I’m at a place in my life where I have hope and energy and faith. I really am. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m still disappointed and confused about some things. Why haven’t certain opportunities worked out for me yet? Things that have happened for a lot of my friends and family. And don’t give me any of the crap about not comparing ourselves. To avoid that completely is near impossible.
I’m a smart girl. I’m a good girl. I work hard. I have a lot going for me. But still there are a lot of things lacking. And I’m not really talking about marriage here (although truthfully, that is a part of it). I’m talking about career and milestones and other things I want.
I believe they’re coming. I really do. And I’ve made so many great strides. Like, I’m finally starting to get my body back. I ran my first 5K in a while yesterday, and I secured my lovely apartment in Salt Lake. Still, I’m hungry for more things that simply aren’t here yet. I just gotta keep pushing forward, and I will. I’m happy, but I’m far from satisfied.
Sometimes the greater plan
is kinda hard to understand…
Today I translated for a Mexican woman in my ward who speaks only minimal English. I didn’t serve a Spanish-speaking mission (I didn’t serve a full-time mission at all, actually), but I have taken several advanced Spanish courses at BYU and lived for a summer in El Salvador. My translation certainly was not perfect, but overall it was a pretty awesome experience! It requires a lot of active thinking and engagement with the lesson to translate. And like anything worthwhile in life, you definitely can’t be afraid to make a mistake because you inevitably will. Totez wanna do it again if there is a need. ¡Qué bien!
“You don’t know it all,
but you know enough.”
–Elder Neil Anderson
“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.”
Don’t be like that selfish innkeeper who was too busy and rude to care.
Make some room, okay? Perfect!
The relationship between faith/grace and works/good deeds/ordinances is a complex and intriguing facet of Christianity that has been the subject of intense debate throughout the centuries. Indeed, entire religious denominations have been torn apart, with new ones being born, due to differences of beliefs concerning this topic (think Lutheranism vs. Catholicism for just one example).
There is more I wish to explore on this subject at a future time, but for now I’ll say that while the New Testament teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, 26), I would also go so far to say that works, without faith is likewise dead.
1) What do YOU think about the relationship between faith and works?
2) How can you make sure your faith isn’t dead?
3) What can you do to ensure that your works aren’t faithless?
There is beauty all around
when there’s love at home.
A house doesn’t make a home…
(Love makes a home)
And did you know that there was a recent LDS conference address that specifically addresses the unique experiences and challenges of single parents? It was given by this cool Scottish guy who was himself raised in a single-parent home. I hadn’t heard anything like it before nor have I since. Check it out!
Read here. (It’s a good one!)
(Speaking to single parents:) “[p]lease never feel that you are in some kind of second-tier subcategory of Church membership, somehow less entitled to the Lord’s blessings than others.
In the kingdom of God there are no second-class citizens.
Friends, how can you cultivate love in YOUR home?
none of us should see salvation.”
-Portia (from Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’)
Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him…
and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness,
and love God with all your might, mind and strength,
then is his grace sufficient for you
Resilience is one of the most important characteristics of a true follower of Christ (in my opinion :)). Being resilient means not allowing yourself to be crippled by failure or paralyzed by fear. It means choosing to be strong and carry on despite any previous disappointment.
I personally have had to be be resilient a lot in my life. A lot. It can be difficult to remain optimistic after being let down so many times. But I try my best to accept hardship and/or criticism with grace, and just put one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward. I don’t believe it’s healthy to try to smother or mask any feelings of frustration when things don’t go the way I planned or wanted, but still I retain some semblance of hope, some pocketful of sunshine, despite what rains may come.
The Savior is the ultimate example of someone who was resilient; He either vicariously experienced or felt himself every kind of sorrow, cruelty, sin, and abuse imaginable, and yet He still rose to the occasion (literally!) and reached His glorious potential.
I will rise out these ashes, rise.
From the stubble on the ground
and the trouble I have found
I will rise…
1. When have YOU been resilient and risen out of the ashes?
2. How can you be resilient to any challenges that you might encounter down the road?
Resilience is brilliance.