This once a week school has been perfect for my youth to have an opportunity to meet with peers and have a social life with other homeschoolers. If you homeschool and have children 12 and up who are getting bored of homeschooling, this may be just the thing for them. If you have been doing regular "conveyor belt" schooling with your kids and are dissatisfied with that as well as the generally silly and vulgar junior high atmosphere, this may be a much better alternative.

You can learn all about LEMI and commonwealth schools at lemiinstitute.com. You can take the training this summer to start one up for the fall in your community. I think you will love the results. Aneladee and Tiffany are having a webinar on Friday June 12, 2009 to help parents learn more about being a mentor to their children for their children's education. I encourage you to go to lemiinstitute.com to learn more. You can buy the book about Commonwealth Schools to learn about their history at the web site. I think they are a wonderful idea, a grand tradition in the making, and I hope they will spread all over the globe. Right now they are mostly in the western United States but every year more sprout up. Maybe you will start one!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Secret of Exercise

I have found the secret to exercising. Just find something really exciting to watch or listen to while you do it. I finally got into the habit of getting up early every morning and exercising before the kids woke up after my last baby was born over three years ago. I am in a very good routine, just in time to get upset. My new baby will born in August and then I get the challenge of starting over, figuring out when to exercise with a nursing baby. Sometimes a baby gets up VERY early and doesn't want to go back to sleep. He/she isn't content to just sit there and watch me exercise either. I am into attachment parenting, but a Velcro baby that I wear even while exercising is beyond my comfort zone, and I don't have a jogger stroller. I love having babies and nursing, but sometimes it gets tricky to always be "on call" to nurse when I am in the middle of something else that can't be done at the same time.

They do eventually fall into a rhythm though, and I have found the secret to making babies sleep longer so I can "get something done" in predictable snatches of time (More on that in another post later.) Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favorite URLs for things to listen to while I exercise. I jog in place on an old couch cushion close to the computer in our family room (I broke our minitramp that I'd been using, thanks to pregnancy weight gain). Maybe if I get really ambitious I will download some of them and go walking outside now that the weather is nice, but don't count on it.

You can download these onto your mp3 players and listen to them during family car trips or just while you are working in the kitchen. Most of what I am listing is for moms and dads, some for the whole family. Best of all, they are all free!

1. lds.org Did you know you can download mp3 files of General Conference, as well as the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Joseph Smith manual, the church magazines, and the scriptures? Even the study guide for the Sunday School class lessons, with all the corresponding scriptures to read? I teach nursery so I don't get to go to Sunday School or Relief Society anymore. I listen to the lessons on my iPod during the week and that's when I get my spiritual instructions. When we went to Arizona last fall we listened to the Friend magazine on my iPod hooked up to our car stereo speakers. It made the trip much better for the kids.

2. libertyandlearning.com Oooh, this one is so good! Stephen Pratt, who was mentored by Cleon Skousen, presents lessons on American history that are very eye-opening and thought-provoking. These are not your traditional boring high school American history lessons. He teaches things that I never knew before and probably 99% of Americans don't know. Watch the Founding of America, parts one to three. The intro music is a little obnoxious, you can just click on "skip intro" if you don't want to hear it., then click on "videos" on the left.

3. awakeandarise.org This site is set up by LDSaints devoted to principles of liberty. It has some old speeches by Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Ernest L. Wilkinson, and Cleon Skousen. It also has some more Stephen Pratt lectures, such as this one here awakeandarise.org/article/empire_no_clothes.htm. (Sorry I didn't make that a link, I have tried before and it gets messed up when I publish the post. Just copy and paste please.)

3. monticello.org This is the site for Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home.

4. byub.org You can listen to Education Week speeches, BYU Women's Conference speeches, and my favorite, scripture discussions by BYU professors. I am finally understanding Isaiah after listening to these. I am currently listening to the D&C episodes to correspond with the Sunday School readings and the Isaiah episodes too.

5. librivox.org This site has some classic literature read aloud by volunteers. We have listened to Girl of the Limberlost (one of my favorite books) in the car by downloading it from here. It's free, so don't expect great, dramatic narrators. After all, they are volunteers. You can expose your kids and yourself to a lot of the classics here (not every classic, just those that are in the public domain).

6.speeches.byu.edu This has even more great auricle goodies from zoobie land. You can even find a talk by Gandhi's grandson, full of great stories! A lot of the content is free. This site has most of the talks given in the Marriott Center for devotionals and forums.

7. gw.edu/misc/radio/ From April to December of 2008, a group of everyday people who are studying classics met together once a week to discuss them on a radio show in Monticello, Utah. The discussions were facilitated by Shanon Brooks, one of the honchos from George Wythe College. They picked some fascinating books and articles. You can even print some of the articles as PDFs for free.

7. svu.edu This is Southern Virginia University, a private school for LDS, not owned, however, by the LDS church, like BYU is. I was excited to find that one of my former neighbors from Provo, Glade Hunsaker, former professor of English at BYU, has a speech here. Just click on speeches on the right side of the bar.

