where LIGHT is, darkness cannot be found

I think of LIGHT often.
The light of Christ.
All the symbols of LIGHT.
Someday when I get to it, I’ll have a Wall of LIGHT of pictures and quotes
that uplift, ennoble, enlightenment, encourage persevering … remind us of all the LIGHT and good in our world.
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source: Light of Christ Topics on LDS.org and Light of Christ Bible Dictionary

Related to LIGHT is my Book of Mormon Study, “What about JOY?”
Life sometimes seem too full of heartache and pain and struggle.
But I know we are to have JOY. So I’ve been studying the principles behind JOY.
Deep JOY.
REAL JOY that comes only in Christ.
Today I discovered a scripture in Alma…
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“And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing — sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.” Alma 28:14

There is so much of goodness and light up uplift in our lives.
I imagine in my children this light of Christ radiating forth
dispelling any darkness that tries to overtake them.
They are so pure and sincere and innocent.
This LIGHT is real. And so essential to JOY.

more on LIGHT soon… love these thoughts to start the day…

p.s. Thank You Nongkran_ch for filling the world with light through your sunflower oil painting.

defeat… or persistence?

We’ve had a bit of hard… and stress… and the unknown over the past month. I guess we always have a bit of each of those, come to think of it. ‘Tis LIFE! But this past month we had a hard blow. We knew everything would work out… but we didn’t know how or when. Things are still ironing themselves out but I’m still feeling anxious about what the future holds… where God wants us… and all that we will go through to fulfill our purpose as a family in this life.

Through it all though, we have been greatly blessed. So many have prayed for us. We know that God answers prayers. We feel his comfort and peace through difficult circumstances. We know we need His strength.

Someone shared this question on facebook recently…

“My children will have persistent life-long struggles too.
What do I want to model for them — despair and defeat,
or faith and persistence?”

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I can see that my attitude affects my children’s attitude about our circumstances. My words of doubt or FAITH put thoughts in their minds. I hope my heartfelt attitude is that With God’s help, we can endure hard things!

I was thinking about some of the hard things our family might experience in life, especially the kids as they grow up in this world. I know that hard things can make us stronger if we choose to have faith instead of fear.

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Just a few thoughts I wanted to put together and remember for family history sake! Happy end of August

Uplift from Others

you are climbingI haven’t done well taking time to read blog posts from others. But this morning I opened up Jen Moss’s blog and read her thoughts on ‘When Life Hurts”. Her message really is a grand support for my current struggles mothering these unique little ones. These are my favorite parts…

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A good theme for my life

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I saw this image on LDS General Conference Facebook page.
I love the message … and the sunset.

Stretching Opportunities

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I came upon this message ripped from an LDS Living Magazine when I was decluttering my closet.
It spoke to my heart.
I do not welcome stretching opportunities as well as I ought.
This is a time of life that is making me go beyond myself.
It’s just all the little things that add up each day to overwhelm my natural man self.

I believe that God intends us all to get to this point through one challenge or another.
It requires of us to look upward and outward for strength.
This is when we humble ourselves and realize that we are nothing without Jesus Christ…
That He is the reason we can be sustained at any level.

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.” (Alma 26:12)

My sweet Hannah shared this quote by Patience Loader Archer, a pioneer girl who traveled with the Edward Martin Handcart company.
She had such strong faith. She knew her strength came from God.

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These are other selections from her journal that showed her strength and courage [currage] … I love the spelling. The simplicity of her words. Her strength and testimony.

Archer, Patience Loader, Reminiscences, [transcript]. MS 6218, p. 57-92.

brother Richards and three other breathren adminesterd to him and blessed him and told him that he should get better and continue his journey and get to Salt Lake City[.] this seemed to give him new strength and currage[.] we rested there for a few hours untill three o clock in the afternoon[.] then we Started on our Journey again to Camp at Cuttlers park seven Miles from Florance[.] My dear father got up and came to the cart to commence to pull with me[.] I said father you are not able to pull the cart to day[.] he said yes I am My dear[.] I am better[.] the breathern blessed Me and Said I should get well and go to the valley and I have faith that I shall[.]

this was asevere trial[.] here we had to [w]rap my dear father in a quilt all we had to lay him in[;] no nice casket to lay him away in comfortable but put into the grave and the earth thrown in upon his poor body[.] oh that sounded so hard[,] I will never forget the sound of that dirt beign [being] shoveld onto my poor fathers boday[.] it seemed to me that it would break every bone in his body. it did indeed seem a great trial to have to leave our dear father behind that morning knowing we had looked upon that sweet smiling face for the last time on earth but not without a hope of Meeting him again in the Morning of the resurection for he had been afaithfull servant of God and bore testemony to the truth of the gosple of Jesus Christ nombers of times and we Know if we his children follow his example that we will Meet our dear father again and be reunited with him to dwell in unity and love all through eternity and as our dear Mother and we girls traveled that day[,] it was a verey Sorrowfull day and we all greeved greatly[.]


