"The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all."
Boyd K. Packer
Friday, December 9, 2016
Nativity Countdown #9
One of our sons spent a few weeks working on the Panama City Temple renovation, and part of his assignment was to redo the gold leaf striping. He said that it needed to be done perfectly, and so when I see this nativity that he gave us as a souvenir of that trip, I'm reminded of the commandment to be perfect. I am grateful that I can set that as a goal, and that the Savior will help me along my path so that one day I can achieve it.
"Bring the presentation from four years ago." Wayne arrived to a Scout training to discover there wasn't a teacher for one of the classes. He was asked to fill in, and did so willingly, and he even had the proper materials available. That was actually an answer to his prayer to be able to feel like the meeting wasn't a waste of time. We always learn something when we teach!
"Please help us get the element unscrewed." As soon as I said that in our prayer, Wayne remembered we had robo-grips. They worked!
"Ask about his recommend." Reminder to bring something else.
"Don't write on the box." Later had to return the item.
"Put the matching game back in the Primary bag." I had removed it to make it lighter. Fortunately, I followed the prompting because the lesson ended 10 minutes early. Pulling out the game was the perfect "filler" activity!
"Constrain" (which means to compel or force) isn't necessarily a negative thing. The dictionary example is "constrained by conscience." (Go look at 1 Nephi 4.)
"What about that wire thing on the caulking gun?" Answer to the prayer, "What do we use to puncture the caulk tube because I forgot to bring the skewer in the garage?" (I'd always wondered why that little piece of metal was attached! Now I know.)
"Put that dish away properly." Don't know what might have happened, since this time I listened and obeyed!
"Check the internet for an arrangement of that hymn." I found one, and in a lower key. The soloist really appreciated that!
"Leave a few minutes early to allow for traffic." I tried, but the kids didn't see the need. There was a huge back-up and we were late for Mutual.
"Have two classes." The solution to the dilemma of holding a food storage class in the morning or evening.
"Don't put that glass there." I didn't listen and an hour later heard a big crash and had a mess to clean up!
The picture hanging on the hallway outside my bedroom door when I was a little girl.
A favorite quote
“Things of the Spirit need not – indeed should not – require our uninterrupted time and attention. Ordinary work-a-day things occupy most of our attention. And that is as it should be. We are mortal beings living in this physical world. Spiritual things are like leavening. By measure they may be very small, but by influence they affect all that we do.” Boyd K. Packer, October 1989 general conference
"I enjoy reading, studying, teaching, singing, playing the piano, sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, genealogy, gardening, cooking, baking, organizing, volunteering (church, school, Scouts), hiking, camping, swimming, etc. I have six wonderful children and a fantastic husband. I may be happy, optimistic, thrilled, amused, grateful, pleased, busy, stressed, overwhelmed, discouraged, sad, misunderstood, loved, productive, excited, or any of many other emotions, but I am NEVER BORED