Friday, August 22, 2014

Just Ask.

From my reading this morning..
Alma 62:48-51
 48 And the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land, and began to multiply and to wax exceedingly strong again in the land. And they began to grow exceedingly rich.
 49 But notwithstanding their riches, or their strength, or their prosperity, they were not lifted up in the pride of their eyes; neither were they slow to remember the Lord their God; but they did humble themselves exceedingly before him.
 50 Yea, they did remember how great things the Lord had done for them, that he had delivered them from death, and from bonds, and from prisons, and from all manner of afflictions, and he had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies.
 51 And they did pray unto the Lord their God continually, insomuch that the Lord did bless them, according to his word, so that they did wax strong and prosper in the land.
And also, 3 Nephi 13:32-34
32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.
And 3 Nephi 14:7-11
 7 Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
 For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone?
 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
I had this experience the other day. (other month) I was having a really hard day. I was sad, and worried. I didn't have any answers for my problems, I felt discouraged. I decided to go on a walk, and talk to my Heavenly Father. I told Him about my troubles. When I got home. I felt better. I felt like my problems had been lifted off of me. Nothing had changed, nothing was different. I just didn't feel the pressure from my problems, I had a gift, it was a gift of relief. I felt happy and confident and hopeful.
I know Heavenly Father is there for us. He wants to give us good gifts.
We just need to ask.

So I was reading this on my bed and looked out my window and saw this in the window sill.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Keep an eternal perspective...a lesson learned while playing a game...

I really enjoy playing games, and one of my favorites is, "Ticket to Ride." 
We decided to play a round, usually it is really fun and we are all laughing and having a great time. This particular instance however, it went from fun to serious in a matter of minutes.
Let me explain...
I will change the names to protect the innocent, after all, this is my lesson.
If you don't know how to play this game, the object of the game is to place pieces on the board  trying to make trains to complete a route that you have chosen. I had my specific route, I knew my destination and I knew what I needed to do to get there. I formed a plan and proceeded to carryout that plan. Little did I know that my plan was in direct conflict with someone else's plan. Every time I placed my trains to reach my destination, my fellow players were getting more and more frustrated. (I will call him-Chris) was getting blocked at every turn, and getting um...:) So, in the middle of the game, things were getting a little heated, no one was laughing anymore, everyone was focused on the game, there was no visiting-we were serious. I ended the game with my last piece. The End.  We were counting up the points and Chris realized he didn't do as bad as he thought he had done and was actually in 2nd place. We put the game away and all went our separate ways. I went into my room thinking about what had just happened...where did things go wrong? What could I have done differently? What could I do now to heal the hurt feelings?  Just then, Chris walks in and kisses me and tells me he loves me and that he is sorry he was being such a stinker during the game.

It was just a game, why did we get so caught up in the game and forget about each other?  What other things in life take the Eternal perspective out of our view? What other things distract us and cause us to lose our focus even for a moment? Why do we allow ourselves to get distracted over silly things?

I want to do better about staying focused and focusing on the things that matter.