8. tjedonline.com This is the personal web site of Oliver and Rachel DeMille, who came up with the Thomas Jefferson Education philosophy/movement. You can get some free audio downloads here as well as some for a fee.

9. azlaf.org/southwest-tjed-forum/2008. These are free mp3 files from the a TJED forum held in Mesa, Arizona. How nice of AZLAF to put them up for free.

10. shelovesgod.com. This is the site of an LDS woman, Marnie Pehrson. She has a lot of free audio files for Christian women by different speakers. They are inspirational and comforting.

11. jeffersonhour.org. This is the site of a TJ impersonator. He does a weekly radio show. It is interesting to hear the thoughts of someone who has studied Jefferson so intently.

12. For fun, think of a topic or person you are interested in and go to youtube.com, and type it into the search box. I have found some fascinating things here on a range of topics such as the stickman concept from Leslie Householder, the beattitudes of Christ by Cleon Skousen, the infinite banking concept, and why the Federal Reserve is a bad thing. Just be careful, YouTube has bad stuff too.

13. cookusinterruptus.com This one will help you fall in love with fixing food for your family again. It's "how to cook fresh organic whole food despite life's interruptions." You click on a recipe and then it shows you how to make it. What a great idea!

14. classical89.org/thinkingaloud/past.asp These are episodes from the "Thinking Aloud" series that airs every weekday morning on BYU's radio station, Classical 89 FM. They cover a huge range of topics, from breastfeeding rates to classical works (the first Monday of every month) to the Golden Section. Fascinating information!

15. For even more great free stuff, go here ldshomeschoolinginca.org/audio.html.

Happy listening as you exercise, purge your house, prepare meals, and take those fun family car trips! Just don't ask me how to download these files onto an mp3 player. I have a resident technological consultant, my 15-year-old son, who does all of mine. Maybe you can borrow a neighbor kid if you need help.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Giving the Burden to the Lord


Yesterday I was talking with my boys, as we ate dinner, about what they learned in Primary that day. My older son said that they talked about revelation. I asked him what revelation is and he gave me an answer that wasn't quite right. After several questions/answers back and forth we finally come to a conclusion that revelation is a message from God.

It occurred to me that in this past month of May I have received many revelations. Two have come within a day of going to the temple. They both have to do with giving me specific answers in relieving my emotional burdens. Two visits in one month is a record for me. The first time my husband and I did initiatory work. I got done much sooner than my husband so I had to time to wait for him. That gave me a lot of time to think. It was the Friday before Fast Sunday. I had been praying for something and as I sat there in the temple I pondered about my prayer and said some more silent prayers. As we drove home an answer came to my mind. I also received an answer about what to fast for.

This answer was so startlingly simple. I felt like the Lord was taking a great emotional burden from me and saying, "There now, doesn't that feel better? Just let me take care of this."

Fast forward to the end of May. We went to the temple this past Friday again. I have been going through a severe emotional trial and praying for help with it. You know sometimes how you want a certain blessing really, REALLY badly, and you think you are so close to getting it, and then something happens to wipe that away? That's what happened to me this past week.

The day after going to the temple, while being out with my kids at a Safe Kids Fair, and then doing my normal work for a Saturday, I again felt consumed with negative feelings, regarding the delay of this blessing, like I had been feeling for the past few days. I have been consciously telling myself that every time I feel consumed I need to remember my tree of life analogy (see older post), of the Savior being like a tree that takes poison away and turns it into something good. (A tree takes carbon dioxide, a poisonous gas, and turns it into life-giving gas, oxygen.) I have been saying to myself over and over, "I have a personal Savior who loves me and is a god. I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and is a god as well. Together they are bigger than any problem I face. I turn this problem over to Them.")

Saturday night I started to feel another answer come to me as to how to relieve this burden. Again, it was so startlingly simple. I feel amazed I didn't think of it before. It's not the answer I was looking for, but it will carry me, until further blessings come.

I had listened to a podcast of some BYU professors discussing Isaiah chapters 46-48 at byub.org (click on "scripture discussions" and then the Old Testament) on Thursday morning. They talked about how Isaiah warned ancient Israel to turn away from false gods and worship the one true god, Jehovah. One of the professors, said, "Do you want to worship things that you can carry or worship a god who can carry you?" Very aptly put. Today we are in danger of the same thing. I know sometimes I tend to to go the Internet/computer looking for answers (I'm not talking about reference or homework questions, but emotional problems), or worshiping it, instead of going to God with all of my emotional problems, giving them over to Him, and letting Him take these burdens.

I am so grateful to know that God is watching over me, that he communicates to me through personal revelation, and that He is bigger than all of my problems. He has infinite more wisdom than the Internet and all mortals combined. He answers my prayers. He is happy for me to give all of my emotional burdens over to Him.