Food in Scriptures

Today I read Colossians 4:6
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

What do you think this means?

Treasure FOUND!

How I found a treasured recipe for life in the scriptures:

My treasured Brown Harvest Roll recipe promo for a class I taught a while ago. Should I teach it again?:

Click on the link below to get the recipe:

Brown Harvest Restaurant Rolls

Spiritual Dessert

How sweet an ending to a meal when dessert is served. It can be a simple bowl of sherbet (not to be pronounced sher-bert), a classic apple pie topped with ice cream, a decadent chocolate cake, or simple cookies. Whatever the choice, it is a great ending, and we usually remember what our experience ended with.

As I feast upon the scriptures, I have spiritual dessert when, like physical food, I wait for the last course to be served. Yes….dessert is normally served last, so we do wait.

When I wait upon the Lord and am not quick to close the cover of my scriptures, I have partaken on the sweetness of the spirit.

This morning I was reading one of my new-favorite scriptures about meekness (D&C 100:7). It’s a verse listed in Preach my Gospel. As I looked at that scripture, my eyes were led to view verse 4:

“Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls.”

I had one of those spiritual experiences where my entire body was filled with a spiritual confirmation. Two years ago this month, my husband and I made a decision to move from our comfortable home in the beautiful city of Nauvoo, Illinois to be near our son and his family while he and his then-wife were going through the divorce process.  We love living near our three grandchildren.

My son is very independent, and during that process, which took about a year, we were “in the wings.” We moved here to help him with the kids, but also wanted our daughter-in-law (I still cannot put the “ex-” in front because she is the mother of my grandchildren; I do not want to “ex” her out) to know we can help her as well.

A month ago our son really needed us. He didn’t have to ask, we just knew. We have had him and his kids with us many days during this time. The kids are so patient and well-behaved. Our son is working things out as well. But we know it has been a blessing for all of us that my husband and I are living here. It’s not been easy at times, but it doesn’t matter where we live, we always have challenges.

What if Bob and I would have been here for the first year and then moved on thinking our “mission” had been finished? We would not have been here to feast upon the dessert of the last month.

Stay in the scriptures for your spiritual dessert. Like dinnertime at our home, we don’t serve dessert every day. Most of the time dinner is for our nourishment and conversation; dessert is extra. The scriptures are for our nourishment and conversation. You never know when you’ll be served your spiritual dessert, so be patient and wait.

 

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.

 

Share the Fruit you LOVE

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A few weeks ago in the April General Conference, Elder Ballard challenged the members of the Church to study Preach My Gospel:

“To help you in this process, I invite all members, regardless of your current calling or level of activity in the Church, to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel. It is available through our distribution centers and also online. The online version can be read or downloaded at no cost. It is a guidebook for missionary work—which means it is a guidebook for all of us. Read it, study it, and then apply what you learn to help you understand how to bring souls to Christ through invitation and follow-up.”

As I’ve begun studying this most helpful resource, written under the guidance and direction of the Holy Ghost, I have been pondering why it begins by talking about Lehi’s dream.

I learned that Lehi tasted of the fruit which was “most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted.” (1 Nephi 8:11) Now that he had tasted the fruit he desired to share it with those he loved most, his family.

I cannot share something I do not have. My first step in becoming a missionary is to taste of the fruit of the gospel myself. Daily.

Family and Friends Plan

The story of Jared and his brother is a great example of how they were closely connected to their family and friends.

Several cellular telephone companies have Family and Friends plans so people can save money. In the case of Jared and his brother, their family and friends had their lives saved, both physically and spiritually because of the faith of these two men.

I love how the Lord confirmed to the Brother of Jared that all the blessings the Lord was prepared to give him and his family and friends was “because this long time ye have cried unto me” (Ether 1:43).

I learn two things from this.  First, I don’t believe the Lord meant the Brother of Jared had one loooooooooooooonnnnngggggggggg prayer. My belief is that for a long period of time, probably most of his life, the Brother of Jared had been faithful at crying unto the Lord.

Next, the Brother of Jared’s righteousness extended to bless his entire family and friends. Yes, we are all accountable for our own relationship with our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Yet, when we “hang out” with righteous people (or we are the righteous people others hang out with), lives are influenced by the spirit and are blessed.

Saying a blessing before I feast

Most people, regardless of religion, will say a prayer or blessing over their food before eating. It’s an act of thanksgiving to God for providing the physical nourishment.

I’ve discovered that when I pray in thanksgiving before feasting upon the scriptures, my mind is enlightened while I read and ponder.

You’ve probably had an experience where you read a scripture and it was the VERY spiritual nourishment you needed at that very time. I find this happens more often when I pray in thanksgiving and guidance before partaking of the spiritual nourishment.

Pondering and Plan Overs

After you Feast Upon the Word in the scriptures or at church meetings, you can plan to learn more than you did before! Here’s my experience; excuse my raspy voice as a result of the weather change.

Lion House Recipe + Christie’s Plan Overs =
Yummy Taco Chili

1 pound lean ground beef and/or leftover taco meat
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package mild taco seasoning mix
1 16-ounce can corn
1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
Leftover rice from a previous meal, especially rice with Mexican seasonings.

In a large saucepan or Dutch Oven, brown ground beef. Drain and discard any visible fat. Add leftover taco meat and the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Serve over crushed tortilla chips and top with grated cheese.