Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ultimate Intimate

I went to girls camp for the first time more than 35 years ago.

I made some really good friends.

There were three of us that called ourselves, "Ultimate Intimates".

We weren't even in the same ward or in the same school.

We saw each other at stake activities.

I'm not sure how it happened, but we stayed close.

At least two of us did.

We grew up together going to youth conference and stake dances.

I think we even dated the same boy once. :-)


Then it was off to college.

We went to the same one, but hung out with different crowds.

We worked together in the summer.

And after that "last single summer" we went our separate ways.

Not by choice; just by life.

She got married the summer I left on a mission.

We didn't keep in touch.

But, luckily, our parents did.


One summer, about eight years ago, my kids and I lived in Virginia with my parents.

My friend was also living there with her husband and three daughters.

We went over and had dinner with them.

It was a little chaotic with my gaggle of children.

But, we laughed and visited and got reacquainted (somewhat).

Then we moved on with life again.


Last week, my friend brought her daughter to college here.

Her mom told her I lived in the area and so she reached out.

We decided to meet up for brunch.

I can't explain the feeling I had as I saw her walking towards me.

She looked exactly the same as I remember.

I had all kinds of emotions come up.

We hugged each other for a long time and had to wipe some tears.

And then went to eat, but mostly visit.

It wasn't one of those awkward visits either.

It was real.

We talked about real stuff.

It was just the two of us this time and it was perfect.


Why is it that I would feel so close to someone and share so much with this person that I haven't talked to in eight years?

There was a real comfortableness for me.

Maybe from knowing that she knew the real me from a long time ago?

I'm sure I could get more philosophical about it.

But, really, my heart is telling it's because we truly are ultimate intimates.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Being Perfect

I was reading, Luke 1:37 in my gospel study this morning, "With God, nothing shall be impossible"

So, I asked myself the question, "What seems impossible to me?"

Getting everything done that I need to.

Staying focused on what needs to be done.

Basically, being perfect!


Then I remembered an experience I had the other Sunday while taking the sacrament.

My mind was going over all the things I needed to do better in the up-coming week.

And I heard a whispering in my mind that said, "You don't need to be perfect".

It was then that I realized that I was thinking about all the things I was not doing perfectly.


But, what about the scripture (Matt. 5:48) that says, "Be ye therefore perfect..."?


I have heard that one translation of perfect, actually means "complete".

Be ye therefore complete.


The only way I can be complete is with Jesus Christ.

When I take the sacrament I am renewing my covenant to take His name upon me.

As long as I am remembering Christ and trying to become who He wants me to be, I am complete.


My focus needs to be on Jesus Christ.

Not just "what am I not doing right?'


I remember Jesus by repenting and choosing to do God's will.

I remember Jesus when I pray and study my scriptures daily.

Jesus will perfect (complete) me. 

Because with God, nothing shall be impossible .


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Healthy Routines

There are habits I have noticed, that help me feel closer to the Spirit in my life.

Not eating too much sugar is one.

So is not overeating anything.

Exercise helps me a lot, too.

And keeping my house clean.

Of course, reading the Book of Mormon and saying my prayers is the best way to feel the Spirit.


I came up with a plan for the next four weeks.

I'm calling it "Feel Closer to the Spirit - Healthy Routines"

Everyday I have 5 boxes to check off.

  • 64 oz. water
  • Track all food I eat
  • 8000 steps
  • Clean something
  • Read scriptures/pray

(I'll skip the 8000 steps and cleaning on Sunday.)


I did something similar to this last summer.

Except I had a "no treats" box instead of  "cleaning".

(This time I'm already off treats because of a competition with my daughter.)


I'm hoping that by the time the holidays come around I will have more peace in my life, 
that my house will be clean and my soul will be calm.


Here is a link to a google doc that I created if anyone else is interested.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Gospel Learning in the Home

I'm going to try and update from time to time, what we do in our home to teach the gospel.

We are definitely not experts.

But, I always love to get ideas from others so, in a way, this is a way for me to pay it forward.


Last night for our family home evening, we played Conference Jeopardy: Parents vs. Kids.

I have 5 kids still at home participating in FHE, so I had them each write 2 questions.

The only rule was that they had to know the answer to the question before they could ask.

My husband and I wrote 5 questions each.

Each question was worth 10 points. And we had a couple of questions, that had "bonus" points at the end.

Unless stated, you were allowed to use whatever notes you took during conference.


Here are the questions the kids came up with:

What was the focus point of Elder Ronald A. Rasband's talk? (bonus - what was the opening question his daughter asked him?)

How many times did President Nelson speak? (bonus - what was his total speaking time? - this child had looked this up on lds.org and didn't think we'd get it, but his Dad did!!)

What was the closing hymn?

Elder Gerritt W. Gong showed a painting in his talk. What was this painting called?

Name 3 new temples announced (city and country) not in North America?

Elder Soares compared the tributaries of the Amazon river to what?

What revelation/section of the Doctrine & Covenants is it the 100th anniversary of? (bonus - what is that section about?)

We are not what of Mormon?

How does Elder Eyring describe a test?

President Eyring was once counseled to treat everyone he meets in what way?



Parent questions:

How many apostles spoke in the Saturday morning session? (bonus - name them without looking at your notes)

Which apostle talked about Mary Poppins? (bonus - why?)

Who asked Elder Gong to watercolor with him? 

Who received the revelation that it is the 100th anniversary of? (bonus - who talked about it?)

What are the 4 things President Nelson asked the women to do?

President Nelson invited us to become what kind of Latter-day Saints?

How many sisters spoke in all the sessions combined?

Name at least 3 people who talked about taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ.

Which apostle showed a graphic of a rope? (bonus - what did the rope symbolize)

Who's son had a stroke while serving a mission?


I was impressed with the questions the kids came up with and how many answers they knew.

We ended up tying, believe it or not with 120 points each.

I love my family!!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Running My Race

I ran a 10k in Boise on Saturday.

It was a beautiful race. 

The weather was great. 

We started at the capitol building, ran through a tree-lined neighborhood with old houses, a greenbelt along the river, through a couple of tunnels, up to an overlook part of the city and finished at a park.

I had a good race, too. 

One of my fastest pace times (which I know is still slow, but I'm over that.)

Anytime I would start worrying about my time, I would remind myself that I just want to "run my race". 

For me that meant doing a run/walk. 

And it included noticing the other runners around me and giving high-fives and encouragement to others. 

I was just able to run with JOY!!!


The thing that brings me the most joy in my life is working with and helping others.

And noticing all the beautiful things in the world!


I need to remind myself about this when I start to get bogged down in the details of my life. 

It's not about my speed or my performance. 

It's about gratitude and loving others and just being me.


Running my race.

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