Wednesday, June 9, 2010


While pondering our situation (ie, loss of financial security and means of any retirement from selling our business of 35 years to a serial-con artist skilled in the art of fraud) and feeling discouraged at the seeming lack of blessings with Errol’s current employment (ie, no sales = no commision = no income), the Spirit whispered:

“What’s the greatest blessing that has ever come into your life?”

Immediately, my heart melted with the imprinted memory of kneeling in the Salt Lake Temple at the altar with my best friend and eternal companion. 

It’s interesting how the Lord will point out the blessings of most significance when we are pondering the absence of others.

Endowed with spiritual wisdom, we are able to see things as they really are as we view our circumstances through the eye of faith.

We are able to recognize the hand of the Lord in blessing us with those tender mercies, those spiritual moments, those experiences that witness He is mindful of us.

Being asked to substitute for 3 Gospel Doctrine classes over a 6 week period was one of those blessings. Nevermind, the nervous anxiety from standing in front of others. The resultant outpouring of the Spirit from the extra prayers, scripture reading, and Temple attendance needed to prepare to teach have provided other, added-upon blessings from experiences that would not have happened had it not been for this extra call to serve.

Knowing how the Lord works with us personally, we also knew that these great experiences/spiritual blessings were to prepare us for some other awful trial that we would never choose for ourselves., (ie, loss of employment = loss of income = loss of medical insurance = maybe loss of more things).

Nothing has happened yet.

We just know that with us, we are always given an abundance of spiritual blessings to assure us of God’s love for us, so that we can hold on to that knowledge when the unexpected experience of doom comes upon us.

So, we wait. (And continue to choose to serve, using our AGENCY to so.)

We hope you enjoyed the three power-point presentations we used with our Old Testament lessons, (ie, 19 OT The Reign of the Judges; 21 OT God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him; 23 OT The Lord Be Between Thee and Me.) Having never worked in power-point previously, we felt a measure of aid from loving arms encircled about, bringing us much needed INSPIRATION in our moment of need.

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Felicia said...

I have struggled lately because our income doesn't meet our basic needs, and yet we knew by the spirit we were supposed to buy our house, we knew we were supposed to have another baby, and we know that at least for now it is the right choice for me to be a stay-at-home mom. I asked Todd "Why?" yesterday. Why can't we make ends meet when we have tried to live by the spirit and do what He wants us to do.
In the midst of my anxiety I opened the last conference Ensign to Pres. Uchtdorf's talk on patience from the priesthood session. It calmed my anxiety and helped me to remember that when things don't go as we want them to, we are learning something that will someday serve a greater purpose.
I realized that I need to spend my energy being grateful that I am a mother, that I have a good marriage, and that we have the peace of the gospel, rather than worrying about the "how's and why's" of life.

Today I'm trying to "consider the lilies..."

bevanmission said...

Oh, wonderful! I LOVE that song! I’ll accompany you or perhaps we can sing a duet:

"Consider the sweet, tender children
Who must suffer on this earth.
The pains of all of them he carried
From the day of his birth.
He clothes the lilies of the field,
He feeds the lambs in His fold,
And he will heal those who trust him,
And make their hearts as gold."

We are so blessed to have you as a part of our family! Thank-you for your example of trusting God! Thank-you for your heart-felt words of patient resolve as you look to the Lord in faith!

Perhaps others will join us in ‘considering the lillies’ and add all of the harmony parts as we “courageously trust the Lord’s promises and His timing” by singing together!

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing.

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