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Keep Moving

I don’t know why, but these three quotes are what I needed to hear. Maybe someone else is needing them too.

Albert Einstein

Don’t give up.

Don’t let the weight you’re carrying sink you.

You are stronger than you think.

KEEP MOVING.

Eyes Up

A while back, I was heading down the freeway here in Tucson. A message on the ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) overhead sign caught my attention. Usually these signs display common cliches that promote safe driving…kind of like this message-

Huh. What a nice and catchy resolution to use your blinker.

The one I saw said,

“Eyes up.  Phones down.  Just drive.”

Pretty straight forward and simple I would say, and very unremarkable.

But for some reason immediately it started me pondering.

Not only was I reminded to drive more carefully, as everyone needs to hear that, but it was a spiritual message for me that day.

“Eyes up.  Phones down.  Just drive.”

I thought of the propensity and habit I have developed over time to keep my eyes down watching a device to de-stress from the “to do’s” of life.

Everyone who has technology is guilty of this, the immediate impulse and dependence to use our devices to cope and escape from our uncomfortable realities.

How many times do we find ourselves constantly checking our screens instead of checking the people and needs around us?

Why are we so easily drawn away to the cyberspace abyss and not pulled into the people and real life right in our front rooms?

That drive on the freeway awakened my desire to look up, be intentional with my time, and connect and be engaged with the PEOPLE around me more than I am with my screens.

“It is Better to Look Up”

EYES UP.    

DISTRACTIONS DOWN.    

JUST LIVE, JUST LOVE, JUST SERVE.

Because of Him- An Easter Message of Hope and Triumph

God is in Control

Just this week, I have come across the same scripture three separate times!

And then as I was talking to EB about this scripture, he said he had been thinking of that same scripture too.

Here is the scripture:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55: 8-9

As I’ve pondered this scripture, this thought came to me…God is in control.

As a young girl, I had some hard trials to wade through.

I would fear the future and feel hopelessness through the rose colored glasses of my struggles.

When hard times come upon us, we question, “Why is this happening to me?”

But if we come to know that God is control, and that all things will work out for our good, we can trust God more, do our best more, and worry and fear less.

I know, that may sound trite and simplistic at best.

However…just as the heavens are far beyond our comprehension, so are God’s works far beyond our mortal minds and thoughts.

The Lord is a God of miracles and miracles just don’t make sense. But this one unpretentious idea, this one sincere thought does makes perfect comforting sense in an ever changing and unpredictable world–

GOD IS IN CONTROL. 

 

Daily Inspiration: Whirlwind Warning- Quench Not the Spirit

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These are my words, I wrote in my journal back in February of 2008.

“I get caught up (again, again) with the whirlwinds of urgent tasks and forget to feed my soul on the word of God.”

Oh boy, that still sounds familiar.

As I read that journal entry of over ten years ago and looked at my life now, it occurred to me that no matter the season of life we are in, it’s always a battle to make time for spiritual things.

There is always something to do–ALWAYS.

It just may be that our “thick of thin things” may be quenching the Spirit in our lives and taking away access to a most precious tool we all need everyday.

However, I ended my journal entry with a quote by Elder Keith K. Hilbig, from a talk entitled “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man”.

Do you wish to know the price to be paid for the privileges that are offered after we have received the Holy Ghost? The price is not a predetermined or fixed amount; rather, it is determined by each of us individually.

If you set your payment, which is your personal effort, very low, you may not be able to avail yourself of all the Spirit has to offer. You may even quench the Spirit! However, if you set your personal contribution high, you will reap an abundant harvest from the Spirit. The payment I reference is, of course, not money; rather, it is a greater commitment to and involvement in personal spiritual endeavors and behaviors.

If we undertake this effort and quench not the Spirit, our inner being is quickened. As we persevere, eternal life awaits us. Thus, we dare not quench the Spirit through disobedience or neglect. Rather, let us “live in the Spirit,”6 enhancing the sacred and essential role of the Holy Ghost in our individual lives.

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