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Me: “Do you want to go to time out?”
Braelynn: “Yes” and she’ll sometimes willingly get up and put herself in timeout. Other times she has to be compelled to go. Much of her learning and development is attempting to find out the boundaries of what is or isn’t acceptable, and trying to become (though oft times with tears and frustration), obedient.
How do you usually feel during or after general conference? Uplifted? Inspired? Comforted? I usually feel a deep sense of urgency and inadequacy – as though I’m not doing enough to measure up. Perhaps this is because I’m usually a little complacent or too comfortable in my life situation.
“The purpose of the church is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.”
What does this scripture mean to you: “Woh unto them that are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1)
If we truly trust in the Lord, and we’re keeping the commandments, we can know with assurance that any affliction we’re suffering through is for our well being – and is a GIFT – therefore, we ought to rejoice in the gift by 1) searching out the lesson to be learned, and 2) trusting in the Lord that this present suffering serves some greater purpose.
If we feel our burden is too heavy to carry, it is because 1) we haven’t developed a deep enough love and gratitude for our Savior, or 2) we haven’t learned to trust Him fully or both.
If our love for the Savior is strong enough, no trial is too great & every sacrifice is an honor to bear. If our faith in the Lord is strong enough, we trust in Him fully and we know He can and will deliver us from it and that the trial serves some purpose.
Trials aren’t meant to punish us so much as they are meant to change us.
41 But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length of the war; and many were softened because of their aafflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.
Do we receive chastisement from the Lord as a gift?
33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
Hebrews 12: 1,5-7, 9-11-
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the asin which doth so easily bbeset us, and let us run with cpatience the race that is set before us,
6 For whom the Lord loveth he achasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his aholiness.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
List: Challenges to Marriage Today
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” – Mark 10:9
Marriage = Miracle.
Birth & early childhood – dependence
Teenage years and young adulthood – independence
Marriage/Parenthood – interdependence
It takes an independent person or persons to be in an interdepedent relationship.
5 Big Needs of Women:
3. Honesty & Openness
4. Financial Support
5. Family Commitment
Movie: “Fireproof” – 1st presidency endorsed. For the Lord’s sake, if we’re truly contrite and humble and broken hearted, we’ll do whatever the Lord would have us do. In this state, we’re able to love our wife with a pure heart as the Lord would have us love her.
You’re responsible for your own happiness – you can’t ‘get’ your happiness ‘from’ your wife – you can only share your happiness, peace, joy, and love with your wife.
Express your love often – demonstrate love through service, spending quality time together, physical affection, or telling your spouse of your love for her.
Appreciation – similar to expressing it (outward), appreciation goes deeper to what’s going on inside your own heart and head – really, truly treasure your wife as your most precious of all assets.
Rituals and family traditions strengthen marriage and family – FHE, date night, family dinners, church worship, family scripture study and family prayer, etc.
Self-LESS-ness – The marriage comes first, the family second. Church callings, career, finances, etc. come later, but the SELF comes last. We must put wife, and children ahead of self. We’re holders of the priesthood after all, - we’re on the Lord’s errand and are representative of Him as if He were here. Love as He loved, serve as He served.
“Love is an adventure, not an investment” – Gordon B. Hinkley