Unstoppable!

I thought these two went perfectly together! When we work together as a family, with God, we are unstoppable! The world is ours to conquer!

What I wonder is, how do I become a better sister for my younger siblings? What do we need to do to be an unstoppable family?

The sons of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon were strong individuals, but with the Lord, they were able to come together to bring to pass much righteousness (D&C 58:27). They give a wonderful example of suggestions. I took this from a talk by Daniel K. Judd… it’s a really good one!

  • “Confess[ed] all their sins” (Mosiah 27:35).
  • “Searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God” (Alma 17:2).
  • “Had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting” (Alma 17:3).
  • “Had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation” (Alma 17:3).
  • Sought for “a portion of [the] Spirit to go with them” (Alma 17:9).
  • “Taught with power and authority of God” (Alma 17:3).

So in modern language we:

  • Ask for forgiveness & forgive our family
  • Have daily family scripture study together
  • Hold daily family prayer & on occasion, fast together
  • Seek to have the Spirit in the home, by wholesome recreation & language
  • Have a weekly Family Home Evening, invite even the youngest to teach

These things have helped my family become closer together, stronger & unstoppable. Doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen, they are just easier to get through together. And I know that is true because I’ve lived it!

 

Oh, What’s that Word…?

This past Sunday, we were talking about our siblings & words we would use to describe them. So, here are some of mine! I wonder what some of your words would be to describe your brothers/sisters?

” ‘Love one another; as I have loved you’ (John 13:34). On this simple phrase hangs the success of every marriage and family. In the light of Christ’s love we see our family’s divine potential. We love them with all our heart, soul, and mind. And as we do, our ordinary family is transformed into an extraordinary one.” – lds.org

Flathead vs Phillips

 If you are looking for a flathead screwdriver you will find a phillips head…..and, visa versa.

This life is full of surprises, twists & turns, & disappointments. I’ve had some in my own life.  When I was small, my parents divorced. I wanted so badly for them to be together & for everyone to be happy. But that wasn’t possible, at least, not the way I saw it happening. The Lord sees things in a different light. His perfect knowledge & love may seem to be absent at times, but it is constantly & consistently there . His hand is in everything, it is such an incredible thing that at times I hardly notice it. It isn’t until I learn to step back & look at the broad spectrum of things, that I can realize: I wasn’t in charge. I wasn’t alone. And I can always count on the Lord when I feel like it’s all up to me.
Today, I have that peace & happiness, which was the root of desire when I was little. My family is now the way the Lord wanted it to be. It isn’t perfect, but they are my family.  They are all  incredible &  have such unique personalities, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
We all struggle with  wanting to change  situation, a person, or a gift into something that we believe will make it better, less frustrating or more desirable. I was thought what I was asking God was a good thing, but He had something better in mind. I needed to learn to desire what God desires & as that happens, peace comes.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. – Isaiah 55:8

I’m BOOORED!!

That’s just asking for mom to say;  “Go clean your room!”  or  “Do your homework, if you’re so bored.”

What makes a happy home? A balance between work & wholesome recreation. Fortunately, my family has been able to do that. We’ve learned to even learn to have fun while working together ((gasp!))

“Is it possible??”  you ask with astonishment.

YES! It is!

There’s nothing better than learning to laugh while washing cars. Or doing a puzzle with your brother at a Senior Living  home.  Even the little things like when we go on walks, picking up pieces of trash.

I discovered a real gem today & had to share it with you! It’s all about “Strengthening Youth through Activities”  For members of the church, you can log in & add activities to your calendar & submit ideas. But that doesn’t stop everyone from having fun. Anybody can do this!

There’s topics such as “Service”,   “Art, Music & Dance”,  “Scouting”  and soo much more! Each activity can connect with what the young men & young women are learning- and even Duty to God!

There’s so much out there we can do together as a family. And you probably won’t hear “I’m bored!” as much.    🙂

Soccer Mom

Cheering Section

Fortunately for me (and my family), I never had any music recitals! I  probably would have failed miserably at them. However, I was in soccer, and those were fun times! We only won 2 games. The first & the last. We weren’t that great at playing, but we did our very best & had fun at them. I remember that my family would come to the games & even though we weren’t very talented little kids, the parents still cheered us on like we were in the World Cup!

We need families to lift us, support us & encourage us.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World says:

 “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

Video

D.N.A of God

http://www.lds.org/pages/mormon-messages#gods-greatest-creation

As children of God, we are His greatest creation. “Anyone who studies the workings of the human body has surely seen God moving in His majesty and power.” -Elder Russell M. Nelson

“You are a daughter [or son] of God & have His spiritual D.N.A.”- Elder Craig Zwick

{Next post on Thurs: About the path life takes our family on!}