Archive for May 30, 2014

Check in, not check off

When the FIRST thing I do every morning is to kneel and pray in gratitude and then ask for guidance, I am not just checking this activity off my to do list, but I am checking in with my Heavenly Father for earthly guidance throughout the day.

When I add scripture study to this, I am treasuring up the words I need to remember and share throughout the day. It’s amazing that I will have conversations about the scriptures I read that very day. Yes…I believe in the promise in D&C 84:85 that I sill receive the blessing: “it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.” Before I can be inspired to met out the portion, I must do the first part of the scripture: “treasure up in my mind CONTINUALLY…not just once in a while or when I feel like it or when I am in spiritual need, but CONTINUALLY…the words of life.

I am thankful for and love the scriptures and the words of living prophets.

What do you want to build?

One of the many times I read about Nephi’s “building a ship” dilemma was just before we moved to Nauvoo, Illinois nearly five years ago. It was one of those scripture “Pair-A-Bowls” that has stayed with me. The other day, I read this story again and so I share my perspective with you.

The verb “build” is used often and in many different instances:

Build a house, build relationships, build a temple, build a business, build your testimony, build a team, build, build, build.

As my husband and I were reading this story together, we discussed how Nephi might not have seen a ship before since Jerusalem, his hometown was inland. So, how was he going to build something he might not have seen before? And if he had seen a ship, he certainly had not built one.

What things do we need and want to build that we might not have seen or experienced before? New parents often remark that their newborn did not come with instructions, yet they are eager to build strong family ties.

The answer to building anything tangible or not comes in Nephi’s recipe, 1 Nephi 17:51 when Nephi testifies to this doubting brothers with a rhetorical question:

“And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?”

What do you want to build in your life? My testimony is always “under construction.” I need to build it every day.  Likewise, my relationship with my husband and kids needs to be built continually. I am also building a new business model. In all cases, I need the guidance of the Master Builder, the Savior Jesus Christ. He is the one who can build us individually along with the things-spiritual and temporal-in our lives.

Now I ask myself the question that Nephi asked his brothers, who, like Nephi, knew the answer:

“And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a _________________?”

The Lord can and will instruct us to build whatever we ask him in meekness and humility. He is the great builder of all.

 

 

We Did Obtain NO Food

Bob and I read about Nephi’s broken bow this morning, (I Nephi 16).  I have learned many lessons from this chapter. The one I share today is verse, 28.

First some background if you’re not familiar with the story and don’t want to read it:

–Nephi’s family left their home and riches in Jerusalem because the city was so wicked. The Lord told Lehi (the dad/prophet) to leave before the city was destroyed (600 BC)

–They are in the wilderness being guided by the Lord and “slaying food by the way with our bows and our arrows and our stones and our slings” (that’s from verse 15).

–BREAKING NEWS!!! Nephi’s steel bow breaks!!

–He makes a new one out of wood (more about this in an upcoming post)

–Family is happy for food after complaining and being mad

–The Lord provides a “ball and pointers” (we know this as the liahona) to guide them “according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.”

This is the verse that touched my heart this morning. In our day, the liahona is the scriptures and living prophets. They will guide us based on our faith and our diligence.

WHOA….what is that? I learned my own BREAKING NEWS this morning. The scriptures will guide me only when I am faithful and diligent. If I read them haphazardly just to “check off” my activity and do not strive to live the teachings of the gospel…..oh well. I am most likely not going to get the guidance I am seeking.

In other words, I will obtain NO SPIRITUAL FOOD if I do not seek it.

Personal revelation, the guidance from the spirit, is available to nourish our spirits and guide us WHEN we exercise our faith and search the scriptures DILIGENTLY. When I think of “diligently” I think of DAILY. It’s not a once-in-a-while, when-I-think-of-it or when-I-have-time type of activity. It’s seeking daily, consistently, even when I don’t feel like it or think I am too busy, that my personal liahona will teach and touch my spirit. And yours. When you do likewise.