Floral Frame shared by The Painted Arrow
Quote by Julie Beck
Designed by Heather Smith

Steady Obedience

Yesterday’s Relief Society Lesson was on Elder Eyring’s 2005 October Conference talk on Spiritual Preparedness. I really enjoyed the principles taught… an essential reminder for me right now.

I think I’ll put together a binder of summaries of my favorite talks for 2015. Kinda gives a glimpse of where I am right now… or what things I need to work on… where my struggles are… the testimony I’m strengthening.

This particular one is a great message to LIVE by example to teach my children the importance of EARLY and STEADY Preparation & Obedience. Sigh… I feel that I have “miles to go before I sleep.” Perhaps working on constant and steady is okay for now.

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Likening the Scriptures

Family scripture time is a myriad of things.
Sometimes it’s peaceful and we learn.
Sometimes the littles are bouncing off the couches.
Sometimes Truman snuggles into mom and falls asleep.
Sometimes Zuzu is crying because mom’s lap is taken.
Sometimes Scotty spits up all over dad (more like ALL THE TIME!).
Sometimes Abe asks questions and we talk loudly over the noise to answer.
Sometimes mom is grouchy and tired … sometimes it’s dad.
Sometimes we have a great conversation with Hannah & Abe about our ‘take-away’.
Not always perfect … or ideal … or spiritual.
But we are consistent… and that is one good thing going for us.

The other night we were somewhere near the high end of energy and noise level.

BUT … the Spirit helped me liken the scriptures unto our family.
Nothing earth-shattering … but nevertheless TRUE.
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even i have labored

Oh, how we love a peaceful home.
Oh, how we love kind children who inspire siblings.
Oh, how we love patient parents.
Oh, how we’re all struggling … and learning … { and repenting }…
and striving to do better.

Hopefully someday, with Christ’s help, we’ll get there … to a consistently peaceful home.

this is the day : REJOICE

Gotta be quick here. It’s past bedtime. But… just had to note this.
I was telling my friend Julie that I’m having a bit of a hard time …
feeling discouraged about health stuff, sinking from the thoughts of all I ought, need, & want to do…
parenting … where does our family belong? … stuff…
not any one thing … but every little thing added together.

She shared this scripture with me that she has been focusing on lately with her family:
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Yes! This IS the day…
The day that God hath given us.
We have this day! It is good.
Rejoice… and be glad for all that is good in our day!
For there is always something good.

This goes along with LIGHT … and seeking out the light.
Seek God in each day.
See each day as an opportunity to be glad IN IT.

This scripture is good.
God placed us on earth to have joy (among other things) (2 Nephi 2:25)

Today, I took a moment to delight in Eliza.
She woke and the first thing she said in her morning voice was, “I totally … totally found my bwacelet.”
She is only 3 for a little while.
Sometimes I wish my days to rush by.
But I know I shall miss the innocent funnies from little kids.

DELIGHT in this day which God has given us …
– to build relationships
– to create goodness in our home
– to love sincerely
– to testify boldly
– to teach sweetly
– to hug tweenagers (haha)

Anyhoo… thanks for the scripture reference Pettit!

p.s. See where I got the color inspiration … Blendtec in Sea Foam … drooling over that $500 appliance.
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The LIGHT is there … look for it.

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Last week I ran away to the temple (don’t worry… Jimmy was with the kidlets and was fully supportive of me leaving).
I needed the peace & quiet found there.
I needed the time to think straight and receive some inspiration of how to best mother these little ones
(particularly the one who hasn’t been sleeping, etc).
The mountains and the light of the temple were inviting.
It was a breath of fresh air to have solitude.

After the session and while sitting in the celestial room, I rested my head on the back of the chair and looked up. I prayed for inspiration to know how to have emotional and spiritual strength to know how to mother… to know what support Jimmy and I can give each of our children with their very specific physical, mental, and emotional needs. We feel overwhelmed with the chaos of life with 6 kids.
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The answer came as I looked at the amazing chandelier and side lights…
There is so much light here.
There is ALWAYS light somewhere.
Where LIGHT is … darkness cannot be.
LOOK for the LIGHT.
Fill your life with LIGHT
through the word of God … and prayer.
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Not that the challenges will dissipate.
But that by my seeing the LIGHT and the good in each child,
God will help me focus on those qualities for a more eternal perspective.

Everyone has hard things.
But focusing on the LIGHT – seeing the positive,
brings us closer to God
so that we might receive more LIGHT & revelation
to know how to battle the challenges with Christ’s help.
light groweth brighter

and now I will thus prayer for the help i need to SEE the LIGHT.
for this past week my emotions have been on high alert … grouchy mother alert.
ummm yah, sorry about that fam!
It’s onward and upward from here!

Turn your Heart to God

I LOVED this reminder shared on facebook. Remember how gentle President Hunter was when he spoke. I love this! Why do we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world @ Christmas? Turning our hearts to God will help our families more than anything else would.

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